Passing Strange

Passing Strange[PDF / Epub] ☉ Passing Strange By Ellen Klages – San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional Tourists flock to the cities within the city the Magic City of the World's Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden cit San Francisco in is a haven for the unconventional Tourists flock to the cities within the city the Magic City of the World's Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown a separate alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer authentic experiences straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love where outcasts from conventional society can meetSix women find their lives as tangled with each other's as they are with the city they call home They discover love and danger on the borders where magic science and art intersectInspired by the pulps film noir and screwball comedy Passing Strange is a story as unusual and complex as San Francisco itself from World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages. me finding a book about sapphic women that doesn't end in tragedy 👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌there👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there chorus ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good shitOkay but all emojis aside I really adored this novella about love and oppression between ueer women Passing Strange is a speculative fiction ode to San Francisco’s hidden history and I thoroughly enjoyed it I know the blurb is marketing the story as one of six different women but it truly only follows three characters a woman in our present day and two women in a budding relationship in the 1940s ➽Helen a Chinese immigrant working as a dancer because you know racism Also apparently lived to over 80 years old like the lesbian icon she is ➽Haskel a famous artist in the future unknown to most even as being a woman I fucking love women who have to publish under male names and no one knows are women this is my favorite plotline and I love it that's all bye➽Emily a new arrival to the town traveling to San Francisco after being thrown out of her boarding school for being ueerAll of these characters were so effortlessly compelling in so many ways that I didn't have any trouble connecting and rushing throughHonestly though my true favorite thing about this book was the setting Look at that painting on the cover Then think about San Francisco Then think about the lesbians Then think about the 1920 1940 era Tell me that isn't an aesthetic you're totally into Tell me you don't completely want to read this I hope I'm not alone in loving this and that plenty of readers enjoy it just as muchBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube A sapphic historical romance that ALSO has magic?? You bet I scrambled to pick this one up as soon as possible I absolutely ATE THIS BOOK UP For starters all of the scenery is described so so beautifully which I guess makes sense given that one of the main characters is an artist It really felt like I was looking into a painting I don’t usually like long descriptive passages but every single image was rendered in such gorgeous detail Although the blurb claims that there are 6 main characters I only saw three Helen Haskel and Emily I loved the romance and this is another book that I so wish had a seuel where we could follow it further I will say that this was also a tough read at times as the way that LGBT people and POC were treated in this period was absolutely horrible There’s a very big focus on how these communities had to “sell” themselves as entertainment in order to survive in society I really want to emphasize the content warnings for racismhomophobia here so that nobody goes into this not knowing what to expect While I was absolutely in love with the MCs and the way the story was written especially for this being such a uick read I was a little disappointed with the magic incorporation It was kind of tossed in at the beginning and end with little reference or importance throughout the middle I think if the story had been expanded the central conflict could have had of a build up and the magic could’ve been integrated better But really I very much enjoyed this It had a very relaxing pace but also brought up some really difficult topics in history And of course the romance was the best part On a final note I’d like to offer a disclaimer This work takes place in the 1940s and focuses on a couple of marginalized groups There are a lot of stereotypesslurs both used and discussed with the characters In this review I aimed to evaluate how enjoyable the story and writing was but I am in no way ualified to speak to the sensitivity or historical accuracy in how these communities were represented I ask that if anyone has read this book and feels that it offers harmful representation PLEASE don’t hesitate to let me know Happy readingCheck out my blog here Content warnings abuse partner and parental homophobia slurs sexual assault mentions of terminal illness suicide This came highly recommended and the Tor novellas I've read have been pretty wow so far Great opening absolutely engaging and brilliant Great depiction of the under the radar sexual and racial world of 1940s San Francisco Really liked the setting and the central coupleThe structure needed work though There's a magical aspect of folding time and space which is almost completely unexplored it comes up twice in passing mentions in the first what 90% and exists only to facilitate the ending That just doesn't work it feels like a historical bumped into a fantasy or indeed like a historical was adapted to fit a SFF submissions call And this is annoying because the fantasy element is a brilliant idea packed with potential and the historical is terrific so if they'd just had a set of dev edits to make them into an amalgamated whole it would have worked gloriously Also a lot of headhopping between multiple characters which makes the central part uite confusing and distancing This was still really good but a decent development edit job would have made it stellar and that hacks me off on the author's behalf The publisher obviously cared enough to give this a lovely perfect appropriate cover; why not edit? What in fact is the goddamn point of publishers who don't edit? Hmph I was delighted to find that this book is a return to the magic infused San Francisco of Klages' story Caligo Lane which I loved In the present day an elderly woman setting her affairs in order as she knows her life is reaching its end goes to sell a valuable painting to a collector It's a 'lost work' by a pulp fiction illustrator legendary among a certain niche market although the subject matter is a bit unusual for the genre But there are hints that there is something not uite on the up and up about this sale The action flashes back to the 1940's where we meet the artist Haskell who turns out to have been a lesbian not the easiest thing in pre War San Fran although there's a lively demimonde of women who are in the life whose social scene centers around the Chinatown club called Mona's We also meet Haskell's group of friends one of whom we realize is the elderly woman who owned the painting The tale of how that painting came to be hidden in her possession for so many years is revealed and it's a story of violence desperation and loveI liked the story very much My only complaint is that it falls prey to that pitfall of many well researched pieces of fiction it's got a ton of details that don't really flow with the narrative but are like I'm sticking this in because I found out this tidbit of information about what it was like to be a lesbian in 1940's San Francisco and isn't it fascinating? Well yes it is but sometimes it didn't feel as seamlessly woven in as it could haveMany thanks to Tor and NetGalley for the opportunity to read As always my opinions are unrelated to the source of the book This is a perfect story in every way I can think of The first thing that attracted me to this novella was the beautiful and arresting cover All those blues had a haunting uality Little did I know that this painting is literally at the heart of this story Klages uses it to bookend and indeed frame a love story with a difference using 1939 San Francisco as the backdropThe mix of characters works really well as does the focus on the two main protagonists We witness through this snapshot their situations in a world with little understanding and plenty of prejudices All the historical elements were compelling especially those pertaining to the World Fair I wasn't expecting the magic realism but this was done with such a light hand that it doesn't detract from the main strands In fact it offers a poetical light to the plot that readers can accept or not One of the Tor free downloads this month June 2019 if you join their book club and I will count it for something blue for the Reading Envy Summer Reading challenge It's also a fun read for Pride monthSan Francisco in the 1940s had its own kind of magic but what if there also was actual magic? Six women interact with one another in a series of interlinked stories starting from the present day and explaining pieces of the story bit by bit Pulp artistry lesbian culture when it had to stay underground and a city that seems to morph and change without warning It's a lovely little read This is a lovely little novella centered around the lesbian scene of San Francisco during the 1940sAs someone who lives in San Franciso I can tell you that Klages really captures the feel of the city Obviously I didn't live there in the '40s but there are aspects that live on in the city today Plus parts of this book do take place in modern timesThe shift in perspectives is a little clunky we start the book following an old Helen but the story is really centered on Haskell and Emily's love story At first I found the transition a bit off putting but because Haskell and Emily's romance is so sweet I got over that pretty uicklyThe fantasy elements of this are not particularly present We really only see them at the beginning and end of the book The sudden reintroduction of the magical element threw me off and the book would have been stronger if we saw just a few instances of it in the book's middleBut those are all relatively minor grievances and I still loved this strange little story Passing Strange feels like a love letter to both San Francisco and to women who love women It's beautiful and weird and you should definitely pick it up “Hello you” she said “It’s been a while”Friendship and love between ueer women in San Francisco circa 1940 I could have happily read a full length novel about these women and their lives in San Francisco Passing Strange is a great novella Though it's not perfect The fantastical aspects sort of get the shorter end of the stick I did wish for a deeper exploration of the magical Nevertheless Passing Strange is a beautiful little novella that I liked very much indeed A love story to San Francisco across the decades and its ueer community I thought this was a lovely piece but it felt a tad disjointed Nonetheless well enjoyed

Passing Strange PDF/EPUB ¼ Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 220 pages
  • Passing Strange
  • Ellen Klages
  • 19 March 2016
  • 9780765389527