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Hildred Billings is a Japanese and Religious Studies scholar who has spent her entire life knowing she would write for a living someday. She has lived in Japan a total of three times in three different locations, from the heights of the Japanese alps to the hectic Tokyo suburbs, with a life in Shikoku somewhere in there too. When she’s not writing, however, she spends most of her time talking about Asian pop music, cats, and bad 80’s fantasy movies with anyone who will listen…or not.
Her writing centers around themes of redemption, sexuality, and death, sometimes all at once. Although she enjoys writing in the genre of fantasy the most, she strives to show as much reality as possible through her characters and situations, since she’s a furious realist herself.
Currently, Hildred lives in Oregon with her cat, with dreams of maybe having another human around someday.
on May 08, 2013 :
I’m enjoying this series so much. I started with Daisuki, the first by publication date, and I’m glad I did. The action takes place in the 20th year of the main couple’s lesbian relationship. Dropped into the midst of a fully-developed fictional situation happening in a well-realized present-day Tokyo (houses, space heaters, neighbors, friends, family, soul-crushing office work, they’re all here) the reader is delighted to discover 40-ish Aiko and Reina having an astonishing amount of passionate, graphic sex—with each other, with a neighbor, with a woman they bring back from a club to their bedroom to share. It’s terrific. Beyond the eroticism there’s some keen social commentary and all the characters, from walk-ons to leads, are drawn with a sharp, sympathetic eye. At the same time, Daisuki and the other works in the series deal closely with “abstract” issue-problems like trust, intimacy, promiscuity, stigma, lesbian identity and lesbian desire. To all of which the enduring love of the central couple hazards a kind of “what if” solution. These are hopeful books. They’re also funny—funniest sometimes at their hottest. Hildred Billings is to be applauded for doing something original and really good with this series; highly recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)