At Snowflakes and Spider Silk, Kritika praises The Very Best of Kate Elliott.
Not only does Elliott point out why we need more diverse portrayals of characters in fiction, she writes stories that do just that. In almost all of her stories, there were important characters who were independent women, somewhere in the middle of the gender spectrum, or of a marked race. It wasn’t just the one token character either; the entire world of the story enveloped a wide range of characters. I love this about her writing, and it made for some very intriguing reading. I felt like all of her stories were original and exciting because I’d never read anything like them. Once you step away from the usual heterosexual male gaze, you find that there are possibilities for thousands more stories than the ones that have already been told and retold a thousand times.
I highly recommend this book for people who enjoy fantasy and science fiction, but also people who want to expand their social consciousness. This is an excellent, enjoyable, thought-provoking book.
Read the rest of Kritika’s review at Snowflakes and Spider Silk.
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