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5 stars for Creation Debt by Lore Graham @grahamlore #trans #genderqueer #scifi @lt3Press

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Title: Creation Debt
Author Name & Publisher: Lore Graham (Less Than Three)
Publication Date & Length: Aril 13, 2016 — short story

Synopsis

Radical views sometimes require committing a crime or two. In his biggest move yet to fight for android rights, Derek liberates a group of androids working off their creation debt at a hospital. One of those androids is 141, who is surprisingly reluctant to leave the facility, leaving Derek baffled.

A delay in their escape forces them to take an alternate route to Derek’s base, trapping them on a decrepit spaceship for a week, where they have only each other for company and a divide created by assumptions and wariness—but also an undeniable curiosity.

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FiveStars

I had a feeling Lore Graham’s book and I would be good friends, and I was right. It’s fast-paced, well-written, and insightful. This is one of those rare treats where a story is clearly meant to be both for and about trans folk.

There’s so much in here to love: A futuristic world with fully sentient androids; a daring freedom operation as part of a takedown of a Big Corporation; a trans hero; an awesome non-binary gender character; and a completely cliched (but done in a great way) forced togetherness leading to love. How could this not be at the top of my list?

It can be a tricky thing to bring humor to a story which is ultimately about freedom–both literal and figurative. But Graham does this so well. 141, the rescued android, is delightful, a good balance for the brash (and very human) Derek.

I don’t really care all that much about sex in a story, but I did like the way these two explored the realities of their bodies and what it meant for them. I also liked that it fell somewhere between instant lust and instant love, but we weren’t treated to a fairy tale “let’s run off together” narrative.

Speaking of which, I sure hope there’s more to this story. It’s perfectly fine with me not to answer all the questions at the end; I can use my own imagination, and that’s just as fun. But I’d really like to know if they ever take out Isaac Ltd.!

This is the right story for someone who enjoys a blend of action, romance, cool science fiction/futuristic society, and a bit of philosophy. Don’t let the gender-neutral pronouns scare you off this one–it’s always good to learn new things.

Amy

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3 stars for In Light of Last: Parts 1 & 2 by Jacob Schultz #MM #SciFi

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Title: In Light of the Last: Part 1 & 2
Author Name & Publisher: Jacob Schultz
Publication Date & Length: Part 1: January 17, 2016 (41 pages) Part 2: January 19, 2016 (42 pages)

Synopsis

Part One

In the future, the world is mostly united under one government, having been nearly consumed by conflict that threatened the existence of all humanity. This new united world will seem largely familiar except for the fact that organized religion has been rendered illegal. When an elite squad of assassins is tasked with taking out the last vestiges of organized religion on the planet, they are thrown into a plot too obscure to possibly envision from the beginning. Welcome to One World.

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Part Two

In the future, the world is mostly united under one government, having been nearly consumed by conflict that threatened the existence of all humanity. This new united world will seem largely familiar except for the fact that organized religion has been rendered illegal. When an elite squad of assassins is tasked with taking out the last vestiges of organized religion on the planet, they are thrown into a plot too obscure to possibly envision from the beginning. Welcome to One World.

This installment picks up where the first one left off. Next up, the shocking conclusion!

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ThreeStar

In Light of the Last, by Jacob Schultz, is a bizarre, serialized science fiction novel. It has several characters coping with different storylines, which all begin to intersect in Part 2, and switches between personal logs/first person and more cinematic third person scenes. Which was strange at first, but kind of cool once I got used to it.
The style is anime/foreign, which should appeal to any yaoi fans out there. The dialogue is at times purposely stilted, and at other times familiar. It’s set on Earth, but far enough into the future to be beyond post-apoctalyptic, though the lore surrounding “Earth that was” remains compelling.
I liked it. It’s like a diatribe on gender, sexuality, and identity got mixed together with a science fiction novel, like stew, not like soup, so big chunks of each remain. I think other people will like it too. Jacob Schultz is a talented writer. He has a gift for bringing distinct characters to life.
This would work better as a novel, because then it would all be in one piece as set-up and story and resolution, and then I would know what happened. Parts 1 and 2 are only a beginning. Give me more!
– C. E. Case

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PRE-RELEASE REVIEWS: 4 and 3 stars for At the Edges by Alden Lila Reedy #Asexual #ace #FF #scifi @LT3Press

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Title: At the Edges
Author Name & Publisher: Alden Lila Reedy (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 23, 2016

Synopsis

Joan and her starship crew are in the business of slaves—specifically, rescuing as many as possible from the oppressive Empire. After dropping off their latest passengers and resupplying, Joan and her second-in-command, Luana, decide to ferry out citizens looking to escape imperial clutches. It means they risk taking on spies, but when the first meeting goes well, they decide to chance it.

But a trip that starts well soon turns sour, between problems with the ship, passengers asking uncomfortable questions, and a confession from Luana that Joan fears will only end in disappointment and destroy the friendship they’ve already built.

And before they have a chance to sort their problems out, the whole journey abruptly goes from bad to worse….

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FourStars

This was a good read and kept me entertained through out. I particularly liked the way each characters background and life was explained as they became part of the bigger plot. This type of introduction was novel and worked really well and gave this book a unique feel.
Another great aspect of the book was the different genres and life styles of each of the characters. The author portrayed the crew as a tight, successful and caring group. In comparison the Federation was stereotypical and one dimensional and showed how inferior they were compared to Captain Joan’s crew. I appreciated this comparison with life as it is emulated in todays society, when compared both ethically and through sexuality inequalities.
My only disappointment was in the length of the novel, I would have loved to have had more in depth adventures and I hope this might be facilitated by this talented author in a sequel.
~Chris
ThreeStarJoan and Luana help slaves escape from the Empire, along with a collection of aliens of various types and genders. We find out about each character at various points of the story and when we do it makes it a bit more intelligible. I really found it hard to follow at first as I could not imagine what the characters were meant to be. Joan and Luana are great friends but when Luana confesses she loves Joan it becomes very awkward as Joan is asexual. When Luana is kidnapped we see that Joan is distraught and the whole crew put everything into getting her back. This is where the story really takes off and I enjoyed the last part of it. It got very exciting and interesting.
A decent enough read but a bit more description and explanation at the start would really have helped.
~Kitty Kat

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5 and 3 Stars for From Stars They Fell by H.R. Harrison #Genderqueer #SciFi @LT3Press

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Title: From Stars They Fell
Author Name & Publisher: H.R. Harrison (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 28, 2015 – 67 pgs

Synopsis

An alien ship crash lands on Earth, leaving its only occupant stranded. But in a fortunate twist, Earth is a hospitable planet for Veni, from the atmosphere and food to the friendly and intelligent inhabitants.

The first such inhabitants Veni meets call themselves dwarves. And though they don’t understand the technology that brought the alien to them, they insist on being hospitable. Sure, Veni doesn’t understand why the inhabitants of this land insist on speaking a language that modifies for gender, but ze is anything if not adaptable—especially after ze meets Wystan, a man who speaks only with his hands.

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ThreeStar

I was very interested in this story going into it, but I have to say a lot of it was lost on me. The first 60% of this story is world building, which is kind of irrelevant to the plot that finally and slowly starts up. For a story that’s only 20k words in length, I expect to finish in an hour or two at most. This story took me three weeks to read because I really saw no point in going back to it.

The plot is simple and easy, when it does finally show up. And frankly, there are a lot of scenarios it should have dealt with toward the end that it didn’t. For a caste that’s so hell-bent on their task, dispatching only one soldier and having no fear of being found again seems unlikely to me.

There is a romance that happens within these pages, though I found the romance unnecessary but intriguing. Intriguing only in that the practical aspect of how they have sex was interesting. As for the connection between the characters, I believe a deep friendship would have been simple enough in order to get the plot across. As for the actual sex scene, it was odd and hard to follow. I had issues understanding parts and almost wish it wasn’t there because it was more confusing than interesting or innovative.

I did like the aspect of a stranger for a foreign world coming to a new world and having to learn about everything. That was very well described, if irrelevant. The diversity in this piece is vast, which I greatly appreciated. And, if you throw in a Deaf character and sign into anything, I’m probably going to latch onto that and run with it.

Overall, not a fantastic read. I’m still not quite sure what to make of it and am thinking I really should have not necessarily continued with the reading.

~AJ

FiveStars

This is a strange little story, in a good way. I found it interesting to view a fantasy setting through the eyes of an alien who is without a concept of gender and needs a translator to understand it.

The writing is excellent, and I loved the concept. Veni, the alien, is misunderstood by the local inhabitants and assumed to be an angel. Just as Veni cannot comprehend a society divided by gender, the dwarves (who themselves are what we might call gender non-conforming) cannot fathom a genderless society. Their interactions are interesting. Despite their confusion, Veni and the locals develop respect and friendship, and no one finds Veni too strange to deserve companionship. The lack of alien panic is refreshing.

I loved the gentle, sweet romance between Veni and Wystan. Because of the length of the story, it unfolds quickly, but there is no instant love. There are no declarations of forever, just two beings who find each other under unusual circumstances.

There are many fun little surprises throughout the story which delighted and impressed me. This is an excellent exploration of what’s underneath the surface and at our core. Ordinarily I like to hope we’re at the point of writing characters of various genders without using metaphor, but this was so well-written and was about much more than “Look, a genderless character!” Mx. Harrison has certainly earned a new fan.

~Amy

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5 Stars for For Promise Yet Unbroken (No Man’s Land #2) by Tygati #MM #SciFi

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Title: For Promise Yet Unbroken (No Man’s Land #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Tygati (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: December 9, 2015

Synopsis

Jeremey has been an unrepentant troublemaker since the day he learned to walk, with no intention of slowing down—until the day tragedy struck.

Now a young man, Jeremey seeks to make amends for his wild youth and fulfill an unspoken promise he once made years ago to the people of Noman. All he needs is a dragon and a chance to prove himself, which is easier said than done in the face of a crashed spaceship, hostile aliens, a deadly plague, and interstellar war.

Still, if there’s anyone up to the task, it’s Jeremey Jasper, troublemaker extraordinaire.

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FiveStars

  This book was a awesome addition to this series!

This time you get Jeremy, he was the child who was a troublemaker in the first book of the series. In this book he is now a adult and a dragon rider. Well he has to Lasso a dragon which is harder then he thought it would be. Finally after countless times of trying a dragon comes to him and he names him Promise.
I have to say how much I love this world the author built in these books. Also I really loved these characters Tygati created. You get to see Charlie and Zorevan in this book too which I loved!
Jeremy is the quiet, keeps to himself guy who also happens to like men. Well when Jeremy and Promise finally connect it was so good! You could feel their connection and how much they both really cared for each other.
You get your angst and your danger with this book also you get the steam between this two men. This was a slow burn but the way it was done fit these two characters perfectly. I do not want to give too much of this book away because it was so good you definitely need to read this book for yourself. I really hope we get to see more of Jeremy, Promise, Charlie and Zorevan.
All together I really loved this book!
I would recommend this book!

Kara

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5 stars for In The Hours of Darkness (No Man’s Land #1) by Tygati #MM #scifi @LT3Press

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Title: In the Hours of Darkness (No Man’s Land #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Tygati — Less Than Three Press
Publication Date & Length: Sept 30, 2015 — 33 pages

Synopsis

On the frontier planet No Man’s Land, Sheriff Charlie Colcord upholds the law and protects the people of Deadwood Gulch. His job is difficult and often dangerous due to the vicious native creatures which inhabit the plains and mountains of Noman, but Charlie and his riders have one advantage: dragons.

But the dragons come with their own difficulties in the way of a secret known only to a few. Charlie is a man used to keeping secrets, and it’s not the dragons’ secret that keeps him up at night. His secret is known to only one other, and keeping it makes their lives complicated enough that hunting monsters on the plains of Noman is almost relaxing.

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FiveStars

Wow this book was so good!
Charlie is the sheriff who protects the people from Alien monsters in his town. He has a dragon named Zorevan who he is very close to in all ways. I have to say the world this author made was amazing and I loved the charters that Tygati created in this book! I honestly did not want to stop reading this book. It grabbed me from the start and I could not put it down. I don’t want to give away any of this Novella because it was so good you really need to read this one for yourself.

All together I really loved this Novella!
I would definitely recommend this book!

~Kara

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4.5 stars for Sojourn by Geonn Cannon @geonncannon @supposedcrimes #lesbian #scifi #sciencefiction

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Title: Sojourn
Author Name & Publisher: Geonn Cannon — Supposed Crimes, LLC
Publication Date & Length: August 1, 2015 — 143 pages

Synopsis

The first time humanity faced the scourge of Harvestmen, they were forced to take heinous methods to stop their spread across civilized space. Now the Harvestmen are back, and the crew of one vessel has to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice in order to extermine the menace once and for all.

“Blood and bone and muscle and stone
The Harvestman eats you when you’re alone
Skin and teeth and hair and eyeball
The Harvestman eats you, eats you all.”

The crew of the Peaceful Sea vessel Paralus have just completed a mission to retrieve an alien cleric from a world on the verge of cataclysm. The mission goes off without a hitch and the ship is heading home when they come across a derelict sister ship adrift in the middle of nowhere. A team is dispatched to see what happened to the missing crew, but instead find themselves face to face with a new swarm of their merciless foe. The crew quickly comes to realize they are the only thing standing between the nightmare of the Harvestmen destroying the rest of the galaxy, no matter what the cost.

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FourandHalfStars

I’m the first to admit that when it comes to Sci-Fi I’m picky and a bit overly critical so I went into this book expecting it to fall short as most do. Thankfully, Cannon once again delivered something more than worth reading and made me fall in love with this book and it’s characters. Rani had me chuckling at every turn with her wit and the cast of (literally!) colorful characters surrounding her were deep, well planned and complimented her wonderfully.
I laughed, I cried, I yelled and wanted to throw my Kindle but I stuck with it and in the end was so glad I did. The imagery and plot devices were perfectly placed, well planned, thought through in detail and kept me interested. Well done once again Mr. Cannon!
~Rhayne

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Geonn Cannon was born in a barn and raised to know better than that. He was born and raised in Oklahoma where he’s been enslaved by a series of cats, dogs, two birds and one unexpected turtle. He’s spent his entire life creating stories but only became serious about it when he realized it was a talent that could impress girls. Learning to write well was easier than learning to juggle, so a career was underway. His high school years were spent writing stories among a small group of friends and reading whatever books he could get his hands on.

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