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Discussion in 'Fan Town' started by Mala, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. Morgan Jae

    Morgan Jae knife legislation

    transcendent 2
    presumably the first one is also good but i haven't read it. they're both anthologies of speculative fiction stories with a trans focus

    it's been mentioned here before but max gladstone's craft sequence books apparently have a decent number of queer characters
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  2. Charlie

    Charlie I got no strings to hold me down

    @Aondeug I'm fine with dark as fuck! I actually kind of love dark as fuck. Cool. Trans vibes are also great

    @sirsparklepants I love fantasy politics, sounds like fun. I don't get to read a ton of cyberpunk in general, so Bone Dance piques my interest. Also I didn't even know what the term mannerpunk meant until just now but I love it, I'm all about the concept of mannerpunk.

    (and no magic isn't a dealbreaker, I'm more just looking for 'outside the scope of our typical day to day world' kinds of queer stories. broad and unfocused)
  3. LadyNighteyes

    LadyNighteyes Wicked Witch of the Radiant Historia Fandom

    It belatedly occurs to me- you might already know this one, but the Imperial Radch books (Ancillary Justice and sequels). They're sci-fi set in a civilization where the dominant language doesn't distinguish gender at all (and culturally it's an occasional footnote at most; it's a high-tech space society, so reproduction can be arranged regardless of the plumbing of the participants), so every single character is referred to as "she" by the narrator. The author has said she doesn't know if there's any canonical gay couples for the same reason she doesn't know if it passes the Bechdel Test. :::PPP

    The narrator, incidentally, is an angry spaceship AI stranded in a cyborg body and out for revenge.

    It's a good time.
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  4. Silver Sheep

    Silver Sheep a buildup of tension and the catharsis of a murder

    @Charlie When you say "a good abuse narrative" do you mean "a realistic and tasteful depiction" or "really gets down and wallows in the misery"?
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  5. aetherGeologist

    aetherGeologist I had a vision about a post from a week ago!

    The author’s actually written a new book called the raven tower. It’s set in a fantasy universe and there’s no romance, but the main character is a trans man.

    The narrator is spoilers.
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  6. jacktrash

    jacktrash absentee sperglord

    i'm always looking for books (and comics and etc) involving m/m relationships and adventurey heroics. i started writing them because i wanted to read them, and i still have not come across much of anything else aside from fanfic that provides what i want. but i mean. it's 2019. surely there are some badass boyfriends out there by now.
  7. KingStarscream

    KingStarscream watch_dogs walking advertisement

    There's the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flennwelling; it takes a good two books to really get into the meat of the relationship, and the later books go some odd places, but they're politically oriented fantasy with an m/m main pairing.
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  8. jacktrash

    jacktrash absentee sperglord

    yeah, i read those a long time ago, like long enough that maybe i should reread them bc i remember basically nothing about them. :D

    have also read swordspoint, the old mercedes lackey stuff (which was one of my major 'inspirations' for making kastor a big ol trope subverting dorkus), and that more recent space series with the stabby kid which i am absolutely blanking on but it had bird themed titles? i could just walk downstairs and look but i am laaaaazy.
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  9. jacktrash

    jacktrash absentee sperglord

    oh, and hal duncan. everything hal duncan ever breathed on. god i love hal duncan.
  10. Charlie

    Charlie I got no strings to hold me down

    @Silver Sheep I suppose on that scale I lean towards something more tasteful. I don't mind stories that wallow either, precisely, but I feel like I run into a lot of stories that have wallowing and then death. I don't want to preclude tragedy entirely because there's some abuse narratives I like that kind of do land there... But ideally, something a bit more optimistic. It doesn't have to shy away from the content either. I know that's a kind of narrow and precise range but that's kind of what I'm looking for.

    @Morgan Jae Cool, I'll add it to my list.

    @LadyNighteyes I don't know that one! Feel free to throw some 'obvious' titles at me because I feel like I've missed out on some tbqh. The narrator sounds amazing, and like the kind of character I'd read the book for alone, but with all that on top of it... sounds great.
  11. Bunny

    Bunny Former Quiet Lump

    I have been wanting to try reading more horror books. Ghost stories in particular. I like angry and vengeful ghosts or ghosts with unfinished business. Or monsters, monsters are pretty great.

    Also have a v strong preference for whatever horrors happen to be "real" within the universe of the story and for some sense of closure and understanding of why things happened by the end tho monsters require little justification, monsters do as monsters do.
  12. LadyNighteyes

    LadyNighteyes Wicked Witch of the Radiant Historia Fandom

    I went on a big Stephen King kick in high school and I remember particularly liking Pet Sematary, though it does have that signature Stephen King thing going on where it heavily evokes a character's very personal childhood fears in a way that walks right on the line between "surreal" and "silly."
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  13. Morgan Jae

    Morgan Jae knife legislation

    i seem to recall the girl from the well by rin chupeco being good, altho i read it years ago
    i'm not sure the undrowned child is horror per se, but i was certainly pretty creeped out by it, and it was very good
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  14. jacktrash

    jacktrash absentee sperglord

    tim powers is filed under urban fantasy rather than horror, but his stuff can get incredibly creepy. for instance, 'declare' may be mostly about cold war spies, but more than a decade after i first read it, the thought of concentric circles randomly appearing on surfaces still makes my hair stand up.

    the 'last call' trilogy has ghosts. weird ghosts. weird ghost cosmology. predatory millionaires smoking ghosts to get high on their memories. are we scared OF ghosts or scared FOR ghosts? yes. yes we are.
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