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Guys, I just want to read some gay/lesbian sff that primarily consists of KISSING and SHENANIGANS. Why does this not seem to exist? I keep checking out gay books here and there and... they're not scratching the itch. None of them. I mean, some of them are pretty good! And I am all for a good story that happens to have gay main characters! But. I really, really want to read about some silly shenanigans and kissing, you guys. Silly shenanigans and kissing between two dudes or two ladies. (eta: Or you know, more than two dudes or two ladies. OT3s ftw.)

Hilarious madcap misadventures! Crossdressing spies! Dashing thieves! Jaded detectives! Mad scientists and magicians! Explosions! Airships! Swordfights! Gunfights! Pirates! Ninjas! Mind-exploding sexual tension! Snarky OTPs! Conversations held entirely in subtext! KISSING, FOR GOD'S SAKE, KISSING!


Does... does anyone know if this exists? T___T

(Smut completely welcome but optional. What I am really craving is the CHEMISTRY. And, uh, kissing. And shenanigans. I mean, basically what I am saying is I like smut but I don't want smut that gets in the way of SHENANIGANS and SNARKING and EXPLOSIONS and doesn't allow for the whole mind blowing sexual tension bit because that's what I'm really after here.)

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Mar. 6th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Okay. Okay. So you definitely need to read Tanya Huff's Smoke trilogy.

It doesn't involve as much kissing as I'd like (the main OTP is mainly UST for the first two books) but the gay protagonist Tony is most definitely allowed to be gay, and is not the least bit celibate while waiting for his love interest to come around.

That said, there are plenty of shenanigans. These books are SO FUN. It's an awesome cracktastic series about Tony, a former street kid who is trying to make it as a production assistant on a crappy vampire detective show in Vancouver. He is also the former boyfriend/sidekick of an actualfax vampire detective, and he is trying to convince said vampire ex that he is badass and independent. And then a demon from another realm comes through a portal on set, and urban fantasy shenanigans ensue.

In other words, PURE BRAIN CANDY. Involves a hilarious narrative voice, tons of pop culture references, an actual bisexual man, and at one point, a THREESOME TO SAVE THE WORLD. The second book is the best, IMHO.

And if you like this, The Fire's Stone, also by Tanya Huff, may be of interest to you. It's one of her earlier books, but it's super-fun, and you gotta love a high fantasy novel in which the trio becomes a canon threesome.
Mar. 6th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh both of those sound like exactly what I am looking for, TYYYYY
Mar. 6th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
People have been raving about the Smoke books left and right, it seems. With your esteemed endorsement (seriously, ruffwriter, you have fantastic taste), I might just finally have to check 'em out. I'm in the mood for a little brain candy.
Mar. 6th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Also, for future reference! This is an excellent resource.

Edited at 2011-03-06 02:20 am (UTC)
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
Haha wow, I just spent like the last 30 minutes just reading that list.
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Mar. 6th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
You might try ruffwriter's suggestions above (I know I am), b/c I agree with lady_tigerfish, she tends to have great taste. :D
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh, right! meganbmoore reminded me! Have you read the lesbian steampunk book yet? B/c it rocks. And a handful of the stories do fit the "kissing and shenanigans" bill. (While some others were artistically mindblowing.)
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
I understand. The world trult hates us in this regard. Though this does remind me that I need to get that lesbian steampunk anthology.
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
I SO RECOMMEND THE LESBIAN STEAMPUNK BOOK. I'm usually pretty meh about anthologies, only really liking like 2 or 3 stories out of the bunch, but this one only had a few stories that left me cold. The rest were thoroughly entertaining, and two of them COMPLETELY BLEW MY MIND, YO. (rachelmanija's was one of the two. Omg. LOVE. I think that was the first time I actually read any of her fiction and now I want MOAR.)
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
...Although I suppose I should note that the book had odd formatting/editing problems.
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Oh, but you've read Malinda Lo's Ash, right? And Sarah Waters writes mostly-Victorian lesbians with suspense/mystery shenanigans. I can't remember if you read her. I've only read Fingersmith so far, but it was good, if sometimes bleak and rather dark (but with a happy ending!) Some of her books got TV minis made of them. Again, only seen Fingersmith, too (and only a few weeks ago at that) and it was pretty good.
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
I read Ash, and liked it, but it didn't really fill my cravings for shenanigans and I felt the character development fell a little short. (Am still looking forward to Huntress, though.)

I haven't read Waters yet, but I watched the BBC Fingersmith thingie (miniseries? movie? I've forgotten...). Enjoyed it, but a bit too bleak for my tastes, and thus I haven't gotten around to the other miniseries or the books yet.
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, Ash was largely fun, but had VERY BIG FIRST BOOK ISSUES UPON ISSUES. But I am soooooo ready for Huntress.

Ok, yeah, the book for Fingersmith is EVEN BLEAKER, and there was some awful (but realistic) stuff that the miniseries left out. That said, I think that, aside from Affinity (which is supposed to be EVEN BLEAKER YET) the others are...maybe not cheerier, but less bleak.

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Mar. 6th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
AFFINITY IS THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF FEEL-GOOD SHENANIGANS OMG ;_; Brilliant book, but man does it leave you making sad noises with your knees hugged up to your chest, particularly the romance...
Mar. 6th, 2011 06:18 am (UTC)
I've got the Tipping the Velvet miniseries on my hard drive - maybe I'll go ahead and give it a watch.

Will make sure to avoid Affinity, lol.
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
You might want to check out MECHANIQUE by Genevieve Valentine when it comes out -- steampunk, post-apocalyptic circus, shenanigans, and several gay characters. It's not out yet, but the preorder page is up.


ETA: here're some sample chapters: http://www.circus-tresaulti.com/sample-chapters/

Edited at 2011-03-06 03:50 am (UTC)
Mar. 6th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
Oh my! I felt my face just lighting up as I was reading that sample. (I have this... thing... for circuses with an oddly mythic feel.) This looks amazing, I will definitely be getting it as soon as it comes out! Thanks for the rec!
Mar. 6th, 2011 05:21 am (UTC)
Just pre-ordered from Chapters; looks amazing.:)
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Mar. 9th, 2011 07:29 am (UTC)
I've actually got that one and have been meaning to read it! I've heard both good things and bad things (sometimes from the same reviewers) so I'm not sure exactly what I'm in for! Though it certainly sounds like a fun read, at least.
Mar. 9th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
Speakitsname has reviews of gay historical fiction, you might find something there -- looks like the shenanigans box might get a tick, though not sure about the kissing:

Speaking of shenanigans, and boxes, you might also like the Lucifer Box novels by Mark Gatiss. Box is a bisexual, though mainly gay it seems, spy in a kind of Wodehouse-meets-Fleming world. Still not much on the kissing and subtext front, I'm afraid, but I'd recommend it for the shenanigans and witty writing alone.
Mar. 13th, 2011 09:31 am (UTC)
Your recent post reminded me about the Lucifer Box novels - I remember looking at them before and thinking they looked interesting. (oops, hit post button too soon.) I'll have to try and get my hands on them. Also: EEE KINDLE. I don't know how I ever survived without an ereader.

Edited at 2011-03-13 09:32 am (UTC)
Mar. 9th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
Working on one.

And I THINK...



I shall call it "SHEnanigans - Just Girls Kissing and Feel-Good Shenanigans"
Mar. 13th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)
BASICALLY that was already done (Steam Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED although to be fair it was a mix of feel-good shenanigans and darker things,) but lord knows there are never enough lesbian anthologies.
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