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Sat, Mar. 8th, 2008, 09:26 pm
sweetlittlefigs: Can anyone recommend?

I haven't ever really read any queer girls books before except for foxfire.  
I am a lesbian and identify more like androgynous, a fagdyke or transgendered kinda.  So I would like it if someone could recommend a book(s) that had to do with androgyny, transgender kind of stuff, or just gender blurring...But it doesn't have to strictly be that, it could also just be like butch-femme...I dunno.

Walk Like A Man seems interesting, anyone have any reviews on that book?  Also Rose of No Man's Land, is that any good?

If there is something else, please let me know, because I find it kinda hard to actually find queer girl books.  Can anyone recommend a website that sells more queer friendly books than Barnes & Noble.com? 

Thank you in advance.  Any help would be much appreciated.

Sun, Mar. 9th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)

Hi Sweetlittlefigs! Have you ever read Sarah Waters' books? I'm a bit addicted to her work at the moment. I think you'd enjoy Tipping the Velvet. :-)

Sun, Mar. 9th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)

As far as booksellers go, I know of Bella Books (http://www.bellabooks.com/), Lamba Rising Bookstore (http://www.lambdarising.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp), and http://www.torquerebooks.com/zencart/

(I'm sorry that's so ugly; I'm literally sick and tired and consequently very lazy about formatting.)

Sun, Mar. 9th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)

I read Rose of No Man's Land a few weeks ago. I definitely recommend it.

If you like historical fiction, Sarah Waters is a must. Tipping the Velvet was good, but I thought Affinity was a better novel overall. Affinity is a tragedy, though, so don't read it if you want feel-good.

I also read Dahlia Season (about a "chicana goth dykling"), by Myriam Gurba, recently. The writing was okay, but the story was fun enough to make it worth the read.

Like Son, by Felicia Luna Lemus, was another okay one. When I read it a few months ago I thought the transman narrator was borderline gimmicky: the novel isn't supposed to be about him being trans, and the gender variance issues were brought up in sufficiently reasonable contexts that it was hard to say that Lemus was just parading a trans character in front of the reader; there were just an awful lot of sufficiently reasonable contexts.

One that I haven't read yet is Some of the Parts by T. Cooper. All I can say so far is that it seemed interesting enough for me to buy it.

Mon, Mar. 10th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)

I'm glad to hear that Rose of No Man's Land is pretty good. The only reason I wouldn't try Affinity right away is because it's about the rich/upper class, and I'd like something more down-to-earth, working class, that I could relate to. I haven't seen good reviews on Some of the Parts. And I'm wondering how good Tipping the Velvet is since so many people recommend it, give it high ratings, and it's recent popularity with that BBC series/movie...I might try that one out first. Thank you.

Mon, Mar. 10th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)

Most of Tipping the Velvet is certainly more working-class, and it is a good book. Best of luck with your search.

Sun, Mar. 9th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)

A third for Sarah Waters, I absolutely adored Fingersmith <3333 ALSO! Try ebay, they have crockshits of good stuff on there.

Sun, Mar. 9th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)

Definitely Sarah Waters. Luna by Julie Anne Peters (young adult but really good)

Mon, Mar. 10th, 2008 07:17 am (UTC)

Yes, if you're not opposed to Young Adult fiction, Julie Ann Peters is amazing. Luna is wonderful.

Another brilliant YA novel is Girl Walking Backwards by Bett Williams. I can't recommend it enough.

Also, The Passion, The World and Other places, The Power Book and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. 'The World and other places' has this amazing story on it, in which Picasso (as a woman) and Sappho have this intense relationship in it. It's very clever and also quite hot. The Power Book has a gender bending story in it involving flower bulbs. Has to be read to be believed. ha.
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Mon, Mar. 10th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)

I hope it's not depressing though...It sounds a little depressing...? I do have an interest in it though. Thank you for the recommendation.

Sun, Mar. 30th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
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good luck and happy reading.