faeriekit's review

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This book was hard for me to read though-- anthologies usually test my patience. Sometimes I failed to see the connection between all the stories, but that was mainly because I couldn't connect to all of them at once. That's not the book's fault. It still made for an odd reading experience, though. 

As far as the witchcraft goes, I can see some connections, and I miss others. That's fine. Not every craft is like mine, not every magic matches what I know. As far as the Queer and Disabled community connections go, though, the intertwining of knowing your exiled status and looking in from the outside was something that tied the majority of stories together in ways that the individual contents of each piece didn't. 

I do think this is a deeply interesting book. It brings many undervalued voices to light in a community that often sees gender roles as spiritual, and an unmovable facet of the divine. It's nice to see the reminder that the human failings of prejudice have to fall away in order to see the full breadth and scope of what witchcraft, magic, and ancestral love can look like. I would recommend finding a copy to read. 

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lilkstew's review

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Meh. This book was fine. The premise is super cool, but I felt that the essays fell flat. Some of them were real knock-outs (particularly "Garden," "Buzzcut Season," "The Future Is Coming for You," and "Ritualizing My Humanity"), but so many others were not that great. Many were dull. Several were trite. 

A lot of the essays felt repetitive, which isn't unheard of for an essay collection, but it felt poorly edited. After the seventh nearly identical essay on beauty, I was bored. The essays also contradicted each other to a strange degree. Again, this isn't uncommon for essay collections; after all, many different authors contributed. It's good to show multiple perspectives and counterpoints, but it didn't really work with this collection. Let's take the subject of beauty for example. A bunch of essays talked about beauty, but they all used the same talking points. One essay would talk about how beauty isn't empowering, the next would claim that beauty is empowering, and then the cycle would repeat. The essays didn't bring up a lot of new points; the main points of an essay on empowering beauty would be the counterpoints of the essay about beauty not being empowering. The essays lost freshness and bite and insight; they were predictable.

The editors did a great job explaining and including content warnings, though.

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