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  1. And in non-reading news, I finish binging on The Expanse, the 23rd century of the show is far more realistic than Star Trek, but quite a bit depressing as well. It's a good Sci-Fi TV show, on par with Babylon 5 in its epic scope and characters, plus it has 2000's Battlestar Galactica's bleak outlook. Still there's a few elements of "wonder" that reminds me of classic Star Trek: Next Generation, which is surprising since there's so few alien species humanity encountered in 200 years and the one encountered is so far advanced than us, they're more akin to Lovecraft's cosmic entities than Trek's Klingons, Romulans, or even the Borg. Essentially, the show inspires and it also humbles humanity in comparison to our petty struggles; the universe is far older an its occupants far more alien than us.

    I'm interested now in buying the book series The Expanse is based on to read,  probably will take me most of the holidays, but that's my next major reading. The show inspires and humbles, great science fiction should do that.

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    2. Ron


      I'm on my second watch of The Expanse series all the way through (only a few episodes to go), but I have watched the earlier shows more than twice when catching up for a newer season. James Holden (Steven Strait) is a delight to look at... er, I mean watch. ;) As is Amos Burton (Wes Chatham) pleasant to watch but the character is complex. Really, it's a fascinating series with strong characters and a great cast -- they make show a compelling, watchable series. Kudos to Amazon for another great series!

    3. W_L


      @Zombie are you nerding out with me :) While I can appreciate TOS, especially episodes like the City on the Edge of Forever, the emphasis when encountering aliens was that they were very human-like to make the social commentary. It made sense and even advanced aliens seemed human-like in their childish games/tests.

      The difference between Star Trek with the Expanse's more human conflicts and an alien civilization that is far more alien than us, with technology that is unique. The human tech is sort of steam-punk chic for the Belters, Soviet styled cold industrial for Mars, and a modernist sterile compartmentalized for Earth. We're still using missiles and railguns in 23rd century, no phasers. Our future tech is aesthetically human, when compared to "living matter" technology of an advanced alien species that can bend space/time, extract consciousness/souls, and create/destroy star systems. Star Trek makes human beings seem like we've grown up among peers, the Expanse makes us look like 4 year olds fighting over swing sets and water fountains, when adults can launch nukes and bio-weapons.

    4. W_L


      @Ron Completely agree on the easy to watch characters :) Amos is easily the most interesting scarred sociopathic killer man-child that you want to both cuddle up to and run away screaming from :o Jim is easy to watch as an every-man character. Of course my favorite character is Chripian, she's ruthless and egotistical, but her reasons are usually benign and her ideals are pure.

  2. For parents or young LGBT readers, if you are a fan of Greco-Roman themed mainstream fantasy with a LGBT lead character, I highly recommend Rick Riordan's Trial of Apollo series, a sequel to Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. I've followed the book series for decades and despite changes in the world, I still enjoy this world like visiting an old friend, who always has good cup of tea or coffee and a story to share with you.

    The series has just completed with the Tower of Nero and I've just finished it.

    For a young adult mainstream series, the idea of having a 1st person narrator with bisexual interests would have been unlikely in my teen years in the early 2000's. Stories like that I had to look around on places like here on GA, fictionpress, and nifty. Many of us, most prominently if you look at old fan-fiction stories, dreamed of a day when our voices could be heard and expressed. While many of our stories were fantasy of shipping/pairings same sex characters in unlikely situations, I think beneath all the window dressing of sexual orientation, all of us yearned to be heard and made...real, like a proof of existence through our words.


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    2. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      @Timothy M. Alex Fierro is my favorite person in Magnus Chase. I had never heard about Apollo and Hyacinthus until I picked up The Trials. 

    3. W_L


      @Timothy M. Thanks, I'll probably switch over to the Norse Pantheon stories soon, I know the series is centered in Boston after all, so it goes to reason :)

    4. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      @Page Scrawler  Yeah, Alex is a lot of fun and also very clever. I like the dynamic between them and Magnus.

  3. Finished Tyack and Frayne Mysteries for now, waiting for next book (Damn you Harper Fox for that cliffhanger! :) ). From a nice mystery procedural to modern fantasy elements with fun Celtic references, it's very unique for a series with short novelette reading times of 90 or less minutes. Book 10 currently is making me uneasy, I won't spoil the plot, but it's a "what might have happened"/"Alternative Road" story type, which I love for sci-fi and fantasy, but I am emotionally invested in these characters and hate what has happened.  To top it off, I am left with a horrible cliffhanger and need to wait for the author

    So I am switching to a different genre, still LGBT fiction but more fantasy. starting the Alphabets series. I have never been into Shifter stories before, nor the interactions of "Alphas"/"Omegas", but I do like the premise and it reminds me of @Bill W Castaway Hotel in a fantasy premise.

    One thing I can say, I have been thoroughly exploring various LGBT genres of fiction during this Pandemic induced stay at home, I feel like that guy from Twillight Zone and Yes "There's time now". It has definitely gotten my muses running

    1. Zombie


      the road not taken...

  4. Reading a new novella series: Tyack & Frayne, a British LGBT mystery series set in the rugged area of Cornwall England. Pairing an obstinate small town constable and a empathetic psychic as they solve mysteries in the British countryside. It's very atmospheric and quite charming little romp at 2 hours a book, it's a simple sitting reading.

  5. My muse is talking to me, feel like writing something new in a direction I haven't tried yet. I'll test the waters with a short story/backdoor pilot story

  6. I have ended my diet as of today, stating from 222 pounds back in March 24th 2020, when Covid-19 forced me to work from home and begin dieting and working out methodically, to now September 12th 2020, I weigh 155 pounds.

    Basically, I am not a muscle bound guy, nor a pencil. It's going to take a while to get myself into the runner body type I prefer, high stamina/energy and lean muscle. I started my diet limiting my intake to 500 calories per day and walking 2.5 miles, now I am averaging 8 miles a day at jogging pace of 3.8 mph and eating around 1300 calories.

    Weight loss turns out to be the easy part, building your body to what you want is much harder. For those who have succeeded on this 1st step, I'd appreciate learning if you guys have ideas on how to get rid of excess skin.

    For those wondering how I did it? 6 months to lose 67 pounds isn't a miracle cure/diet plan/workout from some actor, it's just a lot of work. I have a google sheet to prove what happened and what I did.

    1. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      Great job, dude! Congrats, Teddy.   :hug: 

    2. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      Well done !

  7. Reading No Shame Series by Nora Phoenix, interesting story of vulnerable emotionally scarred gay guys with complex backstories and a close knit poly relationship between males. I was going to stop after chapter 1 of the 1st book, but as I continued to finish book 1, I found myself enjoying the complex characters and their backgrounds.

    This is a good series for the unconventional with a decent amount of m/m romance and spicy sexual details.

  8. Reading non-LGBT sci-fi series: Harry Turtledove Worldwar

    This is fun alternate history fiction series with the basic premise: what would happen if a 21st century equivalent alien civilization traveled to earth via controlled atomic fusion (relativistic speed) on a mission of conquest during World War II in year 1942? The alien technology is only a century ahead of WWII combatants and their invasion sparks a lot of interesting questions on the meaning of "humanity", persistence of prejudice and bigotry despite proof that humanity or "races" or "classes" among its populations are "divinely chosen", and so many more topics.

    Also, for heterosexual/bisexual audiences, there's a good amount of lurid sex scenes between male/females.

  9. Re-reading Harry Potter Series, Book 1-7, finished book 1 and am now in the middle of book 2

    I am wondering if Time Lords and Wizards co-existed in the same multi-verse; a Ford Anglia that can fit 8 people, luggage, broomsticks, and animals sounds pretty similar to a good Doctor :)


  10. May the Fourth Be With You!


  11. Since Hockey is not being played, I am reading a gay romance about hockey players. It's part of 2 book series. Fun, sexy, romantic, and inappropriately perfect.

    HIM by Sarina Bowen


    1. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      Hey, Teddy.   :hug:

  12. I was being stalked by a female black cat, she kept walking towards me and followed me for a few blocks. When I let her come towards me, she hugged my leg,  then skirted off to my right side.

    Am I doomed?

    1. Zombie


      it’s not looking good

    2. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      Maybe she needs a home?   :)

    3. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      Pretend to be British - they think black cats are good luck. :yes: 

  13. Watched "Prince of Egypt" yesterday, just because I really liked the music and thought Dreamwork's animated version is better to Charlton Heston's live-action 1956 version.

    However, the side effect is the music is still stuck in my head.


    1. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      It is a good movie.   :yes:

  14. Playing Buffy the musical episode "Once More with Feeling" soundtrack as I read; don't know why?


  15. I should probably re-read Circumnavigation, but there's so much to explore!

    For me, when choosing a story, I do gravitate to classics I loved and explore outwards from there. A lot of GA stories are like potential partners, so as a reader, I guess I am monogamously remaining loyal to a story's concept. After a story is over, I will try to find others like it; some are one chapter reads (no offense it's me, not you, story) or I will fall in love from through a series. There needs to be a lasting impression with a story for me.

    I wish GA had a suggested story follow-up, like Amazon or other sites, where authors and reader can make suggestions for new stories to read after you are done with the one you read.

    1. Daddydavek


      People can leave story comments on the other tab from story reviews.  Anyone could leave a comment suggesting a follow-up story.....

  16. Reading "Saving Silas", a harlequin gay romance between an abused 19 y/o gay college kid and an 33 y/o ex-army gay EMS. It's a 3 hour novelette, but it's cute short story on amazon.

    Netflix is fun in burst, but sometimes a light gay novel is far satisfying, at least to me.

  17. Congratulations to Kansas Chiefs for a hard fought and well deserved Super Bowl 54 win!


  18. I'm not crying (well yeah I am 😢), but I just caught up to the latest episode of Shameless (US version). YES, THEY DID IT!

    This is the perfect song for their relationship, they are by far my favorite gay couple on TV, perfectly dysfunctional and romantic. It's my opinion, but I think this show has surpassed its predecessor in creating these characters and chronicling their journey to this point.


  19. Starting Beacon Hill Sorcerer series:

    Gay Bostonian Sorcerer with a penchant for Necromancy + 400 year old Irish Vampire, set in an alternate Boston where magic and supernatural creatures exist. Yes, I think I'll like this like a Bostonian version of Harry Potter with a familiar accent :)

    1. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      Is it on GA?   :)

    2. W_L


      @Page Scrawler Amazon and Audible, the writer is a mainstream author with some minor acclaim among LGBTQ+.

  20. Is this the end of the Dynasty? :(

  21. Can you be gay and a demisexual?

    I think I fit "Demisexual" definition, the older I get, the more I am only attracted to guys who I form an emotional bond with.

    Since Demisexual is part of the Asexual side of the spectrum, I wonder should I continue being G or changing to an A :o

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    2. W_L


      @Puppilull Yeah, it's a term I've come into contact with in the last year, which confuses me a bit. It can apply to both people who prefer same sex and opposite sex relationships, but the cardinal fact is that you do not feel any attraction to people of that preference if you do not know them. Like, most people are attracted to certain celebrities, but to a demisexual, unless they know the celebrity, there is no attraction.

      It's why Demisexual is considered within the spectrum of asexual community.

      As I am getting older, it's harder to be attracted to just images and even old crushes are not drawing my attention. I still prefer men, so it feels like my sexual orientation is moving towards that direction, still homosexual just not able to feel attraction.

      @Page Scrawler Thanks Pagey :)

    3. Puppilull


      Interesting. I've never been a one night action kind of person (came close once but backed off). I just don't get sexually interested in a person unless I know them rather well. I can see people are objectively attractive but they don't actually float my boat. And learning this is an Asexual trait/side isn't all that surprising. It sort of fits. Just never considered it before. 

    4. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      A childhood friend and neighbor of mine is ace/demisexual. He doesn't get "into" someone unless he knows that person very intimately.   :)

  22. Finishing "Mr. Frosty Pants", honestly a gay christmas romance novel makes so much more sense than hallmark classics :)

    1. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      @DomLuka's "Under the Mistletoe" is a good Christmas story, if you're interested.   :yes:

    2. W_L


      @Page Scrawler I'll try next Christmas :)

      I really like this story despite the title, Casey + Joel are really cute. There's unrequited love, abusive backgrounds (both character have amazing backgrounds, one is wealthy with social standing issues and the other is working class with the blue collar homophobia), and all of it is set in the rich backdrop of Tennessee, there's no love like southern love :D

  23. Dang it, I just realize that this is the 1st year that I've really put an effort into purchasing new books, but 12 of 15 of them are all gay romance novels.

    I am turning into the gay version of those people who buy grocery store romance novels...Nooooooo!

    1. Brayon


      You should see my Kindle Reading List. 35% Gay Romance, 60% Science Fiction, 5% Other.

    2. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      Most of my reading list is gay romance, too. Some Young Adult, some sci-fi, and some realistic fiction, too.   :gikkle:

  24. RIP Rene Auberjonois aka Odo from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    He played one of most iconic gender/sexually fluid characters in Science fiction. For fans of the show, you can read his sexual interest in both female humanoids and changeling, along with his "link" (it's just code word for sex) with male changeling Laas as quintessential queerness.

  25. Happy December from the snowy north! Winter is here

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