mage4mage

I'm Nate, a 21 year old gay transgender man living in the Pacific Northwest. I left Goodreads for this website after they insisted that transphobia doesn't count as bigotry. (Yes, I'm very bitter.)

 

My main interest is LGBT literature, especially specifically transgender literature, especially specifically gay/M4M transgender man literature. I also love linguistics and translation studies, historical fiction and SFF, especially if it involves LGBT romance (though I'm very tired of tragic trans/gay romance, and LGBT work written by non-LGBT authors), and I love non-fiction about history, biology and animals, and mental health studies. I'm a novice knitter and have been into reading the history of fiber craft lately.

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March2016
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updated shelf:
Faust Parts One and Two - George Madison Priest, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Ina Rilke, Sijie Dai
March2016
08
The Fall of Language in the Age of English
If you are at all interested in: translation studies, linguistics, the history of Japanese language, the history of English language imperialism, the long-lasting effect the ...
The Fall of Language in the Age of English - Minae Mizumura, Mari Yoshihara, Juliet Winters Carpenter
finished reading:
March2016
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finished reading:
March2016
02
The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain (Mandarin Chinese and English Edition)
I couldn't get through this. the translated poems were beyond dry. there was absolutely no attempt to retain any flow or rhythm or any imagery. this is going to be one of the ...
The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain (Mandarin Chinese and English Edition) - Cold Mountain (Han Shan)
February2016
24
Station Eleven
I wish we got more of Clark and his life before the flu. Everything was Arthur and his parade of ex-wives 24/7, I want to hear about the only gay character in the entire god-d...
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
finished reading:
February2016
22
Transposes
Love it. I love everything about trans men loving other men, and the last story with the trans men who met and became life-long partners made me so happy.It wasn't really anyt...
Transposes - Dylan Edwards
finished reading:
February2016
09
While England Sleeps
I understand there was an apparent plagiarism issue with this book but I can't find a lot about it online so I'm just not going to focus on it in the review. I am going to loo...
While England Sleeps - David Leavitt
finished reading:
February2016
06
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
I actually read this years ago in early high school but a friend reminded me of how awful, misogynistic, racist and ableist it is. Note to teachers: if your student opens abou...
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
January2016
31
Authority: A Novel
Not as into this as the first book. Not at all. I understand the tone change, but I guess the shift after the wonderful first book is just an unavoidable let-down. I like Cont...
Authority: A Novel - Jeff VanderMeer
finished reading:
January2016
21
Annihilation
This book was so wonderfully written and constructed. I didn't know what to expect beyond what was given in the blurb on the cover, and it just exceeded all expectations. It'...
Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer
finished reading:
January2016
13
Brendan Wolf
This is certainly a book about people not being altogether good or altogether bad, and making an endless list of mistakes. I like that it isn't "everyone is really bad at hear...
Brendan Wolf - Brian Malloy
finished reading:
December2015
14
Ancillary Justice
I do not have the energy to properly write a review, but I am so grateful for this book and how it explores gender. From the perspective of someone who is very into linguistic...
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
finished reading:
December2015
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finished reading:
November2015
20
Candle Lightin' Time
These poems were really good. I love finding English poems written in dialects, and this is all in dialect spoken by African Americans of the antebellum south during the late ...
Candle Lightin' Time - Paul Laurence Dunbar
finished reading:
November2015
07
Beloved Pilgrim
DNF 55%This is too hetero for me. Better review later.ETA:I was very excited to read this book. Knowing that the author came out as a gay trans man after writing it as a lesbi...
Beloved Pilgrim - Christopher Hawthorne Moss
finished reading:

Currently reading

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
The Force Awakens (Star Wars) by Alan Dean Foster
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
Women in the Language and Society of Japan: The Linguistic Roots of Bias by Naoko Takemaru