Collected in this book are four fantasy stories on the M2F transgender theme, which concentrate on celebrating the positive, erotic and spiritual aspects of TG. They were written because the author, looking in vain for the kind of story he wanted to read, suddenly realised that he could not be the only one wishing for something different and that the solution was to write a few such stories instead of bemoaning their absence.
Hence readers looking for the darker side of TG fiction and/or for anatomically explicit descriptions of sexual acts are respectfully encouraged to look elsewhere. Everybody else is cordially invited in, to meed some likeable characters who are bright, intellectually sophisticated, and best of all, nice people, who really like each other.
"To Love and to Cherish" is a love story with a difference, structured around an age-old question: how far would you go in order to save the woman you love? The story has a strong plot element, which culminates in an unusual twist, causing the reader to have a heart-warming "Aha!" moment.
"No Special Effects" is more in the mould of a TG wish-fulfilment tale. Asked by his girlfriend "would you be my girlfriend?", the narrator vividly relates his subsequent journey of self-discovery. Yet here too is a subtle twist, which means that the story can be read in two different ways.
"Burning Bright" bright takes the standard trope of a magic mirror, but runs away with it in a less than usual direction. The story, told by a female narrator, rather than by the man being transformed, has a somewhat Chandleresque tone. While gender change is its main focus the less than expected conclusion evokes larger themes.
"Indoor Games" features another female protagonist with a very distinctive "voice", who mixes philosophy, gender magic and attitude in explaining her unique approach to amicable separation. The transformation climax is followed by a coda, fitting the tale into realities of mundane life and concluded by a direct appeal to the reader.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Didn't care for it. Characters not well written and nothing provided any reason to invest in the stories.
Well, I am glad to see fantasy TG writing that actually has some substance. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Any more coming?!