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First Flight by Connor Wright

First Flight

by Connor Wright

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This is a fascinating, touching and very interesting book that takes a look at us humans from a bird shifter’s view. The sometimes naïve questions Chris has made not only Jesse, the human man he has picked as his partner, think, but me as well. There is a lot of wisdom in these pages, as well as fun and a romance that goes beyond the physical.

Chris is a bird shifter, or a bird who becomes human, who has fallen in love with a human man and manages to overcome the obstacle of having been born in a bird’s body by changing into a human. That has, as expected, a lot of consequences. I loved reading about the surprises Chris encounters as he tries to get used to his new life. His naïve way of looking at things, his innocence where human relationships are concerned and his curiosity about everything that is new to him were totally credible and amazingly well described.

Jesse is a very loving, open-minded and wonderful young man. His life may not be perfect, but he manages to be happy and is happy to have Chris as a friend – and the more. His developing feelings are easier to understand, but that only makes Chris’s somewhat more hesitant feelings even more convincing. Jesse know better what it might feel like to fall in love – knows what to expect - but Chris has an equally deep capacity to love, he is just less able to express it in words. How he feels nevertheless jumped off the page for me.

First Flight contains some amazing world building, but not in the physical sense of showing us alien planets. What Connor Wright has achieved here is even more amazing: he has built a complete inner world, a different perspective and a non-human psychology that is close enough for us to understand, yet foreign enough to be utterly fascinating. If you like stories that amaze you, stretch your imagination and make you feel deeply, you will love this book as much as I did.

NOTE: This book was provided by Torquere Press for the purpose of a review on Queer Magazine Online
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  SerenaYates | Oct 14, 2017 |
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Jesse Swanson's life is pretty normal: He has a job he doesn't mind, his parents are pretty decent, and he's got a boyfriend. So what if he still lives at home? So what if he thinks he argues a little too often with his guy? Everything changes when he stops to pick up a bird and ends up picking up a new guy instead. Chris, formerly known as Sings-like-water, is fascinated by Jesse's music and by Jesse himself, but figuring out how to be human isn't easy-especially when Jesse's now ex-boyfriend decides he'll do anything to get Jesse back. Can Jesse and Chris overcome the odds, or will their fledgling romance falter before it can fly?… (more)

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