I will participate by doing a mini-challenge based on 50 Books POC. For the entire week, every day I will post a new review of a book by a non-white author. If I don't have time for books, I will fill in with manga, manhwa, or other comics. If anyone feels like doing this too, I would be thrilled to read more reviews!

How to participate in IBARW:

Announce the week in your blog.

Post about race and/or racism: in media, in life, in the news, personal experiences, writing characters of color, portrayals of race in fiction, review a book on the subject, etc. (Linking back here is highly appreciated!) The optional theme this year is "global."

Let us know by bookmarking your post on Delicious with "for:ibarw," or comment with a link to your post in one of the link-collecting posts.

See [livejournal.com profile] ibarw for more details.

Writers of Color 50 Book Challenge ([livejournal.com profile] 50books_poc) - "Basically, we just want people to read works by authors of color. We’re pretty open to any degree of participation that furthers that end. We don't even care which books you read, so long as they're written by authors of color. Seriously, you can read fun books. Easy books. Books that make you happy. Books that get your kink on. They just have to be by authors of color."
I will participate by doing a mini-challenge based on 50 Books POC. For the entire week, every day I will post a new review of a book by a non-white author. If I don't have time for books, I will fill in with manga, manhwa, or other comics. If anyone feels like doing this too, I would be thrilled to read more reviews!

How to participate in IBARW:

Announce the week in your blog.

Post about race and/or racism: in media, in life, in the news, personal experiences, writing characters of color, portrayals of race in fiction, review a book on the subject, etc. (Linking back here is highly appreciated!) The optional theme this year is "global."

Let us know by bookmarking your post on Delicious with "for:ibarw," or comment with a link to your post in one of the link-collecting posts.

See [livejournal.com profile] ibarw for more details.

Writers of Color 50 Book Challenge ([livejournal.com profile] 50books_poc) - "Basically, we just want people to read works by authors of color. We’re pretty open to any degree of participation that furthers that end. We don't even care which books you read, so long as they're written by authors of color. Seriously, you can read fun books. Easy books. Books that make you happy. Books that get your kink on. They just have to be by authors of color."
This novel prompted the following conversation, held with [livejournal.com profile] oyceter via cellphone:

Oyce: The angels-make-vampires writer also wrote a book about shapeshifter condos!

Me: Did you say shapeshifter condoms?

Oyce: Yes! Shapeshifter condos!

Me: Are they specially designed?

Oyce: Well, shapeshifters have special needs.

Me: I guess they’d need different sizes…

Oyce: Yes, depending on what they shapeshift into. Like, leopards need lots of room.

Me: And of course they’d have to be extra-resilient.

Oyce: They do need to allow for wear and tear when they turn into animals.

Me: They’d have to expand and contract really fast without breaking. Especially if some of their penises become forked or something.

Oyce: Forked??? Penises??? What???

Me: Did you say “condoms?”

Oyce: ConDOS -- condominiums!

Regrettably, the special shapeshifter condoms condos are more of a plot device than the subject matter of this paranormal romance. The condos were my second-favorite part of the book. My favorite was that the heroine has extra-special eyes that look like the night sky with stars, and when she has an orgasm, the stars explode into multi-colored fireworks.

In a world in which Changeling shapeshifters have allowed Yosemite to overgrow much of California and the telepathic Psy deal with their nasty little tendency to become psychotic serial killers by suppressing all emotion, multiracial Psy Sascha, who must hide the fact that she has emotions or be forcibly brainwashed, becomes the liaison between Psy and Changeling in order to broker a land deal for condominiums. When she meets hot Changeling Lucas, condoms also become relevant. As there’s a serial killer on the loose, the plot is actually, “He’s a werewolf with a tragic past. She’s a telepath with a deadly secret. Together, they fight crime!”

As I mentioned in my review of Singh’s angels-make-vampires novel, I have terribly mixed feelings about her books.

I love the over the top wish-fulfillment fantasies (eyeball fireworks! Totally literal angel dust!), bizarre yet inventive and detailed worldbuilding, multiracial casts (though I wish she’d stop describing her heroines of color as “exotic”) and a compellingly beach-read style.

I hate the gender roles, in which men are turned on by dominating women, and women are turned on by being dominated. (I don’t mind this if it’s BDSM role-playing, though I prefer female-dominant. What I hate reading about is when this is portrayed as the way romance normally goes.) This means I don’t like Singh’s romances. This is a problem, as romance is central to the romance genre. In this novel, the hero keeps talking about “marking” the heroine so everyone will know she belongs to him. This would be gross enough as is, but since the book involves wolf shapeshifters, I kept thinking he was planning to pee on her. (It’s actually done by biting.)

And yet Singh’s books have that same addictive quality as Laurell Hamilton’s early novels, which had me running out to buy more even though they had too much sex and not enough action and I detested both of Anita’s love interests. (I gave up on Hamilton at around the point where I had to detest all 69 of Anita’s love interests.) I… oh, I confess it… will undoubtedly read more of the Psy/Changeling series, and even went online to find out the release date of the next angel/vampire book.

Slave to Sensation (The Psy-Changelings Series, Book 1) (Berkley Sensation)
This novel prompted the following conversation, held with [livejournal.com profile] oyceter via cellphone:

Oyce: The angels-make-vampires writer also wrote a book about shapeshifter condos!

Me: Did you say shapeshifter condoms?

Oyce: Yes! Shapeshifter condos!

Me: Are they specially designed?

Oyce: Well, shapeshifters have special needs.

Me: I guess they’d need different sizes…

Oyce: Yes, depending on what they shapeshift into. Like, leopards need lots of room.

Me: And of course they’d have to be extra-resilient.

Oyce: They do need to allow for wear and tear when they turn into animals.

Me: They’d have to expand and contract really fast without breaking. Especially if some of their penises become forked or something.

Oyce: Forked??? Penises??? What???

Me: Did you say “condoms?”

Oyce: ConDOS -- condominiums!

Regrettably, the special shapeshifter condoms condos are more of a plot device than the subject matter of this paranormal romance. The condos were my second-favorite part of the book. My favorite was that the heroine has extra-special eyes that look like the night sky with stars, and when she has an orgasm, the stars explode into multi-colored fireworks.

In a world in which Changeling shapeshifters have allowed Yosemite to overgrow much of California and the telepathic Psy deal with their nasty little tendency to become psychotic serial killers by suppressing all emotion, multiracial Psy Sascha, who must hide the fact that she has emotions or be forcibly brainwashed, becomes the liaison between Psy and Changeling in order to broker a land deal for condominiums. When she meets hot Changeling Lucas, condoms also become relevant. As there’s a serial killer on the loose, the plot is actually, “He’s a werewolf with a tragic past. She’s a telepath with a deadly secret. Together, they fight crime!”

As I mentioned in my review of Singh’s angels-make-vampires novel, I have terribly mixed feelings about her books.

I love the over the top wish-fulfillment fantasies (eyeball fireworks! Totally literal angel dust!), bizarre yet inventive and detailed worldbuilding, multiracial casts (though I wish she’d stop describing her heroines of color as “exotic”) and a compellingly beach-read style.

I hate the gender roles, in which men are turned on by dominating women, and women are turned on by being dominated. (I don’t mind this if it’s BDSM role-playing, though I prefer female-dominant. What I hate reading about is when this is portrayed as the way romance normally goes.) This means I don’t like Singh’s romances. This is a problem, as romance is central to the romance genre. In this novel, the hero keeps talking about “marking” the heroine so everyone will know she belongs to him. This would be gross enough as is, but since the book involves wolf shapeshifters, I kept thinking he was planning to pee on her. (It’s actually done by biting.)

And yet Singh’s books have that same addictive quality as Laurell Hamilton’s early novels, which had me running out to buy more even though they had too much sex and not enough action and I detested both of Anita’s love interests. (I gave up on Hamilton at around the point where I had to detest all 69 of Anita’s love interests.) I… oh, I confess it… will undoubtedly read more of the Psy/Changeling series, and even went online to find out the release date of the next angel/vampire book.

Slave to Sensation (The Psy-Changelings Series, Book 1) (Berkley Sensation)
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