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 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 MeetSix 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 IntersectInspired 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 KlagesPassing Strange

Ellen Klages was born in Ohio, and now lives in San Francisco.Her short fiction has appeared in science fiction and fantasy anthologies and magazines, both online and in print, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Black Gate, and Firebirds Rising Her story, Basement Magic, won the Best Novelette Nebula Award in 2005 Several of her other stories have been on the final ballot for the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and have been reprinted in various Year s Best volumes.She was a finalist for the John W Campbell Award, and is a graduate of the Clarion South writing workshop.Her first novel The Green Glass Sea, about two misfit eleven year old girls living in Los Alamos during WWII, while their parents are creating the atomic bomb, came out in October 2006 from Sharyn November at Viking Ellen is working on a sequel.She has also written four books of hands on science activities for children with Pat Murphy, et al for the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco.In addition to her writing, she serves on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree, Jr Award, and is somewhat notorious as the auctioneer entertainment for the Tiptree auctions at Wiscon.When she s not writing fiction, she sells old toys and magazines on eBay, and collects lead civilians.from ellenklages.com

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  • Paperback
  • 220 pages
  • Passing Strange
  • Ellen Klages
  • 07 September 2019
  • 0765389525

10 thoughts on “Passing Strange

  1. says:

    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 hi 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 one of six different women, but it truly only follows three characters a woman in our present day, and two women in a budding relationship in the 1940s Helen a Chinese immigrant working as a dancer, because you know racism Also, apparently lived to over 80 years old, like the lesbian icon she is Haskel a famous artist in the future, unknown to most even as being a woman I fucking love women who have to publish under male names and no one knows are women this is my favorite plotline and I love it that s all bye Emily a new arrival to the town, traveling to San Francisco after being thrown out of her boarding school for being queer.All of these characters were so effortlessly compelling, in so many ways, that I didn t have any trouble connecting and rushing through.Honestly, though, my true favorite thing about this book was the setting Look at that painting on the cover Then think about San Francisco Then think about the lesbians Then think about the 1920 1940 era Tell me that isn t an aesthetic you re totally into Tell me you don t completely want to read this I hope I m not alone in loving this, and that plenty of readers enjoy it just as much Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube

  2. says:

    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 endi 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 That just doesn t work it feels like a historical bumped into a fantasy or indeed like a historical was adapted to fit a SFF submissions call And this is annoying because the fantasy element is a brilliant idea packed with potential, and the historical is terrific, so if they d just had a set of dev edits to make them into an amalgamated whole, it would have worked gloriously Also a lot of headhopping between multiple characters, which makes the central part quite confusing and distancing This was still really good, but a decent development edit job would have made it stellar, and that hacks me off on the author s behalf The publisher obviously cared enough to give this a lovely, perfect, appropriate cover why not edit What, in fact, is the goddamn point of publishers who don t edit Hmph

  3. says:

    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 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 up about this sale The action flashes back to the 1940 s, where we meet the artist, Haskell who turns out to have been a lesbian not the easiest thing in pre War San Fran, although there s a lively demimonde of women who are in the life, whose social scene centers around the Chinatown club called Mona s We also meet Haskell s group of friends, one of whom, we realize, is the elderly woman who owned the painting The tale of how that painting came to be hidden in her possession for so many years is revealed, and it s a story of violence, desperation and love.I liked the story very much My only complaint is that it falls prey to that pitfall of many well researched pieces of fiction it s got a ton of details that don t really flow with the narrative, but arelike, I m sticking this in because I found out this tidbit of information about what it was like to be a lesbian in 1940 s San Francisco and isn t it fascinating Well, yes, it is but sometimes it didn t feel as seamlessly woven in as it could have.Many thanks to Tor and NetGalley for the opportunity to read As always, my opinions are unrelated to the source of the book

  4. says:

    This is a perfect story in every way I can think of.

  5. says:

    One of the Tor free downloads this month June 2019 if you join their book club and I will count it for something blue for the Reading Envy Summer Reading challenge It s also a fun read for Pride month San Francisco in the 1940s had its own kind of magic, but what if there also was actual magic Six women interact with one another in a series of interlinked stories starting from the present day and explaining pieces of the story bit by bit Pulp artistry, lesbian culture when it had to sta One of the Tor free downloads this month June 2019 if you join their book club and I will count it for something blue for the Reading Envy Summer Reading challenge It s also a fun read for Pride month San Francisco in the 1940s had its own kind of magic, but what if there also was actual magic Six women interact with one another in a series of interlinked stories starting from the present day and explaining pieces of the story bit by bit Pulp artistry, lesbian culture when it had to stay underground, and a city that seems to morph and change without warning It s a lovely little read

  6. says:

    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 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 plenty of prejudices All the historical elements were compelling, especially those pertaining to the World Fair I wasn t expecting the magic realism but this was done with such a light hand that it doesn t detract from the main strands In fact, it offers a poetical light to the plot that readers can accept or not

  7. says:

    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 l 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 story At first I found the transition a bit off putting, but because Haskell and Emily s romance is so sweet, I got over that pretty quickly.The fantasy elements of this are not particularly present We really only see them at the beginning and end of the book The sudden reintroduction of the magical element threw me off, and the book would have been stronger if we saw just a few instances of it in the book s middle.But those are all relatively minor grievances, and I still loved this strange little story Passing Strange feels like a love letter to both San Francisco and to women who love women It s beautiful and weird and you should definitely pick it up

  8. says:

    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.

  9. says:

    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.

  10. says:

    This was beautiful Passing Strange is a novella set in San Francisco It follows a group of queer women, some of which are magical Most of the story is set in 1940, but the first chapter takes place in modern day, and from the first page the atmosphere drew me in.This book is exactly like its cover atmospheric, gay, apparently quiet but beautiful if one takes the time to look at the details Yes, I love this cover, and it s a plot relevant beautiful cover one of the main characters is an arti This was beautiful Passing Strange is a novella set in San Francisco It follows a group of queer women, some of which are magical Most of the story is set in 1940, but the first chapter takes place in modern day, and from the first page the atmosphere drew me in.This book is exactly like its cover atmospheric, gay, apparently quiet but beautiful if one takes the time to look at the details Yes, I love this cover, and it s a plot relevant beautiful cover one of the main characters is an artist , which makes everything even better.The descriptions of the setting were my favorite part of this novella Not only because they were really pretty the writing is great, of course but because this story wouldn t be the same without them Passing Strange is about San Francisco just as much as it is about its characters There s a focus on the hidden parts of the city, the ones tourists visited as if they were a zoo Chinatown and LGBT clubs and the story comments on racism, sexism and homophobia through these scenes.The characters were, for me, the weakest point There were too many of them, but only the main couple Emily, a singer, and Haskel, a mysterious illustrator whose gender is unknown to most and their friend Helen who works as a dancer in Chinatown were actually developed I liked them, and kept confusing the others.The ending was one of my favorite novella endings It wrapped up the story perfectly, just like the beginning drew me in immediately If you re looking for a historical f f book on the quiet side with just a hint of magic, try Passing Strange it s definitely worth it

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