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Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
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Passing Strange (2017)

by Ellen Klages

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The bulk of this novella takes place in San Francisco, in the 1940s, predominantly in Chinatown and the lesbian/trans/crossdressing subculture that was illegal at the time. Much of the text plays out like a romance, with a little magic sprinkled on top, and finished with a frame story set in the present day.

This was simple and straightforwardly told -- a slice of historical life, from a subculture that (to me at least) was new. The level of fantasy added pushed this a little beyond magical realism and into fantasy proper, but it forms a fitting complement to the darker currents in the story. Admirably balanced. ( )
  Petroglyph | Feb 16, 2019 |
This novella was nominated for Nebula in 2018. In begins in modern day San Francisco, were a very old lady puts thinks straight before her death (not a spoiler, it starts with “On the last Monday of her life, Helen Young returned from the doctor’s and made herself a cup of tea. As she had expected, the news was not good; there was nothing more that could be done.” . Then the story shifts to her past in 1940’s San Francisco.

This is more or less a historical novel about daily life and problems of six homosexual women, in the time period, when their way of life was a criminal offence. They are from different backgrounds and have a variety of jobs (singer, artist, lawyer etc). Up to the very end there is almost no magic, so I’d rather label is romance/historical fiction and not a fantasy. The writing is good, the author definitely investigated before writing. However, not exactly my cup of tea.
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  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
Lovely love story with a backdrop of San Francisco in the 1940s. Excellent cast of women characters. ( )
1 vote sturlington | Jan 3, 2019 |
I love Passing Strange - the characters, the setting, the strange intertwining of history and beauty and the winding streets of San Francisco. So much matters here. ( )
  sussura | Sep 29, 2018 |
lovely, melancholy, and deeply imaginative ( )
  ireneattolia | Sep 3, 2018 |
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Best science fiction and fantasy books this month -- "Ellen Klages deftly weaves science, magic and religion in “Passing Strange” (Tor), a historical fantasy with a strong vein of pulp."
 

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San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet.



Six women find their lives as tangled with each other’s as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.



Inspired by the pulps, film noir, and screwball comedy, Passing Strange is a story as unusual and complex as San Francisco itself from World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages.
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San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet.

Six women find their lives as tangled with each other’s as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.

Inspired by the pulps, film noir, and screwball comedy, Passing Strange is a story as unusual and complex as San Francisco itself from World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages.

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San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World's Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer "authentic" experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet. Six women find their lives as tangled with each other's as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect. Inspired by the pulps, film noir, and screwball comedy, Passing Strange is a story as unusual and complex as San Francisco itself from World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages.… (more)

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