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Queer book poll

mroctober pointed me to this AfterElton.com poll of The Best Gay Books Ever, so feel free to stop in and vote for your top 5. Mine were:

  • Borrowed Time, by Paul Monette - a truly haunting book that's stuck with me for many years.
  • Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin - I always put off reading these as "just some other fluffy gay novels," but when friends pressed me I'm glad I did - I read all the novels voraciously and loved them all.
  • I've A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Anymore, by Ethan Mordden - this just made me laugh out loud a lot.
  • Closet Case, by Robert Rodi - another one with a lot of funny visual images. I think I've read all four in this gay series from him.
  • The Catch Trap, by Marion Zimmer Bradley - another book I didn't think I'd like, but I found the characters engaging and memorable.
No doubt I'm missing some really, really good titles, as I never read as much as I want to.

What are your top 5?


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Oct. 21st, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
There was a novel I read called "Breakfast with Scot" or something like that which was really good. A gay couple takes in a foster kid who starts acting out in really queer ways. And they have to do a lot of soul-searching, because on the one hand they want him to be free to express himself--they of all people. BUT they also know, firsthand, the kinds of recriminations he will face if he doesn't try to be a little more mainstream.
Oct. 21st, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
It was made into a movie earlier this year. It's available from Amazon.

In the movie version, the gay couple are a retired professional hockey player and a lawyer. (I never realized, until just now when I was looking it up on Amazon, that in the novel they're a chiropractor and a magazine writer.)

The thing I thought was cool about it (real-world cool, that is) is that the Toronto Maple Leafs endorsed the movie and allowed their logo to be used.
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
i remember reading !
i liked The Best Little Boy in the World by john reid (sp?)
The Fancy Dancer by Patricia Nell Warren

and also ( now just put down that tar and feathers please ! ) i liked
The Beauty Queen - also by Patricia Nell Warren
Oct. 21st, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Re: i remember reading !
It's been years since I read "Best Little Boy," but I remember enjoying it, too. And I haven't read enough of Warren's work, although I did meet her once and she was very kind.
Oct. 21st, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised you didn't list Swordspoint. You otherwise always rightly rave about it.
Oct. 21st, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
I think you got the wrong 'mo - I don't believe I've ever read it.
Oct. 21st, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you post was directly below MrOctober and I thought I was replying to him. Needless to say, it's a great book.
Oct. 21st, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I went with Babycakes by Maupin as well as Mordden's ...Kansas and How Long Has This Been Going On?. The other two were Disco Bloodbath by James St. James and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon.
Oct. 21st, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
I think Robert Rodi has seven novels now:

Closet Case
Drag Queen
Kept Boy
Bitch Goddess
Fag Hag
What They Did To Princess Paragon (I think you'd really enjoy this one, if you haven't already read it)
When You Were Me

Plus, of course, he's a comic book writer - he did Codename: Knockout, Four Horsemen, Batman Gotham Knights, Heartthrobs, The Crossovers, Tomb Of Dracula, and several others. (Hmm, he might make a good comics GoH for a Gaylaxicon...)

If you can't tell already, I really like his work. :) I'm also fond of Warren Dunford (Soon To Be A Major Motion Pictures and others) and Joe Keenan (Putting On The Ritz, My Blue Heaven and others, plus he was co-executive producer of Frasier). My preference is for light, fluffy stuff, not the dark, depressing, full of sturm-and-drang type of gay literature. (I always called it "the gay equivalent of 'chick lit'" until someone recently suggested the term "dick lit". :) )
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, sweetie, I know who he is - I'm married to Comics Queen, remember? :P I was referring to the Fag Hag, Closet Case, Drag Queen, Kept Boy novels, which I think of as a series because of the titles and the marketing (I realize they're not, but that's just quirky me).
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, okay, no need to get snarky. :P

I just didn't realize that you thought of those four in particular as belonging together in any way beyond his overall theme of picking some debilitating personality defect and turning it into humour.

Have you read When You Were Me, BTW? I ask because I saw it in the stores in hardcover, but I prefer to wait for trade or mass-market paperback and have never seen it in any paperback format.
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