July 27th, 2005


Mélusine, Monette

Sarah Monette's Mélusine.


These comments will be spoiler-free, since I know many people don't have this book yet. Also, I just finished it around 10:30 pm last night, so my intellectual thoughts have not had time to settle in and make sense. But that's isn't the important part. This is the important part:

Squee! Bounce!

Umm. What else? Well, go buy this. It's a hardcover. Buy it anyway. I said so.

There is Angst. There is Felix, Big Gay Angsty Crazy Guy. There is Mildmay, Sweet Scarred Angsty Cursed Guy. I followed their travails with bated breath. There is the fabulous city of Mélusine with its spires and rooftops and castle and red-light districts and havens of magic. There is pain and suffering and betrayal and people finding each other. The people are complex. They grow and change and sometimes you're not sure what's true and what's hallucination. There's a world.

I tried to make it last. Alas, the book ended. But this book is good enough to read over again.

Big Gay Fantasy

mroctober just asked, in comments, why only women seemed to write Great Queer Fantasy.

The weather outside is vile--New Orleans seems to be visiting Philadelphia--and LJ seems slow, with no great huge comment-riffic posts going on. And I want email. And food for my brain. So I will ask.

Is this true? And if so, any theories as to why?

First, what is the Great Queer Fantasy Novel Canon? And who wrote the canon, men or women, and do we know or care what their genders/orientations are/were? And were the Great Queer Protagonists male or female?

And as a side question, do fans of slash like Queer Fantasy? (I know that in some cases they do, but in some they don't--I'm looking for specific authors that seem to be popular in both directions. So to speak.)