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The Alchemist's Touch by Garrett Robinson

The Alchemist's Touch by Garrett Robinson takes place in a magic school. Think heroic fantasy rather than Harry Potter. It's also less eventful than HP.

One of the major characters is a lesbian. We know she has a lover, but since the book follows Ebon's POV, we never get to see them together.

Doctor Who Season 11

Thankfully Doctor Who airs in France only a few days after Britain.

I love the new Doctor. It's so cool that we're finally getting a female Doctor. ^__^ The companions are great too. SpoilerCollapse )

In any case, I wasn't big on the plot of this episode, so hopefully next week will be more to my taste.

Elite

Elite is the latest Spanish show produced by Netflix and it was amazing! :D It's a murder mystery set in a private high school and it's as addictive as HTGAWM.

There's canon m/m, canon m/f/m (including the m/m side) and mentions of f/f. Since it's Spanish, no LGBT character dies. \o/ There’s also Muslim representation.

If you've watched La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), which I also recommend, you'll see 3 familiar faces.

Iron Breakers by Zaya Feli

Iron Breakers is a great fantasy trilogy by Zaya Feli. When the King and the Crown Prince of Frayne get killed, Prince Ren must flee the capital with the slave wrongly accused of the murders.

I hadn't read m/m fantasy in a while. To be specific, this is low fantasy, as in there is no magic, only an invented realm. The plot is solid and the characters very likable.

Run with the Wind + Bloom into You

Run with the Wind is a new sports anime about – you guessed it – running.

There's a major Black character, which is pretty rare in anime.

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Bloom into You is a sweet f/f anime about two members of the student council.

Temper by Nicky Drayden

Temper by Nicky Drayden was a fascinating read. It takes place in a land (in fictional Africa) where most people have a twin. Together, they share 7 vices: for example, 6 vices for the protagonist and 1 for his twin, which is a rare combination.

Several minor characters are non-binary, with ey/em pronouns. I'm glad to see that more and more SF/F books have genderqueer representation. For this novel, I didn't even know it was the case when I bought it, so that was a nice surprise.

Première Année

I hadn't seen a French movie in years. lol Today I went to see Première Année (First Year), which is about 2 students in their first year of medical school. At the end of it, there's a highly competitive exam (which the government is actually reforming right now).

I had a good time watching it. It wasn't a comedy, but there was some humour, especially nerdy humour, so it was right up my alley.

Limitless

I've watched the Limitless TV show on Netflix. It's the sequel to a movie I've never seen, but it's understandable without knowledge of the film.

The narration is very gimmick-y, which doesn't entirely hide the fact that it's your usual man-with-special-abilities-handled-by-a female-agent procedural. At least, there wasn't any romance between them, which was refreshing.
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers was great. It's the third novel in her Wayfarers series. This time, it deals with a few people living in the Exodus Fleet. My favourite characters were Tessa (Ashby's sister) and Isabel (who has a wife).

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All in all, I liked it better than Book 2, but not as much as Book 1, which remains one of my favourite novels ever.

The Dragon Prince

The Dragon Prince is a great heroic fantasy cartoon produced by Netflix. Heroic fantasy is much rarer on TV than urban fantasy, so I was really looking forward to it and it had a solid first season. The CGI was too visible in some parts, but I got used to it.

In terms of diversity, one of the human princes is Black and his aunt communicates through sign language. Also, the elf girl speaks with a Scottish accent, but I've read that it was badly done (I have no ear for these things).

Concerto in Chroma Major by Naomi Tajedler

Concerto in Chroma Major by Naomi Tajedler is a lovely f/f romance between a pianist and a stained-glass maker with synaesthesia. All in all, it's a very artistic story. It also has a diverse cast, including a non-binary character with they/them pronouns and a deaf boy.

I enjoyed that it took place in Paris, except for the mention of the terrorist attacks. I can't deny that it was tactfully done, but as you can imagine, it's not something that I want to be reminded of in the middle of a romance novel.

No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll

No Man of Woman Born (look at that gorgeous cover art!) is an amazing collection of fantasy short stories by Ana Mardoll. It deals with gender-related prophecies and is beautifully written.

"Tangled Nets": non-binary protagonist with xie/xer pronouns
"King's Favor": non-binary protagonist with nee/ner pronouns
"His Father's Son": trans male protagonist
"Daughter of Kings": trans female protagonist
"Early to Rise": genderfluid protagonist switching between she, he and they
"No Man of Woman Born": questioning protagonist + character with they/them pronouns + character with kie/kir pronouns
"The Wish-Giver": trans female protagonist

As you can see, a variety of gender identities are represented. "Early to Rise" was my favourite story. <3
La Casa de Papel (literally, "The House of Paper", but apparently Netflix calls it "Money Heist" in English-speaking countries) is an amazing Spanish show. What a great way to practise my Spanish! It's addictive to watch how things sometimes go perfectly according to plan and other times turn into a huge mess.

There are fewer female characters than male ones, but they're all awesome. Tokyo and Nairobi are my faves, but Raquel rocks too.

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Hwayugi: A Korean Odyssey is a great k-drama that adapts the legend of the Monkey King, this time as a modern AU. I mentioned other adaptations here.

The main pairing is m/f, but only because they gender-bent Samjang. In the original legend, it would have been m/m, which I already shipped from the anime Saiyuki. ♥

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller deals with a competition to become a royal assassin.

The protagonist is genderfluid and expresses their current pronouns – he, she or they – through their clothing. This is a great concept, but I was disappointed by the fact that the novel was written in the first person, not the third one, which limited the visibility of its gender content. As for the nb/f romance, it was nice, but felt a little too insta-love.

Fence

I've read the first volume of Fence (which gathers the first four issues of the comics). ^__^

You guys know how much I love slashy sports anime? Inspired by this concept, this sports comics will contain canon m/m. It's written by CS Pacat (Captive Prince) and drawn by Johanna the Mad. How exciting is that?

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An interesting rec list: wlw book recs if you like these popular mlm titles

I’ve read 5 of each. That’s a good score, I think. :-)

The Darkest Minds

Today I went to see The Darkest Minds and it was pretty great! It's kind of a YA version of X-Men, with a lot of POC representation. Amandla Stenberg in particular did a great job.

There was a vague attempt at a love triangle, but fortunately it didn't last long. And I liked what they did with the main couple.

Witchmark by CL Polk

Witchmark by CL Polk was simply excellent. It mixes a murder mystery and fantasy, with a main m/m couple. <3 If you like Melissa Scott's Astreiant series, chances are that you'll enjoy this as well.

The Amaranthines are described as half-divine people, but I couldn't help thinking of the fae every time they were mentioned. I hope we'll see more of them in the future.

A Dance of Lies by Rebecca Crunden

A Dance of Lies is the fourth book in Rebecca Crunden's Outlands series. I had a great time reading it. ^__^

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3%

3% is a brilliant Brazilian series produced by Netflix. I may have some fatigue about weird dystopias putting people into categories, but this show is just so clever that I didn't mind. Give it a try, it's addictive! ^__^

It's also very diverse, and not just in terms of POC representation. One of the main characters is in a wheelchair. Season 2 has a minor trans female character. SpoilerCollapse )