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The Shape of My Name

The Shape of My Name The Shape of My Name by Nino Cipri is a time travel story about what it means to truly claim yourself

  • Title: The Shape of My Name
  • Author: Nino Cipri
  • ISBN: 9781466886308
  • Page: 228
  • Format: ebook
  • The Shape of My Name by Nino Cipri is a time travel story about what it means to truly claim yourself.

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    1. Two small words could never encompass everything you have to apologize foris is a lovely piece, strong and sad, about time travel, the difficulties of obtaining a stubborn mother's acceptance, and the coming-of-age/coming-into-oneself of a (view spoiler)[trans (hide spoiler)] character. (view spoiler)[i'm going to use "her" as the object pronoun throughout this review to avoid spoiling it, even though there are hints of the situation pretty early on. (hide spoiler)]this is a story where the sci- [...]

    2. "The future feels lighter than the past." Oh lawd that ending!Remarkably written sci-fi/self-discovery short with a fascinating denouement.

    3. The future feels lighter than the past. I think I know why you chose it over me A very cool and interesting short story about time traveling and feeling caught in the possibilities. other really mature topics, which are very well developed for a short story. And it has a cool ending :DIt is free in tor aka my favorite page ever

    4. Ah, just how I like my time travel stories: powerful, interesting, and mind-bending. With subtle characterisation, a fascinating premise, and a great twist, this is all anyone can ask for in a short story. Very reminiscent ofAll You Zombies, albeit less weird and more thought out. No matter how many times I see it, the old time travel story tactic of (view spoiler)[seeing yourself in the future/past but not recognising it as you (hide spoiler)] never ceases to amaze. Read it here.Fun fact: there [...]

    5. Such a beautifully, complicated, different story for something so short. Anything I could say about it wouldn't do it justice.

    6. This was very good. I loved the writing. The story was, unlike some other tor shorts that I've read, well-suited for the short format and neither lacking anything nor stuffed with too much superfluous detail. Some beautiful moments in the prose. My favorite was the narrator's grandmother's description of how time travel feels: "She said it felt like being a button squeezed through a too-narrow slit in a piece of fabric".

    7. A character based time-travel story in the form of a young man's letter written to his mother while he's trying to come to grips with their relationship and his identity.At first I felt I should be caught up in the emotion of the story because it comes from such an emotional place, but there's so much going on, so much to think about, that my mind was working more analytically than emotionally. Still, the story operates on both levels and is worth one or more rereads. I'm sure subsequent reads w [...]

    8. Interesting concept, however I am not 100% sure the time travel and cause and effect timeline would withstand intense scrutiny. Moreover, since one of the characters is doing something that would be considered taboo at that time, would she not be kinder to the other character infringing another taboo? Or am I just naive? (I'm trying not to be spoilery).I didn't care for the crossing outs of text. I didn't feel they added anything of interest.

    9. Quick beautifully written short story. I'm not sure what to think. But the writing was lovely and the scored out parts seemed symbolic too.I don't know if I quite feel for the narrator in terms of their pain of identity to go to such lengths but definitely it translated well along with the pain of their relationship with their mother.

    10. Two-star reviews look so damning but assures me that this means "it was ok." Which is exactly what this was. Phenomenally okay.Basically it's The Time Traveler's Wife retold with the by-the-numbers trappings of a family trans acceptance narrative? It's one of three basic time travel stories that are common in modern SFF -- and it's, like it's fine. It's fine. I guess I am a thirsty traveler in a desert void of #ownvoices trans SFF, but even with how parched I am, I cannot deem this anything but [...]

    11. Holy $#%!!This short story involving time-travel is heart-wrenching. Without giving the plot away, I will say that the themes here are about forgiveness/acceptance, losses that cannot be recovered, and about the complexity of developing one's identity. I loved the writing, and the details created a slow build-up that I didn't notice until the dam broke, when I found myself weeping, twice. Just phenomenal.Selected for the James Tiptree, Jr. 2015 Honor List.

    12. 3.5 rounded down. There's some awkward writing and it's too short. The first quarter I didn't really understand what was going on, and that's a long time for a story so short. The story--time travel and sexual identity with mama issues--packs alot in a story that takes only minutes to read. (view spoiler)[Haha, Heron--Her On, which isn't the case here. The new name should be Himon or Heon. Even the image of the heron swallowing a wiggly fish is female. (hide spoiler)]

    13. Wow The Shape of My Name is a story about a person coming to grips with their trans identity and their mother's reaction to this choice. It uses time travel to discuss the non-linear nature of gender exploration, and hits you right in the feels! It's a beautiful story that uses its speculative aspects well without overshadowing the emotional core of the narrative.

    14. An adroitly crafted and powerful story about family, time travel, and transitioning. The various themes are perfectly woven together and every scene fit into the story like a perfect tile of a beautiful mosaic.It is impossible to say more without spoiling the story, I will just say that is, by far, one of the best short stories I have read this year.

    15. I love the sensory details, the scents and textures grounded me in the story, and the time travel was satisfying feels like the right word, the way it was used to reveal the characters.

    16. "You loved Dad, but your love kept you hostage. You loved me, but you knew that someday, I’d transform myself into someone you didn’t recognize."

    17. Best trans time travel story I've read all year. (I will happily read every contender for that title.)

    18. You can currently find this on the Tor website. It covers the usual themes - family legacy, family dysfunction, herons, transgenger issues and time travel. Excellent.

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