Hello all! Starting sometime in September I’m launching THIRDS Thursdays on my blog. What is THIRDS Thursday?
Looking the best you can is a show of respect to those around you.
- Tom Ford
Oh man, this guy reminds me so much of Ella Frank’s Logan Mitchell.
Anonymous said: Hello - I was wondering if you knew of any well written fantasy/sci-fi novels that feature more than one LGBTQ+ character and/or has a LGBTQ+ character as the main character? Thanks! :D
Sure! Some of the books I’ll be mentioning below aren’t books I’ve read so I can’t promise they’re well written but they are books I’ve heard nothing but good things about. Also most of the links will be to Amazon.co.uk but you can find all of them on the USA website too, if you have problems finding any let us know and we’ll try to help. Hopefully I’ll have managed to find at least a few things that catch your attention. If I don’t let me know and I’ll try harder haha.
The Wicked Lovely series has Irial and Niall, both of whom are bisexual/pansexual faeries who feature quite heavily in Ink Exchange (this is where their story starts I think), Stopping Time and Old Habits, and I think they’re also in Fragile Eternity and Radiant Shadow but I don’t think they’re main characters, Darkest Mercy is the last book of the series and they’re both in that quite often again too I think. It’s been a while since I read the series but I really enjoyed it.
Adaptation and it’s sequel Inheritence written by Malinda Lo (which isn’t out yet) have been likened to the X-Files, the main character is bisexual and has two love interests in the book, a male and female. It’s about a government conspiracy from what I can tell, bisexual-books have a full review on it here.
Also by Malinda Lo is Ash, which I’ve written a short review on here. The main character is attracted to a male character and a female character so she’s polysexual. The novel is basically a retelling of Cinderella but with faeries.
Adamant by Kieron Wisser is about Greek myths and gods and goddesses being real. There’s at least one lesbian character and possibly more than one bisexual/pansexual character. It’s been a while since I read it so I’m not 100% sure. I wrote a post on it here.
The Second Mango and it’s sequel Climbing the Date Palm by Shira Glassman has dragons, a lesbian princess main character and other various awesome things. There are apparently a few bisexual characters in the second book too, I haven’t read this series but it’s on my list.
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block looks great too, it’s a sci-fi book described as having a main character who is the female Odysseus, if you have a kindle or a free kindle app (for mobile, tablet, computer) you can try the first five chapters for free. It hasn’t been released yet, or at least not in the UK.
Kings of Ruin has two main gay male characters. From the tiny bit that I’ve read there’s some kind of being which is controlling cars and causing crashes and stuff so I guess that counts as fantasy? idk
Heroine Addiction by Jennifer Matarese is about superheroes. fandomsandfeminism does a full review of it here but from what I can tell the main character is bisexual and it’s a really diverse book in general (good female characters and POC representation). Hero by Perry Moore has a gay male protagonist, it’s another book about superheroes and I really enjoyed reading it. Masks: Rise of Heroes is yet another superhero book with a gay main character, I haven’t read this but it looks pretty good.
We also have reviews on Iron and Velvet (lesbian private detective book with vampires, werewolves and other various supernatural beings) and Static (a genderfluid main character who can literally shift between genders)
The Mortal Instruments has a gay character (Alec) and a bisexual character (Magnus) who are together (or at least they were in the last book I read).
According to riptidepublishing “Blacker than Black by Rhi Etzweiler is a non-traditional vampire novel (they eat chi) set in a sort of dystopian future, and that features non binary characters who tend toward androgynous.”
If you’re into graphic novels we have posts on Rat Queens (on of the main characters is queer), Saga (bisexual woman, gay men) and Shutter (trans character).
It’s been a lot harder finding trans/non binary/asexual sci-fi books so if anyone has anything to add reblog this. There’s also this list here which has a few bisexual books that I’ve missed off and a post here with a few more. If any followers notice any thing wrong (for example if I’ve sad a character is bisexual but actually they’re gay) let me know, I tried to include a lot of stuff in this post so I might have missed something or misread something.
If we can be so bold as to self-recommend, we have tons! Every book we publish features queer main characters. Here’s our fantasy tag, and here’s our sci-fi tag. Depending on what you consider SF/F, we also have a paranormal/urban fantasy tag. (There is some overlap among tags, since some books are cross-genre, but there’s definitely lots to choose from.)
I would also like to recommend the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling
Luck in the Shadows is the first book in the seven book series set in a medieval-ly fanstany universe full of wizards and necromancers and fae people. It follows Seregil and Alec (who become a couple) and their friends as the solve magical mysteries and fight evil. This series literally ripped me apart and put me back together so many times. I was sad to see it end. It really is worth a read if you are looking for Fantasy with leading queer characters (and they aren’t too overtly queer so you can safely rec this series to someone who is iffy about that kind of thing without them freaking out)
Storm Constantine’s Wraeththu series is also excellent.
"The Wraeththu are an androgynous race, who come to replace humanity in a world devastated by human predation and ignorance. Superior both physically and psychically to their predecessors, Wraeththu are a young race who must learn how to master their own powers and not repeat the mistakes that led to humanity’s downfall. But problems arise from the fact that Wraeththu originally derived from humans, and carry within them the same traits that need to be overcome.
The Wraeththu Chronicles charts the early history of Wraeththu, through the eyes of three major characters: Pellaz, destined to become ruler of his kind; Swift, a young ‘pure born’ har whose people are in conflict with another major tribe vying for power, and Cal, the pivotal, enigmatic trickster who is either saviour or destroyer.”
What no I totally did not scream when I realised I could pre-order Cut & Run 9 I don’t know what you’re talking about… That sound you heard was obviously a bird…
What does this mean? We don’t even get a blurb?
I’m half intrigued, half annoyed. But one thing is for certain, I’m pre-ordering that shit.
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Hello all! Dreamspinner Press is having another fabulous sale, which means all my titles, including Blood & Thunder are 25% off until August 12th!!
If that wasn’t awesome enough, for every sale of $20 or more on the Dreamspinner site, Dreamspinner will be donating a book to a library or LGBTQ youth center. So not only are you getting…
New Role: Theo Joins the Cast of The Secret Scripture
Theo James has played a cop, a Turkish Diplomat and a mysterious trainer, but it looks like his next role may be as a Catholic Priest! Variety is reporting that the British actor is in talks for a role in “The Secret Scripture” alongside Eric Bana, Jack Reynor and Rooney Mara. Hollywood legends Jeremy Irons and Vanessa Redgrave are also set to star in Jim Sheridan’s adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s novel.
The movie will center around the story of a woman’s (Mara) long stay in a mental institution. James is rumored to be up for the role as the local Catholic Priest and is likely to begin filming after wrapping Insurgent (the sequel to the Lionsgate hit, Divergent) currently underway in Atlanta, Georgia.
We have to admit, Theo playing a priest gives us all kinds of impure thoughts and we’re excited to see him working with some of Hollywood’s best!