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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2019, 11:18:11 AM »

Magic's Pawn - my search for quality LGBT fantasy continues; aside from (contrived) cuteness there was nothing here to make me remotely interested in the rest of the books in its shared universe.


@cupiscent was raving about an LGBT book a while ago if I remember correctly.
Doubt it was Magic’s Pawn that’s a Mercedes Lackey Valdemar book that came out in ‘89. I remember quite liking it at the time, but that was over 20 years ago, and it could well have been visited by the ‘suck fairy’ in the intervening years.
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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2019, 12:07:44 PM »
Magic's Pawn - my search for quality LGBT fantasy continues; aside from (contrived) cuteness there was nothing here to make me remotely interested in the rest of the books in its shared universe.
@Jake Baelish, you might want to check this thread:
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/list-of-lgbt-characters-in-fantasy-recommended-by-fantasy-faction-members/
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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2019, 01:26:39 PM »

Magic's Pawn - my search for quality LGBT fantasy continues; aside from (contrived) cuteness there was nothing here to make me remotely interested in the rest of the books in its shared universe.


@cupiscent was raving about an LGBT book a while ago if I remember correctly.

It is an old book, I picked it up in a book shop by chance and on realising it had a gay lead felt it worth a go. It reads like it was written by an angsty teen tbh. What Elfy says seem right, had I read it ten or fifteen years ago I might have liked it   :-\

@ScarlettBea thanks for the heads up! Will take a deeper look  :)
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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2019, 02:08:10 PM »

Magic's Pawn - my search for quality LGBT fantasy continues; aside from (contrived) cuteness there was nothing here to make me remotely interested in the rest of the books in its shared universe.


@cupiscent was raving about an LGBT book a while ago if I remember correctly.

It is an old book, I picked it up in a book shop by chance and on realising it had a gay lead felt it worth a go. It reads like it was written by an angsty teen tbh. What Elfy says seem right, had I read it ten or fifteen years ago I might have liked it   :-\

@ScarlettBea thanks for the heads up! Will take a deeper look  :)

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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #34 on: January 08, 2019, 10:04:10 PM »

Magic's Pawn - my search for quality LGBT fantasy continues; aside from (contrived) cuteness there was nothing here to make me remotely interested in the rest of the books in its shared universe.


@cupiscent was raving about an LGBT book a while ago if I remember correctly.

Well, look, when am I not raving about an LGBT book. :D

I see you've been tipped the master link, @Jake Baelish but if you want to talk more about what specifically might be what you're after, feel free to send me a message and we can chat. (I don't want to say READ MAX GLADSTONE if actually you're after traditional-fantasy-but-gay. Though, I mean, read Max Gladstone. srsly.)

ALSO, relevant to this, author K.A. Doore (who has a lovely book coming out in March featuring a homoromatic asexual assassin protagonist) put together a list of LGBT debut novels coming out next year, many of them spec-fic or adjacent, and there is some EXCITING stuff on there. I am particularly looking forward to Tamsyn Muir's Gideon the Ninth which looks AMAAAAZING. (...where IS our "what are you looking forward to this year?" thread? Have I missed it? Do I have to MAKE it? UGH GUYS.)

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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #35 on: January 10, 2019, 08:27:10 AM »

Magic's Pawn - my search for quality LGBT fantasy continues; aside from (contrived) cuteness there was nothing here to make me remotely interested in the rest of the books in its shared universe.


@cupiscent was raving about an LGBT book a while ago if I remember correctly.

It is an old book, I picked it up in a book shop by chance and on realising it had a gay lead felt it worth a go. It reads like it was written by an angsty teen tbh. What Elfy says seem right, had I read it ten or fifteen years ago I might have liked it   :-\

@ScarlettBea thanks for the heads up! Will take a deeper look  :)

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I just read the blurb on goodreads! Sounds like something I could get into, thanks for the recommendation  :)

@cupiscent traditional fantasy but gay IS what I'm really after. Though by no means exclusively - I really loved the Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S Pascat (especially books 2 and 3), and that is definitely not traditional fantasy  ;D So cheers for the tip to Max Gladstone and the link!
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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2019, 09:17:07 AM »
Jake, then I think you'll love the Copper Cat trilogy by Jen Williams :D
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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #37 on: January 15, 2019, 07:43:18 AM »
Jake, then I think you'll love the Copper Cat trilogy by Jen Williams :D

I'm spoilt for choice now. Thanks Scarlet  ;D
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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #38 on: January 15, 2019, 11:02:55 AM »
Jake, then I think you'll love the Copper Cat trilogy by Jen Williams :D

I'm spoilt for choice now. Thanks Scarlet  ;D
Just to throw a couple of other recommendations at you to try Tremontaine it’s a series of interconnected stories by multiple authors using Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint setting, Kushner herself is also a contributing author. @cupiscent and I have gushed about Amberlough and Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly and you may like them, too.
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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #39 on: January 15, 2019, 11:11:12 AM »
And I almost forgot A Song for Achilles by Madeline Miller.
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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #40 on: January 15, 2019, 02:07:25 PM »
I also read Magic's Pawn last year in my own quest to read LGBT fantasy. Romance was cute (at first), but a lack of an actual story frustrated me. I Googled the rest of the trilogy and am not sad I didn't continue reading.

Not all my picks are fantasy...

2018 Favs
Shades of Magic trilogy (especially A Darker Shade of Magic)
Oathbringer
The Slow Regard of Silent Things
The Outsider
American Pastoral

2018 Duds
Magic's Pawn
Luck in the Shadows
Armada
Sometimes a Great Notion
Ghost Boy

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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #41 on: January 17, 2019, 02:16:19 PM »
For what it's worth the next book in the series, Magic's Promise is a far better story and also I think a lot more tied to a gay experience. I actually read it before Magic's Pawn, for which I'm rather thankful as I'm not sure I'd have bothered to read Magic's Promise if I had. Not saying anyone should read it if they disliked the first, but if anyone's on the fence on Lackey, might be worth a gander.

Last book isn't all that. Not Lackey's finest work in general.

Also, everyone should read Max Gladstone. He might just be the best thing about modern fantasy.

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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #42 on: January 18, 2019, 01:21:46 PM »
I keep meaning to go through my 2018 list and figure out what I liked and what I didn't. I might remember to do it one day.

For me, though, the ones that tend to stand out are the ones I really liked and didn't have any expectations going in, like Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel and Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe. If I just read the next book by an author I already know I like, it doesn't tend to stand out so much.

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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #43 on: January 19, 2019, 04:45:10 AM »
And I almost forgot A Song for Achilles by Madeline Miller.

Song of Achilles is an absolutely wonderful read  :)

Thanks for the other suggestions!

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Re: Your Top five books you’ve read in 2018 and the five most unsatisfying
« Reply #44 on: January 19, 2019, 09:32:31 AM »
And I almost forgot A Song for Achilles by Madeline Miller.

Song of Achilles is an absolutely wonderful read  :)

Thanks for the other suggestions!
They’re not traditional, they’re alt history, but Sarah Gailey’s American Hippo duology features LGBT characters.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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