Gay Fiction

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 07, 2011 6:44 AM GMT
    I always seem to have a problem finding good gay-slanted fiction with well-drawn, put-together gay men. I love speculative fiction (horror is my primary thing, can't read fantasy now because I'm working on writing in something in that genre and love sci-fi as long as it isn't too hard) and I'll pretty much read anything as long as it has a good story.

    Anyone have any recommendations?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 07, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    41v59GNF76L.jpg

    talesofthecity.jpeg
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 07, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    Read As Meat Loves Salt

    Also, the Front Runner isn't bad
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 07, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    Some novels I've enjoyed:


    As Meat Loves Salt - Maria McCann

    A Density of Souls - Christopher Rice

    The Alexander Trilogy - Mary Renault
  • ShanksE

    Posts: 263

    May 07, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    Try "The Line of Beauty" by Alan Hollinghurst. I found it to be an interesting read. Won the Booker a couple of years ago.

    41wspCJnm4L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-stic
  • TrentGrad

    Posts: 1541

    May 07, 2011 7:09 PM GMT
    SimplyKody saidI always seem to have a problem finding good gay-slanted fiction with well-drawn, put-together gay men. I love speculative fiction (horror is my primary thing, can't read fantasy now because I'm working on writing in something in that genre and love sci-fi as long as it isn't too hard) and I'll pretty much read anything as long as it has a good story.

    Anyone have any recommendations?


    Though I've never read them, the Donald Strachey novels would probably be a unique read: a gay vet who becomes a private detective...what's not to love?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Strachey

    Four of the books have spawned movies...with Chad Allen cast in the lead role...and though they're Canadian films, they're still quite enjoyable. icon_smile.gif
  • swimmer8671

    Posts: 429

    May 07, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    Rainbow boys is a good book. Haha story of my life.
  • UncleverName

    Posts: 741

    May 07, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    I thought Man's World was awesome:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mans-World-Rupert-Smith/dp/1906413401

    I'd second Density of Souls. I loved that one too.
    I'll read pretty much anything by Christopher Rice, although his first book was definitely the best.

    Brian Malloy's books are incredible. The Year of Ice is his best, but the others are also good.
    http://www.malloywriter.com/

    William J Mann's stuff is decent. Sometimes not great, but usually decent.
    http://www.williamjmann.com/books/fiction.html

    If you're into Science Fiction, there's novels in the Silent universe:
    Here's one of them:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dreamer-Silent-Empire-Steven-Harper/dp/0451458435/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304795689&sr=1-2

    I liked Rainbow Boys too, and the sequels. Really light and fluffy.
    Along similar lines is Geometry Club. Both aimed more at teens, I think.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 10, 2011 5:26 AM GMT
    Most works by Michael Chabon and Michael Cunningham. (Both pulitzer winners)
  • fierypieces

    Posts: 1

    May 13, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    http://www.metroweekly.com/feature/index.php?ak=267

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2001/sep/16/fiction.features1
  • barriehomeboy

    Posts: 2475

    May 13, 2011 6:23 AM GMT
    Awesome list to check out! So, I'm a writer and most of my characters are gay. I always write with the intention of turning them into str8 characters to sell the stories. How commercially succesful have the authors of all the books listed above been catering to the gay market? I'm not saying, I'm asking. I need direction.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 14, 2011 11:01 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidAwesome list to check out! So, I'm a writer and most of my characters are gay. I always write with the intention of turning them into str8 characters to sell the stories. How commercially succesful have the authors of all the books listed above been catering to the gay market? I'm not saying, I'm asking. I need direction.


    Barrie,

    I have to say that there's a big m/m slash gay fiction readership within the small and independent press community. You might want to look into pursuing independent publishing or try sending your work to small press publishers. I've, for the most part, become independent and while am not making a LOT of money, am making some, which is better than none.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 19, 2011 5:20 AM GMT
    I just finished The Cranberry Hush the first novel by Ben Monopoli. It is about a bi dude who wrestles with attraction to his straight best friend from college, who shows up unexpectedly at his door after several years of them not speaking. Great vacation read (for $3 as a Nook book) and it was an interesting insight into bisexuality as well as bromance.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 19, 2011 5:23 AM GMT
    I read the Rainbow Boys trilogy when i was younger. Good books to waste time. Perhaps you should give them a try. icon_smile.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 20, 2011 5:19 AM GMT
    I like this thread.

    Try Andrew Grey's "Love Means..." series and Jay Bell's "Something Like Summer."