I Can’t Wait For…Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman

Posted 15th September 2021 by Sia in Can't-Wait Wednesday, Queer Lit / 0 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about but haven’t yet read. Most of the time they’re books that have yet to be released, but not always. It’s based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme, which was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week my Can’t-Wait-For is Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman!

Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman
Genres: Fantasy, Queer Protagonists
Representation: Trans MC, bi/pansexual MC
Published on: 22nd February 2022
Goodreads

A whirlwind romance between an eccentric archivist and a grieving widow explores what it means to be at home in your own body in this clever, humorous, and heartfelt novel.

When archivist Sol meets Elsie, the larger than life widow of a moderately famous television writer who's come to donate her wife's papers, there's an instant spark. But Sol has a secret: he suffers from an illness called vampirism, and hides from the sun by living in his basement office. On their way to falling in love, the two traverse grief, delve into the Internet fandom they once unknowingly shared, and navigate the realities of transphobia and the stigmas of carrying the "vampire disease."

Then, when strange things start happening at the collection, Sol must embrace even more of the unknown to save himself and his job. DEAD COLLECTIONS is a wry novel full of heart and empathy, that celebrates the journey, the difficulties and joys, in finding love and comfort within our own bodies.

I have a really hard time articulating even to myself what it is about Dead Collections that snatched my attention the second it crossed my dash, because it seems to be something that’s more than the sum of its parts. I mean, the parts are great – a new take on vampires! A trans vampire! A trans vampire librarian!!! Excuse me, hell to the yes! But it feels like more than that, and I don’t know if I heard or read something about it that I’ve now forgotten, but that has sneaked down to my subconscious and made a nest there and is whispering be extra excited about this one even if you don’t remember why!!! or what, but I’m all champagne bubbles and grabby-hands for this book. Thinking about it makes my toes wiggle with delight.

Maybe because Fellman has already won the Lambda Award with his first book, Breath of the Sun? Maybe because his other 2022 release, The Two Doctors Górski, also sounds incredible? I don’t know, folx; I can only tell you I’m in love with a book I haven’t even read yet.

It’s not the first time, and I’m sure it won’t be the last!

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