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 – Short Form

[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.]

Recommended 1 – Books

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

Recommended 2 – Books

[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.]

  • Polenth Blake, “Rainbow Lights” [story collection; non-neurotypical author]
  • Corinne Duyvis, “Otherbound” [autistic author]
  • Jacqueline Koyanagi, “Ascension”  [autistic author]
  • Rose Lemberg, “Marginalia to Stone Bird” [poetry collection; autistic author]
  • Caiseal Mór, “The Meeting of the Waters” [autistic author]

Recommended 1 – Short Form

Recommended 2 – Short Form

Marginal – Books

[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 – Books

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

  • Kage Baker, “The Empress of Mars”
  • Manda Benson, “Pilgrennon’s Beacon” [autistic protagonist; autistic author]
  • Lois McMaster Bujold, “A Civil Campaign”
  • Matt Hughes, “The Damned Busters” [autistic protagonist]
  • T. Michael Martin, “The End Games”
  • Michelle Sagara, “Silence”

YMMV – Short Form

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 Form

  • Nancy Fulda, “Movement” [“temporally autistic” protagonist; note that this review predates the others and is not technically part of Autistic Book Party]
  • 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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