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The Queen of Cups: A Short Story Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07NHL2PYX
- Language : English
- File size : 2304 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 29 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 872,969 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Exciting things to note right off the bat:
Trans characters!!! More than one!!! The main character Theo, uses they/them pronouns.
That’s really the big thing I wanted to yell about, given the fact that at least for me, someone saying “Did you know this book/story/movie/tv show/whatever has a trans character in it?” is a sure fire way to get me to check out the thing.
But if that’s not enough for you, here’s some more good reasons you should check out this story.
It’s really well written. It’s easy to read and flows super well. It’s divided into sections, kind of like mini chapters, which does a really good job of scene changing in such a short story (it’s only 13 pages).
It’s good. I was so enthralled reading it, I got scolded by the train conductor because I had noticed her approach and therefore did not have my ticket out and ready because I’d been so absorbed. Whoops. But yeah, really good, the author does a really good job of maintaining tension throughout the story. There is not a boring moment.
I would love to see these characters again in another story. They are all wonderfully written and incredibly compelling and I could read a whole novel of them.
Another thing that I really love is that the queerness inherent in the story is just there. They’re just presented as is. There’s not angst over identity, there’s no transphobia or other queerphobia, it’s just the way things work. Theo is they, the lesbian couple are having a baby together, it’s normal and good. These are some of my favorite kinds of stories to read. I cannot recommend this story enough. “The Queen of Cups” is really worth every penny.
Ren's writing is lovely and well put together for a first-time publication. The world they develop is clearly thought through. The Oracle's position in it all, despite the story being short, is clearly defined, as well as some aspects of the beliefs and magic. Within the story, Ren identifies Theo's quirks and passions. Truthfully, the entire tale is beautiful.
Yet, despite the beauty of the work, I can only give it 3 out 5 stars. Why? Frankly, it comes down to the length. Short stories as a whole are difficult, and this one needed at least another couple thousand words to flesh out Theo's perilous journey - "for the journey is long and the ocean's tests are many". For a story whose description ends on such a tempting tale, the fact that Theo does not embark on their quest until more than halfway through the story is disheartening. Adding a bit more to the journey may have fleshed out my support of Theo through their arduous trek.
That being said, the future of this author is promising. The world they created in this tale gives a lot of promise, and with writing so lovely how can there not be a bright future ahead?