Seahorse Variations by Thomas Boggs

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Thomas Boggs
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9780595264339
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A boy turns into a girl-a man into a woman-a male into a female. This bizarre theme is transformed, in Seahorse Variations, into eight uniquely different renderings, each written in a style matching its subject. The Girl in the Mirror could almost be a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, albeit one for adults, about a boy who discovers a fantastic secret in his grandmother's storage room. In the near-future world of The Investigation, the sinister Metromen track down anyone who deviates from the norm in any fashion. Butterfly at Night records the campy confessions of a postal clerk who seeks his romantic weekend encounters dressed as a woman. In Etude, protagonists, genders, and points of view shift in a dizzying but delightful fashion. Medieval Japan is the setting for The Tale of Young Lord Tatsunori, in which a warrior-lord's son finds sanctuary in a rival lord's harem, dressed as a girl-for the purpose of exacting his revenge upon his father's killer. The protagonist of Tiresias is a successful male novelist popular with women readers, who unexpectedly discovers the secret source of his inspirations. A Seahorse's Tale is a fantasy about a young man who wakes up one morning as a woman, and the hilarious results this transformation has upon his girlfriend and his best buddy. In the dystopian future of Space Opus Alpha, when male homosexuality is the norm, and violence and decadence reign supreme, we are introduced to a spacer who has tasted every sin in the universe-or so he thinks.


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