In the Books Section:
- Did you like the book?
- Have you read other books by Caitlin Kiernan (other than the other two in this series)? Is this one similar? Different? Better? Worse? Does it “feel” like a Kiernan book?
- How well does the blending of werewolves and vampires work in this magic system? Does the overall magic system work well?
- Does it feel like Caitlin’s background as a vertebrate paleontologist influences her paranormal biology?
- In interviews, Caitlin describes this book as a parody of a romantic urban fantasy? Does it read as a parody to you?
- If you’ve read urban fantasy from the 90’s, you might remember several grittier vampires, such as the Sonja Blue series by Nancy Collins, keeping those books in mind, is this a parody, “retro,” or a period piece? Note, Kiernan does not consider Holly Black’s Tithebooks to be romantic urban fantasy.
- Given its bloodiness, what genre should this book be marketed in?
- Although many of her books are marketed in the horror genre, in interviews, Caitlin regularly challenges the genre since she thinks “horror” is an emotion, and she tries to elicit a variety of emotion with her fiction. What emotions does this book evoke? Based on the emotions, what genre should this book be marketed as?
- This book is told in the first person with Siobhan Quinn narrating her own story. Does the POV work? Is she a reliable narrator? Is she a good narrator? Does the POV work?
- Even though she is using an open pseudonym, Caitlin still provides a biography for Kathleen at the back of the book. Why?
- Here is an excerpt from a 2008 Locus Magazine interview with Caitlin. Given this, what should we say about GLBT issues during this discussion?
“The same way that I don't want to be thought of as a horror writer, I don't want to be thought of as a gay writer, or 'that transsexual writer.' In interviews it's something I shy away from addressing directly. I don't want strictly feminist critics saying, 'You have no right to be writing all these women from their point of view because you're not a real woman,' or whatever. I've never tried to keep the transgenderism a secret; I just don't put a big sign over my head. It does not define me.“
So, as a transsexual, how can I not write about the transmutation of flesh? How can I not write about having one mind, and a body that doesn't match? So when I'm writing about parahumans in a story like 'Faces in Revolving Souls', it's partly autobiography -- writing about what I've been through. I'm never going to be comfortable in this body, for a lot of reasons, and I'm constantly drawn to the subject of transformation, in a lot of different aspects.”