Gay Literature

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    Mar 12, 2013 8:05 PM GMT
    I'm a big reader, and I've gotta say I'm getting sick of reading books about straight people falling in love. It's hard to connect with a main character who's always chasing after a woman. I'd love to read a book with a gay protagonist. About a gay couple falling in love, or a mystery or fantasy novel with a gay main character. Just something more relatable.

    Can anyone recommend some good gay lit? Or where to find it?
    The Library has been no luck.
  • PolaroidSwing...

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    Mar 12, 2013 9:07 PM GMT
    Most of the LGBT stuff I've read has been non-fiction; but there seems to be a large selection of stuff here:

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/?category_id=532
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    Mar 12, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    http://www.powells.com/used/gay-and-lesbian/
  • Medjai

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    Mar 12, 2013 10:49 PM GMT
    The Falcon Banner.

    While you can get the book in print, it was also published by the author online, for free. My boyfriend gt me into the series, and it's excellent.
  • camfer

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    Mar 12, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
    Here's a fun, light read for you.

    books?id=jym6QW5d_uYC&printsec=frontcove
  • quirkyquirk

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    Mar 12, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
    At swim two boys. One of the best novels I have ever read.... Not to mention that there are gay characters everywhere. But prepare to have your heart ripped out! icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 12, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    I am the same way....I get so sick of the "hot" guy in the book falling in love with the girl...boring. This website has a LOT of short stories and full length stuff and a lot of it is free. I've done some hunting in this subject haha. Most of the free stuff is kinda corny but it still feels really good to read about two guys who fall in love. Check it out!


    https://www.allromanceebooks.com/
  • calibro

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    Mar 13, 2013 12:31 AM GMT
    quirkyquirk saidAt swim two boys. One of the best novels I have ever read.... Not to mention that there are gay characters everywhere. But prepare to have your heart ripped out! icon_smile.gif


    i still haven't stopped crying.... icon_cry.gif
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    Mar 13, 2013 6:30 AM GMT
    I thought love is universal.
  • The_Guruburu

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    Mar 13, 2013 7:06 AM GMT
    Maurice by E. M. Forester: both the novel and the film are among my favorites, and the main characters don't die a tragic gay death! I also liked The Line of Beauty (film and book), though it's not romance. If you like historicals, Fire From Heaven is a fictional story of Alexander the Great's childhood and teen years. The romance/gay aspect isn't the most prominent part of the story, but it's handled well and the whole novel is beautifully written. I also got to beta read the Under the Hill series by Alex Beecroft, which I enjoyed. It's kind of urban fantasy/romance with some WWII flashbacks mixed in.
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    Mar 14, 2013 3:23 AM GMT
    Haha. I just remembered that after another thread like this, last fall, I picked up half a dozen of the recommended books when I was at Powells. I just found them, still in the sack. icon_redface.gif

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  • johndubuque

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    Mar 14, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    I love the Armistead Maupin series of books, starting with Tales of the City.

    If you like gay goth/fantasy, check out Steve Berman. His novel Vintage, and the short story collections he's edited, are good.
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    Mar 14, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    johndubuque saidI love the Armistead Maupin series of books, starting with Tales of the City.

    If you like gay goth/fantasy, check out Steve Berman. His novel Vintage, and the short story collections he's edited, are good.


    Tales of the City +1

    Have you read Michael Tolliver Lives? I've been afraid of reading it
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    Mar 14, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Gay-Lesbian/zgbs/books/301889
  • johndubuque

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    Mar 14, 2013 3:46 AM GMT
    Cobalt said
    johndubuque saidI love the Armistead Maupin series of books, starting with Tales of the City.

    If you like gay goth/fantasy, check out Steve Berman. His novel Vintage, and the short story collections he's edited, are good.


    Tales of the City +1

    Have you read Michael Tolliver Lives? I've been afraid of reading it

    Yes, I read Michael Tolliver Lives, and the next one, Mary Ann in Autumn. Both were good, although maybe not with the excitement of reading the earlier ones.
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    Mar 14, 2013 12:28 PM GMT
    johndubuque said
    Cobalt said
    johndubuque saidI love the Armistead Maupin series of books, starting with Tales of the City.

    If you like gay goth/fantasy, check out Steve Berman. His novel Vintage, and the short story collections he's edited, are good.


    Tales of the City +1

    Have you read Michael Tolliver Lives? I've been afraid of reading it

    Yes, I read Michael Tolliver Lives, and the next one, Mary Ann in Autumn. Both were good, although maybe not with the excitement of reading the earlier ones.


    There's another one!? They bring back Mary Ann? Oooh I'd like to give her a piece of my mind I would...

    I'll have to pick them up at least to complete my set, if nothing else. Thanks for the heads up!!
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    Mar 14, 2013 12:40 PM GMT
    If you have an iphone or iPad I ( a reader too ) usually type in whatever I'm in the mood for, "Gay comedy, gay horror, etc" and many selections pop up. The cool thing is they have small time "indie" books aswell that are sometimes a great read.
  • Jinky

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    Mar 15, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    I second the Armistead Maupin recs. Very light easy reads too.

    Also The Swimming Pool Library and The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst, one of the best gay writers out there. The latter of these two won the Booker Prize in the UK a few years ago. They're gorgeously written and The Swimming Pool Library in particular is chock full of sex!

    In the US Michael Cunningham is one of the best literary gay writers - A Home at the End of the World is a good place to start.
  • Fable

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    Mar 15, 2013 8:20 PM GMT
    the steel remains

    call me by your name

    pomosexuals
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    Mar 15, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    Well, just because nobody has mentioned them, check out William Mann's novels, starting with "the men from the boys."

    Jeez, you can get these things as used paperbacks for like, a dollar or less. It's hard not to go on a binge. (Hence my recently lost and re-discovered stash.)
  • ASHDOD

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    Mar 15, 2013 8:40 PM GMT
    The Lost Language of Cranes
    thats the book that got me out of the closet
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    Mar 15, 2013 8:50 PM GMT
    The Last of The Wine - Mary Renault.
  • MikeW

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    Mar 15, 2013 9:25 PM GMT
    Crossing Borders by Z. A. Maxfield. Well written, funny and hot.

    The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd. A 'coming of age' tale both literate and intriguing.