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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Blind Eye Books; 1st edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978986121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978986124
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,139,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Turnskin deftly explores same sex relationships and questions of identity and gender and tells an interesting story of social relations and the politics of art. Spectrum Awards Committee

The unique aspect of the shifter transformation as well as the solid world building deliver a great story that is appealing and fun to read. Three Dollar Bill Reviews

The story is inventive with plenty of twists and turns, the characters are colorful and complex, and the mythology is well developed and intricate. Matthew, Rainbow Reviews

About the Author

Nicole Kimberling lives in Bellingham, Washington with her partner, Dawn Kimberling, 2 bad cats and approximately 100,000 bees.

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Customer Reviews

It is the second time I've read this book and it is as entertaining as before.
fanie
The book is very slow, going through lots of dialogue and boring details like preparation of meals, description of bars etc.
komkon2
The main characters are well developed and engaging, the dialogue is entertaining.
J. Coombs

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Inky on January 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was expecting something gothy, (werewolves or vampires),but what I got was a really well written urban fantasy. The story follows Tom as he leaves behind his small town roots--as well as a murder and a dangerous, sexy boyfriend-- to try and make it in the big city. Of course, neither the murder nor the boyfriend stay behind him for long.

The setting is exotic and realistic, the fantasy elements blending easily with the mundane -- rickshaw drivers compete with cars for the roads, tourists gawk at shape-shifting prostitutes and gossip about which film stars are Shifters. It feels like a real place, and the characters that inhabit it are subtle, diverse and fun. (I loved Tom's cousins and their run down theater with velvet seats and falling plaster).

Of course Cloud, the sexy, dangerous boyfriend steals the show, still it was Tom, with his blend of vulnerability and determination, who made me feel for him so much that by the end I was quietly cheering as he faced down crooked cops and theater critics alike. Go Tom!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R.Parklane on February 2, 2008
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I have a wonderful time reading this. The setting is magical and enchanting, the writer's descriptions vivid. If this her debut, I am in awe of her talents.
The writer has created a fascinating world occupied by Shifters (shapeshifters who are not animals but they do have different coloured fur or hair and some with muzzles) and Skins (humans since they are practically hairless by comparison). The Skins are the higher order specie, most treating the Shifters with comtempt. But that does not prevent the Skins from hiring the Shifters as impersonators, a very original concept in the story indeed.

Both main and side characters are lively, refreshing and well flushed out, each one distinct and fun. Tom is a very likable hero, as this small town half breed (born of a shifter mother and a human father) conquers obstacles and fights for his dream and lover in the big city. You just want this vulnerable, decent but brave character to succeed. Cloud Coldmoon, a Shifter from a "Mafia" Shifter family, is the dangerous but sexy boyfriend, providing twists and turns throughout the story.

Then there are all those charming side characters. Tom's three delightful cousins who take the naive Tom under their wings, Tom's protective female friend, Angela, in the early chapters, Cloud's tough brother, Seven, and the Skins from the threatre world, just to name a few.

The plot is very original, well paced, with exciting and romantic moments as we follow young Tom's adventures. The writer's prose is most engrossing and charming. And you just have to be captivated by all the impersonations and shiftings.

This is the second release from the same publisher of "Wicked Gentlemen". Turnskin is unique and a real charmer. Excellent!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick John Graydon on March 23, 2008
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There are other reviews for this work, so I will avoid telling you about the characters, their problems, and the story. Instead, I will tell you that the shifter theme is used here to good effect to explore problems of prejudice. In a world where a shifter can look like, or impersonate, anything he or she wants to be -- any sex, any gender, any class, any profession -- it makes no sense to judge anyone by other than the content of their character. Kimberling puts her characters in situations where others make speciesist remarks after mistaking them for one of their own and where famous people reveal that they weren't always what they now appear to be. This aspect of the book makes it part of a moral conversation that is still unfortunately necessary in this country.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Coombs on May 8, 2008
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Wonderful! The main characters are well developed and engaging, the dialogue is entertaining. There is a little bit of everything in here: racism, ghettoization, classism, elitism, lookism all portrayed in a seemingly alternative universe but the issues are all present day, real world. A great read, I didn't want to get to the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kris on March 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Honesty from the outset~

I first read Nicole Kimberling's work in the Hell Cop anthology, really enjoyed her writing style, wanted to try more, and her Turnskin landed in my greedy little hands.

First things first~

Let me say right from the outset that this is NOT an ordinary were-whatever story. I realise some readers may see the word 'shifter' and associate it with changing into an animal form when there's a full moon blah, blah. However in this book, the author has returned to the more traditional concept of the shapeshifter as an individual who has the ability to literally change their shape; the length of their legs and arms, sex, hair and eye colour, voice, and even skin - and, yes, to fur too! This may sound a little gooey, but I can assure you the changes/shifts are handled very subtly by the author and, in my opinion, this is actually an important part of the story. That is, those things that make us the same and also make us different.

Turnskin is a well crafted world featuring Tom Fletcher - a naive young Shifter who writes and puts on one-man plays for his fellow farmhands, all the while dreaming of making it big in the city and seeing his name up in lights. He falls for Cloud Coldmoon, a not-so-nice-guy who embroils Tom in a murder from which he is forced to flee to the big, bad city and the two are separated.

You may be thinking 'oh, it's the star-crossed thing again' *yawn*. But the twists and turns of the plot set against the backdrop of the Turnskin Collective theatre, Tom's efforts to make his dream come true, and a group of interesting secondary characters makes this story rather unique. Like me, by the end of the book you'll be hoping Tom and Cloud find a way to be together.
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