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1alasen
Aug 11, 2006, 8:00 am

Hello, and welcome. :) Anyone feel like reccing a favourite slashy work?

2Caffy
Aug 11, 2006, 8:38 am

How about the fantasy 'Nightrunner' series by Lynn Flewelling? Luck in the Shadows, Stalking Darkness and Traitor's Moon. I haven't read the third one yet but enjoyed the first two very much indeed.

3whatever1013
Aug 11, 2006, 10:05 am

Hi all, and thanks for creating this group! *g* I knew it would be a matter of time. ;-)

Caffy: Is the "Nightrunner" series f/f or m/m slashy? It sounds like something I want to read no matter which way it goes! What else is it about? And did you like it?

4Caffy
Aug 11, 2006, 2:56 pm

whatever1013: The Nightrunner series is m/m slash. The first one has only a hint, the second one more and though I haven't read the third one yet I gather it's full on in that one. It's a fantasy series revolving around the characters of Seregil and Alec. Seregil is a spy who rescues Alec from their prison cell. He takes Alec on as an apprentice and teaches him all he knows. The story involves wizards and wars and all kinds of plotting. Yes, I absolutely loved them.

For f/f slash Fingersmith by Sarah Waters is excellent. That one is an historical set in Victorian England.

5alasen
Aug 13, 2006, 6:10 am

I second the rec for the Nightrunner series, they're great, although I haven't reread them in a while.

Fingersmith I liked - I liked it better than the other two Victorian England ones (I haven't read her latest but gather it's set in a different time period). I also enjoyed the BBC series (again much more than the mini series of Tipping the Velvet).

I do like Mabel Maney's f/f Cherry Aimless spoofs - I like The Case of The Good-for-nothing girlfriend best. Worth a read if you like Nancy Drew.

6bluetyson
Oct 3, 2006, 2:44 am

Melissa Scott - lots! Shadow Man might break the group though! :)

Arthur C. Clarke's Imperial Earth is one of the first I remember reading.

7amberwitch First Message
Edited: Oct 5, 2006, 8:38 am

In the fantasy genre I have a few:
Ellen Kushner: Swordspoint (m/m), The fall of the Kings (mainly m/m)
Jesse Hajicek: The God Eaters (m/m. Selfpublished, which is probably responsible for the not so good paperquality and page layout, but well edited and well written)

I would dearly love some slash recs - both genre and gen.

8amberwitch
Oct 5, 2006, 12:17 pm

Historical fiction:
Diana Gabaldon: Lord John and the Private Matter (m/m - no romantic pairing)

9being_blunt
Oct 7, 2006, 6:26 pm

In slashy fantasy I really enjoyed Kirith Kirin by Jim Grimsley - slightly chanish but very enjoyable. Also Mercedes Lackey's Last Herald Mage trilogy: Magic's Pawn, Magic's Promise & Magic's Price.
(all are m/m)

Two of my other fave's are At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill - set in Dublin in 1916 and War Boy by Kief Hillsbery - about a deaf/mute sk8terboi in LA.

10chaodyssey First Message
Oct 12, 2006, 5:36 pm

Two of my all-time favourite slashy novels are Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh and The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Both m/m.

I feel as though the whole world knows Brideshead already, especially after the excellent and very faithful miniseries, but for those who don't:

Intentionaly slashy, and very much so. It's brilliantly written and a searingly insighful study of friendship, Oxford hijinx, melancholia, and religious & class politics in early-mid 20thC Britain. Hillarious, delightful, and hearbreaking.

The Secret History is similarly set in a university and focusses on an intense and intimate dynamic between five young men and one woman. This time an elite ancient Greek class in Vermont, New England.
I think there is in the subtext a degree of It's really a thrilling romp, and in my opinion a deeply affecting novel. Though not written with the sophistication of Brideshead.

I absolutely love these two and

11OmnipresentDoormat
Dec 15, 2006, 1:48 pm

It may seem odd, but I consider all of the Sherlock Holmes stories infinitely slashable. Actually, it's not odd at all. It's completely obvious to those who understand a language of implications. Holmes/Watson, people. You know his methods. Apply them.

12FicusFan
Edited: Dec 16, 2006, 12:19 am

In general fiction Poppy Z. Brite has a series about 2 men who are chefs and childhood friends who grow into lovers and open a restaurant together in New Orleans.

The first book is called Liquor then Prime then Soul Kitchen. There is also a short story about Ricky and G-Man in The Value of X, a collection of short stories. I can't seem to get Prime or the Value of X to load properly.

Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunners series is excellent. The third book Traitor's Moon is very good and explores the background of Seregil. The only negative is that it ends the series, and I think she could have kept going. I wanted another book at least with a more in depth exploration of Alec's background.

13Junee First Message
Edited: Jan 2, 2007, 12:42 pm

P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves series is incredibly slashy if you read between the lines. It's about an English gentleman, Bertram Wooster, and his valet (a gentleman's personal gentleman), Reginald Jeeves. Jeeves is a marvel of a man and is always saving Bertie from "the soup" (normally unwanted engagements with females). The books follow no real order, but Life with Jeeves (it includes The Inimitable Jeeves, Very Good, Jeeves, and Right Ho, Jeeves) is a good place to start.

I second The Complete Sherlock Holmes.

14amark1
Jan 2, 2007, 9:02 pm

I actually started tagging the books in my LT library with "homoeroticism" to pinpoint exactly how many slashy books I own!

I second At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill, I'm currently reading it, and it's a beautiful tale of friendship, love, and Irish Socialist Revolutions set against the backdrop of Dublin in World War I. One of my favorite lines in the book is along the lines of, "Do you claim yourself to be of the Oscar Wilde kind?" "Yes, of course I am, by which you mean Irish." I highly recommend it.

If you're looking for a slashy classic, E.M. Forster of the Bloomsbury group fame wrote a book titled Maurice, a very personal account of a middle-class man falling in love with a schoolmate. It was written in 1913, but not published until 1971 at the time of Forster's death. It's brutally honest about homosexuality in Edwardian England, and my first piece of slash literature.

A rather oscure book I picked up at a charity shop was Bertram Cope's Year by Henry Blake Fuller, a story about a young up-and-comer in Midwest American society who is the center of a male professor's affections.

One book that I do not own is Christopher Rice's (that's Anne Rice's son) A Density Of Souls, which I took out of my public library. It tells the story of four childhood friends in New Orleans who drift apart in high school because of popularity contests and homophobia, and are soon embroiled in stories of death, murder, terrorism, and lust. What freaked me out was that this book nearly prophesizes the catastrophic effects of Katrina in a mirrored Hurricane Brandy.

I'm sure I have more I could list, but these are the ones I could think of right now!

15FicusFan
Jan 4, 2007, 11:43 pm


One of the first books I read that dealt with homosexuality was Brendan Behan's The Borstal Boy. A wonderful book, and quite funny too. It is semi-autobiographical about his time spent as an underage kid in a British Borstal.

16blakefraina
Feb 9, 2007, 7:50 am

I have a large collection of queer themed novels and would like to make a few recommendations that I think might appeal to women readers of gay (or slash) fiction:

As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann - tragic historical romance about two lovers who meet as soldiers during the English Revolutionary War in the 17th Century.

Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley - melancholy Southern Gothic about two high school boys who embark on a doomed romance. A poetic tear-jerker.

From Blue to Black by Joel Lane - dark, gloomy tale of a self-destructive rock and roll singer with a disturbing secret past and his affair with a member of his band.

Edward, Edward by Lolah Burford - weird, sadomasochistic saga of a Regency period Earl who seduces a young orphan boy (who may or may not be his son) who has been left in his care.

All of these are kind of tragic, angst-filled, hurt/comfort stories, right along the lines of a lot of fan fiction.

17theotherdigit First Message
Edited: Apr 10, 2007, 12:15 am

My favorites so far:

- Almost Like Being in Love: A Novel by Steve Kluger (contemporary, humour)
- Brethren: Raised by Wolves by W. A. Hoffman (historical, adventure)
- The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek (fantasy, western)
- Ransom by Lee Rowan (historical)
- Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling (fantasy)
--- Stalking Darkness
--- Traitor's Moon
- Discreet Young Gentleman by M. J. Pearson (historical)
- Racing the Moon by BA Tortuga (contemporary, action)
- Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite (horror)

All are well written and very readable and have plot, great characters, a nicely developed relationship and a happy ending.

18Furu First Message
Edited: Apr 26, 2007, 5:52 am

About the Nightrunner series: it is definitely not over, Ms. Flewelling is working on the fourth book right now. She has an lj, I think her username is 'otterdance', and if you scour through all her entries for the past year (uh, not like I'm obsessed or anything) she's even posted a snippet or two. I can't tell much what it's going to be about, though, except that one snippet was about Rhiminee politics and one was a flashback to Seregil when he was still in love with that other guy in his youth.

To get back on topic, my own reccomendations: another trilogy by Mercedes Lackey is the 'Storm' series. They take place in more 'present day' Valdemar (wheras Vanyel was a sort of legendary past) and one of the important players in the action is Firesong, a gay Talyedras Mind-Adept (I think that was the word for it). The books in the series are Storm Warning, Storm Rising, and Storm Breaking. Firesong is an arrogant peacock sort, but I love him nonetheless, actually more than Vanyel (who I think is supposed to be an ancestor of Firesong's actually).

Another rec is Mel Keegan's Fortunes of War. Quite hard to find, as there are only five used on Amazon and people are asking a fortune (ah-ha) for them ($29 US and up?? for the paperback)), but if you want a wild adventure story with manly gay pirates, it's a must have. I adore it.

I also reccomend anything by Storm Constantine. Quite a lot have m/m slash, and all very good and unique fantasy.

19furtiveshrimp
Oct 4, 2007, 2:00 pm

Knight of ghosts and shadows : an urban fantasy by Mercedes Lackey, Ellen Guon
There is a sequel to this as well. It's a sweet little story, writings a little weak. I think the Wraeththu by Storm Constantine trilogy is better writing and story-telling. Also, more of a total drama queen vibe-lots of focus on hair and clothes.
I reccomend both of these.

20Jemcrystal
Jan 13, 2009, 5:40 pm

I'm surprised no one mentioned Sarah Monette's Doctrine of Labyrinths series. The first book is Melusine. It is m/m. Subject material will involve insanity, rape, incest, devotion, and friendships. Not a light read. But this is my second favorite series, the first being the Nightrunner series.

Less popular is "A Companion To Wolves," another novel by Sarah Monette. M/m again but the lack of relationships disappointed me in this one.

I've read several other m/m novels but they did not impress me enough to mention them. Not all novels I read are slash but I have a self-opinionated book review at this site (spoilers and rants) if you are curious about the m/m I'm currently reading: http://jemcrystaline.livejournal.com/

21FicusFan
Jan 13, 2009, 7:25 pm


Since the last time I posted I have started a new mystery series that is quite good. It follows a gay cop and is set in Hawaii (oh, to be there and warm now). Its done quite well. The author is Neil Plakcy, and the series starts with Mahu, then goes to Mahu Surfer then Mahu Fire.

Mahu is out of print but being republished on March 1, 2009. The 4th book in the series, Mahu Vice is also being published in August of 2009.

22aprillee
Edited: May 21, 2009, 6:12 am

My favs:

Raised by Wolves: Brethren by W. A. Hoffman
and sequels, Raised by Wolves: Matelots, and Raised by Wolves: Treasure
--m/m historical romance, set in the 17th. century where an English Lord's son comes to oversee a plantation in Jamaica and ends up joining Buccaneers, going raiding with Henry Morgan and finding love. Lots of bits from history and adventure, along with great characters overcoming their pasts and dealing with new threats. These are among my favorite books in any genre.

Melusine, The Virtu, Mirador and Corambis The Doctrine of the Labyrinth series by Sarah Monette
--fantasy. Two brothers, damaged by their pasts, one a powerful wizard (who likes men) and the other a thief/assassin from the bad part of town, deal with evil wizards, strange magic, ghosts and all sorts of dire adventure.

Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
-- fantasy. Male Warriors bond with wolves in order to protect others from ravaging trolls and other creatures. And the bonding includes seeking sex with each other if their wolves mate.

Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear
-- fantasy. Kit Marley, notorious admitted sodomite and atheist playwright and poet, does not die by a knife in the eye in Dulwich as is reported in history, but is spirited away by fairies (dark and dangerous ones, whose intrigues mirror those of Elizabeth and her Court). Drawn into intrigue and magic is Marley's room-mate, Shakespeare.

Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, etc., by Diana Gabaldon
-- mystery series, set in the 18th century where molly-houses catered to gentlemen of a certain persuasion and where sodomy was still punished by death and disgrace. Lord John needs to walk a careful line as he investigates mysteries and lives his life as a soldier.

Heaven Sent and Heaven Sent 2 by Jet Mykles
-- yaoi, gay romance/erotica. Light, fun but also moving tales about members of a successful rock band each discovering the joy of a gay true love.

Wraeththu by Storm Constantine
-- fantasy. Mankind (and only MANkind) are transformed by a future plague and remade for a new age. One of my favorites trilogies (formerly published as three separate books), when I was much younger.

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
-- fantasy. A renown duelist and a young scholar get together in the mythical city of Riverside.

I whole-heartedly recommend these books.

23amberwitch
May 21, 2009, 5:00 pm

I've been reading the Administration series by Manna Francis. The first four books in a series of seven has been published, but most of the material is available om her webpage: http://www.mannazone.org

Very explicit D/s sex in a dystopic futuristic setting.

24aprillee
Jul 5, 2009, 7:26 am

I've also read a fair number of m/m romances, but most of them aren't substantial enough for me, since I enjoy lots of character development and PLOT. The number of m/m romances that are just novella length tend to drive me crazy since there's just not enough there for me to really enjoy or endorse. ... so keep that in mind regarding my recs!

Anyway-- want to add:

The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan
--fantasy/sf, first in a series. Very hard-core, gritty action, about a famous war hero (who prefers men) who is going slightly to seed... until he gets pulled into more action. NOT romance, although there is the hint of a possible relationship. Very dark and violent. I enjoyed it, though. 'Can't wait to read the next book... unpublished so far...