- File Size: 3654 KB
- Print Length: 832 pages
- Publisher: Karin Bishop; 1 edition (July 24, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 24, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01J0J26G2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Port of Arrival Kindle Edition
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If (especially if) _Depature_ left you yearning to experience so much more of the wonderful protagonist's life story, then _Port_of_Arrival_ is an absolute MUST READ..
This work is clearly transcendent, and even if you are not a fan of TG literature, you may well find the pair of novels an extremely rewarding read. absolutely brilliant in their detail, their well-plotted narratives, and their emotional complexity. Handling difficult topics with grace, optimism, and brilliant writing is Karin's metier, and this book is no exception.
As the novel opens, Wendy is post-op and consigned to the L.A. office of her cruise line. She's assigned a job that perhaps management thought would be a sinecure, a "make work" job, but Wendy immediately goes to work to improve the re-design/re-fit of her home ship, and then on an exhausting inspection tour of ships cruising itineraries round the world, during which she finds herself in the midst of multiple crises but to say more would spoil the joy of discovering what happens in her life after the previous novel. I will only say that you really should simply grab this one and devour it as I did. At the very least, it's a wonderful novel with exciting ports of call, at most, it is a love song written to those of us who are different
If you are gender dysphoric, you'll especially appreciate the sensitive way in which the heroine's life is portrayed, and share (as I did) all the mental processing one goes through in a life experience such as hers -- it's highly representative of what goes through the mind post-transition.
I loved spending the time with Wendy Taylor Brian and hated to see her story end -- I'm really hoping for a book 3 in this series.
Beautifully written and plotted Karin!
The book opens some time after our main character, Wendy Taylor Bryan, has returned from Thailand where she underwent GRS. With her ship still in dry dock being stretched, Taylor finds herself assigned to the office of the VP in charge of the Entertainment venues for the cruise line. She quickly proves her worth through her keen observations of the work being done to her beloved ship, and shortly after finds herself pressed into service as the acting Musical Director on board a different ship in the line. Performing admirably, she makes a name for herself not only among the musicians, but also among captain and crew. Not to mention a little shipboard romance!
Unfortunately though, Taylor soon finds the ugly head of prejudice rearing up in her face, luckily early enough in her burgeoning relationship to save her from too much heartache. Prejudice seems to be a theme of contention throughout this book, and how the characters either deal with it, or become consumed with it is an integral part of the story. Taylor soon finds herself confronted again by ignorance and irrational hatred, yet rises above it and moves on with her life. Or so she thinks......
Miss Bishop weaves this very important aspect of our every day lives deeply into her story, using her talent to highlight this most pressing issue of our current world.
I would strongly recommend this book, along with it's prequel, as required reading for anyone with an interest in the pressing matter of gender dysphoria and how our society handles it, and those who suffer from it. As one who lives each day in transition due to gender dysphoria, I found the story to be very compelling - and I truly hope that there will be yet another addition to this great story to reach a final resolution of this aspect of Taylor's life, and perhaps shed a little light and maybe even some hope for the rest of us.
Another outstanding effort Miss Bishop!
I'm itching to talk about the book, but I wouldn't want to deprive any reader of the surprises I got reading the story cold. My sole disappointment is in the number of ways this tale could have explored rich storylines that were only touched upon. But then this book would have taken even longer to finish and been a sprawling tome!
I guess it's a sign of Ms Bishop's gift that when I reached the end, I wanted more. The world of Wendy Bryan is still rich with untold stories and unexplored characters.
Although after a story like this, Ms Bishop deserves some time to rest on her laurels. :)
btw-I mean no disrespect only giving this four stars. Bishop is such a talented writer, 4 stars for her would be 8 on anyone else's scale. It's like giving Beethoven 4 stars for symphony #5 because you know he's also done symphony #9.
One thing that sets these books apart is that the dialogue is done in a way that captures non verbal communication, but skillfully so as not to disrupt the narrative or the conversations. The characters are well developed, even the non-sympathetic ones; what sets the sympathetic ones apart is that (just as in life) they are willing to learn. Finally, Ms. Bishop's use of music is an education itself, and could give you hours of things to listen to in new ways in the car or wherever you listen.
I'm hoping Port of Arrival will someday be the second book of a series.
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