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ssleif

ssleif

Joined January 2020

Primarily Queer SpecFic, and then a few odd ones.
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The Insiders by Mark Oshiro
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Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
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Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
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We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
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Truth of the Divine | Lindsay Ellis
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Okay, this was Very solid. The second in Ellis' series (which has been described as Arrival meets ET, but if the protag kinda wanted to bone Optimus Prime), this maintains the strangeness wonder and speculation of the first, & settles into more a Men In Black/espionage/political thriller vibe in places, and delves REALLY deeply into alien and human mental health (srsly, if you're at all sensitive to it, do not skip the author's warnings). #scifi

ssleif The main audio narration as usual was fantastic, the addition of little excerpts from news stories and communications and stuff in between chapters was again excellent, and excellently narrated primarily by Abigail Thorne, and on the whole I would say I only could have enjoyed the book more if I had the third one already. It definitely feels like a middle book, for what that's worth, but I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. 2mo
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This was Compelling As Heck. Very well written, in a super accessible style (as one would expect from a successful investigative journalist) this is the Long Version of the story of Andrew Wakefield, the once-doctor who fabricated and captilised on fears that Vaccines caused autism-- launching the current era of anti-vax misinformation. Published before current pandemic, this was eerie & informative. #antivaxxers #medicine #malpractice #politics

ssleif Written by Brian Deer-- the UK journalist who unearthed much of the fraud after YEARS of working the story. I thought I knew most of the story, but there is So Much More than I knew. XD also, this was a Gripping read for me-- mainlined it in about t a day. 4mo
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If you are fairly new to discussions of the selfishness/shortsightedness of middle-to-right politics that gained prominence as the Baby Boomer generation began to hold power, then maybe this book is for you. There was plenty I found engaging, especially as discussing the conditions at play coming out of the second world war, and the section discussing Vietnam draft dodging. But the author seems to have a lot of blind spots. #USPolitics #USHistory

ssleif Possibly it needed a more strict editor? But I found there was a lot more personal opinion and a lot less reference to data than I would have preferred. Particularly since I know that data is out there. Also the author seems to be relying a lot more on villainy of individual people, and a lot less on the power of institutions, money, and capitalism more broadly. Maybe the ending justifies the meandering in the middle, but it lost me before that. 4mo
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VERY dry, but very clear and methodical. Reads like a study brief... Which it basically is. Provided a good paradigm for examining the relationship between the specific Christian Nationalism phenomenon, political identity, religiosity, and civic motivation. I hope to continue seeing some of the questions and topics addressed in this book occur in other sociological research, to continue to build that data set. #USPolitics #ChristianNationalism

ssleif This book was published before the 2020 US election, and was all the more interesting in our current context of that election and the events of January 6th 4mo
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These Divided Shores | Sara Raasch
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In this sequel to These Rebel Waves (which completes the duology I believe), I... Was just as torn as with the first book. XD there's a lot to like, but there's also a lot that feels inconsistent, or unpredictable in a way that did not work for me. If you're really into the aesthetic, #pirates #queerbooks #queerfantasy etc, then that may be enough for you, but it wasn't for me. I look forward to seeing this author grow, however. 💯💯💚👌

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These Divided Shores | Sara Raasch
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I almost quit about here. This is the second book, and I was invested enough in the characters at the end of the first book that I did reserve the second? But the seeming inconsistencies and rapid shifts in plot and character logic and motivation persist here. There have been some really exciting developments, like really really good ones, but also some really frustrating ones. 🙈 Aaaaaaa I'm so torn on this series.

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The Blinding Knife | Brent Weeks
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Second in the series, and I like it even better than the last. It's a funny contradiction of a book-- I'm more into these characters, but that means I'm more anxious about the well-established stakes. every time I think I have figured out some twist, the novel skips right over the moment where there should be a big reveal? And proceeds on as if it was always fact. Rigid gender categories, yet interesting gender and racial Dynamics. XD B+ I think.

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The Blinding Knife | Brent Weeks
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This book is Very Long. The world and the dynamics are Fascinating however. I don't know that I can stick out another one right after-- it'll depend on how this one ends... But it's absolutely Anxiety inducing. This is probably the most anxiety inducing book I've read in a long time, and there are a couple of characters who are just pits of anxiety, and it is reflected very well in the prose and I'm not sure I like that. XD

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Raybearer | Jordan Ifueko
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Aaaaaaaaa excellent. This one had a rocky start, a lot of time skipping that didn't particularly help you settle in. But all the pieces come together in a Very satisfying manner. Eventually. ;) Otherwise, gorgeous setting, characters you definitely come to live and root for, wonderfully musical language, and some refreshing (and new to me) elements. A+ can recommend, particularly for the kind of casual #queerbooks rep You always love to see. 💚

ssleif #lgbtbooks #lgbtfantasy #queerfantasy specifically, there's a main character who seems to be Ace, and lots of inclusive language and casual reference to queer identities and relationships. Gender norms are more rigid, but partly that is plot relevant. And then there's this kind of poly vibe, not unlike sense8, that I really dug. 8mo
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Raybearer | Jordan Ifueko
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I want these kids to succeed so badly....

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Soulstar | C. L. Polk
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Aaaaaaaaaaa an excellent close to this trilogy. All three of these books were at once immensely satisfying, but also hard. Through the lense of this steampunk ish magical not! London, many themes and frustrations and injustices and hopes that parallel contemporary politics are explored. The resonance make the stakes feel even higher than they are-- which makes the anxiety deeper just as it makes the Justice sweeter. A+, excellent, well done.

ssleif Also #queerbooks, #lgbtbooks, #lgbtfantasy. There was a wonderful non-binary character in here, and a central romantic relationship that was just unbelievably tender and strong and I loved it. This series really does do a good job of balancing the emotional and romantic arcs of the characters with the sociopolitical ones. 8mo
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Soulstar | C. L. Polk
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Oh god. What a magnificent sorrowful joyful infuriating opening. I was so looking forward to this third book. A+++ way to start this off.

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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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There were a few Convienient moments, and I was hesitant to start this one personally just because of the profound grief in Brianna's situation at the beginning, but it was a Heck of a good ride with a hell of a good finalé. Can recommend. #BlackGirlMagic #queerbooks #lgbtbooks #pocfantasy #arthurian

ssleif Main character is not queer, fyi, so far as has been mentioned, but plenty of supporting characters are, including an excellent nonbinary character. And the language used in this book around sexuality and gender identity is so great. Just I cannot stress enough what a breath of fresh air it was to have that kind of stuff handled so consistently normally and inclusively throughout the narrative. 8mo
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These are always a delightful and vivid introduction to a host of great artists and writers, and this was no different. Very worth the wait! My fav was probs T.Zysk's piece, but since that's the creator through whom I found the series, it's not surprising. XD highly rec if you like #adultcomics and #queerbooks . Per usual, majority of characters are queer, many non-white, and the theme for this volume was #agediversity . 💯💯👌👍

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The Black Prism | Brent Weeks
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Magic system is unique, characters are interesting... Here at the halfway point, a good balance has been struck between what the audience knows and can theorize on and what's mysterious still... It's honestly very well written I think.

But I'm not completely sure I enjoy it. Very cis/Heteronormative so far, and also my personal pref is Not for "protagonist" characters whose motivation/morality is real gray or unclear. May just not be for me!

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These Rebel Waves | Sara Raasch
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This book ends strong, very strong, enough that I did reserve the sequel, but the lead up was too variable for me to endorse full-on. The worldbuilding is both inventive and incomplete, the characters both engaging and unpredictable (not necessarily in a good way), and the plot is by turns satisfying and exciting, and shark-jumping. The aesthetic is 💯💯 very #pirates , much #queerbooks , but it was a mixed bag. Audio performance was good.

ssleif As an example I'm not sure the history of the world holds up very well. What people know, why they know it, why groups are motivated certain ways, etc. Explained heavily, but I think the amount of explanation necessary betrays the fact that there don't seem to be good organic mechanisms driving the roots of the world. That all contributes to things being unpredictable in a a bad way-- 11mo
ssleif a character could do nearly anything and it would be equally as justified in the text up to that point as anything else the character could do. It's possible that there will be a good explanation in a future book that justifies the arbitrary feeling of a lot of elements in the world and the characters, but that's a decent sized gamble to make. XD 11mo
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These Rebel Waves | Sara Raasch
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Bit torn on this one-- the world/background/motivation is... Inconsistent. Parts of the world building I find really interesting, and parts of it I find really patchy and under constructed. The places where the world does not feel believable take away from the character motivations, which is a shame because I think I could really love these characters. I'm sticking with it though, especially now that the plot has really gotten going. 👌👌

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This was good! It stands at a sort of midpoint between #TheRavenCycle and #ACoTaR , and I'm glad to have had it as my first Holly Black. It was mysterious in the best way, with novel turns and remixes on previous ideas and myths, casual #lgbt rep, and a protag I really dug. Can recommend.

ssleif Also reminds me a bit of Teen Wolf. XD 12mo
ssleif But I seriously genuinely was sold on this protagonist, and her friends and brother. A Great cast. 12mo
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A summary of the last 20 pages:

"Guys, I have a confession. This is all my fault."
"NO, I have a confession, as I reveal these secrets, you will realize it's actually all my fault."
"Ah hah! You are both wrong! It's neither of your faults... Because it's actually all MY fault!"
"Wait, does this mean it's IS actually all my fault??"
"NO!" x3

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So I've been putting off/avoiding Holly Black for Years, having confused the covers of her modern Faerie novels like Tithe and Valient for the similar-genre'd Faerie Wars/Purple Emperor series by James Hebert Brennan. I read several in that series as a kid/young teen, and didn't like them much, and so I'd get sad whenever I saw folk excited about Holly Black because I thought it wasn't for me. XD

I'm so glad I was wrong. This is delightful. 💚💜

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Thrawn | Timothy Zahn
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I'm not sure this one was for me. The Audio Performance was excellent, but I found the writing to be rather weak? Could just be that it's not meant for adults-- this may have played better for me if I was a child or teen, or if I was already invested in the Thrawn character from the Legends series. The thing that made me stick this out was the audio performance, absolutely.

ssleif The pacing is probs part of what didn't hit for me-- specifically, it didn't help me to believe that thrawn was actually clever, rather than just to be told that he was clever, when all I was seeing was the culmination of each of his strategies one after another, where everyone goes "oh no! everything's going to fail!" and then thrawn is calm and then miraculously he had already planned for whatever happened. XD 12mo
ssleif Part of what leads me to think that it's an age thing is how unimpressed I was by so many of the "strategies" employed, which varied between stuff that I found to be exceptionally predictable and expected, amd things where the audience couldn't possibly have even suspected it because, in an attempt it seems to make thrawn appear brilliant, there just was too much information that the audience would not have had. Repeated Deus-ex-machina moments. 12mo
ssleif I did find interesting here also the intersection between possibly... Not sure how to put this. The female point of view character we get again and again, I had a lot of trouble finding her believable? And I think partly that has to do with either a lack of insight on the part of the writer and editing staff, or the de-sexing required by The Mouse... Or an intersection of the two. 12mo
ssleif On multiple occasions, but one occasion in specific, I found her reaction to be very strange and unrealistic, not at all keeping with what we had been told about how smart or worldly she was... Basically someone who was socialized female or other minority in our world would have reacted differently or been differently prepared for the risk of assault in certain situations and dynamics, and the fact that she was not at all... And the txt ignored... 12mo
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Light of the Jedi | Charles Soule
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Purchased it outright just so I didn't have to wait on the library when it was released. XD This was a little hard to get into for me, a few too many characters and POV switches early on, but it was a very interesting problem/set-up, and I looooved all the diverse jedi and apprentices we got. An excellent and promising setup to this new High Republic era. Also, audiobook, I will never be tired of the music/sound effects. Delightful. 👌👌 #starwars

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Glimpses: A Collection of Nightrunner Short Stories | Lynn Flewelling, Laura Anne Gilman
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Lovely lil collection of shorts and firsts from the Nightrunner series. Best read probs after book 5 or so, certainly not before 3. A handful of first meetings and such from before the series began, One Other Significant First that was fade-to-black in its original book, and an excerpt from then-forthcoming book 6. A lovely Saturday morning read. #queerbooks, #queerfantasy

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Glimpses: A Collection of Nightrunner Short Stories | Lynn Flewelling, Laura Anne Gilman

"oh no", I said, "gonna take a break" I said, "read some library books" I said. And yet. Here I am. Happily reading about wee Seregil defending his honor by destroying priceless ancient tomes, and getting adopted by my favorite old wizard since gandalf. ??

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Book 5 in this series was excellent, if more than a bit stressful there at the end! I'm going to pause before hitting the next two in the series, since this and book 4 basically functioned like one larger book I think. But it was good, lots of character work, stress and growth on the core romantic relationship, and new characters and magics. (And dragons!!!) Can still recommend the series. #queerbooks #lgbtbooks #queerfantasy #lgbtfantasy

Kenyazero This one was, somehow, a much more stressful read than the other books! The next one was less stressful. 12mo
ssleif @Kenyazero oh good. XD not that I didn't like it, I absolutely did, but I was legit anxious, particularly through the caper and flight at the end. 12mo
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaa I'm too anxious for the tension in this ending. XDDD

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!!!!!!!!! Book 4, I DID NOT SEE IT COMING!!! XD okay, I was into this one. Could have done with a warning for all the assault-y stuff, but this was a GREAT entry. It took Alec and Seregil's relationship to a very different place, but that needed a shake-up (maybe not THIS but SOMETHING), so hopefully it'll get them to work on stuff. A very different plot, different scenery, and a Very diff setup for the next one. EXCITEMENT.

ssleif Narrator on this is not my favorite? But was Fine. I prefer the other narrator, but I understand that they ended up with a new one, logically, thanks to how long it was between books three and four. 12mo
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Oh shit. OH SHIT. Looks out the windows and sees--!!!!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! I did not see that coming!!!!!!!!!

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Axiom's End: A Novel | Lindsay Ellis
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So I read the bulk of this book while working the polls for the US November election, and it was a great distraction. It's sort of Bumblebee the movie meets Arrival, with a dash of Anathem. I liked the protag, and I was pretty much on the edge of my seat to learn things about our interstellar Interlopers, and out of nerves for what was going to happen to the main characters. Very Solid. Also liked the linguistics. #scifi, #aliens,

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I enjoy that I never know the "scope" of these books ahead of time. I never have any idea if they are goinging to be largely "political", or mostly fighting, or mostly mystery... Or all of them at once. This one did not disappoint in any way! It was a great ride, great new characters introduced, and lots of meat for old favorites. Again, totes rec the series to folk who dig #highfantasy, #queerbooks, #fantasypolitics

Kenyazero I rarely reread books, but I've reread this series. I love it. 12mo
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Stormsong | C. L. Polk
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Okay, so, I was leery of this one, as the protag was one of my Least Favorite characters in the first book, and also there was a Lot more political intrigue, which isn't usually my jam... But dug it. Character goes through a good arc, I was well-satisfied by several plot turns, I'm even more invested in the world, and!!!! Really looking forward to the third book!!! Also this one (& the next I think) is wlw. I like when authors go back and forth.

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Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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I dug it. I was engaged pretty quickly, felt for the protagonist, and was fascinated by the world. It's technically a romance, but it's all fade-to-black, and the central issues and challenges are those of world-level plot and personal character arcs. I thought it worked (although it Nearly lost me, just before the end. XD) a nice, light, #queerfantasy #queerromance, with an interesting and unique world. (Oh, and more than a bit #steampunk)

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I was very into this until... The halfway mark? The couple kissed? I figured out it was a beauty and the beast retelling? And the last hour or two of runtime has been a Slog. I don't know that I'm gonna finish. :P (marking as spoiler cuz genuinely I liked it til I figured that out. Sigh)

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Stalking Darkness | Lynn Flewelling
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Second book in the series, stakes are much higher, and it's a lot more gay. 👌👍👌👍 Still a fan. I love these two protagonists so much, and if you're a high fantasy/political intrigue fan, this may be the epic romance/adventure for you! #queerfantasy #queerbooks #lgbtfantasy

Kenyazero That's a really great cover! I love this series, it's one of my favorites. 13mo
ssleif I had started the series several years ago, but left off partway through book three, I think, so I'm enjoying the reread, and looking forward to stuff I haven't read! Such a good series. 💚💚 And yeah, I'd never seen this cover, library audiobook, until this read. It's neat. 13mo
CruelSister I love this cover! 9mo
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Season of Storms | Andrzej Sapkowski
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Look, I'm not gonna lie, they had us in the first half. XD No but in all seriousness, this one was hard for me to get into. I'm not one for political intrigue, and that's a lot of the first half, kind of. Actually, this whole book ran a lot like a video game-- want thing A, get interrupted to solve B, have to make a deal for B which leads to fight C... Like, all Geralt wanted was his swords back. That's it, that's the plot. XD

ssleif I actually really enjoyed the second half of the book a lot, but the first third was So Incredibly Hard To Give A Crap About I can't in good conscience give this a "pick". But once he finally gets out of the city, it's smooth sailing. Well, no, it's actually one roadblock after another for the poor dude, including two seperate instances of ships sinking, but it was smooth sailing as a Reader. ;) 2y
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This was good fun. Some of the stories on here are quite inventive, and though the characters and plots sometimes differ from the TV adaptation, it was a really good time. It's a different take and some fresher mythology to a lot of far west/American readers, and quite engaging. I totally recommend it to fans of the show/games, or fantasy fans in general. It's not long, so you'll be able to get a good taste of this universe, and pretty quick.

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Oh man, I'm really enjoying this. I like the way each of the chapter so far has been a unique story/hunt/fight/fable, told in two parts. the first was the striga hunt that features both in the opening of the first video game, and also in the second episode of the Netflix TV series, but the second, to my surprise was beauty and the beast. And it was great. You know that painting of Belle, naked, blowing a horn and riding a bear into battle?

ssleif That was apparently fanart of this chapter. And it was friggin magnificent. This is so much fun. Here's a link to that pic, NSFW obvs, if you wanna see what I mean. https://m.imgur.com/KPRFtF0 2y
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Arrow's Fall | Mercedes Lackey
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An excellent end to probably the best trilogy to start with, if you want to get into Valdemar/Mercedes lackey. Technically this trilogy has spoilers for the Magic's Pawn trilogy, but I think this one has a better balance of tragedy and success, and this book in particular makes you feel you've earned the ending, and sets up several future quartets quite competently. For as short as the books all are, this one does a lot of good work!

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Arrow's Flight | Mercedes Lackey
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I always forget that nearly the entirety of this book takes place while she's on circuit. I think it might be the most time in the actual job of a Herald we ever get. So many of the one-off books are people's journeys to becoming a Herald, and the longer cycles usually have to do with some huge historical event or crisis... Not that Talia doesn't go through a crisis in this, but I forgot how much I enjoyed the minutiae of her actual internship.

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Arrows of the Queen | Mercedes Lackey
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Always a good read. I saw RBdigital was carrying these, so I expect that's what I'll be up to for a bit. Although there are lots of good things, and lots of queer themes, I'm not sure I can in good conscience recommend then as #queerfantasy, or #queerbooks since, as expected for the times, the more explicitly queer characters tend to meet tragic ends. But then, the whole Valdemar series is a delicate balance of joy and tragedy for most characters.

ssleif This trilogy, and the Vanyel/Magic's pawn trilogy, were actually the very first books I read as a young person with explicitly GRSM characters. I have always loved them, and with the caveat that Lackey sometimes Buries Her Gays, at this point in her career, I think these books still hold up really well, especially if you enjoy heroes that get beat up, self sacrifice, and save everyone, often with a miraculous last-minute plot point. 2y
ssleif Also there are magic horses that talk to you and become your soul mate. 👍 2y
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A re-read, and always a fav. A nice big city, swords and horses universe, with magic and necromancy and mythic races and thievery and Valor and two bi/pan protags who come to care for eachother at just the moment where they're each gonna need an unbelievable amount of support to survive the magics and political machinations. #queerbooks #queerfantasy #epicfantasy

ssleif Particularly, there's a great deal of master!spy/theif stuff in this one-- which is great. Skullduggery indeed. 2y
Kenyazero Always worth a reread! 2y
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Wizard's First Rule | Terry Goodkind
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I was feeling kind of stalled out, trying to start a couple of new books and didn't make any progress, so I went back to an oldie but goodie. This series is very flawed, but also pretty good. It's one of my very favorite of all time, especially the first two books. It probably resonated with me more as a teenager than it would for someone just picking it up now as an adult. Epic fantasy, epic stakes, epic romance. Always a fav.

ssleif This is very much High Fantasy. Richard is a woods guide in a land without magic, and one day shortly after the death of his father, he encounters a woman with waist-length hair in a pristine white dress being pursued by four men intent on murdering her. he steps in and lends a hand, and they manage to survive, and he's then plunged into a world of underworld monsters and human monsters and wizards and dragons and spirits and moral conflict. 2y
ssleif Swords and horses fantasy mostly, lots of flawed/amatuer philosophy and politics. There is some LGBT Rep, and it's better in later books, but it's a bit not good. Clear product of the times. And there's some real graphic grizzly s*** in here, including some CSA stuff, and a very long section where the main adult male character is tortured, including sexually tortured. But goddamn. It's still one of my fav books of all time. 2y
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Restless Spirits | Jordan L Hawk
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Okay, this was lovely. Romance/erotica technically, I think, but what a plot! Felt a bit like an Agatha Christie, actually, but more ghosts, more racial, gender, and sexual diversity, and way more kissing. I was invested in both leads, the side characters were nicely fleshed out, and if the mysteries weren't always particularly surprising, I still had fun getting there. And a good length as well! Pretty excellently paced! I'll have to read more!

ssleif #queerbooks #transbooks This was a solid A, I think. if a few things had been more exciting or less predictable then maybe it would have gotten an a+, but I really had nothing more I wanted or could ask for from this book. It had me engaged the whole time. 👌👍 2y
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Grasshopper Jungle | Andrew Smith
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You know those books that never leave you? I have to give credit-- this is one. Plays out a bit like a Ray Bradbury, a Goosebumps, Lovecraft... Definitely a Kurt Vonnegut. And if they had solved the love triangle with an Ot3, and stuck the landing, I might have recomended it... But instead they remove all agency of the sole female character, eventually reducing her to nothing but a biological function-- Handmaid's tale-esque in a real bad way.

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Just started this one, and already not sure if I want to continue. This was recommended as high-fantasy and queer-inclusive, which it is. Very Valdemar, in a good way. I dig the voice, the style, the world.

But I'm really really not interested in a pregnancy story? Particularly one where it's the POV Character (cis female) that's pregnant, and that is fulfilling for them?

Nothing wrong with the book, that's just something I don't enjoy... Hmm.

ssleif If anybody sees this and wants to chime in and reassure me that this is not the focal point of the book, or something like that, I'm all ears. Like, if there happens to be a time skip after another week of story time, and like skip till after she has a kid, that'd be fine with me ... Though it would probably make for a less well paced and constructed story. XD 2y
Kenyazero I haven't read this one yet, But I loved a different book in the series, Sing the Four Quarters. 2y
ssleif @Kenyazero Which book did you read? I think this is the first in the Quarters series, but I really only got a couple chapters in, maybe, just until Annice Makes it back to the Bardic College, has the pregnant confirmed, and decides she wants to keep it despite royal edict. I know the person recomended Sing the Four Quarters to me really enjoyed it, but we never spoke specifics, just that there were LGBT/GRSM MCs in the series. 2y
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ssleif I've put it down for now, but I do like the world and voice, so I might read the wiki or something. Fast forward, or skip to another in the series... 2y
Kenyazero @ssleif 🤦‍♀️I meant to say the quartered sea. It‘s the fourth book. I haven‘t read the rest of the series yet, but enjoyed that one. The world captivated me. 2y
ssleif @Kenyazero XD Sweet, I'll give that one a shot then. 👌👍 TY! 2y
Kenyazero @ssleif I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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It was lovely. Not particularly long or complex, but a nice period romance/erotica with distinct and compelling leads. B+ If you think it's up your alley, it probs is. #queerbooks #transbooks

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What the Wind Knows | Amy Harmon
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Originally picked it up last summer because I was on an Outlander kick and this is much in the same vein.

IMHO, this is a more succinct version of outlander. The timeline is shortens, the characters are deeper and more compelling much faster, and there is a lot less melodrama. Basically, I found it to be a lot of the things I loved about the first couple outlander books, but without a lot of the things I didn't love. And a real fresh setting.