So, full disclosure: I received an e-ARC of this book from my publisher, in hopes I might give words of praise for it. Even before I met John Haas, and The Reluctant Barbarian had only been pitched to Renaissance at CanCon 2016, this book had me at the title. That would have been enough to intrigue…
Spoiler Alert: Don’t read this post until you’ve read Life in the ’Cosm! Jinny’s parents are so in love, it’s really gross. At least her warrior grandpops are epic. Malley High is ugh, Jayke is ughier, but Selma’s pretty okay for someone donned in 50 shades of black. To cope, Jinny spends her free time blogging…
Because I hadn’t planned to get published originally, I wrote without limits or expecting anyone to read it. So, I went down a few roads that I wanted to explore:
Discrimination against LGBTQIA people by para-religious organisations.
Truly gracious spirituality versus religiosity.
Gender fluidity and changing preconceived gender roles.
Diversity in sexuality.
Dealing with disability.
Chasing fantasy to the exclusion of those who truly love you.
He’s oozy and slimy, resembles a fried egg, and is probably judging you right now. He’s the Ovum known as Splot. In Life in the ‘Cosm, we learn that several years before the story begins, Virj Ofreesin finds an alien known as an Ovum on his breakfast plate at a cheap diner. Instead of eating him,…