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After you’ve read Starstruck and all the Circlet Press you can handle, what else is out there to read or watch? Read on for some capsule reviews.
Advice from a Wild Deuce: The Best of Ask Tiggy (e-book, Amazon and other online retailers)
I have to give a shout out to a fellow pseudonymous Boston area bi writer! Tiggy Upland has been writing an advice column for the Bisexual Resource Center for the past two years. This e-book collects the highlights in one fun, readable and informative package.
Tiggy covers all aspects of coming out as bi – whether to yourself, a spouse or partner, family, community, co-workers – in a casual, friendly manner designed to put people at ease. I especially liked the analogy of a label/identity as a favorite shirt – wear it as long as it feels comfortable, but discard it if it becomes constricting or worn out. Questions about relationships, activism and biphobia are also covered.
I highly recommend this book for anyone confused about bisexuality or interesting in learning more about the “B” in LBGT.
Tiggy also has a web comic, Upland, that illustrates the bi-adventures of her and her friends.
I loved you more, Tom Spanbauer (print and e-book, 2013 from Hawthorne Books)
Spanbauer approaches bisexuality more obliquely in this emotionally charged novel about men, women, AIDS, connection and masculinity. Ben is haunted by his Catholic upbringing and inability to meet his father’s standards of what it means to be a man. When he meets Hank in a graduate writing class in New York city in the 1980’s, they develop a friendship and unexpected connection.
Years later, ill from AIDs, Ben gets involved with Ruth, one of his writing students. As that relationship deteriorates, Ben introduces Hank to Ruth, setting off a triangle of buried feelings and reopening old wounds. If you love vivid personal stories with lots of emotional drama, you’ll be sucked into this long and very personal book.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (book of the play script, needs no introduction)
Hardcore fans will appreciate this glimpse into the next generation of the Potters, Weasleys and Malfoys. Being the child of Harry Potter isn’t easy, and Albus Potter’s one friend is fellow Slytherin Scorpius Malfoy. Together, they try to right some of the wrongs of the past. Harry is realistically flawed as a parent, and Scorpius steals the show as a witty geeky kid, but if this isn’t a must-read on your list then try to score tickets to the play (currently running in London), or wait for the inevitable movie(s).
Dark Matter (Syfy channel, 1st season available on Netflix, also available via Amazon video)
I’ve been enjoying TV space opera Dark Matter a lot. Six people wake up from stasis on their spaceship with no memory of who they are. As they piece it together, they’re thrown into intrigues and feuds between a handful of ulta-powerful galactic corporations.
Without their memories, they have a chance to start over, but will they make the same mistakes? While action-packed, this show raises issues about identity, history and what it means to be human.
For an LBGT connection, I have to mention out actress Zoie Palmer, who does an amazing job as the ship’s android.
Harmonquest (web video available through Seeso, also available through Amazon Prime)
If the idea of watching strangers play a fantasy role-playing game sounds tedious, think again. The adventures of Dan Harmon and friends’ characters are enlivened by a quick-paced plot, the generous use of animation, and the rotating cast of guest stars. Recommended for anyone who enjoys goofy fantasy, role-playing games, or Harmon’s podcast Harmontown.