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Things I liked in lesbian fiction

May 17, 2010

Yesterday, I blogged about the common mistakes I find in lesbian fiction. Since I don’t want you to think I’m seeing just the negative things, here’s a list of what I liked in the thirty-six lesfic novels I read in 2010.

You can click on the covers for more information on the books.



Fresh, beautiful language and vivid descriptions in “Barking at the Moon” by Nene Adams. Examples: superman blue pickup truck. Or: Hennaed hair teased as high as gravity and industrial-strength hairspray allowed.




A psychologist who’s neither unethical nor incompetent in “Battle Scars” by Meghan O’Brien. The book also describes posttraumatic stress disorder in a realistic way.




The funniest read so far has been “Ambereye” by Gill McKnight. The first chapters have a continuing struggle over an office chair that is hilarious.






Characters who don’t look like supermodels in “Butch Girls Can Fix Anything” by Paula Offutt.






Good use of sound words (The blip blip blip of a heart monitor. The rhythmic rap rap rap of windshield wipers) in “Wicked Good Time” by Diana Tremaine Braund.






A great opening sentence in “Thirteen Hours” by Meghan O’Brien. (At approximately seven o’clock of the evening of her twenty-eighth birthday, during an otherwise uneventful Friday night at the office, Dana Watts was confronted by the most perfect pair of naked female breasts she’d ever seen). The way she teases us by delaying the main clause is very fitting for a novel starring a stripper.




An interesting novel about grief and new love: “Collision Course” by CP Rowlands.






A refreshingly different book that read like the lesbian version of chick lit: “Stranded” by Blayne Cooper.






A clever way to describe the POV character’s looks without violating point of view in “Warming Trend” by Karin Kallmaker. Kallmaker uses plot and dialogue to describe her main character (Black-eyed girls with mops of inky hair never got away with anything – at least that was her experience. … “I like Slavic looks on a woman. Tall, dark, and moody.”)




An interesting first sentence that made me want to read on in “No Rules of Engagement” by Tracey Richardson (Jesus, don’t tell me I’m going to die before I even get there.)




A complex relationship of the main character with a minor character, her grandmother, in “Starting from Scratch” by Georgia Beers.






A German main character who named her hamsters Angela and Helmut in “In the Works” by Val Brown. Did anyone else catch that little joke?




Three-dimensional characters and a wonderful relationship development in “Silent Legacy” a.k.a. “Glass Houses” by Ciaran Llachlan Leavitt. I recently re-read it. Guess which main character is my favorite? 🙂




So, what were the things you liked about the lesfic novels you read this year?

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2 comments

  1. Actually, I’ve been wanting to write you and thank you for the compendium of “how to write” tips…I’ve read them all and forwarded them to friends who are beginning (and some who, like me, can always use tips). They were extremely helpful. It was like a mini-course. And then, here you are, with a nice comment on my book, just as I have finished “Backwards to Oregon”. That was huge book, for me, in so many ways. Everyone that has read this book has loved it, as I did. I’m was writing you an email as this popped up on my computer. (great minds )…so, thanks for including my book on this list. It meant a lot. I’ll go finish my email to you now..
    Cathy


  2. Hi Cathy,

    thanks so much for reading both my blog and my novels so faithfully.

    “Collision Course” was one of the best reads of 2010 for me. I read a few other books lately that deal with grief, but some focus so much on the relationship between one main character and her late spouse that little room is left to make the new relationship believable. You managed to show grief AND develop the new relationship.

    And the characters were refreshingly non-stereotypical when it came to their roles and their past.

    Jae



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