The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories

The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Kissing Booth Girl Lips that beguile Oh I promise the nearest thing to nuzzling an angel can be yours today for a shiny round Seated Liberty I know you carry in y

  • Title: The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories
  • Author: A.C. Wise
  • ISBN: 9781590216330
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Kissing Booth Girl Lips that beguile Oh, I promise, the nearest thing to nuzzling an angel can be yours today for a shiny round Seated Liberty I know you carry in your very pockets as I speak But to mechanically inclined Beni, is the ethereal girl who fell from the sky a wish come true or false hope for life beyond the confines of Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Kissing Booth Girl Lips that beguile Oh, I promise, the nearest thing to nuzzling an angel can be yours today for a shiny round Seated Liberty I know you carry in your very pockets as I speak But to mechanically inclined Beni, is the ethereal girl who fell from the sky a wish come true or false hope for life beyond the confines of the odd carnival called home Her story as well as tales of an order of deep sea diving nuns caring for a sunken chapel and a high school boy asked to prom by the only dead kid he s ever met can be found in A.C Wise s newest collection of the fantastical, the weird, the queer and the poignant Table of Contents The Poet s Child Juliet Juliet te A Romance of Alternate Worlds And If the Body Were Not the Soul The Pornographer s Assistant The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution For the Removal of Unwanted Guests A Mouse Ran Up the Clock Evidence of Things Unseen After Midnight A Fairy Tale Noir Sisters of the Blessed Diving Order of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew The Kissing Booth Girl Final Girl Theory The Astronaut, Her Lover, the Queen of Faerie, and Their Child It s the End of the World as We Know It

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    About “A.C. Wise”

    1. A.C. Wise

      A.C Wise is the author of numerous short stories which have appeared in print and online in publications such as Uncanny, Shimmer, Apex, The Year s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2015, and Year s Best Weird Fiction Volume 1, among other places Her collections, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, and The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, are available from Lethe Press In addition to her fiction, she co edits Unlikely Story, and contributes a monthly review column, Words for Thought, to Apex Magazine.

    991 thoughts on “The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories”

    1. Advertised as a collection of the fantastical, the weird, the queer and the poignant, The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories is all those things and more. A.C. Wise weaves a variety of styles, genres, and sexualities through her tales, foregoing the gleeful camp of The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again in favor of a darker, more contemplative faery-tale feel. It took a few stories for the collection to take hold of my imagination, but the writing is so polished, so crisp, a [...]


    2. Diverse in every sense. A really varied collection of queer SFF, ranging from steampunk to aliens to zombie apocalyse to magic realist multiple lives, and much more. Remarkable variety of voice too, from literary-lyrical to teenagers, and a wide cast encompassing all sorts of identities. The one that sticks in my mind is a startling version of Cinderella retold through the eyes of a noir-style detective as an ongoing crime, but there'll be something for everyone in a collection of this breadth.


    3. Last year I read and reviewed A.C. Wise’s The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again and I loved it. It was fun, camp, and utterly delightful. So when Wise approached me about reviewing her latest collection, The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, I agreed with alacrity, as I was keen to read more of her work. And while this collection is perhaps less exuberant than the previous one, it is a deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking set of stories, which while spanning the brea [...]


    4. The prose poetry of A.C. Wise is completely unfurled in this collection. Pick this up for a wealth of gorgeous and rending stories. “For the Removal of Unwanted Guests” is a great example of Halloween moodiness with the smell of autumn on the wind. “Sisters of the Blessed Diving Order of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew” is a melancholy musing on taking on your own identity. Neither “The Kissing Booth Girl” nor “It's the End of the World as We Know It” went where I expected and they [...]


    5. These are stories that you'll want to read over and over again. On the first pass, you'll delight in the language: the sheer lyricism of A.C. Wise's rhapsodies, prose-poems, and dreams. Later, the power of her imagination will tug you back to the book to re-experience all the finely detailed intricacies and oddities layered within it. Juliet & Juliet(te): A Romance of Alternate Worlds entranced me. I was smitten with Beni - protagonist of the titular The Kissing Booth Girl - from the very fi [...]


    6. A.C. Wise is quickly becoming one of my favorite SF/F writers. Not only does she take risks, but she's able to pull it off. Her fiction is unexpected and fresh, as a reader I never know what I'm going to get when I step into one of her stories--and that is a beautiful and rare thing. The stories run the gamut of steam punk, weird, erotic, disturbing and fantasy. There are several, I would love to see expanded or adapted. Also strongly recommend you check out her other collection The Ultra Fabulo [...]


    7. (I won this one in a giveaway from the author)A solid collection of short stories concerned with gender and the senses and identity and agency and hope, focused more on mood and theme than plot or setting. Somewhere between a less-macabre Caitlin Kiernan and a more-interesting Neil Gaiman (which might be another way of saying a less-oblique Kelly Link), let's say. Includes some of Wise's earliest publications and a number that were new to this collection - overall the newer stories were much str [...]


    8. A.C. Wise's imagination has its own unique flavor: one story in, and you already know that she sees something new, delicate and heart-breaking when looking at a seemingly worn-out trope. As you read, you see the greater landscapes of her fascinations in recurring themes - building creatures that live and breathe, queer love, illusion, sacrifice. Some stories feel vaguely familiar and tame, others are so eerie I needed to read them over and over again. What they have in common is their scope: the [...]


    9. I love, love, love this anthology. And after I cried my eyes out halfway through the book I had to buy more of her work because I don't want this to end. It's addictive, it's poetry, it's surreal, it's dark, it's hauntingly beautiful and it leaves me unable to write a review that would even begin to do this woman's amazing talent justice. So I advise you to read some of the wonderful reviews on this page (like from Mieneke).The stories were all very different and I love them all. My absolute fav [...]


    10. I got this book in Storybundle's LGBT+ Bundle and the title and description of this book are what got me to pick up the entire bundle. I didn't even realize I already knew A.C. Wise's work from its appearance in Clarkesworld Magazine. As I mentioned during a couple of the status updates, Wise seems to be a thematic protege of Philip K Dick. A lot of her short stories involve unreliable narrators who often aren't sure if they're dreaming or remembering things correctly or even being honest with t [...]


    11. Weird, sharp stories. The kind of sharp of broken glass. Dangerous, not always complete, bloody. Very diverse, in character, and sub-genre slants. Zombies, automatons, circuses, wishes just not quite my kind of thing, with a few well-written gems sparkling among the painful shards.


    12. I checked out this book because the cover and description were really interesting to me. What I didn't realize is that this book would quickly become a collection of some of my favorite stories. As a queer person with a great love of Sci-fi, this book filled a void I'd been craving for a while. These stories had characters of all different kinds with all different kinds of relationships, and it is nothing short of beautiful. I cannot wait to read more of her work.


    13. The stories that make up this anthology vary in quality quite a bit. Some of them are absolutely wonderful, and some are Very Bad. For the most part, the good outweighs the bad, and as a whole AC Wise's writing has a beautiful fairy tale quality to it, which gives most of the stores a mystical, familiar feeling. It manages to be both detached and distant and yet familiar and intimate at the same time. I also just really really love the cover. My thoughts on the individual stories are below.The P [...]



    14. Review also appears on my blog, Friend of Dorothy Wilde. When I heard A.C. Wise, of The Ultra-Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again) had a new collection out, I was quick to snatch up the ebook. This short story collection is even better than her first, a weird fiction/speculative melange with shades of Karen Russell, Kelly Link, and Judith Gorog (did anyone read Please Do Not Touch and end up with weird dreams forever?) Unique to her stories is a sense of hope, completion, and rightne [...]


    15. I won this book through Giveaways.I loved this book. My favorite stories were After Midnight- A Fairy Tale Noir and It's the End of the World as We Know It. My only issue was that a lot of the stories ended on cliffhangers or they felt unfinished. I know they're short stories but I would read the crap out of these as full-length novels.


    16. I love some of the stories in this collection - a really diverse set of queer representation and all types of SFF plots.However there were a couple of stories that made me profoundly uncomfortable - particularly the stories which included aro/ace characters who were suddenly sexual when they came into contact with an alien. This didn't sit right with me and felt a lot like devaluing aro/ace as a sexual identity.


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