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barcrossliar
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« on: May 29, 2008, 1:01:28 AM »

Any good lesbian fiction suggestions?  I finally have time to read for fun, but nothing good to read.  Everything I pick up at the local bookstores turns out to be either creepy or some version of Xena and Gabrielle out West, Xena and Gabrielle joint the LAPD, etc.

If it helps, I like:

Nina Revoyr
Barbara Wilson
J.M. Redmann
Valerie Miner
Cynn Chadwick
Jane Rule

I really did try to search for threads on this, but as a rookie, I have apparently not mastered that skill.

Thanks.

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P.S.  No Vampires.

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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2008, 1:18:38 AM »

Any good lesbian fiction suggestions? 
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Living History?

Sorry not to be of help; I don't read much fiction.
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008, 11:03:36 AM »

P.S.  No Vampires.

I think you just eliminated 90% of the lesbian fiction out there...not to mention several CHE threads. 

You may just have to stick with The L Word and episodes of Work Out.

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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2008, 11:41:39 AM »

I love Ann Bannon's books, which have recently been re-released.  They're very much 1950s lesbian pulp fiction, but great fun.  Start with Beebo Brinker.

There's also Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness, which is a bit tortured, from 1920-something (IIRC), but a classic nevertheless.

Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt and her others are worth checking out.

There's always Jeannette Winterson's Sexing the Cherry, Written on the Body, and Oranges are not the Only Fruit and all her others.

Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle.

That's all I can think of right now.  Ann Bannon's are the most fun, and there's a book whose author I can't recall Tipping the Velvet, which I've never read, but people love.

Hope this helps.


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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008, 11:59:40 AM »

there's a book whose author I can't recall Tipping the Velvet, which I've never read, but people love.


Sarah Waters
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barcrossliar
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2008, 1:55:17 PM »

Thanks folks.  I've read those, but am ever hopeful.

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2008, 2:27:13 PM »

Pat (now Patrick) Califia's Macho Sluts is pretty fun, although only a few lesbian stories, if I remember correctly.  Well, maybe only one.  But the whole thing is very well-written.  And I love Written on the Body, but I have a hard time with the anti-semitic thread in it.

There's always Nancy Drew!  I've not read the lesbian spin-offs of those, but I imagine those would be entertaining.
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2008, 2:43:07 PM »

The lesbian spin-offs of Nancy Drew are hilarious! George packs.

If I were a fiction writer, the title of my novel would take the form of "Verbing the Noun." Apparently it's the thing to do if you're a lesbian writer. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2008, 2:55:20 PM »

I don't get much into lesbian fiction, but my partner has been reading tons the last couple years.  Looking at our Amazon account I find:

Radclyffe (not the same as Radcliffe Hall).

Ellen Hart (Jane Lawless mysteries)

Lauren Maddison (Connor Hawthorne Mysteries)

Val McDermid (Lyndsey Gordon mysteries)

The only caveat is that I remember her saying some of them had these  odd sex scenes thrown in every so often.  They added nothing to the plot - it was like the publisher had made the author put in X pages of sex.
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2008, 4:34:09 PM »

I know you're not into vampire, but if you like sci-fi at all, I liked Solitaire by Eskridge:
http://www.amazon.com/Solitaire-Novel-Kelley-Eskridge/dp/B000C4SPS8/ref=sr_1_31?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1212093078&sr=1-31

And also Trouble and Her Friends by Scott:
http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Her-Friends-Melissa-Scott/dp/0812522133/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1212093222&sr=1-1

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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2008, 8:04:06 PM »

Mabel Maney, the author of the "Nancy Clue" and "Cherry Aimless" (as well as "Hardly Boys") spoofs, has more recently published some Jane Bond books.   Hilarious.
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« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2008, 8:54:43 PM »

You might enjoy Laurie R. King's detective series that begins with A Grave Talent.  The lesbian elements become more significant later in the series, but I'd start at the beginning. 
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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2008, 1:18:36 AM »

Joanna Russ, On Strike Against God.  Despite the title, very funny and affecting.
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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2008, 7:52:53 PM »


Carol Anshaw -- Aquamarine & Seven Moves

Achy Obejas -- Memory Mambo

Audre Lorde -- Zami

Shay Youngblood, Shani Mootoo,




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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2008, 12:18:16 PM »

Djuna Barnes, Nightwood.
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