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Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
A life of larceny in a half-wrong body isn't what Aldin hoped for, but right now it's all he's got and he's making the best of it. When an unwelcome surprise sends him running, his prospects hinge entirely on his wits and an unlikely ally.

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Language: English
About C.A. Young

Christian A. Young grew up in a small town in the American Midwest, where he developed a love of aesthetic decay and a serious need to live somewhere bigger. He presently lives and writes in Columbia, MO, where he shares a house with his family and a pack of dogs, all of whom who are allowed on the furniture.

When he isn't writing essays, poetry, and stories, he likes to lend a hand at the annual True/False Film Festival, and celebrates National Novel Writing Month (even if he isn't participating). He writes fan fiction for fun, and believes in the value of transformative works as art and folklore in their own right.

Reviews

Review by: Anke Wehner on July 12, 2011 :
Aldin (our viewpoint character) is an art thief one job away from retiring and getting his sex reassignment surgery finished. When needing to evade authorities, borrowing transportation including driver at gunpoint seemed like a good idea...

Suspense, action, and a little commentary on gender change.

Content "warning": Starts off with a short section of pillow talk shading into foreplay, before that's interrupted.

There were no spelling, grammar or similar issues that jumped out at me.

Worth a read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Paul G Bens, Jr. on June 04, 2011 :
A great, fast read with interesting characters and a nice, easy style. Highly recommended.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ann Somerville on June 02, 2011 :
When I was younger, this was the kind of story I would inhale like air. Tightly written, clever, thinky science fiction with masses of ideas, interested world building and commentary packed into spare, punchy prose.

And then I discovered m/m, where the art of the short story is confined to stroke fic and PWPs. Because short fiction is hard, and you need to be more than just a decent writer to make it work. You need to be really good. And Mr Young is really, really good.

Aldin is an art thief, looking to complete one last job so he can finish his sex reassignment surgery and live in the body he knows he belongs in. But his partner has other ideas. Just when all seems lost, help comes in the most unexpected form.

That short summary doesn't do justice to this. For heaven's sake, risk the whole buck and buy this, and enjoy it. It's rare enough to have a transgendered hero in any story, but even if you haven't the slightest interest in that, this is still a short, cracking read. Science fiction as it should be. Highly recommended!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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