Mar. 14th, 2011

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Short review: An anthology of stories about people who are caught between human and not... "beings that stand between the two worlds feeling the emotions, thrills and confusions of both". From an otherkin perspective, it's mixed with some stories about longing to be more human and some stories about longing to be more not, although most of the stories have something in them about accepting both parts even if it is very near the end. From a winged person's perspective, there are three stories about winged people and a fourth that mentions them: one doesn't have anything about the wings, one has only a tiny bit, one is negative, and a fourth is positive or negative depending on how you look at it, but has a lot of beauty. That one story is quite worth reading but how you feel about the ending may vary. There is also a poem that mentions winged people and other species. I think otherkin and winged people will find more interest in it than not, although there are some very negative things said about being non-human.

For the information of otherkin, the species in these stories are: medusa, mermaid, selkie, tree-person, mixed (poem), scarecrow, centaur, half-dragon, half-hawk, and fallen angel. The selkie one is by far the best! I'm pleased for any selkies out there, because this is a great story. ^-^

Writing: This book is an anthology of stories by various authors, so the writing varies, although I thought they were all well written in a technical way, though maybe offensive to some.

From a winged person's perspective...: The one story that I thought was most relevant to winged people in this anthology was Soaring by Tim Waggoner, which has powerful descriptions of the need to fly, although I have mixed feelings about the ending. The poem How To Make A Human by Lawrence Schimel is quite negative towards both birds and humans, but does have some beauty for fliers and those who long to fly. The story Becoming, by Nancy Springer, mentions winged people but is very negative about them. The story The Hardest, Kindest Gift by Bruce Coville has a winged character but doesn't mention anything about the experience, and Princess Dragonblood by Jude Mandell has only a very small mention. I think for Soaring it is worth reading.

Trigger warnings: In Becoming, there are mentions of cutting off wings in order to become more human which is seen as a positive thing. In many stories, there is the use of words like "freaks", "monsters", etc. to describe non-humans or half-humans.

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Short review: A fantasy story, quite unrealistic, but beautiful, of a girl who always believed she could fly, and learns to fly with a goose who becomes her friend. Unfortunately, this story has a very painful ending. But for most of it, it's beautiful, and has a lot of refreshing differences from most books like this, although the writing has a simple sort of feeling.

Writing: It's not as good as it could be... a little average. Though the things that happen generally make up for it.

From a winged person's perspective...: The main character in the story has wings in her soul for sure. Like the boy in Wings, she believes in her flying from an early age while her family long to "cure" her and make her "normal", but she keeps flying and believing. A lot of flight scenes, in fact, most of the book is this. The book is very good at not being negative about non-humans.

Trigger warnings: There is a big sub-plot about hunting and shooting geese with some vivid descriptions.

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