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The New Asexual Bookshelf

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The New Asexual Bookshelf

This is in no way complete, if you know a book that is not mentioned just comment in this thread since it is not locked.


Non-Fiction

Fiction

Romance

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Short Stories

Manga/Graphic Novels


Most books mentioned here have been included in the Indexes, or are books that people have mentioned in previous threads that include asexual characters, to find this original thread please click here.


SA- is used to described a suspected asexual in a book


I would like to thank all the volunteers that helped me with this project SkyWorld, Mikasa, ThaHoward, rigaria, The Vacuum Killer, ArkansasCowboy, ThatNerdOverThere

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NonFiction

  • A History of Celibacy: From Athena to Elizabeth I, Leonardo Da Vinci, Florence Nightingale, Gandhi and Cher - Elizabeth Abbott
  • The Amazing Book of Useless Information: More Things You Didn’t Need to Know But are About to Find out - Noel Botham
  • Asexual Intimacies: Desire in the Context of Boundaries - Elisabeth Schilling
  • Asexuality is Not Celibacy- It's a Sexual Orientation that Must Be Respected and Explored - Heather Leah
  • Beyond Friendship and Eros: Unrecognized Relationships Between Men and Women - John R. Scudder
  • Boston Marriages: Romantic But Asexual Relationships Among Contemporary Lesbians - Esther D. Rothblum & Kathleen A. Brehony
  • Children of the Revolution - Mark Greif (article in Harper Magazine)
  • Demystifying Love: Plain Talk for the Mental Health Professional - Stephen B. Levine
  • The End of Gender: A Psychological Autopsy - Shari L. Thurer
  • The Four Loves - C.S. Lewis
  • The Invisible Orientation - Julie Sondra Decker
  • L'amour sans le faire: L'asexualité ou la réalité de ceux qui n'ont pas de libido - Geraldine Levi Rich Jones
  • Masculine Scenarios (Psychoanalysis and Women Series) - Mariam Alizade
  • My Life in Hetero: An Ace in the Closet - C. Kellam Scott
  • Perfectly Normal: Living and Loving with Low Libido - Sandra Pertot
  • The Sex-Starved Wife - Michele Weiner Davis
  • Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Autism - Donna Williams
  • Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present - Lillian Faderman
  • The World’s Best Sex Writing 2005 - Mitzi Szereto
  • Virgin: the Untouched History - Hanne Blank

Non-Fiction Summaries

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Fiction

  • A Clergyman's Daughter - George Orwell
  • A Room With a View - E.M. Forster
  • All Souls - Javier Marías and Magaret Jull Costa
  • The Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast - Bill Richardson
  • The Bone People - Keri Hulme
  • The Book of Disquiet - Fernando Pessoa
  • Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Patterson
  • Carrie Pilby - Caren Lissner
  • Case Histories: A Novel - Kate Atkinson
  • The Cider House Rules - John Irving
  • The Collector - John Fowles
  • Crampton Hodnet - Barbara Pym
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
  • The Dwarf - Pär Lagerkvist
  • Forbidden Colors - Yukio Mishima
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  • Herland - Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
  • The Hyannis House - Gordon Mathieson
  • Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
  • Jude The Obscure - Thomas Hardy
  • July, July - Tim O'Brien
  • The Kreutzer Sonata - Leo Tolstoi
  • The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Lily White - Susan Isaac
  • Namedropper: A Novel - Emma Forrest
  • No Touching - Aileen Deng
  • Not My Baby - Tamara VanEekhoutte
  • Operation Hurdler, and Operation Outside Hitter - Michael Bilka
  • The Pavilion of Women - Pearl S. Buck
  • Scenes From A Holiday - Caren Lissner
  • Seethings - Michael Forman
  • Sexing the Cherry - Jeanette Winterson
  • Sherlock Holmes Mysteries - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Son - Jo Nesbø
  • To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
  • What Happened to Lani Garver - Carol Plum-Ucci
  • The World According to Garp - John Irving
  • The Wrong Boy - Willy Russell

Fiction Summary

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Romance

  • Ace - Jack Byrne
  • Fenton: the Loneliest Vampire and Fire & Ice (Lost Realm Book 2) - Kate Aaron
  • Fireland: Jimmy Loves Rob - Sam Burke
  • The Heart of Aces - Sarah Sinnaeve, Esther Day, Stephanie Charvet, Flavia Napoleoni, Rai Scodras, Mursheda Ahad, Chelsey Brinson, Madeline Bridgen, Andrea R. Blackwell, A. J. Hall, Kari Woodrow
  • How To Be a Normal Person - TJ Klune
  • The New Boy - Maddy Linehan

Romance Summaries

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Science Fiction/Fantasy


  • Ann Marie’s Asylum (Master and Apprentice Book 1) - Christopher Rankin
  • Bone Dance - Emma Bull
  • Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Deadeye Dick - Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Deed of Paksenarrion: A Novel - Elizabeth Moon
  • Diaspora - Greg Egan
  • Distress - Greg Egan
  • Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  • Dragonlance Legends Trilogy - Margaret Weis
  • Dragonlance: The Raistlin Chronicles - The Soulforge, Brothers in Arms by Margaret Weis
  • Escape From Furnace: Lockdown, Solitary, Death Sentence, Fugitives, Execution - Alexander Gordon Smith
  • The Fire's Stone - Tanya Huff
  • Fool's Errand, Golden Fool and Fool's Fate - Robin Hodd
  • Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd - Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
  • Golden Witchbreed - Mary Gentle
  • Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • Guardian of the Dead - Karen Healey
  • Halfway Human - Carolyn Ives Gilman
  • I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
  • The Metabarons: Aghora the Father-Mother & Immaculate Conception - Alexandro Jodorowsky
  • Mindtouch - M. C. A. Hogarth
  • The Oathbound, Oathbreakers and Oathblood - Mercedes Lackey
  • Obsidian and Blood: Servant of the Underworld, Harbringer of the Underworld, Master of the House of Darts - Aliette de Bodard
  • Ombria in Shadow - Patricia A. McKillip
  • Perdition - A. R. Rickaby
  • Polymorph - Scott Westerfeld
  • Proud Man - Katharine Burkedin, Daphne Patai
  • Quicksilver - R. J. Anderson
  • Rose of the Prophet Trilogy: The Will of the Wanderer, The Paladin of the Night, The Prophet of Akhran - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  • Sourcery - Terry Pratchett
  • The Tropic of Serpents - by Marie Brennan
  • When the King Comes Home - Caroline Stevermer
  • White Mars - Brian Wilson Aldiss
  • White Queen - Gwyneth Jones
  • Wings of Destruction - Victoria Zagar
  • The World of Wreckers - Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure and Wraeththu - Storm Constantine


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Short Stories

  • Accepting Me - Jo Ramsey
  • "Aye, and Gomorrah"/Aye, and Gomorrah: And Other Stories - Samuel R. Delany
  • "Bicycle Repairman"/A Good Old-fashioned Future - Bruce Sterling
  • "One of the Boys"/Superheroes - Lawrence Watt-Evans. John Varley & Ricia Mainhardt, eds.
  • "Start the Clock"/The Year's Best Science Fiction 22nd Annual Collection, short story - Benjamin Rosenbaum

Short Stories Summaries

Other

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Manga/Graphic Novels

  • ​Beelzebub - Tamura Ryuuhei
  • Black Cat - Yabuki Kentaro
  • Death Note - Obata Takeshi
  • Durarara!! - Narita Ryohgo
  • Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun - Tsubaki Izumi
  • Medaka Box - Nishio Ishin
  • Self - Saku Yukizou
  • Shuuseki Kairo no Himawari - Mihara Mitsukazu

Manga/Graphic Novels Summaries

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NonFiction

A History of Celibacy: From Athena to Elizabeth I, Leonardo Da Vinci, Florence Nightingale, Gandhi and Cher - Elizabeth Abbott

“A look at celibacy traces the history of the phenomenon through the ages, from ancient times to the present day, and profiles many avowed celibates, including Joan of Arc and Sir Isaac Newton.” Note: Asexuality is not outwardly mentioned but is applied

The Amazing Book of Useless Information: More Things You Didn’t Need to Know But are About to Find out - Noel Botham

“Mentiones research done by Anthony Bogaert on page 55”

Asexual Intimacies: Desire in the Context of Boundaries - Elisabeth Schilling

"Asexuality is an emerging orientation that concerns the desires and practices of a community of people who hold a unique relationship to sex as it is understood in many extant cultural contexts. This book explores the stories of contemporary self-identified asexual people, which evidence the presence of intimacy in their lives, an important assertion since asexuality and intimacy are often assumed not to co-exist. Asexuality reveals a few important things about our world. First, it indicates that humanity is even more diverse and complex than we imagined. What it means to be a fully mature, healthy, well-functioning adult is changed. Second, there are more possibilities for relationship types than we have language for. Lastly, the asexual journey shows we could all benefit from fostering stronger cultures of consent and boundary-building communication within instances of intimacy."

Asexuality is Not Celibacy- It's a Sexual Orientation that Must Be Respected and Explored - Heather Leah

“So in this evolving world of understanding and compassion for individuals of all sexual preference, I would like to inform you all about another kind of sexual orientation: None at all”

Beyond Friendship and Eros: Unrecognized Relationships Between Men and Women - John R. Scudder

“Explores deep intimate personal relationships between men and women.”

Boston Marriages: Romantic But Asexual Relationships Among Contemporary Lesbians - Esther D. Rothblum & Kathleen A. Brehony

“This collection of theoretical essays and personal stories is not just about "Boston marriages," a term referring to two women in a nonsexual but nonetheless deeply committed relationship. As the book so well concludes, there is no language for this type of relationship, not just for lesbians but for anyone--gay, straight, male, or female--who relates to others outside the traditional roles of friend, lover, spouse, or relative. Living in a society that invalidates a love that has not been sexually validated, the women subjects of this book speak passionately about relationships they have kept hidden even from their own lesbian community; the essays by well-known writers in the area of lesbian studies pale in comparison. This book's apparently specific nature should not deter academics and others interested in the study of human relationships. For academic libraries and women's studies collections.” (SA)

Children of the Revolution (article in Harper Magazine) (also published as Afternoon of the Sex Children in n+1 Magazine) - Mark Greif

“Sexual liberation was a good and necessary thing, he [Greif] says. But, fuelled by commercialism, it developed a downside: it led to a culture of the simplistic promotion of sex, as a badge of being a liberated modern. A true test of liberation, he says, ‘must be whether you have also been freed to be free from sex, too – to ignore it, or to be asexual, without consequent social opprobrium or imputation of deficiency. If truly liberated, you should engage in sex, or not, as you please, and have it be a matter of indifference to you; you should recognize your own sex, or not, whenever and however you please.’ Instead, our culture of liberalisation has led to a ‘cruel betrayal’ – ‘the illusion that a person can be free only if he holds sex as all-important and exposes it endlessly to others – providing it, proving it, enjoying it.’” (description from this article)

Demystifying Love: Plain Talk for the Mental Health Professional - Stephen B. Levine

Intended primarily for mental health professionals, Demystifying Love deals plainly with topics rarely written about for clinicians. The book discusses in a small package highly readable and useful topics, such as love (as both noun and verb), psychological intimacy, sexual desire, as well as infidelity, both in background concepts and clinical guidelines.”

The End of Gender: A Psychological Autopsy - Shari L. Thurer
Gender isn't what it used to be. Categories are collapsing. What was deviant for baby boomers has become mainstream for their offspring: like the coed who realizes she's bisexual but, after a period of adjustment, shrugs her shoulders and gets on with her otherwise mundane life. Gender as we once understood it is over, and gender-bending is the new beat. Men sport ponytails and earrings and teach nursery school; women flaunt tatoos and biceps and smoke cigars.In The End of Gender, Shari L. Thurer argues that we are in the midst of a new sexual revolution. It is one where gender categories are blurring not just at the "fringes" of society, but in mainstream lifestyle, media, fashion, and art. So, why is this cultural phenomenon happening now? And what does it mean? In lively, non-technical language, and with sometimes surprising case studies from her 25 years as a psychologist, Thurer answers these questions, bridging complex postmodern theory with cutting edge psychoanalysis.” Note: The author talks about a female asexual client on page 188-189.

The Four Loves - C.S. Lewis

“We hear often that love is patient and kind, not envious or prideful. We hear that human love is a reflection of divine love. We hear that God is love. But how do we understand its work in our lives, its perils and rewards? Here, the incomparable C. S. Lewis examines human love in four forms: affection, the most basic, general, and emotive; friendship, the most rare, least jealous, and, in being freely chosen, perhaps the most profound; Eros, passionate love that can run counter to happiness and poses real danger; charity, the greatest, most spiritual, and least selfish. Proper love is a risk, but to bar oneself from it--to deny love--is a damning choice. Love is a need and a gift; love brings joy and laughter. We must seek to be awakened and so to find an Appreciative love through which "all things are possible”

The Invisible Orientation - Julie Sondra Decker

“In The Invisible Orientation, Julie Sondra Decker outlines what asexuality is, counters misconceptions, provides resources, and puts asexual people's experiences in context as they move through a very sexualized world. It includes information for asexual people to help understand their orientation and what it means for their relationships, as well as tips and facts for those who want to understand their asexual friends and loved ones.”

L'amour sans le faire: L'asexualité ou la réalité de ceux qui n'ont pas de libido - Geraldine Levi Rich Jones

“Be devoid of libido does not mean do not know how to love. This means not having sex drive. It is a fact, a genetic predisposition. Not a mental block or consequence of abuse, a disappointment or trauma.” Note: This book is in French

Masculine Scenarios (Psychoanalysis and Women Series) - Mariam Alizade
"Human identity, sexual identity, primary and secondary identification, object choice, narcissism - all of these lie on a continuum with homosexuality, transsexualism, transvestism, heterosexuality and asexuality. Concepts on sexuality and gender are outlined anew in an interplay of theoretical and clinical networks, with the aim of increasing the efficiency of analytic praxis freed from prejudice and monolithic convention."
My Life in Hetero: An Ace in the Closet - C. Kellam Scott

“I wrote this book for many reasons, the most important being that there were no memoirs by openly asexual people. I spent my life believing that the only way was the way of the sexual world. Doing so cut a destructive swath across my life that led me into the degradation of addiction. After trying and failing to live as a sexual person I found true peace in accepting who I am. I am aromantic and asexual and there is nothing that can change that. This book details my efforts to come to terms with myself. It shows the joy I put into my life and covers the ugliness I put myself through. In the end I just wanted to show the world that we aces are out there, we are real and what we feel does matter.”

Perfectly Normal: Living and Loving with Low Libido - Sandra Pertot
Challenging assumptions about sex in our society, a noted sex therapist shows women how to start living and loving with genuine pleasure regardless of where they fall on the libido meter. How strong does a woman's sex drive have to be to be considered "normal"? Are widespread myths about frequent, lusty lovemaking ruining couples' sex lives? At various points in their lives, one in every three women rate themselves as lacking any interest in sex. Challenging unrealistic expectations that are leaving many couples disappointed and dissatisfied with their intimate lives, psychologist Sandra Pertot, Ph.D., in Perfectly Normal, reassures women who fear that their diminished desire is proof that there is something terribly wrong with them or with their relationship.”

The Sex-Starved Wife - Michele Weiner Davis

“The Sex-Starved Wife gives you the tools you need to present the information in the book so that your husband will not become defensive. You'll even learn methods for overcoming sexual dysfunctions such as performance anxiety, premature ejaculation, and effective ways for dealing with pornography or infidelity. If you and your spouse need additional support, Weiner Davis offers concrete advice on how to get your man to visit his doctor or seek other professional help.”

Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Autism - Donna Williams

“In the acclaimed sequel to Nobody Nowhere--in which Donna Williams gives readers a guided tour of life with autism--Williams explores the four years since her diagnosis and her attempts to leave her "world under glass" and live normally. NPR sponsorship.” (biography, describes her asexuality towards the end)

Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present - Lillian Faderman

“A classic of its kind, this fascinating cultural history draws on everything from private correspondence to pornography to explore five hundred years of friendship and love between women. Surpassing the Love of Men throws a new light on shifting theories of female sexuality and the changing status of women over the centuries.” Note: focuses on romantic, non-sexual relationships between women

The World’s Best Sex Writing 2005 - Mitzi Szereto

Here is the year's best nonfiction writing on sex, for the first time expanded to include contributions from overseas. It includes an interview with Harry Reems of Deep Throat fame, essays on the growth of asexuality, the XXXChurch, “sexperts” and their lack of qualifications, sex in Japan, and alternative sexual practices. Publications featured include Wired, Salon.com, Village Voice, the Spectator, the Guardian (London), the Sunday Times(London), the Erotic Review (London), and more.”

Virgin: the Untouched History - Hanne Blank

"Why has an indefinable state of being commanded the attention and fascination of the human race since the dawn of time? In Virgin, Hanne Blank brings us a revolutionary, rich and entertaining survey of an astonishing untouched history.

From the simple task of determining what constitutes its loss to why it matters to us in the first place, Blank gets to the heart of why we even care about it in the first place. She tackles the reality of what we do and don’t know about virginity and provides a sweeping tour of virgins in history—from virgin martyrs to Queen Elizabeth to billboards in downtown Baltimore telling young women it’s not a “dirty word.” Virgin proves, as well, how utterly contemporary the topic is—the butt of innumerable jokes, center of spiritual mysteries, locus of teenage angst, popular genre for pornography and nucleus around which the world’s most powerful government has created an unprecedented abstinence policy. In this fascinating work, Hanne Blank shows for the first time why this is, and why everything we think we know about virginity is wrong."
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Fiction A-I




A Clergyman's Daughter - George Orwell


“Intimidated by her father, the rector of Knype Hill, Dorothy performs her submissive roles of dutiful daughter and bullied housekeeper. Her thoughts are taken up with the costumes she is making for the church school play, by the hopelessness of preaching to the poor and by debts she cannot pay in 1930s Depression England. Suddenly her routine shatters and Dorothy finds herself down and out in London. She is wearing silk stockings, has money in her pocket and cannot remember her name. Orwell leads us through a landscape of unemployment, poverty and hunger, where Dorothy's faith is challenged by a social reality that changes her life.” (Dorothy Hare - SA)


A Room With a View - E.M. Forster


“A Room with a View is a novel written by English writer E. M. Forster. It is the story of a young woman who is living in the culture repressed Edwardian England. The main setting of this work us England and Italy, and is a critique of English society during beginning of the 20th century and also a story of romance. A Room with a View is highly recommended for those who enjoy the writings of author E. M. Forster and also for those discovering his works for the first time.” (Mr. Beebe and Cecil Vyse - SA)


All Souls - Javier Marías and Magaret Jull Costa


“In All Souls, our narrator, a visiting Spanish lecturer, viewing Oxford through a prismatic detachment, is alternately amused, puzzled, delighted, and disgusted by its vagaries of human vanity. A bit lonely, not always able to see his charming but very married mistress, he casts about for activity; he barely has to teach. His stay of two years, he recalls, involved duties which "were practically nil"--"Oxford is, without a doubt, one of the cities in the world where least work gets done, where simply being is far more important than doing or even acting."


The Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast - Bill Richardson


“A pair of endearingly eccentric bachelors--in their fifties, and fraternal twins--own and operate a bed & breakfast establishment where people like them, the "gentle and bookish and ever so slightly confused," can feel at home. Hector and Virgil think of their B&B as a refuge, a retreat, a haven, where folks may bring their own books or peruse the brothers' own substantial library. An antic blend of homespun and intellectual humor, Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast is a place readers will want to return to again and again.” (Virgil - SA)


The Bone People - Keri Hulme


“ Set on the South Island beaches of New Zealand, a harsh environment, the novel chronicles the complicated relationships between three emotional outcasts of mixed European and Maori heritage. Kerewin Holmes is a painter and a loner, convinced that "to care for anything is to invite disaster." Her isolation is disrupted one day when a six-year-old mute boy, Simon, breaks into her house. The sole survivor of a mysterious shipwreck, Simon has been adopted by a widower Maori factory worker, Joe Gillayley, who is both tender and horribly brutal toward the boy. Through shifting points of view, the novel reveals each character's thoughts and feelings as they struggle with the desire to connect and the fear of attachment.” (Kerewin Holmes - SA)


The Book of Disquiet - Fernando Pessoa


“A self-deprecating reflection on the sheer distance between the loftiness of feelings and the humdrum reality of life, The Book of Disquiet is a classic of existentialist literature.” (Bernardo Soares - SA)


Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Patterson


“Discover the beloved Newbery Medal-winning story of Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke. Join Jess and Leslie as they form an unlikely friendship and create the imaginary land of Terabithia. There they rule as king and queen, until a terrible tragedy occurs that helps Jess understand just how much he has learned from Leslie.” Note: The friendship between Leslie and Jess is a perfect example of platonic love


Carrie Pilby - Caren Lissner


“Teen Genius (and Hermit) Carrie Pilby's To-Do List:


1. List 10 things you love (and DO THEM!)


2. Join a club (and TALK TO PEOPLE!)


3. Go on a date (with someone you actually LIKE!)


4. Tell someone you care (your therapist DOESN'T COUNT!)


5. Celebrate New Year's (with OTHER PEOPLE!)


Seriously? Carrie would rather stay in bed than deal with the immoral, sex-obsessed hypocrites who seem to overrun her hometown, New York City. She's sick of trying to be like everybody else. She isn't! But when her own therapist gives her a five-point plan to change her social-outcast status, Carrie takes a hard look at herself—and agrees to try. Suddenly the world doesn't seem so bad. But is prodigy Carrie really going to dumb things down just to fit in?” (Carrie Pilby)


Case Histories: A Novel - Kate Atkinson


“Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer. To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet - Lost on the left, Found on the right - and the two never seem to balance. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, Jackson attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realise that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected…” (Amelia, Philip - SA)


The Cider House Rules - John Irving


“First published in 1985, The Cider House Rules is set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century. The novel tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch–saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud’s, ether addict and abortionist. This is also the story of Dr. Larch’s favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.” (Dr. Wilbur Larch)


The Collector - John Fowles


“Ever since he first saw her, Frederick Clegg has been obsessed with Miranda Grey. The repressed, introverted butterfly collector admires the beautiful, privileged art student from afar until he wins the Lottery and buys a remote country house, planning to bring her there as his "guest". Having abducted and imprisoned her in the cellar, he soon finds this reality is far from his fantasy and their tense, claustrophobic relationship leads to a devastating climax.” (Ferdinand Clegg)


Crampton Hodnet - Barbara Pym


“Formidable Miss Doggett fills her life by giving tea parties to young academics and acting as watchdog of the morals of North Oxford. Anthea, her great-niece, is in love with a dashing upper-class undergraduate with political ambitions. Of this, Miss Doggett thoroughly approves. Anthea's father, however, an Oxford don, is tired of his marriage and carrying on in the most unseemly fashion with his student Barbara Bird - they have been spotted together at the British Museum! Miss Doggett isn't aware, though, that under her very own roof the lodging curate has proposed to her paid companion Miss Morrow. She wouldn't approve of that at all.”(Barbara Bird - SA)


Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay


“Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep's clothing. He's handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He's a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened -- of himself or some other fiend.”


The Dwarf - Pär Lagerkvist (the dwarf)


“The Dwarf is an exploration of individual and social identity. The novel, set in a time when Italian towns feuded over the outcome of the last feud, centers on a social outcast, the court dwarf PIccoline. From his special vantage point Piccoline comments on the court's prurience and on political intrigue as the town is gripped by a siege. Gradually, Piccoline is drawn deeper and deeper into the conflict, and he inspires fear and hate around him as he grows to represent the fascination of the masses with violence.”


Forbidden Colors - Yukio Mishima


“From one of Japan's greatest modern writers comes an exquisitely disturbing novel of sexual combat and concealed passion, a work that distills beauty, longing, and loathing into an intoxicating poisoned cocktail. An aging, embittered novelist sets out to avenge himself on the women who have betrayed him. He finds the perfect instrument in Yuichi, a young man whose beauty makes him irresistible to women but who is just discovering his attraction to other men. As Yuichi's mentor presses him into a loveless marriage and a series of equally loveless philanderings, his protégé enters the gay underworld of postwar Japan. In that hidden society of parks and tearooms, prostitutes and aristocratic blackmailers, Yuichi is as defenseless as any of the women he preys on. Mordantly observed, intellectually provocative, and filled with icy eroticism, Forbidden Colors is a masterpiece.”


Geek Love - Katherine Dunn


“Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious–and dangerous–asset.”(Miss Lick - SA)


Herland - Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman


“ The novel is described as a feminist novel. Yet, this is not exactly accurate. The absence of men in the utopian society may seem extreme to some, and it is. This is how Gilman makes her point. She does not create a world without men because men are terrible creatures who have corrupted the world. The utopia which lacks men is a clean peaceful place, excelling in every way American society fails. But, it is neither the absence of men nor the presence of women that facilitates this.” (the women - SA)


The Hyannis House - Gordon Mathieson


“A US Senator from Cape Cod, Massachusetts is murdered and any of three people soon become suspects. There is however, a second murder in Boston, that ties into the first, and complicates the case for detectives. It isn’t until a former college sweetheart of the Senator’s wife comes into the scene that clues pop up in strange places. Although bizarre, these begin to make sense in solving the murders. There is a forbidden romance and love story embedded in the mystery and makes the reader question who the real murderer might turn out to be.”


Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace


“Somewhere in the not-so-distant future the residents of Ennet House, a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts, and students at the nearby Enfield Tennis Academy are ensnared in the search for the master copy of INFINITE JEST, a movie said to be so dangerously entertaining its viewers become entranced and expire in a state of catatonic bliss . . .” (Hal Incandenza - SA)


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Jude The Obscure - Thomas Hardy


“Hardy had dared to write frankly about sexuality and to indict the institutions of marriage, education, and religion. But he had, in fact, created a deeply moral work. The stonemason Jude Fawley is a dreamer; his is a tragedy of unfulfilled aims. With his tantalizing cousin Sue Bridehead, the last and most extraordinary of Hardy's heroines, Jude takes on the world and discovers, tragically, its brutal indifference. The most powerful expression of Hardy's philosophy, and a profound exploration of man's essential loneliness, Jude The Obscure is a great and beautiful book. 'His style touches sublimity.” (Sue Bridehead - SA)


July, July - Tim O'Brien


“At the thirtieth reunion of Minnesota's Darton Hall College class of 1969, ten old friends join their classmates for a July weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, regretting. The three decades since their graduation have seen marriage and divorce, children and careers, hopes deferred and abandoned.”(Marla Dempsey - SA)


The Kreutzer Sonata - Leo Tolstoi


“When Marshal of the Nobility Pozdnyshev suspects his wife of having an affair with her music partner, his jealousy consumes him and drives him to murder. Controversial upon publication in 1890, The Kreutzer Sonata illuminates Tolstoy’s then-feverish Christian ideals, his conflicts with lust and the hypocrisies of nineteenth-century marriage, and his thinking on the role of art and music in society.”


The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin


“Once in a long while a whole new world is created for us. Such worlds are Middle Earth, Dune—and such a world is Winter." Twenty-five years and a Hugo and Nebula Award later, these words remain true. In Winter, or Gethen, Ursula K. Le Guin has created a fully realized planet and people. But Gethen society is more than merely a fascinating creation. The concept of a society existing totally without sexual prejudices is even more relevant today than it was in 1969.” (the Gethenians feature an unusual sexuality)


Lily White - Susan Isaacs


“Meet Lily White, Long Island criminal defense lawyer. Smart, savvy, and down-to-earth, Lee can spot a phony the way her haughty mother can spot an Armani. Enter handsome career con man Norman Torkelson, charged with strangling his latest mark after bilking her out of her life's savings. As the astonishing twists and reverses of the Torkelson case are revealed, so too is the riveting story behind Lee’s life.” (main characters lead asexual relationship)


Namedropper: A Novel - Emma Forrest


“Meet Viva Cohen: her bedroom walls are plastered with posters of silver-screen legends, and underneath her school uniform she wears vintage thigh-high stockings. Her best friends are a drugged-out beauty queen and an aging rock star. She lives in London with her gay uncle Manny. A bitingly funny and fiercely intelligent first novel, Namedropper takes you on a rowdy romp from London to Los Angeles, where Viva and her two best friends search for love, experience, and Jack Nicholson. It's a wild ride as she uncovers the icon in every person she meets.”(Viva Cohen - SA)


No Touching - Aileen Deng


“Abandoned by her parents on the streets of China at the age of three, Tiffany has been adopted into a white family in San Francisco. Not only does she struggle with being the only Chinese person in a family that doesn't entirely appreciate her, she has been dumped by all of her previous boyfriends due to her lack of interest in bed (sex is a chore to her). Being asexual with a sense of inadequacy, she strives to find that perfect someone who understands her. Perhaps she will be lucky enough to find an asexual guy who thinks just like her. Or will she have to resort to creating an imaginary boyfriend? With gripping honesty and gentle humor, this story takes us to China where Tiffany experiences her culture and rediscovers her childhood memories.” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


Not My Baby - Tamara VanEekhoutte


“When Nico and Erin stay at the Hawthorne Hotel on their way to the Grand Canyon, they're pursued by a mysterious baby that doesn't seem quite human . . .”


Operation Hurdler, and Operation Outside Hitter - Michael Bilka


“Just when it looked like things were at an end, the five legendary Allied officers are back for more. They'll get anything that they need to win this fight and stop the series of wars. They will now become true Supreme Allied Commanders.” (Faye and Linda Cooper - SA)


The Pavilion of Women - Pearl S. Buck


“In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer desperate for adventure, college cash, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents finally caught up to them in a bust at the Chelsea Hotel. For his part in the conspiracy, the twenty-year-old Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison. In Hole in My Life, this acclaimed author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one intense moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a smuggler, and his time in prison. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos--once he found himself locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell--moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how this newfound dedication helped him endure the worst experience of his life. “ (Madam Wu - SA)


Scenes From A Holiday - Caren Lissner


“Carrie Pilby's New Year's Resolution - Like everyone else in the world, Carrie Pilby used to make a lot of resolutions she didn't keep. But this New Year's it's going to be different. She's going to be different. Really. The twenty-year-old genius is determined to be less geeky and more social and has imposed a new rule for herself; leave the apartment at least twice a week. Hey, she has to start somewhere.” (Carrie Pilby, see novella titled "Carrie Pilby's New Year's Resolution" - SA)


Seethings - Michael Forman


“‘Until death do us part…’ So, you have a sexless and what seems to be a loveless marriage where the two of you are more like good friends than lovers? Mitchell and Samantha Fielding’s relationship is not unlike this. When they dated, celibacy proved their love was strong. It’s going to take more than a strong marriage and love to stop the vile creature that’s silently creeping out of their bed every night to visit the innocents in a storm enraged city. You can wash away the evidence but never the guilt. SEETHINGS isn't for the faint hearted. It’s twisted. The truth stings. The sex is wrong. The killer will be named. Does it have a happy ending? You’ll have to find out!” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


Sexing the Cherry - Jeanette Winterson


“In a fantastic world that is and is not seventeenth-century England, a baby is found floating in the Thames. The child, Jordan, is rescued by Dog Woman and grows up to travel the world like Gulliver, though he finds that the world’s most curious oddities come from his own mind. Winterson leads the reader from discussions on the nature of time to Jordan’s fascination with journeys concealed within other journeys, all with a dizzying speed that shoots the reader from epiphany to shimmering epiphany.” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


Sherlock Holmes Mysteries - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


(Sherlock Holmes - SA)


The Son - Jo Nesbø


“Sonny Lofthus, in his early thirties, has been in prison for the last dozen years: serving time for crimes he didn't commit. In exchange, he gets an uninterrupted supply of heroin—and the unexpected stream of fellow prisoners seeking out his uncanny abilities to soothe and absolve. His addiction started when his father committed suicide rather than be exposed as a corrupt cop, and now Sonny is the center of a vortex of corruption: prison staff, police, lawyers, a desperate priest—all of them focused on keeping him stoned and jailed, and all of them under the thumb of Oslo's crime overlord, the Twin. When Sonny learns some long-hidden truths about his father he makes a brilliant escape, and begins hunting down the people responsible for the hideous crimes he's paid for. But he's also being hunted, by the Twin, the cops, and the only person who knows the ultimate truth that Sonny is seeking. The question is, what will he do when they've cornered him?”


To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf


“To the Lighthouse, considered by many to be Virginia Woolf's finest novel, is a remarkably original work, showing the thoughts and actions of the members of a family and their guests on two separate occasions ten years apart. The setting is Mr and Mrs Ramsay's house on a Scottish island, where they traditionally take their summer holidays, overlooking a bay with a lighthouse. As a modernist author Woolf explored the ways in which fiction could represent reality, and To the Lighthouse can be seen as an experimental work that pushes the limits of what we know about the world and ourselves” (Lily Briscoe [described as asexual by Market Drabble in the introduction to the Oxford University Press edition and also here])


What Happened to Lani Garver - Carol Plum-Ucci


“The close-knit residents of Hackett Island have never seen anyone quite like Lani Garver. Everything about this new kid is a mystery: Where does Lani come from? How old is Lani? And most disturbing of all, is Lani a boy or a girl? Claire McKenzie isn't up to tormenting Lani with the rest of the high school elite. Instead, she befriends the intriguing outcast. But within days of Lani's arrival, tragedy strikes and Claire must deal with shattered friendships and personal demons--and the possibility that angels may exist on earth.”


The World According to Garp - John Irving


“This is the life of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields--a feminist leader ahead of her times. This is the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes--even of sexual assassinations. It is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow"; yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust. In more than thirty languages, in more than forty countries--with more than ten million copies in print--this novel provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: "In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases." “(Jenny Fields - SA)


The Wrong Boy - Willy Russell


“The extraordinary first novel from the internationally acclaimed playwright. Raymond Marks is a normal boy, from a normal family, in a normal northern town. His Dad left home after falling in love with a five-string banjo; his fun-hating Gran believes she should have married Jean-Paul Sartre: 'I could never read his books, but y'could tell from his picture, there was nothing frivolous about Jean-Paul Sartre.' Felonious Uncle Jason and Appalling Aunty Paula are lusting after the satellite dish; frogs are flattened on Failsworth Boulevard; and Sickening Sonia's being sick in the majestic cathedral of words. Raymond Marks is a normal boy, from a normal family, in a normal northern town. Until, on the banks of the Rochdale Canal, the flytrapping craze begins and, for Raymond and his Mam, nothing is ever quite so normal again.” (Raymond Marks - SA)


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Romance



Ace - Jack Byrne


“Jake Tanner is a gay asexual man who finds peace on his small Australian farm and is content to lead a quiet life taking care of his animals. Then a random act of kindness on his part sets in motion a complex series of events that results in him playing the piano in a local pub and meeting Damien Jamieson, a sexy gay biker with a penchant for leather. Damien finds Jake instantly irresistible, but that could be the worst thing for their budding relationship, as Damien is determined to bed the reluctant Jake. However, Jake has no intention of going along with his plan. If there’s a chance for anything between them, Damien will have to figure out how to turn Jake on without scaring him off.”


Fireland: Jimmy Loves Rob - Sam Burke


"Fighting fires and rescuing victims is dangerous work. For L.A. paramedics Rob Decker and Jimmy Cole, the 1970's are also a time of sexual conflict and realizations. Facing homophobia on the job, Jimmy's forced to hide his relationships with other men. Married and a father, Rob struggles to identify why he doesn't like sex at all. Surrounded by friends and family who might not understand, the two men strengthen their friendship and forge their own way through a decade of accidents, disasters, and infernos."(Asexuals in Fiction / Queer Romance with an Asexaul MC)

Fenton: the Loneliest Vampire and Fire & Ice (Lost Realm Book 2) - Kate Aaron


“Fenton was born in a remote village during a raging storm. Bad omens surround his birth. He grows up alone, understanding from an early age that he is not the same as the other children. He does not fit in. Then he meets Alec; another young man who doesn't belong. Hope, loss and banishment ensue as they try to carve a life for themselves in a world that forbids their love. But is love ever enough, or will Alec always want more? Kali understands. Kali knows that there is only one true desire in this world: the desire for blood. Kali offers Fenton something that he has been searching for his entire life: perfect companionship, and complete understanding. But can Kali really give Fenton what he needs, or is he just like all the others?”(Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


The Heart of Aces - Sarah Sinnaeve, Esther Day, Stephanie Charvet, Flavia Napoleoni, Rai Scodras, Mursheda Ahad, Chelsey Brinson, Madeline Bridgen, Andrea R. Blackwell, A. J. Hall, Kari Woodrow


“The heart of aces is where an anomaly lives, where love’s definition takes a deviation from the common rules. These eleven stories dive into asexual relationships, where couples embrace differences, defy society’s expectations, and find romantic love. In this collection is a full spectrum of asexuality in all its classifications. From contemporary fiction to fantasy, from heteroromantic to homoromantic, join these unique characters on their journey to finding the person that speaks to their hearts.” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


How to be a Normal Person - TJ Klune


"Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens. " (Asexual Love Interest)


The New Boy - Maddy Linehan


“Alex thinks he has the perfect relationship with boyfriend Gary. When Dexter moves in next door to Alex, things start to get complicated. Everyone Dexter meets seems to develop feelings for him, and even though the new boy is straight, Alex can't help but start to fall for him. These concerns he outlines in his brutally honest diary, while also dealing with his psychotic best friend Andie and his parents' divorce.” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


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Science Fiction/Fantasy




Ann Marie’s Asylum (Master and Apprentice Book 1) - Christopher Rankin


“Ann Marie has just earned her Ph.D. in chemistry at age sixteen when she receives a mysterious and lucrative job offer. The new position at the infamous Asylum Corporation takes the young chemist and her alcoholic mother from their working-class Philadelphia neighborhood to coastal California. She grows fascinated with her new boss, famed scientist, Dade Harkenrider, a handsome and reclusive asexual labelled Dr. Death by internet conspiracy theorists and rumored to be involved in witchcraft and murder. A young pioneer in drone warfare and mind-control drugs, Harkenrider conducts secret experiments that defy the boundaries of space and consciousness in an advanced laboratory in the hills perched over Los Angeles. As Ann Marie grows closer to her new mentor, a sinister plot by a secretive coven is unfolding in the city. This monstrous force is stealing pets and children in an effort to breathe life into an ancient and terrifying evil.” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


Bone Dance - Emma Bull


“Sparrow’s my name. Trader. Deal-maker. Hustler, some call me. I work the Night Fair circuit, buying and selling pre-nuke videos from the world before. I know how to get a high price, especially on Big Bang collectibles. But the hottest ticket of all is information on the Horsemen—the mind-control weapons that tilted the balance in the war between the Americas. That’s the prize I’m after. But it seems I’m having trouble controlling my own mind. The Horsemen are coming.” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut


“Written contemporaneously with the Cuban missile crisis and countenancing a version of a world in the grasp of magnified human stupidity, the novel is centered on Felix Hoenikker, a chemical scientist reminiscent of Robert Oppenheimer... except that Oppenheimer was destroyed by his conscience and Hoenikker, delighting in the disastrous chemicals he has invented, has no conscience at all. Hoenikker’s “Ice 9” has the potential to convert all liquid to inert ice and thus destroy human existence; he is exiled to a remote island where Boskonism has enlisted all of its inhabitants and where religion and technology collaborate, with the help of a large cast of characters, to destroy civilization.” (Mona Aamons Monzano - SA)


Deadeye Dick - Kurt Vonnegut


“Deadeye Dick is Kurt Vonnegut’s funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence. Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors—a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb—Rudy Waltz, aka Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness. Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believe . . . and who we say we are.”(Rudy Waltz - SA)


The Deed of Paksenarrion: A Novel - Elizabeth Moon


“Paksenarrion wasn't planning to submit to an unwelcome marriage and a lifetime of poverty, so she left her village with a plan and her grandfather's sword. And a few weeks later, she was installed as Duke Phelan's newest recruit in a company of soldiers for hire, her arms training about to begin. But when Paks sees combat, she's stabbed with an ensorcelled knife and barely survives. Then the near-misses start mounting up, raising questions about this young fighter. Is she attracting evil because she is a danger to them all? Or is there another reason malignant forces seek her life? Paks will face the spider-minions of the Webmistress Achrya, orcs and the corrupted men who serve blood mage Liart, Master of Torments. She will also earn the gratitude of elves and of her Duke. And through conflict she will learn she has powers of her own and a destiny. To become a gods-chosen Paladin of Gird, and a target for the ultimate torture.” (Paks)


Diaspora - Greg Egan


“A dramatic insight into the future of Man in the 30th century and beyond - from 'one of the genre's great ideas men.”


Distress - Greg Egan


“On the utopian, man-made island, Stateless, Nobel Prize winner Violet Mosala is close to solving the greatest problem of her career - the quest for the ultimate Theory of Everything (TOE) is almost over. Burned out by recording the abuses of biotech for his TV news syndicate, Andrew Worth grabs the chance to follow Violet's story. In contrast the world of theoretical physics seems like an anaesthetised mathematical heaven, where everything is cool and abstract. He could not have been more wrong. One by one Mosala's rival quantum physicists are disappearing from the scientific summit at Stateless. But why? Is it something to do with Violet herself, or is there some other, more esoteric, force at work undermining the Theory of Everything Conference?”


Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman


“More than three million readers have witnessed the return of the dragons...And now the books that began the best-selling 'dragonlance' saga are collected in their entirety in this special edition, along with all of the artwork from the trilogy. This splendid collector's edition is a must for the millions of readers who fell in love with the fantasy world of Krynn.”


Dragonlance Legends Trilogy - Margaret Weis


“In Time of the Twins, Tasslehoff, Raistlin, Caramon, and the priestess Crysania travel back in time to visit the city of Istar before the Cataclysm in an attempt to avert disaster, while Raistlin plots to seize the magical power of the ancient wizard Fistandantilus. In Test of the Twins, Raistlin casts a magical spell to open a Portal to the Abyss. At the same instant his brother Caramon operates a magical device that throws Caramon and Tasslehoff into an unexpected place. And in War of the Twins, Raistlin prepares to enter the Abyss and challenge the Dark Queen herself, only to discover that he is caught in a time loop from which there seems to be no escape.” Note: Raistlin Majere, probably celibate


Dragonlance: The Raistlin Chronicles - The Soulforge, Brothers in Arms - Margaret Weis


“A mage's soul is forged in the crucible of magic. Raistlin Majere is six years old when he is introduced to an archmage who enrolls him in a school for the study of magic. There the gifted - but tormented boy comes to secretly, for they see shadows darkening over Raistlin even as the same shadows lengthen over all of Ansalon. As Raistlin draws near his goal of becoming a wizard, he must first take the Dread Test in the Tower of High Sorcery. It will change his life forever.” (Raistlin Majere, probably celibate)


Escape From Furnace: Lockdown, Solitary, Death Sentence, Fugitives, Execution - Alexander Gordon Smith


“Furnace Penitentiary: the world's most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth's surface. Convicted of a murder he didn't commit, sentenced to life without parole, "new fish" Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison. Together with a bunch of inmates--some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers--Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace's deeper, darker purpose, Alex's actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that's hidden from the eyes of the world.”


The Fire's Stone - Tanya Huff


“A thief, a princess, and a wizardess embark upon a perilous quest for a magical stone that has long protected the city from the volcano that threatens it” (Chandra - SA)


Fool's Errand, Golden Fool and Fool's Fate - Robin Hodd


“For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But now, into his isolated life, visitors begin to arrive: Fitz’s mentor from his assassin days; a hedge-witch who foresees the return of a long-lost love; and the Fool, the former White Prophet, who beckons Fitz to fulfill his destiny. Then comes the summons he cannot ignore. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished. Fitz, possessed of magical skills both royal and profane, is the only one who can retrieve him in time for his betrothal ceremony, thus sparing the Six Duchies profound political embarrassment . . . or worse. But even Fitz does not suspect the web of treachery that awaits him—or how his loyalties will be tested to the breaking point.” (Amber/Lord Golden - SA)


Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd - Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci


“Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside) and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr. With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!”


Golden Witchbreed - Mary Gentle


“Orthe - half-civilized, half-barbaric, home to human-like beings who live and die by the code of the sword. Earth envoy Lynne Christie has been sent here to establish contact and to determine whether this is a world worth developing. But first Christie must come to understand that human-like is not and never can be human, and that not even Orthe's leaders can stop the spread of rumors about her, dark whisperings that could cost Christie her life. And on a goodwill tour to the outlying provinces, these evil rumors turn to deadly accusations. Christie is no offworlder, Church officials charge: she is a treacherous and cunning descendant of Orthe's legendary Golden Witchbreed - the cruel, ruthless race that once enslaved the whole planet. Suddenly, Christie finds herself a hunted fugitive on an alien world, where friend and foe alike may prove her executioners. And her only chance of survival lies in saving Orthe from a menace older than time…” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman


“There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world's last two remaining witch-finders are getting ready to fight the good fight, armed with awkwardly antiquated instructions and stick pins. Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. . . . Right. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.” (Aziraphale and Crowley - SA)


Guardian of the Dead - Karen Healey


""You're Ellie Spencer."


I opened my mouth, just as he added, "And your eyes are opening."

Seventeen-year-old Ellie Spencer is just like any other teenager at her boarding school. She hangs out with her best friend Kevin, she obsesses over Mark, a cute and mysterious bad boy, and her biggest worry is her paper deadline.

But then everything changes. The news headlines are all abuzz about a local string of serial killings that all share the same morbid trademark: the victims were discovered with their eyes missing. Then a beautiful yet eerie woman enters Ellie's circle of friends and develops an unhealthy fascination with Kevin, and a crazed old man grabs Ellie in a public square and shoves a tattered Bible into her hands, exclaiming, "You need it. It will save your soul." Soon, Ellie finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful fairies, Maori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle for immortality." (Main Character best friend comes out as asexual - post)

Halfway Human - Carolyn Ives Gilman


“Tedla is young, beautiful and blond but is neither he nor she. On a far-off world, an asexual class of "blands" exists to serve their fellow humans, protected and isolated from contact with the rest of the universe. But no bland has ever left its sheltered homeworld--until now. Tedla has been found in an alley light-years away from its planet. And it has just tried to commit suicide. Val, an expert in alien cultures, helps Tedla recuperate and in doing so, uncovers the secret tortured world of the blands.” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


I, Robot - Isaac Asimov


“The three laws of Robotics:


1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm


2) A robot must obey orders givein to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.


3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.


With this, Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.” (Dr. Susan Calvin - SA)


The Metabarons: Aghora the Father-Mother & Immaculate Conception - Alexandro Jodorowsky


“Vicenta has given birth to twins: a boy and a girl. But due to her weakened state, only one can survive. To his wife's surprise, Steelhead chooses to save the girl, hoping that his choice will give his love the will to survive, even though the Metabaron lineage can only pass from man to man. Or can it? Is the birth of Aghora, the first female Metabaron? Or something much more sinister?” (Aghora - SA)


Mindtouch - M. C. A. Hogarth


“Seersana University is worlds-renowned for its xenopsychology program, producing the Alliance's finest therapists, psychiatric nurses and alien researchers. When Jahir, one of the rare and reclusive Eldritch espers, arrives on campus, he's unprepared for the challenges of a vast and multicultural society... but fortunately, second-year student Vasiht'h is willing to take him under his wing. Will the two win past their troubles and doubts and see the potential for a once-in-a-lifetime partnership?” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


The Oathbound, Oathbreakers and Oathblood - Mercedes Lackey


“Contains a new novella featuring the author's most popular female warrior-magicians, Tarma and Kethry, sisters whose fates become linked by the powers controlling their destinies, and the author's complete stories about the pair. Original.” (Tarma - SA)


Obsidian and Blood: Servant of the Underworld, Harbinger of the Storm, Master of the House of Darts - Aliette de Bodard


“Year One-Knife, Tenochtitlan the capital of the Aztecs. The end of the world is kept at bay only by the magic of human sacrifice. A Priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood. Acatl, High Priest, must find her, or break the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead.” (Acatl - SA)


Ombria in Shadow - Patricia A. McKillip


“The Prince of Ombria is dying, and already his sinister great-aunt is plotting to seize power. The Black Pearl is feared throughout the land, and the city folk know her reign will be a terrible one.Only the prince's son can stop her from seizing the throne but he's just a boy - barely worth the trouble of doing away with. Ombria, it seems, is doomed. And yet, beneath the streets, in a buried world of shadows and ghosts, a mysterious sorceress is weaving new spells, watched over by a girl sculpted entirely from wax …” (Mag the Waxling)


Perdition - A. R. Rickaby


“Incubi and Succubae spend their nights on the planet Rhobren, working as prostitutes on the human streets to deal with their demanding libidos and avoid overpopulation issues. Over six thousand years ago, a Demon couple with only daughters wanted a son. Fenton and Bethany Edgemoor had three chances left to try, but they chose to adopt Xavier. He turns out to be very different from others of his kind. Xavier is the only Incubus to remain a virgin past the age of sixteen. After millennia of being around dirty-minded Demons, Xavier escapes to Rhobren. He meets Zachary, a human musician, and they become romantic. The two are impoverished, but they are mostly happy. Their contented lives change when Daddy decides it is time to move in with his son. Fenton helps with the bills, but he is no easy Demon to live with. Furniture is replaced, strangers stay the night with Fenton, and there is no shortage to the lewd suggestions. Xavier has nearly had enough when suddenly, his father demands he return to Hell. Xavier refuses to go, triggering a series of traumatic events in his and Zach's lives.” (Xavier)


Polymorph - Scott Westerfeld


“Lee can change her gender and ethnicity at will, allowing her to slip freely through New York society. She thought she was the only "polymorph"... until a chance encounter with another of her kind. Now it's up to Lee to stop the renegade shapeshifter who is plotting to control the information technology in a postindustrial world, where illusion wear the face of reality, and the prize is power absolute…” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


Proud Man - Katharine Burdekin, Daphne Patai


“Originally published in England in 1934, this searing, timely novel offers and incisive critique of the sexual politics and militarism of England, and the West as a whole, in the post-World War I years. The novel is told from the perspective of a "Genuine Person" who has been hurtled thousands of years back in time from a future society whose citizens are peaceful, androgynous, self-fertilizing, vegetarian, and without national government and artificial social divisions of gender and class. Taking on first female, then male form, the Genuine Person confronts the reality of England in the 1930s: a society deeply troubled by fascism, the aftermath of war, gender and class divisions, religious hypocrisy, national chauvinism, and the breakdown of families and other social institutions. The protagonist is drawn into relationships with a priest who teachers her/him the English language, a woman struggling with sexual politics and sexual identity, and a man haunted by a murder he committed, driven by his deeply ingrained hatred and fear of women. This powerful novel by a master of dystopian fiction raises disturbing questions about war and peace and the nature of human relationships in an oppressive culture.” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


Quicksilver - R. J. Anderson


“Once I was a girl who was special. Now I am extraordinary. And they will never stop hunting me. The compelling follow-up to the bestselling ULTRAVIOLET, this psychological thriller will take your breath away…” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


Rose of the Prophet Trilogy: The Will of the Wanderer, The Paladin of the Night, The Prophet of Akhran - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman


“Since time began, twenty Gods have ruled the universe. Though each god possessed different abilities, each was all-powerful within his realm. Now one of the Gods has upset the balance of power, leaving the others scrambling for control in the new order... Here is the epic tale of the Great War of the Gods--and the proud people upon whom the fate of the world depends. When the God of the desert, Akhran the Wanderer, declares that two clans must band together despite their centuries-old rivalry, their first response is outrage. But they are a devout people and so reluctantly bow to his bidding.”(Azriel - SA)


Sourcery - Terry Pratchett


“When last seen, the singularly inept wizard Rincewind had fallen off the edge of the world. Now magically, he's turned up again, and this time he's brought the Luggage. But that's not all.... Once upon a time, there was an eighth son of an eighth son who was, of course, a wizard. As if that wasn't complicated enough, said wizard then had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son -- a wizard squared (that's all the math, really). Who of course, was a source of magic -- a sourcerer.” (Twoflower)


The Tropic of Serpents - Marie Brennan


“Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp-wyrms of the tropics. The expedition is not an easy one. Accompanied by both an old associate and a runaway heiress, Isabella must brave oppressive heat, merciless fevers, palace intrigues, gossip, and other hazards in order to satisfy her boundless fascination with all things draconian, even if it means venturing deep into the forbidden jungle known as the Green Hell . . . where her courage, resourcefulness, and scientific curiosity will be tested as never before.”


When the King Comes Home - Caroline Stevermer


“Good King Julian of Aravis has been dead for two hundred years, but his kingdom still misses him. The current occupant of the throne is old and witless and has no heir. The true ruler of Aravis is the powerful Prince Bishop, who controls both church and state. When the King comes home, all wishes will be granted.Hail Rosmer wants to be an artist-not an ordinary artist, but a great artist, as great as the fabled Maspero, who painted the famous Archangel altarpiece in the Palace of Aravis and made Good King Julian's crown. When the King comes home, all dreams will be made real.One day, Hail sees a man catching fish from the river and eating it raw. The man's clothes are antique in fashion. He looks exactly like King Julian of Aravis. And there begins an adventure that takes Hail and her enigmatic companion from palace to wilderness to battlefield and teaches her, and the rest of Aravis, what happens when the King comes home in sober reality.” (Hail Rosamer - SA)


White Mars - Brian Wilson Aldiss


“In the not-so-distant future, Man will have begun to colonize our planetary neighbor, Mars. Entrenched corporate and national interests have footed the bill, but a few visionary people attempt to keep Mars free of the hidebound ideologies that have plagued the Earth and turned it into a polluted wasteland of war and hunger. The colony has barely begun to take root in the Martian soil when all communication with EUPACUS--as the industrialized nations of Earth are known--is cut off completely. Environmental and economic stresses have finally spun out of control, and civilization as we know it has collapsed. With no hope of escape or support from Earth, the Martians must overcome the dire obstacles that face them and forge a new alliance for survival.Led by the brave Tom Jefferies, the colonists struggle to build a new way of living based on the search for knowledge, the improvement of human conditions, and the elimination of the hatreds and delusions that lead to misery in the past.” (Cang Hai - SA)


White Queen - Gwyneth Jones


“Johnny Guglioli used to be a journalist, but his QV virus has rendered him an outcast. In exile from his native America, he encounters an enigmatic young woman. He is convinced she is an alien, and that she is part of a small force sent to reconnoitre Earth.” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


Wings of Destruction - Victoria Zagar


“Society has collapsed, driven to madness after a great economic crash. Gangs roam the streets, taking any man, woman or child without a Mate for their own. Martin is on the brink of despair, an asexual man who cannot keep a Mate. Facing a life he cannot bear, he heads to Spire Rock to end it. But when he reaches it, he encounters Anael, an angel sent to assess the world for destruction—and the first to accept Martin exactly as he is. Teaming up with former gang concubine Sarah, they journey to the Tower of Elysius to end the world. But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and some angels have plans of their own…” (Martin)


The World of Wreckers - Marion Zimmer Bradley


“Planetary Investments Unlimited--that was its official name. But unofficially it was knows as Worldwreckers, Inc.. For a fee, its agents would infiltrate any world unwilling to give up its independence, and do enough damage so the natives would be forced to allow Terran investors to step in and salvage their planet. And now, once again, its agents were at work. In the 78 years since Cottman IV, called Darkover by its natives, was rediscovered by the Terran Empire, all efforts to colonize and industrialize this exotic world had failed. And the person in charge of "Worldwreckers, Inc.", a centuries-old being who appeared to be a woman, had decided to take on this particular assignment herself. After all, she had special insight into this world, for long ago--lifetimes ago--she had called Darkover home…” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure and Wraeththu - Storm Constantine


“In this powerful and elegant story set in a future Earth very different from our own, a new kind of human has evolved to challenge the dominion of Homo sapiens. This new breed is stronger, smarter, and far more beautiful than their parent race, and are endowed with psychic as well as physical gifts. They are destined to supplant humanity as we know it, but humanity won't die without a struggle.” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


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Short Stories




Accepting Me - Jo Ramsey


“Sixteen-year-old Shane's friends are constantly talking about their boyfriends or girlfriends, and about sex. His parents keep asking him why he doesn't date. Shane isn't interested in romantic relationships at all and can't see what the fuss is all about. All he wants is for his family and friends to understand and accept him the way he is.” (Books with Neuter Gender and Asexual Main Characters)


"Aye, and Gomorrah"/Aye, and Gomorrah: And Other Stories - Samuel R. Delany


“A father must come to terms with his son's death in the war. In Venice an architecture student commits a crime of passion. A white southern airport loader tries to do a favor for a black northern child. The ordinary stuff of ordinary fiction--but with a difference! These tales take place twenty-five, fifty, a hundred-fifty years from now, when men and women have been given gills to labor under the sea. Huge repair stations patrol the cables carrying power to the ends of the earth. Telepathic and precocious children so passionately yearn to visit distant galaxies that they'll kill to go.”


"Bicycle Repairman"/A Good Old-fashioned Future - Bruce Sterling


“From the subversive to the antic, the uproarious to the disturbing, the stories of Bruce Sterling are restless, energy-filled journeys through a world running on empty--the visionary work of one of our most imaginative and insightful modern writers.They live as strangers in strange lands. In worlds that have fallen--or should have. They wage battles in wars already lost and become heroes--and sometimes martyrs--in their last-ditch efforts to preserve the dignity and individuality of humanity.A hack Indian filmmaker takes the pulse of a wounded and declining civilization--21st-century Britain. A pair of swashbuckling Silicon Valley entrepreneurs join forces to make a commercial killing--in organic underground slime and computer-generated jellyfish. A man in a Japanese city takes orders from a talking cat while pursuing a drama of danger and adventure that has become the very essence of his life.”


"One of the Boys"/Superheroes - Lawrence Watt-Evans. John Varley & Ricia Mainhardt, eds.


“A science fiction superhero anthology features Alan Dean Foster's ""Earth Spirit,"" Roger Zelazny's ""Hugh Glass,"" Lawrence Watt-Evans's ""Captain Cosmos,"" Michael A. Stackpole's ""Revenant,"" and John Varley's ""Bolshoiman."" Reprint. AB.”(alien superhero - SA)


"Start the Clock"/The Year's Best Science Fiction 22nd Annual Collection, short story - Benjamin Rosenbaum


“The Year's Best Science Fiction (Winner of the 2004 Locus Award for Best Anthology) continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories representing the previous year's best SF writing.The stories in this collection imaginatively take readers far across the universe, into the very core of their beings, to the realm of the Gods, and to the moment just after now. Included are the works of masters of the form and the bright new talents of tomorrow. This book is a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.”(the narrator-kid - SA)



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Beelzebub - Tamura Ryuuhei

Oga Tatsumi is a first year in Ishiyama High, a school for delinquents. One day while resting by a river he sees a man drifting along the current. Oga pulls the man to shore, who then splits in two and reveals a baby boy. The child turns out to be the son of the demon king, and Oga was chosen to raise it with help from the baby's demon maid, Hilda. Oga has shown to possibly be asexual; he is shy and tends to avoid becoming involved with romance. (SA)(Translation)

Black Cat - Yabuki Kentaro

It's about the infamous former assassin Train, better known as Black Cat. After quitting he takes on jobs as a bounty hunter, until his past begins to catch up with him. This manga doesn't deal with anything sex-related, but the main character has shown signs of being asexual. He was always quick to say that his best friend (who is a female) is nothing more than a friend, and that he has no sexual desire for her or anyone else. (SA)

Death Note - Obata Takeshi

An overachieving 12th grader, Yagami Light is an aspiring young man who seems destined for success. Unfortunately, his daily habits bore his incredible intelligence--So when a strange black notebook falls from the heavens during his class, it isn't long before he takes it for himself. In his room, he finds, to his horror/fascination, that the Death Note is real, and owned by Ryuk, a Shinigami. Any person's name written in the Death Note will die in 40 seconds without fail. With this supposed gift of God, Light swears upon his grave that he will 'cleanse' the world of the evil and needless people that inhabit it, thus creating a utopia for all. Light has been shown countless times in the manga as manipulative and uncaring for people. He seems to be incapable of loving. The antagonist, L, may also be asexual, expressing a love of sweets more than people. (SA)

Durarara!! - Narita Ryohgo

Ryuugamine Mikado is a boy who seeks for the exciting life of the big city, who yearns for an irregular life; a hoodlum, a stalker denpa-girl, an informant, a champion fighter, a black-market doctor, and the Headless Rider astride a black motorcycle. But despite how different they are, all of these stories are interconnected by mysterious incidents going on in Ikebukuro: mysterious kidnappings, a pharmaceutical group supposedly performing human experiments, and the mysterious "colorless" gang known as the "Dollars." From then on, the existence of supernatural cases and a gang called the Yellow Turbans will rise to the surface, and Ikebukuro will pushed to the breaking point. One major character in particular stands out as possibly being asexual: Izaya Orihara. In the novel, Izaya states that he is not attracted to any individual. (SA)

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun - Tsubaki Izumi

Nozaki Umetarou a tall, handsome, and somewhat intimidating high school boy and the object of Sakura Chiyo's affection. However, after Chiyo confesses to Nozaki, he believes that she is just a fan of his popular shoujo manga. One misunderstanding leads to the next and before she knows it Chiyo ends up working for Nozaki and aids him in making monthly girls' romance manga. Even though Nozaki is the creator of such a popular romance manga, he has absolutely no experience with romance and has no attraction towards females or males. (SA)

Kuroko no Basket - Fujimaki Tadatoshi

Kuroko is a member of Japan's legendary middle school basketball team, "The Generation of Miracles," and, while nobody seems to know about him, the main five players of the team all admit that he is a better player. When he joins the high school basketball team, everyone is surprised to find out that he is small, weak, and easy to miss. What is the secret that makes him so strong, and how will he help his high school team? Kuroko has been shown to be indifferent to romance and sex or unaware of attempts when people try to swoon him, as it is seen whenever Satsuki Mamoi attempts to infatuate him. (SA)(Translation)

La Corda D'Oro - Kure Yuki

Every few years, the prestigious Seiso Academy holds a prominent musical competition, and only the very best students at the Academy are allowed to participate. Though all are eligible to apply, only students from the music department actually make it to the competition. Hino Kahoko attends Seiso Academy, though she is in the regular department and knows nearly nothing of music. That is until one day, when she meets a curious little creature who introduces himself as a music fairy by the name of Lili. Lili gives the unwilling Kahoko a magical violin, a violin which anyone is capable of playing. That day, the names of the students who are to participate in the music competition are announced – and Kahoko's on the list! Suddenly Kahoko is thrown into a world of music, where every note counts, and where she must strive to be perfect. One character in particular stands out as possibly being demiromantic: Len Tsukimori. He shows no affection towards anyone until later on in the story, where he develops feelings for Kahoko only after they become very close. (SA)

Medaka Box - Nishio Ishin

Medaka Kurokami is elected as Student Council President her first year of high school. Since she was just elected she was given all of the Student Council's responsibilities. Overwhelmed by all the work, she asks her childhood friend Hitoyoshi Zenkichi for help. This manga isn't really my cup of tea because I feel the characters are over-sexualized, but I've heard at one point in the manga the main character, Medaka, is shown to be openly asexual, not caring for relationships or sex. Her friends eventually accept her asexuality. (SA)(Translation)

One Piece - Oda Eiichiro

Enter Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy who defies the standard definition of a pirate. Rather than the popular persona of a wicked, hardened, toothless pirate who ransacks villages for fun, Luffy’s reason for being a pirate is one of pure wonder; the thought of an exciting adventure and meeting new and intriguing people, along with finding One Piece. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Luffy and his crew travel across the Grand Line, experiencing crazy adventures, unveiling dark mysteries and battling strong enemies, all in order to reach One Piece. Oda Eiichiro stated that Luffy has no interest in men or women; his only love is the love for adventure.

Self - Saku Yukizou [NSFW]

Self follows the story of a man named Youichi. He has a regular sex life, however he is not at all interested in sex, finding it much like a chore. After picking up a book called "Masturbation" he becomes interested in the concepts that are in it and starts to "experiment" with them. NSFW because lots of sexual content. (Translation)

Shuuseki Kairo no Himawari - Mihara Mitsukazu [NSFW]

Specifically talking about the first short story in this series: Keep Those Condoms Away From Our Kids. A tale about kids that have completely lost their sexual desire. NSFW because of nudity and sex. (SA)(Translation)

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Are we allowed to add to the shelf?

Fireland: Jimmy Loves Rob

Sam Burke

"Fighting fires and rescuing victims is dangerous work. For L.A. paramedics Rob Decker and Jimmy Cole, the 1970's are also a time of sexual conflict and realizations. Facing homophobia on the job, Jimmy's forced to hide his relationships with other men. Married and a father, Rob struggles to identify why he doesn't like sex at all. Surrounded by friends and family who might not understand, the two men strengthen their friendship and forge their own way through a decade of accidents, disasters, and infernos."

(Asexuals in Fiction / Queer Romance with an Asexaul MC)

That's the point of it :) I've added it

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Does this (How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford) count?
While it was about a teenage boy and a teenage girl, it's definitely not about dating or romance.
I personally love it... so what do you guys think?

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I know he's a psychopath, but he's a loveable one. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.

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In the category of non-fiction, I highly recommend Virgin: the Untouched History by Hanne Blank. It's essentially the history of the concept of virginity and how culture about it has evolved throughout time, and it's really fascinating.

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In the category of non-fiction, I highly recommend Virgin: the Untouched History by Hanne Blank. It's essentially the history of the concept of virginity and how culture about it has evolved throughout time, and it's really fascinating.

ADDED :) thanks for the suggestion

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Can I suggest The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carre? It's an elegantly written, character-driven spy novel that reads more like a collection of short stories. I remember there being an asexual character (though the word asexual is never used) and his story fascinated and disturbed me.

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In Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, the main character's best friend comes out as asexual at the beginning of the book.

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Ooh ooh ooh I have another one - On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. Not for the squeamish.

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Reminder to self,

Ace and Proud!

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The book I mentioned in CLC a few months ago

The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year by Sue Townsend

One of the characters was openly asexual

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Hmmm... since we have a manga/graphic novels section, would a webcomic section be redundant, or is there enough of a distinction to warrant its own section (or would that even technically be "bookshelf" material)? I can think of two webcomics off the top of my head with confirmed ace characters (Supernormal Step and The Hues), and at least three more where even though there aren't any characters specifically canonically identified as ace (definitely suspected aces though), there's still no sex anywhere (Girl Genius, Todd Allison and the Petunia Violet, and The Property of Hate). (I could write the summaries for the entries if you'd like.)

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Hmmm... since we have a manga/graphic novels section, would a webcomic section be redundant, or is there enough of a distinction to warrant its own section (or would that even technically be "bookshelf" material)? I can think of two webcomics off the top of my head with confirmed ace characters (Supernormal Step and The Hues), and at least three more where even though there aren't any characters specifically canonically identified as ace (definitely suspected aces though), there's still no sex anywhere (Girl Genius, Todd Allison and the Petunia Violet, and The Property of Hate). (I could write the summaries for the entries if you'd like.)

Well I do have an other section made, but webcomics are already in the index.

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Understanding (A)sexuality by Anthony Bogaert, I'll post the publisher and ISBN when I get home but it is an academic study into asexuality by a university professor

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Understanding (A)sexuality by Anthony Bogaert, I'll post the publisher and ISBN when I get home but it is an academic study into asexuality by a university professor

I believe that qualifies as a research so IT Is technically in the other section of his I have yet to post called research.

I've been trying to finish finding the articles for the last little while but I keep getting distracted XD I'll be up sometimes

Understanding (A)sexuality by Anthony Bogaert, I'll post the publisher and ISBN when I get home but it is an academic study into asexuality by a university professor

I believe that qualifies as a research so IT Is technically in the other section of his I have yet to post called research.

I've been trying to finish finding the articles for the last little while but I keep getting distracted XD I'll be up sometimes

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The Clinic by Charlie Care. Could go in either fiction or science fiction.

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TJ Klune has two works with asexual characters that I've read so far (indeed he has recently come out as asexual himself so there may be more in his works:D).

How to be a Normal Person - A romantic book he has coming out about a asexual relationship

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25548442-how-to-be-a-normal-person

The Lightning-Struck Heart - The mentor wizard Morgan

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