Passing Strange (2020)

Passing Strange San Francisco in is a haven for the unconventional Tourists flock to the cities within the city the Magic City of the World s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion the forbidden city
  • Title: Passing Strange
  • Author: Ellen Klages
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  • Page: 386
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional Tourists flock to the cities within the city the Magic City of the World s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer authentic experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps and the twilight world of forSan Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional Tourists flock to the cities within the city the Magic City of the World s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer authentic experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet.Six women find their lives as tangled with each other s as they are with the city they call home They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.Inspired by the pulps, film noir, and screwball comedy, Passing Strange is a story as unusual and complex as San Francisco itself from World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages.At the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.
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    1. me finding a book about sapphic women that doesn t end in tragedy good shit go sHit thats some good shit right there right there if i do a so my self i say so thats what im talking about right there right there chorus mMMMM O0 OOOOO Oooo Good shitOkay, but all emojis aside, I really adored this novella about love and oppression between queer women Passing Strange is a speculative fiction ode to San Francisco s hidden history, and I thoroughly enjoyed it I know the blurb is marketing the story as [...]

    2. This came highly recommended, and the Tor novellas I ve read have been pretty wow so far Great opening, absolutely engaging and brilliant Great depiction of the under the radar sexual and racial world of 1940s San Francisco Really liked the setting and the central couple.The structure needed work though There s a magical aspect of folding time and space which is almost completely unexplored it comes up twice in passing mentions in the first, what, 90%, and exists only to facilitate the ending Th [...]

    3. I was delighted to find that this book is a return to the magic infused San Francisco of Klages story Caligo Lane, which I loved In the present day, an elderly woman, setting her affairs in order as she knows her life is reaching its end, goes to sell a valuable painting to a collector It s a lost work by a pulp fiction illustrator, legendary among a certain niche market although the subject matter is a bit unusual for the genre But there are hints that there is something not quite on the up and [...]

    4. The first thing that attracted me to this novella was the beautiful and arresting cover All those blues had a haunting quality Little did I know that this painting is literally at the heart of this story Klages uses it to bookend and indeed frame a love story with a difference, using 1939 San Francisco as the backdrop.The mix of characters works really well, as does the focus on the two main protagonists We witness, through this snapshot, their situations in a world with little understanding and [...]

    5. A love story to San Francisco across the decades, and its queer community I thought this was a lovely piece but it felt a tad disjointed Nonetheless, well enjoyed.

    6. Hello, you, she said It s been a while Friendship and love between queer women in San Francisco, circa 1940 I could have happily read a full length novel about these women and their lives in San Francisco Passing Strange is a great novella Though it s not perfect The fantastical aspects sort of get the shorter end of the stick I did wish for a deeper exploration of the magical Nevertheless, Passing Strange is a beautiful little novella that I liked very much indeed.

    7. This is a lovely little novella centered around the lesbian scene of San Francisco during the 1940s.As someone who lives in San Franciso, I can tell you that Klages really captures the feel of the city Obviously I didn t live there in the 40s, but there are aspects that live on in the city today Plus, parts of this book do take place in modern times.The shift in perspectives is a little clunky we start the book following an old Helen, but the story is really centered on Haskell and Emily s love [...]

    8. This book was adooorable I just wish it had been longer the magic aspect seemed like an afterthought but it was cool and worth exploring Still 1940s lesbian romance in San Francisco Shut up and take my money Or, well, take my interlibrary loan request

    9. Passing Strange is a current Nebula nominee, and I read this as part of my voting packet.This heavily researched novella goes deep into the history of the lesbian community in 1940 San Francisco as it tells the story of a romance between a pulp magazine artist and a singer The atmospheric details are incredible San Francisco is a vivid character itself, but most of the cast is likewise bright and full of life A big clash at the climax felt too predictable, though, and some of the consequences we [...]

    10. I m grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of this book via NetGalley Helen Young went into her bedroom She changed into a pair of blue silk pyjamas, brushed her hair, and put on a touch of lipstick Then she got into bed, turned out the light, and went to sleep for the last time humming a Cole Porter tune until she and the melody simply drifted away So ends one of the characters is this hauntingly beautiful tale of life in the queer melting pot of 40s San Francisco.Helen is one of a group [...]

    11. 3.5 out of 5 stars see this review and others at The Speculative Shelf.Passing Strange is a story of love and friendship among six women in 1940s San Francisco Author Ellen Klages employs elegant prose, a straightforward plot, and a splash of magic to construct this beautiful and well told story Everything here works well, but nothing about it blew me away That being said, I would read an entire book of Klages describing pastries

    12. Received to review via Netgalley released 24th January 2017Passing Strange is a lovely novella which takes its own sweet time As it opens, you expect one story, one protagonist as it continues to unfold, you see that you were wrong In my case, I didn t mind that bait and switch at all, but I imagine some people will find that shift in POV a little jarring Though I didn t mind, I did find myself briefly wrong footed by it.The novella is set in San Fransisco, 1940, among a community of queer women [...]

    13. Passing Strange is an absolutely magical story and by far my favorite thing I ve read so far in 2017 In this gorgeously imagined romance, Ellen Klages brings the queer side of 1940s San Francisco to glittering life and peoples it with characters who are fresh and interesting and yet still feel like the kind of old friends one wants to visit with over and over again It s a book that works precisely because of the specificity of its characters and its setting in time and space, and Klages does a g [...]

    14. I love you, she said I d follow you to the end of the world Any world This book is like magic on paper I don t know how else to describe it You feel the atmosphere in every scene you can imagine yourself there, watching the sights as our characters do They are as enthralled by the city as anyone would be, and you are enthralled by them I sort of really freaking liked this book It was short but it was, how shall we put it A whirlwind of love Yeah That works Please don t die on me today, Haskel sa [...]

    15. The strength of Passing Strange lies in the setting, which is richly atmospheric and vivid Picturing San Francisco in the 1940s and its contemporary Chinatown is easy and reading feels like experiencing than observing We visit all kinds of different venues, and place and time come alive on the page.I was drawn to this book because of its incredibly beautiful and stunning cover and the blurb sounded really interesting to me as well The opening chapters are set today and captivatingly frame the m [...]

    16. First off, the cover for Passing Strange looks beautiful when you see it at first brush After reading it however it triggers an emotional reaction, at least for me I won t spoil anything, but I ll tell you it s one of the best straight from the book covers I ve ever seen.Moving onto the novella itself Passing Strange is one of those stories that takes magic for granted It s there, it happens a few times over the course of our journey but it s never the central focus Instead we focus on the women [...]

    17. 3.5, but this time I m rounding down.This is incredibly well written, and what character work there is, is spectacular But I can t help feeling that this needed fleshing out I wanted to know about them I really loved the start, with Helen as the narrator And then midway through, the focus shifts to Haskell and Emily, and while they re also great characters, I just wasn t as interested in them The world is great, really great But I spent the second half of the book vaguely wishing for Helen It [...]

    18. 4.5 stars One of the longer Tor novellas I ve read So good Some parts are a tough emotional read but woof.

    19. Disclaimer Received an ARC Have novellas published with the same line Take my review as you will, especially with those variables in mind.Having said that Passing Strange is an ache, a pang in my chest, a queer story so ferociously loving of its characters that the simplest interactions feel almost like a real family Haskel, Emily, Helen, Franny, and all the rest the cast do not come across as vehicles of their narrative, but genuine people By the end of the book, there was a tiny part of me tha [...]

    20. Short version Guaranteed to be one of my top books of the year, if not number one I actually made myself put it down after a chapter or two each night so I wouldn t finish too quickly Part of the joy is going in blind and I suggest you do the same, so if the blurb interests you go read it Now ish Long version I m going to say as much as I can while giving away as little as possible Characters live and breathe in a city that does the same The plot is wonderfully paced within an intriguing structu [...]

    21. 2.75ish stars.The 1940s, even in San Francisco, wasn t the most inclusive of time periods Just ask the characters of this book They have to put up with a lot, but they re strong and they withstand even if it takes a little magic to do so This is an interesting historical fantasy, with a lot emphasis on the historical than the fantasy.

    22. A novella about queer women in 1940 s San Francisco Historical fiction and notable hotspots, Mona s, Treasure Island collide with magic and a loving coven of witches to make this a surreal and wonderful story.

    23. Very quick read, enjoyed it a lot A compact little story about crossdressing women, art, literature, singing, and magic in the 1940s.

    24. I admit it The cover of this book is what drew me in Little did I know it would play a pivotal role in the story It is absolutely haunting, beautiful, and alluring Kudos to Gregory Manchess for the art and Christine Foltzer for the design I didn t realize, when I snapped it off the shelf that the book would take place in a city I love, nor that it was written by an author I ve read, or published by one of my favorite houses These surprises, plus learning that Klages has written before of a magic [...]

    25. What a lovely short story At first I didn t understand what was happening but by the end of the book I simply loved the way everything fitted to seal the book with a neat ribbon.I loved the couple and their group of friends, all with their distinct personalities I thought the romance was going to be between X and Y but It took me by surprise it was going to be X and Z Haskel and Emily have a lot of chemistry and I loved the progression of their relationship, how they tried to get over the obstac [...]

    26. Wow I need Ellen Klages immediately This is a such a beautifully written novella She pulls the reader into San Francisco in 1940 masterfully It s the kind of historical fiction that doesn t feel bogged down in exposition It flows naturally and I find myself immersed in another time, meeting characters who feel genuine and real The magical elements are slight, but give this almost the feel of a modern fairy tale I d also like to note that, unlike many modern novellas, this one feels complete The [...]

    27. I heard the author read the first couple of chapters of this last year and thought it sounded fun and interesting I m glad that I picked up a copy because it s a really excellent story and is one of the best literary pieces I ve read for some time It s a fantasy without a really strong fantasy thread, just one such major point that frames the narrative It s a rather short novel, but is very, very well written and packs quite a message It s a story of people dealing with persecution, set in 1940 [...]

    28. i had no expectations for this book, i mainly picked it for its pretty cover lmao yeah i know why am i like this but it was surprisingly aesthetic, well written and diverse, i enjoyed it a loti didnt know what to make of that sudden supernatural turn it got on the last 10 pages because that seemed very rushed and weird to me in comparison with the rest of the book that didnt hint on magic at all but i did enjoy it, it has a very picturesque mood to it

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