• Graphic Memoir Review,  Yuri Manga Review

    My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness

    Also in this series: My Alcoholic Escape from Reality, My Solo Exchange Diary Vol. 1, My Solo Exchange Diary Vol. 2 Warnings: Sex, Self Harm, Eating Disorders, Depression My Thoughts I have had my eye on this manga since its initial release, but had held off on reading it. I don’t know why I didn’t pick it up until now because My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is absolutely worth all of the attention it received when it first went viral. This humble manga is a graphic memoir about the author, a non-binary lesbian and NEET. While I knew that this manga was about the author’s experiences hiring an escort, this…

  • Gender Bend Manga Review

    Waltz

    Also by this author: Inside Mari, Sweet Poolside, Welcome Back Alice Warnings: Violence, Bullying, Homophobia My Thoughts This little one-shot had so much to say in just one chapter, the story felt like a hard slap. I didn’t expect to have my heart crushed in such a short number of pages. Things start in the same way that many transgender stories in fiction do, a girl meets a cute boy and helps him find himself. The two become close over their shared secret, she comes to his defense when he is bullied. It’s a step away from the fetishized M/M fiction written by cis women. “I’ll just have to make…

  • Erotica Book Reviews,  Literary Book Review

    Kink: Stories

    Warnings: Sex, Sexual Assault, Violence My Thoughts Kink is a curious little collection of literary short stories with heavy doses of BDSM and other kinks. It is a nuanced collection that explores human sexuality, relationships, communication, and consent through a diverse lens. I loved the wide spectrum of sexual orientations that are represented while also exploring various themes about desire and the joys and frustrations that come with it. The collection is definitely spicy, especially in the earlier stories. I was surprised that I could find some stories relatable, particularly Safeword and Trust. It took me years to fully embrace myself and find a compatible partner after being shamed by…

  • Memoir Book Review

    All Boys Aren’t Blue

    Warnings: Homophobia, Transphobia, Sex, Sexual Assault, Molestation My Thoughts All Boys Aren’t Blue is a powerful memoir about one young man’s reckoning with his identity as a queer black man. The book explores the intersection of race and sexuality and the difficulty of finding one’s identity in a society that systematically oppresses people that fall outside of what is considered “normal.” It is open, honest, and deeply personal, I found myself tearing up many times while reading. “Navigating in a space that questions your humanity isn’t really living at all. It’s existing. We all deserve more than just the ability to exist.” I wish that I had a book like…

  • Book Review

    Summer Frost

    My Thoughts I slept on this novella and I am sorry for it because Summer Frost is the best story in the entire Forward Collection. I always really enjoy stories about artificial intelligence and robots, it is one of those topics in science fiction that veers into a dangerous uncanny valley once the question of humanity is brought into the equation. Many of the stories that explore this topic inevitably lead to similar conclusions, that AI can never fully be human, but Summer Frost digs a little deeper. A game developer, Riley, becomes obsessed with a seemingly miraculous break in an NPC’s script, and the NPC begins to act of…

  • Gothic Book Review,  Urban Fantasy Book Review

    Hearts in the Hard Ground

    Warnings: Sex, Graphic Descriptions of Death, Drug Use My Thoughts I love gothic horror—the haunted houses, the ghosts, the romance in a macabre setting. An old house is not complete without a proper haunting, and there are plenty of ghosts to keep the lonely narrator company. Fiona is grieving the loss of her mother and struggling with the guilt of not doing enough for her mother as her health deteriorates. “Did she grow as pitiful, as frightened, as this bird when I locked her bedroom door to stop her wandering out at night? If she fretted, if she tried the door or the window or ever cried out in wordless…