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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.

Book meme Part 2

I sometimes use the 10-book meme I did a few years ago as a rec list, so I thought it would be helpful to do an update with books I've read since then.

11. Astreiant by Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett: m/m murder mystery/fantasy. It's not uncommon for fantasy novels to start with an investigation before veering into action territory. I like that this always remains focused on the investigation.

12. Alpennia by Heather Rose Jones: f/f fantasy of manners. This series is inspired by Ellen Kushner's Privilege of the Sword (see #2), with even more f/f. The magic system is very detailed and always fascinating.

13. Parallel Parks by Bailey Cunningham: f/f portal fantasy with some m/m. This is original for a portal fantasy as the characters go back and forth every day. It was hard to get into it, though, because of the excessive use of Latin and the lack of a glossary in the first book (one was added in the following books).

14. An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows: portal fantasy with some f/f + polyamory in the background. I love the plot and the cast of diverse women. I can't wait for the sequel(s), as there's potential for a whole saga in this.

15. The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone: urban fantasy set in a secondary world with a trans woman protagonist in the third book. Now that I've read these books, I wonder why there's not more secondary-world urban fantasy out there, because this is an amazing concept.

16. The Hollows by Kim Harrison: urban fantasy with some f/f. I was looking for something in the same vein as Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson (see #8) – a long urban fantasy series with queer content – and this was it. The third book was a little too focused on romance for my taste, but everything else was great.

17. The Gale Women by Tanya Huff: f/f/m urban fantasy. I'm slowly making my way through Tanya Huff's bibliography and this is my favourite so far. It deals with a strange family of witches.

18. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr: urban fantasy with some m/m and polyamory (YA). This is much more focused on romance (including het) than what I usually go for, but it was definitely worth the read.

19. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: science fiction with some f/f. This is a feel-good story full of diverse human and alien characters. Note that it isn't a parody, despite what the title might make you think.

20. All for the Game by Nora Sakavic: m/m thriller/sports. This is more violent than what I'm used to, and yet it worked for me. Actually, it worked so well that it’s now my favourite series by far. The characters and their sport (invented by the author) feel completely real.

Book meme

Taken from just_ann_now: 10 Books in no particular order that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take more than few minutes and don't try to list the "right" or "great" works.

1. Nightrunner by Lynn Flewelling: m/m heroic fantasy. I love the first three books, especially the second one. I'm not big on books 4 and 5, but book 6 was back to the spirit of the original trilogy.

2. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner: m/m fantasy of manners with some f/f in the later books. I love Privilege of the Sword as much as Swordspoint. The Fall of the Kings is a bit less to my taste. But what I really like about this series is that each book somewhat belongs to a different genre, while there's still a unity to the whole thing.

3. Elemental Logic by Laurie J. Marks: f/f heroic fantasy with some m/m + polyamory in the background. I absolutely love this series. I don't think it's very famous and it makes me sad because it deserves to be. The author is a friend of Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman's and her writing is of the same quality.

4. Warriors of Estavia by Fiona Patton: m/m mythological fantasy with some f/f and genderbending. I really love how the Gods actively interact with humans in this series.

5. Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett: m/m heroic fantasy. It makes me happy to see fandomers getting their original work out there, because you can feel the influence of fandom on their work and it makes for some fun reading.

6. Mordred, Bastard Son by Douglas Clegg: m/m heroic fantasy. This is told from the point of view of the magic practitioners, which means it is against the Pendragons. It probably contributed to how rapidly I rejected the (lack of) morals of Merlin Season 2.

7. The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin: m/m/f mythological fantasy. This series broke my heart into pieces and glued them back together. Again (see #4), I love how the Gods actively interact with humans.

8. Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs: urban fantasy with some m/m, especially in the first two books. I adore everything by this author, but this series is definitely my favourite. I have so much love for all the characters.

9. Chroniques du Pays des Mères – aka In the Mothers' Land – by Elisabeth Vonarburg: f/f science fiction with some m/m and polyamory. I have several books with the trope of worlds mostly or only inhabited by women (and one by men) and this is my favourite. It's all about characterisation and world-building and it is amazing.

10. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie: science fiction that has zero fuck to give about gender. This is my most recent read, but I know it will stay with me for a long time thanks to its mind-blowing concepts, such as being told from the point of view of a character that used to be part of the collective consciousness of a starship AI.