Sliders: The Dark Side of Transgender

Rated 4.14/5 based on 7 reviews
Sliders reveals problems a transgender woman has in 36 years of transition. Some of it is an exposé of trans life and its industry, which may be unpopular or little known, using period-correct terminology. Her views evolve dramatically over time, through decades. Sliders touches intergroup arguments, depression, denial, fear, gender identity, family issues, and loneliness. More
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I am an advocate for trans people, for transgender, transsexual, gender non-conforming and LGBTQI living. I not only write for entertainment but to address issues felt by minorities, which includes trans people as a whole and also minority groups within—views both popular and unpopular—with an underlying message throughout of the value of life, mutual acceptance, and mutual respect.

PLEASE NOTE: My characters are usually in some form of conflict, working through issues, struggling with society or sometimes even with their own demons in an effort to find love and respect, happiness in life. A novel may walk with a character through her own hell, then glimpse by the end a new way for her to engage in her life—or an idea may be expressed one way, in one novel, only to be expressed differently in another novel, by the same or another character—how people's views change over time, in different situations, or as seen by others.

Some novels are happy for the most part, such as "Out of the Closet," "Falling in Love" and "Transmutation." "Falling in Love" is particularly romantic, with some devastation, argument; "Transmutation" is also funny, through it starts out with a death and the protagonist's angry refusal to endure that again. "Transmutation" is a trans utopian future. "Hate Crimes" is a combination of a dream come true, hate crimes, and a plea for peace.

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 sometimes the treatment industry 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 and let me know.

Without an editor, all these novels are all a work-in-progress, and I do depend on feedback about content. I do respond to such feedback in an effort to please, and go back and revise the novels. When enough modifications are made, I may put a "V" for Version on the cover to quickly indicate.

As always, all Aimee Norin materials are copyrighted, all rights reserved. Beyond the legal minimum, no Aimee Norin novel may be copied, shared, or reproduced electronically or otherwise without prior written permission of the author.

Thank you, and blessings to all,

Aimee Norin

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About the Series: Trans People Living
Situational, contemporary novels, all interconnected with recurring characters, about trans people living, happy and sad, trying to make things work while they struggle to find health, love, and happiness.

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Ana Perry reviewed on 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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Tina Collear reviewed on on Dec. 5, 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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Rachel Eliason reviewed on on Sep. 8, 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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Robyn Jane Sheppard reviewed on on May 7, 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.
(review of free book)
Stephanie Bowers reviewed on 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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Darla Cunningham reviewed on 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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Marianne Johnston reviewed on 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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