Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cool books with LGBTQIA characters

June is LGBT Pride Month, so last year's June I read only books with LGBT+ characters. I'm planning to do the same this year as well. (I do read such stories throughout the year as well, but it's nice to have this kind of special month. ^^)

At first, I'd like to recommend a few really cool books with LGBTQIA characters that I liked a lot. For the most part, characters here just happen to be queer, but there are some stories that specifically deal with queer issues. Some of the authors are LGBT+ too.

Because of my personal preferences most of these books are speculative fiction written by women.

  • God's War Trilogy (Bel Dame Apocrypha) by Kameron Hurley (science fiction fantasy - bisexual)
  • Obscura Burning by Suzanne van Rooyen (science fiction - bisexual)
  • The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan (fantasy, paranormal - lesbian, transgender)
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (science fiction - bisexual, polyamorous)
  • Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh (graphic novel - lesbian, bisexual)
  • Ash by Malinda Lo (fantasy - lesbian)
  • The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin (fantasy - pansexual, polyamorous)
  • Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa (manga - transgender, bisexual)
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (space opera - agender)
  • The Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen (YA - transgender)
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (science fiction - genderfluid/agender?)
  • Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett (fantasy - transgender, lesbian, crossdressing)
  • As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka (YA thriller - lesbian)

Books I haven't read yet that have queer characters and sound interesting:

  • Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi (space opera - queer women, polyamory)
  • Huntress by Malinda Lo (fantasy - queer women)
  • Adaptation; Inheritance by Malinda Lo (science fiction - bisexual)
  • Wandering Son by Takako Shimura (manga - transgender)
  • The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley (epic fantasy - nonbinary & queer characters, polyamory)
  • Dust by Elizabeth Bear (space opera/science fiction fantasy - queer & agender characters)
  • and anything by Sarah Waters I think?

Feel free to offer your recommendations! I especially want books with nonbinary characters.

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