My Top Ten

Author Catherine Lundoff’s, “Top Ten Lesbian (Fictional) Heroes”

This topic prompted some soul-searching on my part, but in the end, I came up with the following list. This is a sampling of the protagonists who have withstood the test of time for me. The order is not significant.

1. Unnamed protagonist from After Delores by Sarah Schulman. You gotta really rock the prose to create a pov character who you don’t even bother to name, but who still manages to stay with a reader years after she finishes the book.

2. Lore from Slow River by Nicola Griffith. From kidnapped heiress to sex worker to sewage plant worker.

3. Gilda from The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez. The first African-American lesbian vampire. Groundbreaking and thought provoking.

4. Trouble from Trouble and Her Friends by Melissa Scott. Lesbian cyberpunk protagonist from back in the day when cyberpunk was new and shiny.

5. Ash from Dancing Jack by Laurie Marks. Rebel leader turned farmer turned social catalyst/ruler/lover.

6. Ellen from Temporary Agency by Rachel Pollack. Ellen is up against the worst temp agency boss ever in a marvelously surreal adventure.

7. Catriona MacEochan from The Fires of Bride by Ellen Galford is a goddess-worshiping doctor and clan chieftain on an island in the Outer Hebrides.

8. Jane Lawless from the mystery series by Ellen Hart. Successful restaurateur and detective in Minneapolis, so almost automatically cool.

9. Margaret Prior from Affinity by Sarah Waters is drawn into an unforgettable world of spiritualists, mediums and women’s prisons in Victorian England.

10. Martha Moody from Martha Moody by Susan Stinson. Owns the general store in a fictional Western town and is big, gorgeous and fierce.

Catherine Lundoff is the award-winning author of two short story collections, Crave: Tales of Lust, Love and Longing (Lethe Press, 2007) and Night’s Kiss (Lethe Press, 2009). She is also the editor of the fantasy and horror anthology Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades: Lesbian Ghost Stories (Lethe Press, 2008) and co-editor, with JoSelle Vanderhooft, of the forthcoming anthology Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic (Drollerie Press). She teaches writing classes at The Loft Literary Center. Website: www.visi.com/~clundoff

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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My Top Ten & Book Give-away Contest

Author CM Harris’s, “Top Ten” Plus One

As a writer who pays the bills with graphic design, I am a sucker for a good cover. Sometimes I’ll just stand in front of my bookshelf and pluck books just to look at the art. A proper cover complements the work and stays with you. Like album covers of yesteryear, they become icons. A well-designed cover says that the publisher respected the work enough to hire a good artist, the right artist. It also means the story is rich with imagery, enough that the artist felt compelled to actually read the book, rather than skim the synopsis or simply take direction from management. So yes, I argue that you can judge a book by its cover. Here are eleven from LGBT writers, which are wonderful for wildly different reasons:

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My Top Ten

Author Xenia Alexiou’s, “Top Ten”

Xenia’s passions include photography, the music of her homeland, racing fast cars and bikes, and a variety of sports. She is a voracious reader, and her extensive library contains an eclectic array of academic material, including books on sociology, anatomy, genetics, psychology, chemistry, and physics. Some of her favorite fiction authors include Fjodor Dostojewski, Leo Tolstoy, Umberto Eco, Michael Cunningham, and David Sedaris.

Today she shares her favourite ‘Top Ten’ books with us.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Flesh and Blood by Michael Cunningham
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
Thin Red Line by James Jones
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Hamlet by Shakespeare
JFK by Michael O’ Brien
• Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
God, A Biography by Jack Miles
Prisoner of the State by Zhao Ziyang, Bao Pu, Renee Chiang, and Adi Ignatius
The Republic by Plato
The Iliad and Odyssey by Homer

Now share your favourite non-fiction titles with Xenia and us!

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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My Top Ten

Author Morgan Hunt’s, “Top Ten”

Morgan Hunt is the author of three mystery novels: Sticky Fingers, Fool on the Hill and Blinded by the Light. All three novels, which were traditionally published, have won awards, but there’s little else traditional about them. They offer quirky wit juxtaposed with emotional poignancy. They combine factors like lesbian exes, snakes and breast cancer, or evangelical hymn singing, rock stars and crucifixion. What they don’t revolve around is forensics. Morgan has also written screenplays, poetry, and an article for Writer’s Digest on using obscenities in fiction. Kissed by Venus asked her to share her Top Ten quotes from authors whose quirky humor has inspired her work.

1. “Gilbert Box looked like Death out for his after-dinner stroll before a busy night of emailing heart attacks and tumors to a few million lucky winners.” — Christopher Moore

2. “It was like being smashed into a wrought-iron fence by a wet Nerf Volkswagen.” — Christopher Moore

3. “This (wink) sailed as silver and simple as a hummingbird at dawn or a bullet to the heart.” — Kinky Friedman

4. “You can’t just go around blurting out the truth like a prophet with Tourette’s Syndrome.” — Christopher Moore

5. “Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet.” — Chuck Palahniuk

6. “The first thing I’ll do if elected is demand a recount.” — Kinky Friedman

7. “I’ve seen more intelligence in the crotch lice of harem whores.” — Christopher Moore

8. “I’ve never really cared much about what people think, but I do care about what they dream.” — Kinky Friedman

9. “I have learned…that what is literally true or false has nothing to do whatsoever with the deeper, greater, and sacred truths that drive the green fuses of the flowers and govern all the hearts of man.” — Kinky Friedman

10. “Laughter is carbonated holiness.” — Anne Lamott

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My Top Ten

Author Anne Laughlin’s, “My Top Ten”

When Kissed by Venus asked me to contribute a “Top Ten” list of my choosing, I made the rather startling decision to come out as a comic book reader. Hell, I’ve come out about absolutely everything else about my life, why not let the world know that I often prowl comic book stores, searching for a new book that will capture my imagination the way the ones you’re about to read about have. It’s an exciting day when I find one.

I have been reading comic books on and off for about fifteen years, which means I started at the ripe old age of forty. That’s old in the world of comic books, anyway. I can’t recall what first caught my attention and sucked me into this pimply, very male oriented world, but I’ve drifted in and out of it ever since.

The thing that has kept me from being a rabid comic book reader like the geeky fan boys is simply a dearth of the type of books I enjoy – non-superhero books that concentrate more on character and relationships than heroic daring do. I love a good storyline too, of course, but fights in mid-air, between men clad in tights, bores me within seconds. Nor am I a huge fan of the non-superhero genre that gets most of the other space on the comic bookstore racks – paranormal stories, whether they are vampires, the undead, or whatever. No matter how open-minded I am when I pick up such a story, I can’t hang with it. When I do find something I like though, I really love everything about the experience of curling up on the couch with a comic book and reading through to the end. The combination of words and pictures is a powerfully engaging one and has been for millennia.

The following is an annotated list of the books/series that have stayed with me a long time, not necessarily in exact order of importance.

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