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LGBTQIA Fantasy & Sci-Fi
Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction, as with a lot of literature, mainly focuses on heterosexual characters. Not only are the characters depicted hetero-normative, they are also heavily sexist. They are brave, strong, and highly intelligent individuals. They are scientists, aliens, warriors, wizards, super-heroes, and other supernatural beings, and they deserve their time in the spotlight.
Tithe (Modern Tale of Faerie) by Set alternately in a modern-day New Jersey of trailer parks and grubby curtains and an amoral dazzling Faery court, where the faeries will as soon stab through your eye or seduce you as look at you, it follows the adventures of 16-year-old Kaye. A fast-paced opening finds Kaye drinking too much at a party, being groped by her best friend's boyfriend, discovering she has magical powers and rescuing a charismatic faery knight. She then becomes dangerously involved in feuding faerie kingdoms and faces death, betrayal and torture as she moves between the real world and Faery.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PZ7.B52878 Ti 2004)
Publication Date: 2010, c2002
Parable of the Sower by Parable of the Sower is a hopeful tale set in a dystopian future United States of walled cities, disease, fires, and madness. Lauren Olamina is an 18-year-old woman with hyperempathy syndrome--if she sees another in pain, she feels their pain as acutely as if it were real. When her relatively safe neighborhood enclave is inevitably destroyed, along with her family and dreams for the future, Lauren grabs a backpack full of supplies and begins a journey north. Along the way, she recruits fellow refugees to her embryonic faith, Earthseed, the prime tenet of which is that "God is change." This is a great book--simple and elegant, with enough message to make you think, but not so much that you feel preached to.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Wolfson Circulation (Hialeah Popular Books POPBK OCTAV))
Publication Date: 2020
Santa Olivia by tarred Review. Departing from epic fantasy, Carey sets this powerful near-future tale in Outpost 12, a small town trapped in a buffer zone shielding Texas from pandemic-stricken Mexico. Two half-siblings chafing under General Argyle's military rule make very different plans to beat the status quo. Tom, the son of a soldier, lives at the gym, where he trains in boxing and hopes to win his freedom from the town by defeating the general's boxing champion. Loup, who has inherited her escaped father's oddly engineered genes, joins a group of church wards called the Santitos, a tight gang of vigilantes who masquerade as the local saint, Santa Olivia. Carey's fans will enjoy meeting another strong, fearless heroine with special powers, while new readers will appreciate the tight focus that intensifies the depth of character and emotion.
Call Number: :Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PS3603.A74 S26 2009)
Publication Date: 2009
Wraeththu by In this powerful and elegant story set in a future Earth very different from our own, a new kind of human has evolved to challenge the dominion of Homo sapiens. This new breed is stronger, smarter, and far more beautiful than their parent race, and are endowed with psychic as well as physical gifts. They are destined to supplant humanity as we know it, but humanity won't die without a struggle.
Call Number: :Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PR6053.O5134 W73 1993 )
Publication Date: 1993, c1987-1988
Stranger in a Strange Land by This is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, born during, and the only survivor of, the first manned mission to Mars. Michael is raised by Martians, and he arrives on Earth as a true innocent. But he brings turmoil with him, as he is the legal heir to an enormous financial empire, not to mention de facto owner of the planet Mars. With the irascible popular author Jubal Harshaw to protect him, Michael explores human morality and the meanings of love. He founds his own church, preaching free love and disseminating the psychic talents taught him by the Martians. Ultimately, he confronts the fate reserved for all messiahs.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PS3515.E288 S76 1991)
Publication Date: c1991
The Left Hand of Darkness by Genly Ai is an emissary from the human galaxy to Winter, a lost, stray world. His mission is to bring the planet back into the fold of an evolving galactic civilization, but to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own culture and prejudices and those that he encounters. On a planet where people are of no gender--or both--this is a broad gulf indeed. The inventiveness and delicacy with which Le Guin portrays her alien world are not only unusual and inspiring, they are fundamental to almost all decent science fiction that has been written since. In fact, reading Le Guin again may cause the eye to narrow somewhat disapprovingly at the younger generation: what new ground are they breaking that is not already explored here with greater skill and acumen? It cannot be said, however, that this is a rollicking good story. Le Guin takes a lot of time to explore her characters, the world of her creation, and the philosophical themes that arise.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Wolfson Circulation (PS3562.E42 L39 2000)
Publication Date: 2000, c1969
China Mountain Zhang by The main story involves a man's maturation in a future dominated by China, where the United States has undergone a Communist revolution (the "Cleansing Winds Campaign") after a period of economic crisis. His personal evolution is paralleled by four side stories in his narrative, following characters progressing from arrogant outsiders to finding a place in society.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PS3563.C3687 C48 1997)
Publication Date: 1997, c1992
Hero by At the same time that he's coming to terms with his sexual orientation, basketball star Thom Creed is trying to figure out exactly what his untrained superpowers can do. In an attempt to break away from his seemingly non-understanding father (an ex-hero with something to hide) and homophobic community, Thom runs away, only to find himself in the middle of a multi-hero rescue operation. Using his ability to heal, he keeps an injured woman alive until the League superheroes arrive and impresses them enough to get an invitation to try out for a hero apprentice position. Thom is teamed with an old woman who can see into the future, a spiteful girl who unleashes her power through fire, a sickly boy who is able to inflict disease on anyone, and a demoted hero with insane speed. With superheroes dying in mysterious circumstances, Thom is forced to admit publicly that he is gay in order to prevent a miscarriage of justice, but finds himself cast out of the League. He organizes his ragtag team to figure out what is really going on and to fight society's prejudices as well as the criminal element of the town. The story tackles love, friendship, and the eternal struggle to come to terms with who we really are in a tactful, interesting, and well-developed manner.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PZ7.M7875 He 2009)
Publication Date: 2009
City of Bones by Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.
First of a series.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Hialeah Popular Books (POPBK MORTA)
Publication Date: 2008
Unwelcome by Archangel Academy is more than a school to Michael Howard. Within its majestic buildings and serene English grounds, he's found friends, new love, and a place that feels more like home than Nebraska ever did. But the most important gift of Archangel Academy is immortality. . . Life as a just-made vampire is challenging for Michael, even with Ronan, an experienced vamp, to guide him. Michael's abilities are still raw and unpredictable. To add to the turmoil, the ancient feud between rival vampire species is sending ripples of discord through the school. And beneath the new headmaster's charismatic front lies a powerful and very personal agenda. Yet the mysteries lurking around the Academy pale in comparison to the secrets emerging from Michael's past. And choosing the wrong person to trust—or to love—could lead to an eternity of regret. . .
This is part of a series.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PZ7.G88413 Unw 2011)
Publication Date: 2011
The Epic of Gilgamesh : A New Translation, Analogues, Criticism by The Epic of Gilgamesh is included in this list since scholars believe that Gilgamesh and his companion Enkidu were same-sex lovers much like Achilles and his lover, Patroclus.
Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and his intimate companion Enkidu are the only heroes to have survived from the ancient literature of Babylon, immortalized in this epic poem that dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. Together they journey to the Spring of Youth, defeat the Bull of Heaven and slay the monster Humbaba. When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh's grief and fear of death are such that they lead him to undertake a quest for eternal life. A timeless tale of morality, tragedy and pure adventure, "The Epic of Gilgamesh" is a landmark literary exploration of man's search for immortality.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall & West Circulation (PJ3771.G5 E5 2001)
Publication Date: 2001
What are the origins of the horror as a genre today? According to Dale Bailey, horror fiction is different from other genres of fiction since it “seeks to inspire a unique emotional state in its readers—fear—it is more properly seen in light of what it does than what it is” (Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interest, 2006, p. 420). In other words, horror is not so much a genre of fiction about horror but rather a genre that focuses on creating a sense of fear within the reader. Though supernatural beings, such as ghosts, vampires, and demons are associated with this genre, they do not define it since horror fiction can be any stories that induce a sense of fear.
Vintage : A Ghost Story by A lonely gay teen bides his time with trips to strangers' funerals and Ouija board sessions, desperately searching for someone to love--and a reason to live following a suicide attempt. Walking an empty stretch of New Jersey highway on an autumn night, he meets a strange and beautiful boy who looks like he stepped out of a dream. But the vision becomes into a nightmare when the boy turns out to be the local urban legend, the ghost of a star athlete killed in 1957--a ghost with a deadly secret and a dangerous obsession. Vintage: A Ghost Story is an intense thriller that looks at the dark side of gay urban fantasy, where the dead can never rest and trapped spirits never find peace.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PZ7.B45423 Vin 2008)
Publication Date: c2008
A Discovery of Witches by Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall & Wolfson Circulation (PS3608.A7436 D57 2011)
Publication Date: 2011
Dead Witch Walking by All the creatures of the night gather in "the Hollows" of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party ... and to feed. Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining -- and it’s Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized. A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead ... or undead.
This is the first of a series.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PS3608.A7836 D43 2004)
Publication Date: 2004
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Tom Ripley is chosen by the wealthy Herbert Greenleaf to retrieve Greenleaf's son, Dickie, from his overlong sojourn in Italy. Dickie, it seems, is held captive both by the Mediterranean climate and the attractions of his female companion, but Mr. Greenleaf needs him back in New York to help with the family business. With an allowance and a new purpose, Tom leaves behind his dismal city apartment to begin his career as a return escort. But Tom, too, is captivated by Italy. He is also taken with the life and looks of Dickie Greenleaf. He insinuates himself into Dickie's world and soon finds that his passion for a lifestyle of wealth and sophistication transcends moral compunction. Tom will become Dickie Greenleaf--at all costs.
Call Number: Miami Dade/North Circulation (PS3558.I366 T33 1992)
Publication Date: 1992
Cell : A Novel by It may seem odd, but it's true--something as simple as one phone call can change the world forever. And that's exactly what happenes on October 1, when a single pulse is simultaneously transmitted through every cell phone on the planet. After the Pulse, an unspeakable transformation occurs. People everywhere begin devolving into inhuman killing machines--and civilization as we know it grinds to a halt in a terrifying riot of violence.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PS3561.I483 C38 2006)
Publication Date: 2006
Carmilla by A lonely young girl living in a desolate area in Austria is befriended by a young countess after what seems a chance encounter. Laura's innocence and sheltered life prevents her from seeing the obvious, that her new friend Carmilla is a demon of the highest order, and one who has fallen passionately in love with her. Over time, Carmilla's lust for Laura, and her soul, overpower her caution, and the serenity of a life of seclusion becomes a nightmarish existence for Laura as her world unravels in ways that can never be repaired.
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Call Number: Available Online
Publication Date: 2003
Interview with the Vampire by The story is ostensibly a simple one: having suffered a tremendous personal loss, an 18th-century Louisiana plantation owner named Louis Pointe du Lac descends into an alcoholic stupor. At his emotional nadir, he is confronted by Lestat, a charismatic and powerful vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. The two prey on innocents, give their "dark gift" to a young girl, and seek out others of their kind in Paris. --Patrick O'Kelley
Call Number: Miami Dade/North Circulation (PS3568.I265 I58 2014)
Publication Date: 1976
The Vampire Lestat (Vampire Chronicles II) by After over a half century underground, Lestat awakens in the 1980s to the cacophony of electronic sounds and images that characterizes the MTV generation. Particularly, he is captivated by a fledgling rock band named Satan's Night Out. Determined both to achieve international fame and end the centuries of self-imposed vampire silence, Lestat takes command of the band (now renamed "The Vampire Lestat") and pens his own autobiography. The remainder of the novel purports to be that autobiography: the vampire traces his mortal youth as the son of a marquis in pre-Revolutionary France, his initiation into vampirism at the hands of Magnus, and his quest for the ultimate origins of his undead species.--Patrick O'Kelley
Call Number: Miami Dade/North Circulation (PS3568.I265 V3 1997)
Publication Date: 1997
The Queen of the Damned (Vampire Chronicles III) by Here Lestat and all other vampires pay the price for his obsessive need for fame, his reckless honesty in describing the "blood drinkers" among us, and his frenzied rock concert in San Francisco. Lestat's kiss has awakened Queen Akasha from her 6000 year sleep. She immediately begins a wholesale slaughter of most of the world's vampires, sparing only a small remnant (including Lestat) who she expects will join her in a crazed crusade against male mortals. Meanwhile, vampires and psychic humans around the globe are having the same terrifying dream in which twin red-haired women weep over the body of another woman, whose eyes and brains are on a plate nearby. ...
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Call Number: Miami Dade/North Circulation (PS3568.I265 Q83 1988)
Publication Date: 1988
Queer Fear: Gay Horror Fiction by A striking and ambitious collection of gay horror fiction, covering a wide range of creatures of the night and all manner of urban terrors.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PR9197.35.H67 Q44 2000 )
Publication Date: 2000
Let Me In by Twelve-year-old Oskar is obsessed by the murder that's taken place in his neighborhood. Then he meets the new girl (or is she really a boy) from next door. She (he) is a bit weird, though. And she only comes out at night.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PT9877.22.I54 L48 2010)
Publication Date: 2010
Mysteries and Thrillers
Most popular and diverse literary genre is that of Crime and Mystery Fiction. There are several reasons why these novels are so popular. For some readers, it is the detective and the setting that draws them in. For others it is the suspense, the unexpected twists, the atmosphere, and the thrill of trying the solving of the mystery before the sagacious detective does.. The books on this page focus on LGBTQ sleuths and mysteries.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by If and when Lisbeth Salander recovers, she'll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge--against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.
Call Number: Miami Dade Circulation (PT9876.22.A6933 L8413 2010)
Publication Date: 2010
The Girl Who Played with Fire by On the eve of publisher Mikael Blomkvist's story about sex trafficking between Eastern Europe and Sweden, two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Mikael Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander--the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid years before.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall & North Circulation (PT9876.22.A6933 F5713 2009)
Publication Date: 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.
This is part of a series.
Call Number: Miami Dade Circulation (PT9876.22.A6933 M3613 2009)
Publication Date: 2009
Blind Fall: A Novel by John Houck became a Marine to become a hero. But his life changed when he failed to notice an explosive device that ended up maiming the captain of his Force Recon Company, a respected Marine who nearly sacrificed himself to save John's life. Home from Iraq, John pays a visit to his former captain, only to discover the captain has been gruesomely murdered. John pursues a strange man he sees running from the scene, but he discovers that Alex Martin is not the murderer. Alex is, in fact, the former captain's secret male lover and the killer's intended next victim. When it becomes clear that local law enforcement has direct connections to the murder itself, John realizes that to repay his debt of honor, he must teach Alex Martin how to protect himself, even if that means teaching Alex to kill. In the process, John confronts the painful truth about the younger brother he was unable to protect and the older sister he always felt he failed. Blind Fall is a story of honor and integrity, of turning failure into victory. It is a stunning departure for Christopher Rice: the story of two men, one a Marine, one gay, who must unite to avenge the death of the man they both loved -- one as a brother-in-arms, one as a lover -- and to survive.
Call Number: Miami Dade/Kendall Circulation (PS3568.I2717 B58 2008)
Publication Date: 2009
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