Fierce & Proud: a Quare Queer Anthology

by Cupán Fae | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 9798692362728 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 3/1/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, March 1, 2022
I got this softcover from an online seller. It's an anthology of LGBTQ fantasy tales by the members of a Dublin writers group, the Cupán Fae. (See also Fierce New World: an Irish Sci-Fi Anthology.)

Among my favorite stories here:

"Man in the Mirror" by Paul Carroll, in which a man discovers - and, eventually, comes to terms with - his own bisexuality, after having some interesting encounters with his own mirror-self.

"Hens of Hell" by Quinn Clancy is about a man who's bought a remote farm on a whim, not realizing until he gets there that it's a working sheep farm - on land not at all suitable for the horse farm he'd imagined. Luckily for him there's a resident caretaker, the very attractive Oisín, who - while initially wary of this city-bred stranger - helps him get settled, offers some advice, and gradually warms up to him. There are some lovely touches here, and some wildly funny ones as well, especially when Oisín's uptight and greedy brother shows up.

"Phases" by Kat Dodd, featuring three college roommates who seem at odds - especially as they realize that their number includes a witch, a werewolf, and a vampire. But the women gradually get closer, to the point where it seems they might upgrade their relationship to a romantic triad.

"The Entertainer" by Mark Kielty has a superhero theme, with the titular Entertainer as the villain - a sad-sack guy who loves to manipulate reality to create his own movie-sets and force anyone near him into the roles he chooses for them. Protagonist Element is a bit out of his league here, and having the guy he's crushing on (Annex, another superhero) caught up in the Entertainer's machinations doesn't help. Some fun twists and turns here.

"The Selkie" by Leyla Telli, in which a lonely boy wanders the seacoast near his small village, still mourning the loss of his father and the subsequent distance of his mother. And then he finds a strange man in the surf, naked and unconscious. When Micil nudges the man he comes to - and sprints away over the rocks. But they meet again later and Micil learns that the man's a selkie, who'd been caught in a fisherman's net and, out of fear that they'd slaughter him in his seal-form, shed his skin on the spot. The men were pleased to have the skin so easily - and threw the man overboard... Interesting twist on the usual selkie story where it's the lover who hides the skin in hopes of keeping the selkie by him or her.

And there are other stories, spacefaring tales and AI lovers and more.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Peddler's Daughter, 48 Main St. in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, June 25, 2022

Released 1 mo ago (6/25/2022 UTC) at Peddler's Daughter, 48 Main St. in Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I plan to leave this book in or near the Peddler's Daughter pub on this lovely day, before attending the Pride festival near the library; hope someone enjoys the book!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

*** Released for the 2022 June Pride LGBTQ+ challenge. **

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