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Cat About Town by Cate Conte and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator)
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Common Bonds edited by Claudie Arseneault
A Deadly Edition by Victoria Gilbert
Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz
The Ghost and the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberly
Gideon Falls, Volume 5: Wicked Worlds by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Illustrator)
How to Lie with Maps by Mark Monmonier
I Am Not Starfire by Mariko Tamaki and Yoshi Yoshitani (Illustrator)
Lips Unsealed by Belinda Carlisle
Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Murder 101 by Lynn Cahoon
A Pairing to Die for by Kate Lansing
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Signspotting III: Lost and Loster in Translation by Doug Lansky
Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly
Smash It! by Francina Simone
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany
The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O'Neill
This Coven Won't Break by Isabel Sterling
Toured to Death by Hy Conrad
Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel by Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau
Two Wicked Desserts by Lynn Cahoon
The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Well Played by Jen DeLuca
The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad

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2 stars: OK
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Common Bonds: 08/24/21

Common Bonds by Claudie Arseneault

Common Bonds edited by Claudie Arseneault is a collection of fantasy and science fiction short stories populated with asexual and aromantic characters. There are also trans characters and same sex relationships.

The settings too are some of the most imaginative I've seen. Fantasy tropes are reworked into a modern, technological setting, where Princes match with Princesses who need rescuing via the Cinder app (and the rescuer/rescuee isn't gendered or romantic). There are werewolves who plan camping trips (including making s'mores) once a month.

The book opens with the best pun, "The Aromatic Lovers." Here is a world where gender is expressed through scents. An agender/aromantic character finds a perfume maker who can make a scent that doesn't convey a gender. He also makes a balm to mask everyone else's scent.

There are also poems interspersed with the stories.

Five stars

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