Monica Recommends - Dispatch #10, Queer Fiction/Fantasy Edition
Not sure what book to dive into next? Look no further! Monica recommends these queer fiction/fantasy releases.
I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself by Marisa Crane
A speculative fiction novel that examines the long shadow of grief, the hard work of parenting, and the power of queer resistance, in a United States not so different from our own in which committing crimes grants you additional shadows, leaving you marked for life.
The Tide That Binds Us by Alexis C. Maness
A young mermaid queen must save her people and her crown. Beautiful sapphic rep & atmospheric storytelling!
Afterglow: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors by Grist
Hopeful and forward-looking climate fiction stories that explore how the power of storytelling can help create the world we need. A little queer, a little witchy, a little bit speculative, and very future-focused.
Modern Divination by Isabel Agajanian
A young witch strives to maintain the equilibrium between her carefully curated human life and the magical one that she endures in secret. When the balance is upset, she must strike an unlikely alliance.
Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White
Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. A queer novel about embracing the monster within and unleashing its power against your oppressors, perfect for fans of Gideon the Ninth and Annihilation.
Heart, Haunt, Havoc by Freydís Moon
When lonely transgender exorcist, Colin Hart, finds himself challenged by an unruly haunted house in Gideon, Colorado, he’s kept awake by ghosts, demons, ghouls, and the handsome nonbinary homeowner, Bishop Martínez. Laced with romance, gothic imagery, Catholic mysticism, diaspora, and horror!
Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden
A science fiction fantasy story of a young woman named Seske Kaleigh, heir to the command of a biological, city-size starship carved up from the insides of a spacefaring beast. & of course, things go terribly wrong.