I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
So I wanted a Small Beer Press book at Readercon and this cover caught my attention. Just a whiff of kink, and the whole aliens using people as animals plot has a greater sense of kink to it.
I used to write and read some pretty kinky fanfic, and I occasionally have the desire for kink in my books. I realize this is a whole ponygirl/ponyboy fetish that wasn't really my thing, but I like smart kink. Well written, but I don't really want sex scene kink: I want something that explores something that has a link to a fetish/kink, without being all about sex.
I've been silently obsessing over this book since I got it: that hint of kink, with an actual plot? It's not kink, but it's close enough that I saw this cover and knew I had to have it within a second or so of seeing it.
If I remember correctly, I started a book by this author from the Humble Bundle, and was enjoying it. In addition, Kim Stanley Robinson has a brilliant quote about this book and author on the cover. Lesse how this goes!