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Published in September 2019 by New Zealand-born author Tamsyn Muir, Gideon the Ninth is a speculative fiction novel, the first of the Locked Tomb Trilogy, with features of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and murder mystery. The story follows swordswoman Gideon Nav and her lifelong sworn nemesis and head of state, Harrowhark Nonagesimus, who is a prodigy necromancer specialising in creating and animating monstrous skeleton warriors to fight for her.

The two lead characters openly hate each others guts, to put it mildly, but circumstances force them to cooperate: in a setting reminiscent of the works of Agatha Christie and Vincent Price, they are invited (more like voluntold) to a retreat at an exceedingly lethally haunted house. As other characters start dropping like flies, it falls on Harrow and Gideon to identify the murderer in time to avoid being killed, themselves.

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"This is a really bad idea," said the necromancer.

"It'll be fine," said the fairy.

The two of them stood in downtown Reno, across the street from one of the many large casinos…

I’ve heard a few accounts of how people’s decision to Come Out in high school turned out to be premature, as it exposed them to scorn and isolation before they had the adult resources to deal with such things. Such examples were intended to illustrate a criticism of the way queer folks have made Coming Out an end in itself without considering possible dangers.

I can at least see where the push for Coming Out came from –…

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