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- Publication Date: April 11, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JND5RBW
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Invisible: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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Because these essays are IMPORTANT. If you are a reader, a writer, or simply somebody interested in the politics and sociology of representation, you should read these essays. Every single essay here tells a story - sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes heartwarming and always interesting.
Also, Mark Oshiro!!!
Obviously, some reflected my own experiences more closely than others, but the others were in many ways more rewarding perspectives. It's all too easy for any of us to be very aware of our own issues, but oblivious to those faced by other people, and I welcomed the heartfelt accounts that opened my eyes more and raised my consciousness.
Highly recommended, especially for those who care about sf/f, and the narrow tropes that are all too common therein.
Honestly, I expected to saddened and angered by the essays but I also expected the reading to be a bit difficult and sometimes for it to get ranty so I put off reading it. Imagine my surprise when I started reading and could not put the book down because I found the stories so compelling. The essays are relatively short and are simply personal reflections of how a particular issue has affected the author of that particular piece. The predominant emotion was indeed sadness but the majority of the essays reflected on the past and pointed out relatively simple ways that writers can do better in the future. I learned a great deal from this simple book, and I would encourage everyone to take the time to read this.
If you are interested in what it can mean to read a genre you love, never finding any characters who resemble you at all, or if you have had that experience and just want to feel less alone, you are the audience for this book. Highly recommended.