Reviews Index

Here is an index of everything I have reviewed for Autistic Book Party, sorted by what my opinion was.

NOTE: Some of these reviews are temporarily down because they were hosted on the old Livejournal version of Autistic Book Party. They will be going back up over the next few months as part of the Vintage Autistic Book Party series. Thanks for your patience.

Highly Recommended – Novels and Novellas

[These are the cream of the crop, the best of the best autism stories. If the list of Recommended stories is too big and you don’t know where to start, start here.]

  • Kaia Sønderby, “Failure to Communicate” [autistic protagonist; autistic author]

Highly Recommended – Short Fiction

Recommended 1 – Novels and Novellas

[These stories portray autism well. You should read them.]

Recommended 1 – Short Stories and Novelettes

Recommended 1 – Poetry

Recommended 2 – Novels and Novellas

[These stories don’t directly depict an autistic character, but they’re good introductions to the work of various authors who are autistic. Some were selected because they have themes which will resonate strongly with many autistic readers. Many also have important things to say about other forms of disability and diversity. If you want to support authentic autistic voices in science fiction, you should read these.]

Recommended 2 – Collections

Recommended 2 – Short Stories and Novelettes

Recommended 2 – Poetry

Marginal – Novels

[These books portray autism well, but only in a minor character or as a side note. The authors did a good job and it’s good that there are books like this, but if you are hunting for autistic books specifically, they are less relevant.]

YMMV – Novels

[These stories have good points and bad points; readers will legitimately differ.]

YMMV – Short Stories and Novelettes

YMMV – Poetry

Not Recommended – Books

[These stories portray autism badly, or have too many problems to be recommended. If you are interested in autism, they are best avoided.]

Not Recommended – Short Stories and Novelettes

  • Nancy Fulda, “Movement” [“temporally autistic” protagonist; note that this review predates the others and is not technically part of Autistic Book Party]
  • Alyssa Hillary, “Where None Have Thought To Go” [autistic protagonist; autistic author]
  • Conor Powers-Smith, “The Day” [possibly autistic protagonist]
  • W.H. Pugmire & M.K. Snyder, “The House of Idiot Children”
  • Pamela Sargent, “Strawberry Birdies”
  • Amanda Sun, “What Harm” [autistic protagonist]
  • Marie Vibbert, “Keep Talking”

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