Unspeakable

Unspeakable When Tanel s lover takes him to see the teller of naughty stories he does not expect it to be a neuter nor for it to challenge him to examine his own preconceptions his fears his ability to love

  • Title: Unspeakable
  • Author: M.C.A. Hogarth
  • ISBN: 2940011119910
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Nook
  • When Tanel s lover takes him to see the teller of naughty stories, he does not expect it to be a neuter, nor for it to challenge him to examine his own preconceptions, his fears his ability to love.

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    1 thought on “Unspeakable”

    1. Telling a morality tale about sexuality in an alien culture well is not a task for the weak of heart.The Jokka (the race that the main characters belong to) allow for the exploration of gender in a really fascinating way, as they are a race that can change gender twice over the course of their lives between male, female and neuter. This premise is really fascinating in what it lets the author (and thus the reader) to explore. It strikes out the assumption of binary or even fixed gender, and Hoga [...]

    2. When I first read this a couple of years ago, I gave it only four stars. I have no idea why. While this story wasn't quite as good the other one I've read by this author, a reread shows it is nonethelss worthy of five stars.This story was unlike any I'd ever read before. Maybe that's why I only gave it four stars before. It's a very vivid look into a culture and species rather unlike our own. One that is very alien, yet still believable. The author didn't resort to infodumping at any point, but [...]

    3. From my review:Unspeakable sets itself a hard goal: to draw the human reader into an alien race enough to see the horror and revulsion (and fascination) for things that, to most humans, would elicit a "at was supposed to be shocking?" For me, it does not *quite* succeed; I do not have a visceral frisson of the illicit, of the forbidden, upon discovering the stories of Ke Pedina, the clay-keeper of naughty stories. (Which is what would've gotten a fifth star from me.) However, I am drawn in and [...]

    4. I didn't know what this tale would be, but I would never have guessed, not in a million years. The author has a gift for imagining and conveying creatures so human in some ways, and thus sympathetic and engaging to the reader, but so believably alien, and the story revealed them and their world while intriguing and surprising me.

    5. The only thing I liked about this book was the fact it's a short story. I felt like so much was missing. There was no background on anything. This is definitely not a book for those who do not enjoy sci-fi.

    6. Really enjoyed reading the inner conflict the main character had about themselves individually, and in the larger context of society itself.

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