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oh man, after much googling I finally managed to figure out the name. It’s called The Shambling Guide to New York City!

Shambling, because ‘zombies’ is a pejorative term. They prefer shambling.


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ohhhhhhhh what a wonderful recommendation to receive yes hello

i’ve actually answered another ask like this in the past but i can’t find it for the life of me so here we go

my personal favorites include:

santa olivia by jacqueline carey

fingersmith by sarah waters

white is for witching by helen oyeyemi

the lynburn legacy by sarah rees brennan

the circle of magic by tamora pierce

ash by malinda lo

the telling by ursula k le guin

silhouette of a sparrow by molly beth griffin

the gemma doyle trilogy by libba bray

kissing the witch by emma donoghue

the graceling trilogy by kristin cashore

the witch sea by sarah diemer

otherbound by corinne duyvis

and the ones on my to-read list:

fried green tomatoes at the whistlestop cafe by fannie flagg

when women were warriors by catherine m wilson

adaptation by malinda lo

the princess trilogy by jim c hines

i can’t think straight by shamim sarif

the miseducation of cameron post by emily m danforth

wildthorn by jane eagland

the handmaid’s tale by margaret atwood

tipping the velvet by sarah waters

affinity by sarah waters

the paying guests by sarah waters

oranges are not the only fruit by jeanette winterson

annie on my mind by nancy garden

empress of the world by sara ryan

ammonite by nicola griffith

slow river by nicola griffith

hild by nicola griffith

china mountain zhang by maureen f mchugh

she rises by kate worsley

pantomime by laura lam

love in the time of global warming by francesca lia block

the drowning girl by caitlín r kiernan

alcestis by katharine beutner

EDITED TO ADD i forgot my requisite links to the lesbrary and the lesbian goodreads project

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Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature

The Classics

Browse works by Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and other famous authors here.

Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.

The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.

Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online.

Page by Page Books: Find books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W. Bush on this site.

Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics.

Classic Reader: Here you can read Shakespeare, young adult fiction and more.

Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics.

Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles here, from Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.

The Spectator Project: Montclair State University’s project features full-text, online versions of The Spectator and The Tatler.

Bibliomania: This site has more than 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books.

Online Library of Literature: Find full and unabridged texts of classic literature, including the Bronte sisters, Mark Twain and more.

Bartleby: Bartleby has much more than just the classics, but its collection of anthologies and other important novels made it famous. has a huge selection of novels, including works by Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Flaubert, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.

Free Classic Literature: Find British authors like Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus other authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and more.


If you don’t absolutely need to pay for your textbooks, save yourself a few hundred dollars by reviewing these sites.

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Turn to this list to find books about math, science, engineering and technology. This site has “thousands of full-text free books,” including a large amount of scientific essays and books.

Free online textbooks, lecture notes, tutorials and videos on mathematics: NYU links to several free resources for math students.

Online Mathematics Texts: Here you can find online textbooks likeElementary Linear Algebra and Complex Variables.

Science and Engineering Books for free download: These books range in topics from nanotechnology to compressible flow. Find over 1800 math, engineering and science books here.

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From Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw to more contemporary playwrights, visit these sites. Here you can read plays by Chekhov, Thomas Hardy, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and others.

Plays: Read Pygmalion, Uncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World here.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: MIT has made available all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories.

Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”

ProPlay: This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.

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These websites boast collections of graphic novels, romance novels, fantasy books and more.

Public Bookshelf: Find romance novels, mysteries and more.

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Get Free Ebooks: This site’s largest collection includes fiction books.

John T. Cullen: Read short stories from John T. Cullen here.

SF and Fantasy Books Online: Books here include Arabian Nights,Aesop’s Fables and more.

Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyber-Books: This list contains mostly fantasy books.

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For books in a foreign language like French, Spanish and even Romanian, look here.

Project Laurens Jz Coster: Find Dutch literature here.

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KEIMENA: This page is entirely in Greek, but if you’re looking for modern Greek literature, this is the place to access books online.

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Free History Books: This collection features U.S. history books, including works by Paul Jennings, Sarah Morgan Dawson, Josiah Quincy and others.

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These poetry sites have works by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and others.

The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.

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Poem Hunter: Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.

Famous Poetry Online: Read limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.

Google Poetry: Google Books has a large selection of poetry, fromThe Canterbury Tales to Beowulf to Walt Whitman. Read poems by Maya Angelou, William Blake, Sylvia Plath and more. Rudyard Kipling, Allen Ginsberg and Alfred Lord Tennyson are all featured here. On this site, you can download free poetry ebooks.


For even more free book sites, check out this list.

Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.

World eBook Library: This monstrous collection includes classics, encyclopedias, children’s books and a lot more.

DailyLit: DailyLit has everything from Moby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.

A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.

Free Online Novels: These novels are fully online and range from romance to religious fiction to historical fiction. Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.

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Prize-winning books online: Use this directory to connect to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.

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this is a big-ass list of historical fiction about lesbians and i know for a fact that some of you will appreciate it

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As I spoke about in my post, when I was a young babygay, many of the LGBT YA novels I found were all about the angst and trials of coming out. Which is all well and good, but those can’t be the only narratives queer people see themselves in. So, I compiled this list.

I had three criteria:

Coming Out could be a part of the plot but could not be the whole focus (which is why Ask the Passengers, even though it’s good, isn’t on here, before you ask)

The protagonist/MC had to identify as queer/LGBT. No sidekick stories here.

The story could not be known to be biphobic or transphobic (which is why The Bermudez Triangle isn’t on here, also before you ask. Also bisexual-books has a great response to that book in particular, but this is not the place for that discussion.)

If you believe a novel on this list falls into the categories of bi- or transphobic or otherwise, please message me and I’ll look into it/remove it.

This is by no means a comprehensive list—feel free to reblog and add suggestions or message me with suggestions so I can keep updating!

The List is also on Goodreads!!


Realistic Fiction: Lesbian MC

The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jess Verdi

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Great by Sara Benincasa

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield (huge trigger warning for self harm and sexual abuse for this book, FYI. It is a wonderful book, though.)

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Starting from Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner

Gravel Queen by Tea Bendhun

Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

Realistic Fiction: Gay MC

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

Gone Gone Gone by Hannah Moskowitz 

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Realistic Fiction: Transgender MC

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills

Realistic Fiction: Bisexual MC

Far from You by Tess Sharpe

Empress of the World by Sara Ryan (though this review suggests that it *may* be biphobic so proceed with caution? I haven’t read it so I can’t vouch but let me know)

Speculative Fiction: Lesbian MC

Huntress by Malinda Lo

Speculative Fiction: Bisexual MC

Love In the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

Ash by Malinda Lo

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Inheritance by Malinda Lo

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Coda by Emma Trevayne

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

Speculative Fiction: Gay MC

Proxy by Alex London

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Historical Fiction: Lesbian MC

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin

Queer/Not Otherwise Specified MC:

The Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea

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Okay, so I had planned to write a big long review of this book, but you know what? It’s too fucking good.

You need to buy this book.

It is a fantasy novel. It is the best fantasy novel. It is in a fantasy universe populated with protagonists of color, and evil white people. There are a few good white people, but mostly evil white people who have wayyyy too much power and are evil.

You need to buy this book if only for the scene where the disabled Black woman protagonist picks up a bottle of white people shampoo, sniffs it, and just rolls her eyes and thinks, are they expecting me to use this astringent shit on my beautiful Maroneh(Black) woman hair?

It in particular is actually the second book in the series, but I accidentally read it out of order the first time (and have since read the other) and it didn’t particularly suffer from being read out of order.

You need to buy this book.

There is also a bit of sexy sex. The exact right amount of sexy sex.

I cannot tell you how much I fell in love with this book. All three, but in particular this one was my favorite.

There is also a significant amount of queer sex in the trilogy. QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR.

This is N. K. Jemisin. She wrote this book.

You need to buy all of her books.

I plan to.

just bought this, can’t wait to read it


I got to ‘fantasy world with protagonists of color’ and that was all I needed to know.

seriously, it’s sooooo good. It made me go out and buy fresh art supplies i maybe can’t afford just so I can start making fan art.

As a white chick, I think I’ll pass but thanks. I’m so done with being told I’m evil because of my skin color. 

It’s interesting how you feel that a book with white antagonists or an “evil” race that is white reflects on your skin color. I suppose the next time a sf/f fandom argument breaks out over whether having the evil races be dark-skinned in most every fantasy world ever has any effects on the real world people who read them, we can count on you to turn up and say “Well, of course it does.”?



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