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Wrong Turn by Taylor Law

Rating: 3/5

Genres: Fantasy, Romance

Themes: Werewolves, Amnesia

Queer Level: Gay Main Characters

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Now here’s a werewolf story that I actually enjoyed. To a degree. While it had a few flaws (overuse of nicknames, typical wolf pack-styled werewolf dynamics, and love at first sight), it was stylistically well-written and fun, and this author has a lot of potential. The romance was simple and actually caused some interesting and unexpected conflict. I was a bit disappointed that the readers missed out on the flirty, playful build-up of a relationship due to fate; but I suppose for the shortness of the story, this can be forgiven.

This story was intended to be a coming out kind of tale in two ways: First of all, Xander (the werewolf) must admit to his pack that he’s gay. Second, he has to tell Jessie (the human) that he’s a werewolf. This causes some conflict and minor drama both within the pack and between each other; but nothing some affection and honesty wouldn’t fix.

For a short read, this was worth the time. Not entirely sure I will continue with the series–we will see as the rest of the story comes out.

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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Gay, GLBTQ, Reviews

 

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Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

Rating: 5/5

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Drama

Themes: Politics, Blackmail

Queer Level: Gay Main Characters

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A bit of an older novel, this was—and still is—one of my favourites in the genre. It’s got a lot of sentimental value for me, since it’s the first real GLBTQ novel I ever picked up.

Witty, adventurous, and political; the story tangles together several characters of very differing backgrounds, each as well-developed as the last. The world is both dark and beautiful, and, while the events are often [mostly] both bloody and traitorous, there is enough humor to balance it. However, this is not a book for everyone (as a skimming of reviews will indicate); it is one of those stories that’s either a hit or a miss, and there seems to be no recognizable in-between.

I enjoyed it for its politeness (read: maturity), clarity, and competent style. I liked the characters—Alec’s awful, enabling and mischievous tendencies; and Richard’s behavioural issues. There were no heroes, really. The aristocracy is full of drama, back-stabbing and blackmail. All of these traits are greatly exaggerated, but… it’s a fantasy novel. And I like how Kushner played it up.

I have to admit, I admire greatly how Kushner wrote the sex scenes: There was no tiptoeing around it; but it wasn’t so in-your-face that you wonder whether or not you picked up an erotica by mistake. The scenes were done maturely and tastefully, and I respect that.

Either way, this is not the typical “fantasy” kind of novel. I would say Swordspoint is more “political” in nature, with the fantasy part toned down quite a bit; but, coming from someone who predominantly reads fantasy and hates drama, this was rather refreshing, light, and easy-to-read.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Gay, GLBTQ, Reviews

 

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