- Capa comum: 224 páginas
- Editora: Tor.com (24 de janeiro de 2017)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0765389525
- ISBN-13: 978-0765389527
- Dimensões do produto: 12,7 x 1,3 x 20,3 cm
- Peso de envio: 159 g
- Avaliação média: Seja o primeiro a avaliar este item
Passing Strange (Inglês) Capa Comum – 24 jan 2017
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The initial two chapters, which set up the ending of the story, are also expertly written. While the jump from the present back to 1940 leaves the reader with more questions than answers at first, it at least begins answering some of them right off the bat. (Like who exactly the artist Haskel was...) However, that device serves as a solid hook into the story, leaving a hint that a mystery is waiting to be puzzled out and compelling the reader on to the next page to find out just why the venerable old Judge took the actions she did so many years after the events the story is set to depict.
The characters in the story are rich and well developed, especially for a story of this length. While I would like to know more about each of them, I felt that I got to know them fairly well in the limited number of pages available, which is an impressive feat in a shorter work of fiction. All in all, I found the story a wonderful tale and I found Haskel and Emily in particular to be fantastic characters with an incredibly believable relationship. (Having been in a situation similar to Haskel's once myself, where a friend invited someone to a party with the express intent of introducing them to me, but not informing either of us of the fact, and now being married to said person for over 25 years... I totally get their relationship!)
This a love story set in San Francisco in 1940, among a friend group of women, living in a queer San Francisco set slightly apart from the "normal" one, as an artist and a singer find each other. But it's also the story of a painting--the painting pictured on the book cover, and wow, is it perfect--and a magic too believable to discount but too subtle for most people to notice.
Klages' writing is beautiful and sets the time and place so clearly I could see it as I read. The lives and relationships of the women are complex and believable. There's a frame-tale set in modern day, with the last surviving member of the friends wrapping up the last thread of the story that was bittersweet and schadenfreude-y. I have the feeling I'll be returning to this story again.
This is marketed as historical fantasy romance but the fantasy part is fairly absent. It reads much more like a straight up historical romance with some magic time fold elements mentioned in the beginning and used at the end. The historical part of the story was veryyyy good. Sprinkling in the fantasy was jarring and didn't work too well for me.
But hey! Lots of queer women and a gorgeous cover and a (perplexing) HEA. Can't ask for much more.