Get lost in the fascinating world, myth and lore of utterly beautiful THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES by R. B. Lemberg
R. B. Lemberg’s THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES continues to garner interest.
This was my first time reading the author. If this great book is anything to go buy, it won’t be my last. I really like the idea of The Birdverse.
I thought this was great and got lost in the fascinating world, myth and lore of the book and the story as it bounced between two characters.
LOST IN A GOOD BOOK feels much the same.
This book is one of a kind. The writing is fascinating, atmospheric, drenched in culture and personality. It feels completely immersive. The writing is utterly beautiful, and the characters are very memorable.
In a Sunday Status Update for FANTASY LITERATURE, Jana Nyman express some thoughts on the novella.
I also read R.B. Lemberg’s first BIRDVERSE novella, THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES, which is beautifully written, and I’m very much looking forward to reading more stories set in this universe.
As shared on TWITTER, Oliver Potter got a tattoo celebrating the book.
Andrew Liptak and Lee Mandelo, in Liptak’s newsletter, mention THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES in Read Trans / Nonbinary Authors.
Earlier this year, J.K. Rowling blew up headlines with a series of transphobic tweets and a followup essay that outlined her views when it came to trans people. It’s caused considerable angst within the trans community and its allies, and has both galvanized trans activists and elevated hateful rhetoric to the wider public. I wrote about the situation back in June, and since then, Rowling has continued to promote her hateful views.
Most recently, she published a new installment of her Cormorant Strike mystery series, Troubled Blood, which reviewers have noted features a serial killer who stalks women dressed as a woman. The book appears to do away with parable of “separate the art from the artist,” and it’s ignited a new firestorm around the author. I’d like to use this moment to highlight some trans / nonbinary authors, because their works are well worth reading.
While I’ve read authors who fall into this category, I want to turn this particular newsletter edition over to Lee Mandelo. I’ve long admired their writing on the subject, and asked to highlight some works from trans and nonbinary writers that they’re a fan of.
For that matter, in the month of September alone there are multiple scintillating new books unto which I’d like to direct your attention:
The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke
Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
The Four Profound Weaves by R.B. Lemberg
Burning Roses by S. L. Huang
Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction edited by Joshua Whitehead
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
…and that’s more or less off the top of my head, so apologies for the others that inevitably slipped past me. The point I’m aiming for here is that trans, nonbinary, and gender-variant folks of all backgrounds are out there writing books about a hundred thousand different things. Compare those September releases for a minute and you’ll notice, beautifully, nothing much in common between them; the same goes for the longer list above.
It’s a veritable cornucopia, so go snag some books and support the folks making good art.