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[personal profile] randomling
Here is my question.

I just finished a wonderful M/M fantasy trilogy and I am in desperate need of further recs.

I love M/M, and am working on not being terribly ashamed that it's my crack (sometimes I feel like it makes me a bad feminist). I don't mind if the guys in question are gay, bisexual, undefined, experienced or inexperienced, just discovering their sexuality or secure in their identity. Kink is fine but I prefer thinky-kink to insufficient negotiation. I'm okay with fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, SF, horror, you name it as long as there is Something Weird Going on. I'd like the romance aspect to be fairly foregrounded (but pure romance with no Something Weird Going On is, I think, liable to bore me).

Though the trilogy I just finished (A Flight of Mapgies by KJ Charles) is set in Victorian England, I generally speaking find Victoriana tedious and a bit distressing, though I'll try anything once. We Have To Deal With Epic Homophobia (or other prejudice) as a major plot point is likely to upset me unless handled with extraordinary skill. I'd like to be able to enjoy some happy interludes though I'll also enjoy a plot that puts the characters through the wringer.

I'm not sure if any of this is helpful, but if you have anything to rec, I'd love to hear it!

Date: 2014-12-04 08:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] momijizukamori
Hmmm. Mercedes Lackey's Last Herald-Mage Trilogy may be one you've read already, but it's my favorite trashy fantasy read. Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series has been recced to me, though I haven't read it so I have no idea how much romance is in it.

And then my favorite fantasy series is Sarah Monette's Doctrine of Labyrinths series (which I have ebooks of I can share), but while one of the two main POV characters is gay, and there's some fairly nuanced exploration of his sexuality as it relates both to his personality and his (fairly dark) past, most of the romance is secondary to the exploration of the relationship between him and the other main POV character (who is his half-brother).

If you don't mind superhero comics, X-Factor v3 (which I have organized scans of) has a m/m relationship as one of the primary relationships of the series and explores it pretty well.

Date: 2014-12-04 09:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pinesandmaples
Have you read anything by Tracy Rowan? She writes M/M in a couple of the genres you mentioned.

Date: 2014-12-05 09:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rmc28
I read this after a review on Smart Bitches Trashy Books: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/sky-riders-a-guest-review-by-carries/

It's definitely a romance-in-sf-setting, and a very lightweight pirates-in-space kind of SF at that. I enjoyed it enough to finish it, but not enough to buy the sequels immediately; I'm a bit hazy on the plot now, but I remember it a) being m/m b) being in space c) being not-terrible. I'm pretty certain there wasn't any epic homophobia though.

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