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Added by Mackenzi on 11 Jun 2018 03:09
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Good Reads: Genre Fiction + LGBT

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It can be hard to find queer representation in genre fiction; most books marketed as LGBT+ are romance or social drama, which is valuable, but not my preferred genres. So I'm making a list of genre books I enjoyed that also have good representation. Purely by chance I stumbled onto a couple good fantasy/scifi novels that included or even revolved aroung gay characters, and this year I'm actively trying to read more diverse books, so I thought I'd make a list of the quality books I've found so far.

You don't need to be gay to enjoy these novels, in fact I'd recommend them to everyone, because it's important to normalize LGBT in our media and irl. Plus these books are good okay! I just want to share good books with people.

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Books I've personally read and recommended, so I can vouch for their quality. Feel free to leave suggestions!
At least one character is LGBT within the novel itself: Sexuality and gender don't have to be the focus, in fact in most of these books they're not, but no Dumbledore is gay nonsense, put it in the book!
No harmful tropes: There may still be some questionable things, especially since many harmful stereotypes and tropes are a result of portrayal throughout all media and not individual instances. But I'll try to avoid recommending any "bury your gays" or "evil, sex-obsessed bisexual" or similar. Feel free to discuss if you think I've missed or misinterpreted something.

I'll also make a note if the book is diverse in other ways, which I'm always looking out for.
Happy reading~
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Rating: 3/5
Genre: Alternative history/very mild steampunk thriller
LGBT: Main character & love interest
+ Autism spectrum main character

"Ghosts have always been cruel to Loxley Fiddleback, especially the spirit of her only friend, alive only hours before. Loxley isn't equipped to solve a murder: she lives near the bottom of a cutthroat, strip-mined metropolis known as "The Hole," suffers from crippling anxiety and doesn't cotton to strangers. Worse still, she's haunted. She inherited her ability to see spirits from the women of her family, but the dead see her, too. Ghosts are drawn to her like a bright fire, and their lightest touch leaves her with painful wounds."
Rating: 5/5
Genre: Scifi fantasy adventure
LGBT: Main character & love interest
+ Racially diverse cast
+ LGBT Author

"Poison never lies.

Tali was once one of the seven martyrs of the forgotten compass. She barely escaped that life with her body and soul intact.

Now she has a new life as a poison eater in the city of Enthait. Here she is hailed as one of the city's protectors. No one knows her history. No one has asked about her past. She's been here so long that Enthait is her home now, these are her people. She loves them and they her.

But in the Ninth World, the past is a living, breathing thing. And when it hunts you down, you can run. You can fight. Or you can die."
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Dark occult scifi heist
LGBT: Side character & love interest

"Two million dollars...

It’s the kind of score Karyn Ames has always dreamed of—enough to set her crew up pretty well and, more important, enough to keep her safely stocked on a very rare, very expensive black market drug. Without it, Karyn hallucinates slices of the future until they totally overwhelm her, leaving her unable to distinguish the present from the mess of certainties and possibilities yet to come.

The client behind the heist is Enoch Sobell, a notorious crime lord with a reputation for being ruthless and exacting—and a purported practitioner of dark magic. Sobell is almost certainly condemned to Hell for a magically extended lifetime full of shady dealings. Once you’re in business with him, there’s no backing out.

Karyn and her associates are used to the supernatural and the occult, but their target is more than just the usual family heirloom or cursed necklace. It’s a piece of something larger. Something sinister."
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Five-years-in-the-future scifi, lowkey drama
LGBT: One character of a rotating ensemble cast
+ Culturally diverse cast

"In an age of space exploration, we search to find ourselves.

In four years, aerospace giant Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshihiro Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they’re the crew for the historic voyage by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation ever created. Constantly observed by Prime Space’s team of "Obbers," Helen, Yoshi, and Sergei must appear ever in control. But as their surreal pantomime progresses, each soon realizes that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space. The borders between what is real and unreal begin to blur, and each astronaut is forced to confront demons past and present, even as they struggle to navigate their increasingly claustrophobic quarters—and each other.

Astonishingly imaginative, tenderly comedic, and unerringly wise, The Wanderers explores the differences between those who go and those who stay, telling a story about the desire behind all exploration: the longing for discovery and the great search to understand the human heart."
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Some books that I know have LGBT+ content in some way, but I haven't read yet. Feel free to leave suggestions or warnings!

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