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Tales from Ardulum by JS Fields

Tales from Ardulum by JS Fields was great. It's a collection of short stories (and a few illustrations) set in the world of the Ardulum trilogy, which I talked about here.

Of course, there's some f/f, but there's also a gatoi/gatoi story where one of them is trans.

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey was great. A PI without magic is hired to investigate a murder in the magic school where her sister teaches.

If you like Harry Potter, you'll probably enjoy this too. I love magic schools.

This isn't an f/f book, but there are several queer female characters (including the murder victim :/).

Not Your Backup by CB Lee

Not Your Backup by CB Lee was super fun. It's the third book in the Sidekick Squad series. Structurally, I found it stronger than the first two.

This tome is focused on Emma, who doesn't have any powers, but who's great at creating plans. Emma's on the asexual and aromantic spectrum. She's dating a trans boy and her best friend is in an f/f relationship.

Book meme Part 3

Here's an update to my book rec list. I hope it'll be helpful to you. Don't hesitate to ask if you're looking for something specific.

21. Witchmark by CL Polk: m/m murder mystery/fantasy. This book has an interesting investigation, which is directly linked to the fantasy worldbuilding.

22. Micah Grey by Laura Lam: fantasy of manners with a bisexual, intersex protagonist. Intersex representation is very rare and this series does a great job with it, while depicting life in a circus.

23. The Gardener's Hand by Felicia Davin: f/f/m heroic fantasy. With polyamory and telepathy, this series was made for me. The worldbuilding is great too, as it is set on a tidally-locked planet.

24. The Root by Na'amen Gobert Tilahun: portal fantasy with some m/m. This book starts with two different stories, one set in our world, the other set in a secondary world, until its diverse characters travel through the portal in Book 2.

25. The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake: m/m urban fantasy (YA). This book is a page-turner. Loosely inspired by Rapunzel, it creates a very original story, like a modern fairy tale.

26. The Wicker King by K. Ancrum: m/m fantastic (YA). Is it real or is it all in his head? This book is very intense. It's also a mixed-media story, with photos, drawings, playlists...

27. Ardulum by JS Fields: f/f science fiction. Here's another series with telepathy, one of my favourite tropes. There are many alien species, some close to humans, others very different.

28. The Amberlough Dossier by Lara Elena Donnelly: m/m spy thriller. I don't know much about spy stories, but these books set in an invented world are fascinating.

29. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: m/m romcom. I'm not a big reader of romcoms either, but this book is a page-turner. Its protagonists are the First Son of the United States and the British Prince.

30. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore: f/f theft mystery/spy thriller/horror/parallel universe sci-fi/portal fantasy (YA). This multi-genre story is loosely based on "choose your own adventure" books. Little by little, all the pieces start to fit together.
Another Life was pretty great. It could have done with more alien communication (a few scenes reminded me of Arrival) and less space horror, though.

It stars Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica), who's as awesome as can be expected. Tyler Hoechlin (Derek in Teen Wolf) is in this too.

There's a non-binary character played by a non-binary actor, a gay character and an m/f/m storyline. <3

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Air Logic by Laurie J. Marks is finally out! \o/ It's the fourth and final book of the Elemental Logic series. I read the first three books a dozen years ago, so I didn't remember much, except the fact that the main characters were an f/f couple, an m/m couple and an m/f couple with a daughter raised by all six of them.

Like the third book, I thought that Air Logic didn't focus enough on the six main characters. It was still a very good book, but it didn't make me fangirl like the first two. These are the ones I recommend the most.

Orange is the New Black Season 7

I've watched the final season of Orange is the New Black. It was a little sad. I'm going to miss this show and all its diverse female characters. <3

This season added an ICE detention centre. They really showed how unfair the whole system is.

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Eliana's Song by Naomi Kritzer

Eliana's Song by Naomi Kritzer (author of the short story "Cat Pictures, Please", which can be read for free here) was an excellent heroic fantasy duology. Eliana and Mira are students at a music conservatory.

The conservatory was only the first part of the story. After that, it went into more classic fantasy territory. But the conservatory was my favourite part.

The book has main f/f, though they don't have a lot of scenes together, but they're great scenes. <3
Stranger Things wasn't my cup of tea. I liked the characters, so I kept watching, but it was too horror-ish for my taste. Season 3 had some especially disgusting scenes.

At least, there's an awesome lesbian character and she's still alive. \o/

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The 5th Gender by GL Carriger was fun. A Galoi ship requests the help of a human detective to find out a murderer.

This book had a lot of humour. The first two chapters were dedicated to cat-sitting, which was even better than the cat scenes in Captain Marvel. :-)

It's m/m of the human/alien variety. Still, it could have done with less sex/more plot.

Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron was awesome. ^__^ Brody gets invited to go to Everland, a diverse dreamworld where you can spend hours while only one minute passes in the real world.

I love portal fantasy, so this was right up my alley. As you can guess from the title, there are some references to Peter Pan.

There's canon m/m and mentions of f/f. I thought this book would have a fandom, but apparently it's not well-known enough for that.

A line I didn't expect to read in a novel: "Tonight, she's cosplaying Victor Nikiforov from Yuri on Ice."
I've watched Good Girls and it was great. Three women who need money start a life of crime.

I enjoy female-led stories, even when these women aren't heroes. Plus, one of them has a trans son, which is pretty rare representation.

This show wasn't on my radar, so thanks to those of you who recommended it! ^__^

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The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta was great. It deals with six queer witches. When one of them goes missing, the others start looking for her.

The writing style was lovely. There was an ethereal feel to it that suited the story and the f/f. :-)

La Casa de Papel Season 3

La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) is back on Netflix.

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston was so much fun! ^__^ It's a romcom featuring the British Prince and the First Son of the United States. 1) I've read Arthur/Merlin modern!AUs. 2) I've watched Sebastian Stan play the gay First Son in Political Animals (and the gay Prince in Kings). So this was right up my alley.

I had high expectations for this book and I wasn't disappointed. It's cute and funny, clever and sexy. A real page-turner! I can't wait for more from this author.

I love how the boys keep using quotes from queer historical figures at the end of their emails. <3

You Me Her Season 4

You Me Her, the f/f/m poly romcom, is back on Netflix. ^__^ It was such a cute and funny season. No angst at all! Their relationship is solid now.

Sadly, S5 will be the last one. Well, that's a good run.

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie (of The Abyss Surrounds Us fame) was a fun read. ^__^ Aisha and Key become cyborgs to protect the Fleet, which is looking for a new planet for humanity.

If you like Pacific Rim, you'll enjoy Emily Skrutskie's work. TASU had the giant sea monsters, Hullmetal Girls has the drift technology. You guys know how I love telepathy stories.

TASU was f/f, so the author was very clear about the fact that Hullmetal Girls wasn't, so that her readers wouldn't be disappointed. Still, this is a queer book. Aisha is aroace (the word is used on page). There's also a pansexual boy and a trans girl.

Given

Given is a new BL anime focused on music. It's part of the noitaminA time slot, so it should be quality content. I enjoyed the first episode. :-)

City of Spires by Claudie Arseneault

City of Spires by Claudie Arseneault was excellent. It's a fantasy saga with a lot of characters, but the author introduces them little by little, so I didn't feel lost getting into it. Plus, there's a character guide at the end of each book.

The characters cover the whole LGBTQIAP+ spectrum and there are mentions of m/m and f/f.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

In Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, a plane full of beauty queens crashes on a desert island.

Where things go really wrong for the boys of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the girls of Beauty Queens work well together to survive this challenge. If you're looking for a co-ed version, there's the Netflix show The Society, which is also a [Spoiler]Pied Piper modern!AU. I'm excited it got renewed. ^__^

Beauty Queens has a parodic tone which is sometimes funny, sometimes annoying. I didn't like that it made some of the girls sound totally dumb.

In terms of representation, there's a trans girl and a little bit of f/f. Two of the candidates are WOC.

Spider-Man: Far from Home

Today I went to see Spider-Man: Far from Home and it was fun. ^__^

The fight against the elemental monsters was a bit basic, but then there were some nice twists that I didn't see coming.

My favourite parts remain Peter's interactions with his schoolmates.

The mid/post-credits scenes are back.
The Amberlough Dossier by Lara Elena Donnelly was amazing. ^__^ Cyril is a spy. Aristide and Cordelia are smugglers and work at a cabaret.

I don't know much about spy novels. I've only heard about this trilogy because it's also classified as low fantasy (there's no magic, but it takes place in an invented world). It was a nice change from what I usually read.

There's major m/m and mentions of f/f. The m/m is sooo~ good, especially in Book 3. ♥ I'm glad I waited until all 3 books were out to start reading this story.