OUT OF THIS WORLD โ€” Catherine Lundoff

Cover Out Of This World Catherine Lundoff
Publisher Queen of Swords Press
Genre Speculative Fiction
Narrative voice First-Person, Third-Person
Pairings Gen, F/F, M/M
Content warnings Death, Sexual Assault/Rape, Blood & Gore, Violence
Maturity rating 16+
Rating ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

If I said I met my vampire prince at a ball at the Kingโ€™s palace, would you believe me?


OUT OF THIS WORLD is an excellent anthology โ€” crucially in that it introduces new readers, such as me, to such a wide variety of stories by a single author. The short stories selected for this each are set in its own, sometimes fantastic, sometimes magical, often dark sort of world; drawing on their own tropes and genres. The distinctions of each are easily grasped, so deft is Lundoff in crafting the impressions of those worlds. I could see the cushy, Victorian furniture in Medium Mรฉchanique in front of me as well as the mean streets a femme private eye walks in Red Scare.

I may have not connected with every single protagonist in each of the stories, and such is the nature of anthologies especially when the stories contained are not all of one genre and style. But more than that, itโ€™s down to the diversity of Lundoffโ€™s characters that youโ€™ll meet some you donโ€™t vibe with and others you immediately want to go sit down for coffee (or something stronger, your mileage may vary) with. Even more decidedly so, however, I can name my favourites.

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WE ARE OKAY โ€” Nina LaCour

cover illustration we are okay by nina lacour
Publisher Dutton Books for Young Readers
Genre Coming of Age/Young Adult
Narrative voice Third-Person
Pairing Lesbian/Questioning
Content warnings Death of a family member, grief, depression, isolation
Maturity rating 14+
Rating ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

We were miraculous. We were beach creatures. We had treasure in our pockets and each other on our skin.


WE ARE OKAY is a novel that does not centre its queerness in the sense that it isnโ€™t your typical coming of age + coming out story. It is an undeniably queer story, but Marinโ€™s romantic feelings for and attraction towards her best friend, Mabel, are part of an additional narrative conflict that is both caused by and a contributing factor to the story of her grief.

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The Reading List // Reader Survey

Over on twitter, I’ve shared links to RAINBOW BOOKSHELF’S official reading list as well as a reader survey that you can fill out โ€” only takes five minutes!

Also, y’all can just respond to the original thread if you have any reading suggestions or creators you want me to check out. You can also directly tag authors or imprints and I’ll go and take a look!

@rainbowshelves is the official twitter account

Of course, I have my own sneaky list and there are two entries on the list I’ve shared already, but I don’t want to just write about what’s on my shelves to begin with โ€” I want this to be our project, yours and mine. I really appreciate your contribution on this!


About Rainbow Books

Born out of a want to read and write more about queer content and content creators, I created rainbowshelf.blog.

Queer authors and creators need to be seen and heard now more than ever. As a bi woman who came out only in her late twenties, I want to help and lend my own voice. I want readers to come together and enjoy literature that was created by us, for us, and with us. And, really, I just want to read more ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh, and this is me โ€”

it’s-a me-a, Mario!

Who I am:

  • My name is Andrea, I’m from Bremen, Germany
  • I’ve been blogging about pop culture and media for a long time, over on crimeandrelativedimensioninspace.com; and I’ve been a (fan)fiction writer for even longer
  • My favourite genres are noir, thriller, romance, and sci-fi/fantasy, but I’m always happy to read something new

I hope that this blog will flourish and amplify the voices of our community, and I hope you’ll enjoy this blog and the novels we pick up!