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Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories (Transgender Fiction) by [McDonald, Sandra]
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*Starred Review* After three series novels (The Outback Stars, 2007; The Stars Down Under, 2008; The Stars Blue Yonder, 2009), McDonald fields a first collection that comes close to being another novel. In it the paths of three characters cross and converge, though in some stories, none of them appears. Foremost among them is the commanding figure of Diana Comet, who is young, mature, and maturer, respectively, in three stories; absent but influential in another; incognito in two more. Cubby Salaman is a 12-year-old runaway in two tales, later a vigorous young man aboard a ship on which he reencounters the third recurring character, Graybeard, a sentient, customarily immobile figurehead. Their stage is an alternate Earth touched by magic. That alone doesn't make these stories what McDonald calls them, improbable. That quality arises more from the facts that Diana is a cross-dressing man, and plenty of the other protagonists, Cubby included, are gay. Their world isn't much easier for gays and transgender folk than ours is, yet they are winningly heroic, psychologically complex, and sympathetic. And because theirs is an alternate world, they prove their mettle in genre milieus ranging from the western to contemporary (in our world) desert warfare, with technologies ranging from sail and horse to helicopter. No matter the setting and the tools, their stories are all enthralling. --Ray Olson

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''Every so often, a book gets published that pushes the limits of the ordinary; or in the case of Sandra McDonald's Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories, transcends it with a wise and playful intelligence. This collection of 15 new and previously published short fiction delights with tales from a world where the mundane and fantastic intertwine in strange and marvelous ways.'' --EDGE Publications

''In that grand tradition of the fantastic that runs from Ray Bradbury to Jeffrey Ford -- and sitting happily beside those writers at their richest and most enchanting -- McDonald's collection is a book to fall in love with: a beautiful truth at the heart of every whimsy; every tale turning us back to history, to reality, even as it reinvents our world; and the collected whole even greater than the sum of its exquisitely interwoven parts.'' ----Hal Duncan, award-winning author of Vellum and Ink

''Every so often, a book gets published that pushes the limits of the ordinary; or in the case of Sandra McDonald's Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories, transcends it with a wise and playful intelligence. This collection of 15 new and previously published short fiction delights with tales from a world where the mundane and fantastic intertwine in strange and marvelous ways.'' --EDGE Publications

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  • File Size: 908 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590210948
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T256IIW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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