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i decided to go through my bookshelves and make a list of all the female fantasy authors we have. i can't vouch for the quality of all of these authors, bc some of their books appear to be random ~urban fantasy~ buffy knockoffs (and i have no idea how we ended up with them bc neither of us particularly like that genre) and others i haven't read yet. some (like sarah ash and diana francis) didn't really impress me that much story wise, but i'm keeping them on the list bc taste is subjective.

i started off writing brief notes to go with them but then couldn't be bothered, sorry. i also couldn't be arsed listing all the books that each author has written because in some cases that would take fucking FOREVER, so if you have any interest in them you will just have to google ok.

lynn flewelling - the nightrunners series is m/m and was one of the first explicitly queer fantasy series i read. although i'd love it if she wrote f/f instead, hem hem
kate elliott - her books will break your wrists bc they're fucking huge, and she writes faster than grrm as well. actually, she could have done a better job with asoiaf than grrm, just sayin'.
philippa ballantine
ellen kushner - OH HOW I LOVE HER SHE IS GAY AND CO-WRITES WITH HER PARTNER SOMETIMES and does m/m and f/f (i wish her main characters were f/f rather than m/m but can't have everything)
jacqueline carey
aliette de bodard - she writes aztec murder mysteries with magic.
sarah ash
diana francis
trudi canavan
katharine kerr
patricia briggs
glenda larke - so far i'm pleased with GL, she seems to have decent female characters (particularly in the mirage makers books)
n k jemisin - i liked the hundred thousand kingdoms, but the broken kingdoms was seriously 20% cooler
kate forsythe
lara morgan
ursula le guin - i've only read the wizard of earthsea books but i thought they were gorgeous
kim harrison
rowena cory daniels
robin hobb / megan lindholme
kit whitfield
diane duane
jude fisher
tanya huff
susanna clarke
frances harding
mary gentle
sophia mcdougall
janny wurtz
naomi novik
ilona andrews
rhiannon lassiter
kelley armstrong
isabel hoving
catherine jinks
clare bell

and here are the ya/children's fantasy authors

helen dunmore (ya) the ingo books are really lovely
diana wynne jones (ya) <3
tamora pierce (ya) <3
rosemary sutcliffe (ya)
joan aiken (ya/children's)
susan cooper (ya)
jenny nimmo (ya)
debi gliori (ya)
carole wilkinson (ya)
susan price (ya)
cecilia dart thornton (ya)
juliet marillier (ya)
isobelle carmody (ya)
veronica roth (ya)
marianne curley (ya)
cindy pon (ya)
zizou corder (ya)
carol hughes (ya)
celia rees (ya)
louise lawrence (ya)
barbara sleigh (ya)
sally odgers (ya)
monica hughes (ya)
meg burden (ya)
cornelia funke (ya/children's)
joanne harris (ya)
margaret greaves (ya)
sherryl jordan (ya)
k j taylor (ya - beware lots of tedious manpain with her main character tho)
moira young (ya)
carrie ryan (ya)

anyway it might be a starting point for people who want to read more female fantasy authors. i haven't checked our ebooks so i might add some more to the list at some point but for now i'm going to have a cup of tea.

Date: 2011-08-18 10:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nonaraptor.livejournal.com
(and i have no idea how we ended up with them bc neither of us particularly like that genre) either $1 book tables from remaindered stock that look like they might not suck COMPLETELY, or occasionally dad gives 'em to me. sorry.

Date: 2011-08-18 10:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fluffybedsock.livejournal.com
lol no need to apologise

i wasn't judging

Date: 2011-08-18 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] helanona.livejournal.com
great list! def have to check out ellen kushner bc there is like no f/f out there. :c

also i like lynn flewelling too. wish she had f/f slash, but i like the two main characters enough

Date: 2011-08-18 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fluffybedsock.livejournal.com
the f/f involves two secondary characters, i wish they were main characters but as i love the main character katharine and p much everyone else i don't mind so much. (swordspoint is a prequel set about 20 years earlier, if you do go down the kushner route :3)

you have good taste helanona!

Date: 2011-08-18 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancesontrains.livejournal.com
http://lesbrary.wordpress.com/ :D?

Date: 2011-08-19 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fluffybedsock.livejournal.com
there goes the rest of my day, lol!

Date: 2011-08-26 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] helanona.livejournal.com
omg, ty so much!!! <3

Date: 2011-08-19 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com

i love my flist because right above your post on of my friends was pimping this:


it's sf rather than fantasy-centric but might also be of use to people looking to read more female authors.

Date: 2011-08-19 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fluffybedsock.livejournal.com
:3 excellent

and oh shit i just realised i forgot to do a tw for the privilege of the sword - there is a rape in it. it wasn't titillating or glorified, though. i'm really sorry i forgot to mention that earlier; my memory is completely fucking fried.

Date: 2011-08-19 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] infinitlight.livejournal.com
thanks for the warning! it won't bother me (uh, it sounds awful when i say it like that but you know what i mean). i am a little O_O at the amount of rape there seems to be in fantasy books but i actually feel way more comfortable reading it written by a female author, if that makes any sense. i anticipate with pleasure the day women writers will take over the world :D.

my books have shipped! but i won't get them until next week-ish bc they're coming from the uk (bookdepository <3). i can't wait!

Date: 2011-08-19 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fluffybedsock.livejournal.com
yeah i am definitely a lot more comfortable reading it when it's written by a female author who cares about feminism, and kushner definitely cares about feminism. i really like the emphasis on female friendships in that book as well.

i love the book depository! i just got my susanna gregory (historical murder mystery writer) books from there so i'm happy as a clam.


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