Sliders: The Dark Side of Transgender

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Rated 4.14/5 based on 7 reviews
S:DST is an exposé of trans life and its industry. A novel, it follows a transgender through 36 years in transition. She shares her views from the beginning, but they change dramatically over time, learning about denial and falsities. S:DST has excitement and hot sex, but also other things such as intergroup arguments, denial, autogynephilia, family issues, and loneliness. More
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I believe a person should be able to follow his or her own heart, but I also believe long-term happiness, and acceptance, are best sought with a realistic understanding of the problems involved, where it can be found. No one person can provide that for others, but I believe an approach to issues with both the light and the dark side of things is the most helpful.

My novels tend to be controversial. Things happen and views are expressed by characters within that, variously, many people will agree with and that others will not agree with, because that is part of life. As well, if someone reads carefully, she will notice that, often, a character will present as one way at one time in her life, yet present quite differently, with different views, at a later time in life, mainly because issues can and may evolve through people over the course of decades. As well, a reader may notice that a view expressed in one story is represented differently in another, by another character.

Finally, I must note: I think of myself more as a storyteller than a writer. Transitions are expensive, sometimes costing several multiples of an annual salary, and the treatment industry—I do clearly say so—charges way too much. In addition, when someone is hurting because she needs to change, or when someone's social or financial life has been affected in relation to a transition, money can be even harder to come by. In order to keep these books coming for free, I usually do not use an outside editor as I make no money off these books at all and editors are costly. I spend a great deal of time with each novel, but if a mistake is noted, please email me at aimeenorin@gmail.com and let me know.

Thank you, and blessings to all,

Aimee Norin

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Reviews

Review by: Ana Perry on Oct. 16, 2013 :
I would have given this one a 3 stars, until I read Hate Crimes. In Hate Crimes, I can see a lot more who Regina is. Sliders is so pointed, that I missed it there.

Regina is a very good person who has thecourage to let others see who she is. And now, I'll give it 5 stars.
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Review by: Tina Collear on Dec. 05, 2012 :
I found this book different than Falling in Love. This one is more historical, and not like a normal novel. I think the way it's told, it's about problems she has in life that she doesn't tell others about. She's different, and she winds up lonely. I know I've felt it, and I've known others who have. She learns more about how to be accepted, but it doesn't come for her until the very end.

it's not a pretty story, but it's real in all the nights and all the years of being alone.

Falling in Love was better as a story, and I liked the romance.
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Review by: Rachel Eliason on Sep. 08, 2012 :
Wow. If you are looking for an accurate and realistic view of what it means to be trans in this day and age, this is not it. I almost didn't write this review but I finally decided the book required some response.

Sliders tells the story of Regina, a male to female "transgenderist" (?). She takes female hormones and has breast augmentation but decides to opt out of SRS because "that's my clitoris". The first few years after transition (the book follows her through something like thirty years of her life) she seems to be getting along well enough even though she's lost her entire family. (It doesn't appear from the book like she's ever had any real friends.)

After nearly twenty eight years of living as a woman (and nearly half the book, during which it rambles on about nothing) she "wakes up" one day and discovers she's a freak! That's right, all this time she thought she was living successfully as a woman she's really been a freak.

After an abortive suicide attempt Regina meets Lourdes, a closet, self loathing transsexual. Lourdes teaches the two most important lessons any trans person needs to survive. 1) No matter how nice they are to your face, everyone hates you. Seriously, they hate you. It's a deep down "cellular" response and there's no point in calling them transphobic because they really can't help it. 2) You should hate yourself to. If you can't pass as a woman it's probably because you don't hate yourself enough.

Take for example Lourdes advice on vocal training, "If the sound is wrong don't make it." "Better to be a mute woman than a voiced trans." Her advice on passing follows the same basic logic. Don't wear fashionable clothes, don't talk to people more than necessary, and don't do anything that draws any attention to yourself.

Lourdes drops out of the book almost as quickly as she comes in, which is thankful since she's not really a likable character (of course the main character isn't that likable either). The main character spends the rest of the book either spiraling into depression or ranting about how the "transgender paradigm" ruined her life and arguing with everyone.

Where is the rest of trans community during all this? Oh, they're all self-obsessed individuals.

Meanwhile the real "dark" side of being transgender, discrimination, hate crimes, drug and alcohol problems and job discrimination leading to bone crushing poverty, sex work and HIV, seems entirely absent from this novel.

The author seems to have some point in portraying the trans community in this way, but I haven't the foggiest notion what it is. I suppose I could re-read it, but on top of everything else, it's just not that interesting of a read. The characters are flat and the dialogue is not realistic.
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Review by: Robyn Jane Sheppard on May 07, 2012 :
Wow! Where do I begin? I am a 62-year-old trans woman, and have just now finished reading this book. I can't find anything to disagree with Ms. Norin. On the other hand, agreeing or not agreeing wasn't her point. She does an excellent job of saying, "Hey, this is the way it is. I'm not making any judgments."

This is a book I will read again and again, as my own views - just like Regina's - change over time. I will also be recommending this book to my TG friends.

And Marianne? Hugs, sister. It may be lonely, but we have each other.
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Review by: Stephanie Bowers on Feb. 10, 2012 :
My new daughter is transsexual, and I find this book invaluable in trying to understand her. I'm thankful for it, because I love her and want to help.
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Review by: Darla Cunningham on Jan. 14, 2012 :
Finally, a book that doesn't gloss over the dark side of it or make the negative look self righteous. I like that it's balanced, that all the characters have their issues, good and bad. After reading this, I'll relate to transgenders better. And transsexuals.
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Review by: Marianne Johnston on Jan. 11, 2012 :
I don't know what to say. I'd argue that some of this doesn't relate to me, but I know it's just the characters in the novel. It is so razor sharp in the points it makes. I am stunned in a beautiful way. But the one thing I have to agree with Norin on is the loneliness. I've been doing this longer than in my former self, and I do have to say, it's easy to slip into denial and pretend happiness. I'm happy to be me. But the loneliness is deeply painful. And people won't even tell me the truth about why they dont' have me over. Like they all have to live in a fantasy about me, how they're kind. It's the lies that come with the loneliness. Thank you, Aimee. I just want to reach out and hug Regina.
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