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October 21st, 2007 (08:02 pm)
chipper

feeling: chipper

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I've just re-read The Charioteer, and have different emotions at the end of it this time. The first time I read it wanted to burn my keyboard but now I just feel deeply inspired. I know that I'll never be able to write like that, and I don't want to. But I want to write better, and it's great to have a book like that to aspire to. I feel most deeply for Ralph this time around, last time it was for Laurie. Heaven forbid next time it will be for Andrew. I still don't "get" a lot of it, undecided as to what Andrew is or was or whatever, and a lot of the philosphy goes right over my head, but still. What a book.

I've just noticed that Torquere Press have their books organised into a historical section and I found several titles there that I hadn't noticed before, so I've added them to the E-books section of the http://www.erastes.com/fiction.htm. I'm looking forward to reading the ones I haven't seen before. Elsewhere I found a YA gay historical called "Damned Strong Love" by Lutz Van Dijk & Elizabeth Crawford, the first one I've found. Please point me to others if you know of them.

I had an enquiry from an author as to whether we would review lesbian historical fiction over at Speak its Name. I'm all for it, really, because the community is more of a success than I thought such a tiny niche market would ever allow it to be, but also because I notice that there are far more lesbian historicals coming out in print than there are gay historicals. I don't know why this is, but in any event it seems to be something that needs encouraging. But, trouble is I don't read it - and I don't know anyone in my immediate circle who does. So if there's anyone out there that would like to volunteer then please do. You'd get the occaisional free book, but mainly you'd have to do what the rest of us do, review books you are already reading, or have read. Anyway, I told the author I would mention it and see what reaction I got.

Oh and yay and thanks to Dear Author for the free publicity! *thumbs up*

I see Andrew Davis has made a version of Fanny Hill, which will probably be unusual because it's likely to be less bawdy than the original, and I VERY much doubt it will have the infamous and edited out of most versions male sex scene. However, I shall watch optimistically. :)

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Posted by: storm_grant (gina_stormgrant)
Posted at: October 21st, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
tilting @ windmills

Oh and yay and thanks to Dear Author for the free publicity! *thumbs up*

You so rock. You are an example for us all.

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: October 21st, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)

200 visitors in a day! Can't complain!

;)

Posted by: Anne Cain (annecain)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)

Hot Damn! You can't buy that kind of publicity! LOL

Seriously though, that's why I try not to read too many blogs like Dear Author. :( The 'tude permeating the posts and comment threads gets tiring after a while. (And why are people so defensive about EC anyway? I thought a bunch of them were dissing the company not too long ago? *is confuzzled*)

Whut.Ever.

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)

Hi Anne and welcome!

Yes, that's what Gehayi and I were wondering last night - both Mrs Giggles and Dear Author are really snarky when they want to be, but it's not OK for us to be? *laughs out loud*

Posted by: Anne Cain (annecain)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Wei Liu

I guess they have a trademark on being snarky or something? Sorry, I couldn't help myself...*g*

Don't hit me too hard--but *winces* I haven't read "The Charioteer" yet. It's going straight into my Amazon shopping cart though! :D

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)

*snorts*

And yay! everyone who writes m/m needs to read that book. Tell me what you think of it?

Posted by: Anne Cain (annecain)
Posted at: October 26th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)

Absolutely! I bought it along with a DVD copy of Another Country (one of the films that came up in your post about homoerotic films over at Speak It's Name). Starting Monday, I'll be haunting my mailbox to see if the package has arrived. LOL

Posted by: alex_beecroft (alex_beecroft)
Posted at: October 21st, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Maecenas

I wouldn't normally read f/f by preference, but I wouldn't mind reading and reviewing it if I got free books out of it :) I could probably do one a month or something, but not more because I already have to do three m/m books a month for NOR, and I need time for other reading too!

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: October 21st, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)

I'll see what response I get, I don't want to rush into it, because I (like you) have so little time - thanks hun, it's kind of you.

*hug*

Posted by: My Perceptions, Faults, and Ramblings (superqueeroes)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Lesbian Historical Fiction review
She-Hulk Dyke

I had an enquiry from an author as to whether we would review lesbian historical fiction over at the Speak Its Name.

Erastes,
I'll review it, if I can also review it for rainbow-reviews.com. Would that be okay?

You can email me for my address. Okay?

Ellen

Posted by: My Perceptions, Faults, and Ramblings (superqueeroes)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
Re: Lesbian Historical Fiction review
Sexy She-Hulk

Speak Its Name

I could get this link to work.
Ellen

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
Re: Lesbian Historical Fiction review

I so suck at links and self promo. www.speakitsname.wordpress.com

And that would be great! Thank you!

Posted by: Lee Benoit (leebenoit)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)

The Charioteer (sighs) - SUCH a marvelous book.

I'd definitely read/review lesbian and bi historical fiction (though none of that silly "menage" genre I see around).

But I'm still working on Ardennian Boy for Speak its Name, so I'd not do a turnaround before probably several weeks.

Lee

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)

I'm not mad on the threesome thing myself, not in historical fiction, that's for sure, it's too much like fantasy for me

Thanks hun!

Posted by: Lee Benoit (leebenoit)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)

If there were anything remotely bisexual about such menage fics I'd be all over it, but I agree with you - too much like stereotypical guy fantasies (m/f/f) or gal ones (m/m/f).

Posted by: annebrooke (annebrooke)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)

Ooh yes, The Charioteer is soooo hot! I love Ralph - and Laurie!! I can't decide really!! Everyone should read it.

:))

A
xxx

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)

It's completely a Must Read for anyone who wants to write the genre, imho

Posted by: Lee Benoit (leebenoit)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
Laurie x Ralph

Thought the Charioteer fan among us might enjoy this lovely Theban Band original based on the beginning of the book: http://www.squidge.org/~praxisters/original/comprehension.html

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 07:08 am (UTC)
Re: Laurie x Ralph

ooooo - that's lovely!

*bookmarks* thank you so much!

Posted by: Lee Benoit (leebenoit)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Laurie x Ralph

Aren't they? Did you check out the Hornblower slash on that site? Big... cannon.

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