Review: The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet

The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet by Myrlin A. Hermes

The concept of slash–that is, the reading of characters assumed to be straight as gay–is nothing new to me. It is among the many gifts Lady Trekkies bestowed upon geeks of all stripes well before my time. But it’s something you find in fandom, not mainstream fiction. I was mightily intrigued by Myrlin A. Hermes’ The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet for this reason. It is, by no means, the first piece of work to assume Hamlet is gay, but it’s certainly the first published work I know of that assumes the same.

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Teaser Tuesday: The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

As I sit before my dressing-table, looking into my own eyes, I might almost believe that this, too, was a magic mirror: that I could see you, watching through this dark imperfect glass that shows only in black and white, warping what it reflects.

But every loom must be warped before the tapestry can be woven.

pg. 88 of The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet by Myrlin A. Hermes

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