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Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke And Other Misfortunes

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They're unique, with some fantastic ideas and some truly disturbing scenes, but there's not enough here to allow for rumination. The story that’s going to stay with me the longest is Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, especially the scene describing Agnes’ dinner. The image is often paired with an equally haunting line: “What have you done today to deserve your eyes?

The form is familiar, but its narrative is ground-breaking in its exploration of the darker side of online queer ‘safe’ spaces.Secondly, I only publish reviews of books in the subgenre where I’m best known (queer romcom) if they’re glowing.

As the afterward explains in, perhaps, unnecessary detail they’re all about the human need for connection, be in romantic, in faith and family, or just the overwhelming pressure to feel socially acceptable. I felt that the characters had a bit more personality than the ones in previous stories, but I still felt they lacked discernible motivation for anything that happened. The unpredictability of TikTok and Twitter—where virality is due to some incalculable alchemy of timing and circumstance—works in favor of small presses like Weirdpunk.But I’m still so used to queerness being a direct source of horror to the mainstream that the kind of queer horror I’m most comfortable with is as a reader involves queer characters but isn’t directly queer focused in its themes.

I'm not a big fan of gore and I honestly felt as if some of those elements could have been removed and it wouldn't have taken away from the overall story. It’s presented as fact and no matter how far things go, it’s already over, you’re hooked and you cannot pull away.I liked the Prince Lindworm element a lot but I feel uncomfortable with how desperate these lesbians were to have a baby and the angst of not being able to give it to one another.

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