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For Daniel
For Daniel
Price: $6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A time to heal, May 5, 2016
This review is from: For Daniel (Kindle Edition)
My heart goes out to you. I experienced a somewhat similar event. A well-done and interesting presentation. Mi Shebeirach.


Second Time Around
Second Time Around
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4.0 out of 5 stars Balancing the equation, March 30, 2016
In "Second Time Around," author Stacey Zackerly has penned an interesting, enlightening and introspective novella that examines life from the point of view of a terminally ill old man who miraculously gets a second chance, this time as a beautiful young women. Although this now transformed oldster initially deeply regrets his decision to change genders, his will to survive quickly kicks in to override his fears and predjudices. He learns that he can effectively utilize his womanly assets and intellect to create happiness for himself (now, of course, herself). In so doing, she realizes that a fulfilled life for her is a blending of love, sexuality, art, caring and compassion. The double standard and misogynistic thinking that she once held as a man begins to crumble and she now sees the world from the other side of the aisle.


In the Name of Science
In the Name of Science
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The future ain't what it used to be," Yogi Berra, March 15, 2016
"In the Name of Science" is a sexy little novella, which in addition to packing the high "turn-on factor" we have come to expect from author Stacey Zackerley, also has the major redeeming value of the protagonist coming to terms with both gender and sexuality. While doing so, the author allows the characters some interesting and enligtening dialogues about the confluence of where gender and sexuality, these often misunderstood factors meet, where they may diverge and the difference between the two.


The Samantha-Morphosis: He Became a Little Girl
The Samantha-Morphosis: He Became a Little Girl
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy tales may come true, it could happen to you..., March 1, 2016
For those of you who are Mindi Flyth fans, you already know that her novellas present ingeniousk stories about gender transformation. "The Samantha-Morphosis: He became a Little Girl" is her latest effort and it doesn't disappoint. Losely based on Franz Kafka's classic tale, "The Metamorphosis," a grotesque novella about a man who awakens one morning to find that he has turned into a giant insect, author Flyth has the main character in "Samantha-Morphosis..." transmogrify into a little girl, something I believe to be not nearly out of line with the wishes of the majority of readers of this genre. However, protagonist Sam doesn't see it that way, although he now presents as a lovely little feminine being, he is totally grossed out by both his gender change and his age regression. With the assistance, prodding and support of some of the compassionate and accepting members of his immediate family (not his dad, though), Sam is tasked with the job of coming to terms with who he has become. In the Kafka story, the protagonist’s adaptation to a giant verminous insect proves to be impossible and not even considered, but Flyth puts a more loving spin on things here. After the story wraps up, as Flyth often does, she has penned a word or two about how this tale came to be and what it means in her own life. Very enjoyable!


His Name Is Rebecca
His Name Is Rebecca
Price: $5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars What didn't kill her..., February 6, 2016
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Gender dysphoria and sexual abuse appear to have been at the roots of the dysfunction described in author, Rebecca De Havalland’s memoir, “His Name Is Rebecca.” This is a book about a person who suffered sexual abuse as a child with severe emotional issues resulting, all in a context of gender variance. These events and issues lead to a life of broken relationships, drug and alcohol addiction, despair and, we hope, eventual recovery. Although sex change features prominently in this story about a life that covers the better part of six decades, for this reader, gender transition was not the main focal point. The author, a person who achieved a modicum of fame during the latter decades of the 20th century, was a hairstylist and also ran modeling agencies in England and Ireland. However, she was seemingly more often known for a notoriety fueled by her drug and alcohol-related exploits.

This book about the author’s life depicts extreme contrasts. There is drinking, drugs and a myriad of relapses and recoveries. The author hits bottom and just when you think that this is as low as she can go, she plunges even lower. There are an assortment of physical ailments such as broken bones, failure of heart, liver and other major organs. There is healing and lots of help from friends, resulting in near-miraculous “nine lives” recoveries. Work enterprises galore are begun, fail and then fall by the way side. Stacks of money are made, burned through and/or lost. There are lovers and friends galore. The cycle repeats itself constantly. There is the death of a lover, a dysfunctional family, loss of a child through divorce and then the ultimate and moving reunion and eventual business partnership with that child. This is an interesting, painfully honest and self-analytical memoir. It is also a cautionary tale and well worth the read.


A Proper Young Lady
A Proper Young Lady
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, January 27, 2016
"A Proper Young Lady," by Lianne Simon is a book, that in part, concerns itself with people coming to terms with who they really are. It is a deep and touching novel that focuses on a young adult born with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. This topic is presented in such a sensitive way that the reader can genuinely understand and imagine what the experience of having this syndrome is like. In addition to the gender variant protagonist Dani, here is also a second key character, Dani's childhood friend, also involved in her own struggle for identity, but in some very different ways. The two are deeply bonded in friendship and a promise made when they were very young looms large for these friends as it weaves itself throughout the story.

This is a poetic novel that carries with it an almost ethereal feeling. It is a work of romance, replete with longing, unfulfilled expectations and thwarted dreams. There are some rather unusual twists and turns as it rushes toward a dramatic conclusion, leaving the reader hanging until the end. On another level this is a book that examines some of our deeply ingrained societal prejudices, particularly concerning sexuality and gender. It is rich in character development and written in a unique style whereby the reader is privileged to experience and be like the proverbial “fly on the wall,” as witness to the innermost thoughts and feelings of the central characters. You couldn't ask for much more in a novel.


Back to the start
Back to the start
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Sad, but true, January 23, 2016
This review is from: Back to the start (Kindle Edition)
Janet Nicola James is an excellent writer and I've read and reviewed a number of her books. In "Back to the Start," what appears to be a standard, though excellent novel about gender transition and love, turns out to be a book that offers a whole lot more. The story, which in some ways brings to mind the motion picture "Ghost," the 1990 film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, is a haunting one that highlights the scourge of homophobia and transphobia in society.


Sacrifice
Sacrifice
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Herculean Tale, January 20, 2016
This review is from: Sacrifice (Kindle Edition)
Author Cooper always seems to have some higher principle or point to make with his writings. Employing the realistic backdrop of high school and college football, Cooper weaves a story of gender transition, which for one smallish individual, serves to strengthen his passing and ground game. In "Sacrifice,"protagonist Courtney is a fine, although too small and not-quite-good enough for a college scholarship kind of quarterback. Just as the Greek god Hercules found colossal strength in his long hair, our smallish hero, with the assistance of his female love interest, finds strength through feminization. The more girlish he becomes the better player he turns out to be.

Just in case the analogy is not apparent, our hero's natural male characteristics such as his libido and machismo are actually sapping his strength. Is there a moral in this? For Courtney, his total feminization provides the strength to succeed and proves to be the answer. "Sacrifice" is an excellent story with some on-point football knowledge. I particularly liked the author’s Doug Flutie reference. For those who are not football fans, the diminutive (by football standards) Flutie rose to prominence during his college football career at Boston College in the 1980s, where he received the Heisman Trophy, college football’s highest honor. His "Hail Mary" touchdown pass against Miami in 1984, dubbed "The Pass," is considered among the most memorable moments in sports.
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Facing The Storm Alone
Facing The Storm Alone
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars What a life!, January 19, 2016
I was quite surprised that no one else has reviewed "Facing the Storm Alone,: by Alison Rashell, a memoir that has been available for the past three months. I found this book to be a well-written, enjoyable, though often agonizing description of the life of the writer, at least up until several years ago. Here, the memoir stops with the promise to pick it up again with an addition that will look at the seamier side of Alison's later years. The author, who apparently is a very private person, is an innovative individual who began to live her life in a female gender role way prior to the act of transitioning having become a fairly commonplace experience. This very human memoir discusses the author's road to transition and delves deeply into some of her mistakes, her self-destructive behavior and her relationships. I thought it was an excellent read.


The Halloween Party
The Halloween Party
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and sexy TG fantasy, January 13, 2016
"The Halloween Party" by Stacey Zacherly is a fun, sexy, if not somewhat predictable transgender fantasy. When our protagonist Parker, a closet crossdresser, attends a wild Halloween party looking for some adventure, he gets much more than he bargained for. On the one night of the year he can feel somewhat at ease venturing out in public en femme, a magical event plunges him down the transgender "rabbit hole" and he experiences virtually every aspect of sex life as a female. Guess what? He loves it! Now, the big question must be answered, "Will Parker permanently remain a woman?" Find out in this fast-paced and extremely titillating novella.


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