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River of Teeth
by Sarah Gailey
In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true. Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two. This was a terrible plan. Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge
submitter says: "Of the four main characters, one is a dark-skinned (race not explicitly defined) genderqueer ('they' pronouns) poisoner and demolitions expert, another a pregnant lesbian (or possibly bisexual) assassin, and another a bisexual/pansexual man (who is not white, although again his race is not explicitly defined). The fourth main character is an overweight conwoman never stigmatized for her weight, who sometimes wears men's clothing (possibly genderfluid, from a few things she says)."
lesbian, bisexual, nonbinary, race, pronouns, FPOC, MULTIPLE 2017 Adult

Food of the Gods
by Cassandra Khaw
Paying off a debt to the gods is never easy. It’s not unusual to work two jobs in this day and age, but sorcerer and former triad soldier Rupert Wong’s life is more complicated than most. By day, he makes human hors d’oeuvres for a dynasty of ghouls; by night, he pushes pencils for the Ten Chinese Hells. Of course, it never seems to be enough to buy him a new car—or his restless, flesh-eating-ghost girlfriend passage from the reincarnation cycle—until opportunity comes smashing through his window. In Kuala Lumpur, where deities from a handful of major faiths tip-toe around each other and damned souls number in the millions, it’s important to tread carefully. Now the Dragon King of the South wants to throw Rupert right in it. The ocean god’s daughter and her once-mortal husband have been murdered, leaving a single clue: bloodied feathers from the Greek furies. It’s a clue that could start a war between pantheons, and Rupert’s stuck in the middle. Success promises wealth, power and freedom, and failure... doesn’t.
Set in Kuala Lumpur, features Chinese mythology
race, setting, class, East Asian 2017 Adult

Buffalo Soldier
by Maurice Broaddus
Having stumbled onto a plot within his homeland of Jamaica, former espionage agent, Desmond Coke, finds himself caught between warring religious and political factions, all vying for control of a mysterious boy named Lij Tafari. Wanting the boy to have a chance to live a free life, Desmond assumes responsibility for him and they flee. But a dogged enemy agent remains ever on their heels, desperate to obtain the secrets held within Lij for her employer alone. Assassins, intrigue, and steammen stand between Desmond and Lij as they search for a place to call home in a North America that could have been.
Another in Tor's incredibly diverse novellas, this is set in an alternate America where parts are controlled by Native Americans, evil corporations, and other factions. Jamaican cultural focus. Loads of POC characters, racism is a huge issue.
race, setting, disability, class, Black, Hispanic, Native_American 2017 Adult

Timekeeper
by Tara Sim
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely. It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors. And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve. But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
gay protagonists
gay, 2016 Adult

Mordred, Bastard Son
by Douglas Clegg
I was born during the fires of Beltane. My mother was called the Witch-Queen and my father, Arthur, King of the Britons. From New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg comes a spellbinding novel of Arthurian fantasy. Conceived in violence, born of royalty, and raised in exile, Mordred grows to manhood torn between his powerful mother’s desire for revenge, his own conflicted feelings toward the father who betrayed him, and his passionate coming of age into first love with one of the greatest knights of Camelot.
gay protagonists
gay, 2016 Adult

The Search for Aveline
by Stephanie Rabig and Angie Bee
Captain Harriet "Harry" Roberts and the daring crew of The Sappho are not for the faint of heart. A ship of strays unlike any other, they're not afraid to face whatever the world throws at them—be it mermaids, kidnappings, sirens, plague, clashes with their mortal enemy Captain Wrath Drew of The Charon, a handsome merman, or good old-fashioned love.
DIverse cast, issues of mental health, f/f relationships, other queer relationships
lesbian, bisexual, race, disability, class, MULTIPLE,Mental Illness 2017 Adult

Will Do Magic For Small Change
by Andrea Hairston
Cinnamon Jones dreams of stepping on stage and acting her heart out like her famous grandparents, Redwood and Wildfire. But at 5'10" and 180 pounds, she's theatrically challenged. Her family life is a tangle of mystery and deadly secrets, and nobody is telling Cinnamon the whole truth. Before her older brother died he gave Cinnamon "The Chronicles of the Great Wanderer," a tale of a Dahomean warrior woman and an alien from another dimension who perform in Paris and at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The Chronicles may be magic or alien science, but the story is definitely connected to Cinnamon's family secrets. When an act of violence wounds her family, Cinnamon and her theater squad determine to solve the mysteries and bring her worlds together.
Diverse cast
race, class, Black 2016 Adult

The Death Detail
by Anthony Maldonado
Leadership calls it a maintenance detail, but Kagen is about to learn why the workers know it as The Death Detail. Driven underground to escape a biological weapon known as The Agent, the last known colony of people take refuge in a large subterranean facility called Securus. Kagen Meldon, a Healer by profession, finds his only mental escape in exploring The Caves, an adjoining underground system isolated from the poisonous atmosphere. His life was routine until an unexpected discovery in The Caves leads to the murder of his close friend. The tragic event, combined with the ensuing Leadership cover-up, throws his life into chaos. Now, struggling through the relentless scrutiny of Leadership and battling a deadly viral outbreak, Kagen’s pursuit of the truth leads him to risk his own life as well as the safety of everyone he loves. Can he survive The Death Detail long enough to reveal the sordid secret the conspirators are trying so vehemently to protect?
The Securus Trilogy is post-apocalyptic story with a dystopian theme and is filled with medical twists. It follows the perspective of an ordinary man who stumbles upon a secret that pits him against Leadership in a struggle for his life and the freedom of the remaining remnants of humanity. The series keeps a real world feel as it showcases diverse characters, both ethnicity and age, along with female protagonists.
race, setting, multiple culture, class, MULTIPLE 2016 YA

City of Blades
by Robert Jackson Bennett
The city of Voortyashtan was once the domain of the goddess of death, war, and destruction, but now it’s little more than a ruin. General Turyin Mulaghesh is called out of retirement and sent to this hellish place to try to find a Saypuri secret agent who’s gone missing in the middle of a mission, but the city of war offers countless threats: not only have the ghosts of her own past battles followed her here, but she soon finds herself wondering what happened to all the souls that were trapped in the afterlife when the Divinities vanished. Do the dead sleep soundly in the land of death? Or do they have plans of their own?
Older woman of color protagonist with a prosthetic hand. Setting is in part of a colonized place and the protagonist is part of the colonizing culture. Class issues are also addressed.
race, setting, disability, class, FPOC, Amputee 2016 Adult

Flying Straightish
by Nina White
Follow the exploits of Lex and Domino, a pair of self serving space pirates that get interrupted in their goal of sleeping their way around the galaxy and stealing everything that’s not nailed down (and some things that are) by getting drafted into the Clean Up Crew. Forced to assist a small band of weirdos in this rag tag organisation that runs around and does all of the real work for the Galactic Alliance, this trigger happy and often inebriated duo will barely tolerate bureaucrats, utterly fail at being law abiding citizens and leave everyone that sees them wondering just one thing. Where in the galaxy did he even get trousers like that?
Bisexual/pansexual main characters with a supporting cast of character including a gay black man as a military commander, an asexual pilot, a bisexual mage, a black woman heavy arms specialist and various others. One of the main characters also has mental health issues, though they don't come up in this book.
gay, bisexual, asexual, race, Black 2016 Adult

Sons of Taldra
by Duane Simolke
In an alternate reality, an Iroquois woman and her twin gay sons battle shapeshifting aliens. Valchondria (Earth) developed a one-world government, consisting of Leader, the Maintainers, and the Supreme Science Council. A millennium ago, the Valchondrians sent two ships of colonists into space. The first ship became radicalized by a violent religious cult. Alien creatures called the Naadloosh attacked the second ship. Valchondria banned contact outside its atmosphere and shut down the space program. Over the centuries, freedom and progress decayed. Now the Naadloosh have found the human world. Leader and her sons must stop the invasion. Maintainer Admiral Nil blames Leader for a series of tragedies and might pose an even greater threat than the changelings that want to feed on humanity. One of Leader’s twin sons, Telius, simply wants to marry the man he loves. The other, Argen, struggles with the residual effects of a deadly drug addiction. The young men rally to Leader’s side as she faces humanity’s greatest threats.
Native American and gay characters
gay, race, Native_American, Indigenous 2016 Adult

Dreadnought
by April Daniels
Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, she was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But then her second-hand superpowers transformed her body into what she's always thought it should be. Now there's no hiding that she's a girl. It should be the happiest time of her life, but between her father's dangerous obsession with curing her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he's entitled to date her, and the classmate who is secretly a masked vigilante, Danny's first weeks living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. She doesn't have much time to adjust. Dreadnought's murderer, a cyborg named Utopia, still haunts the streets of New Port City. If Danny can't sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.
trans lesbian protagonist
lesbian, transgender, 2017 YA

Consider
by Kristy Acevedo
As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress? The holograms, claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But without the ability to verify their story, Alex is forced to consider what is best for her friends, her family, and herself. To stay or to go. A decision must be made. With the deadline of the holograms’ prophecy fast approaching, Alex feels as though she is living on a ticking time bomb, until she discovers it is much, much worse.
protagonist has anxiety disorder
disability, Mental_Illness 2016 YA

The Middle Kingdom
by David Wingrove
The Year is 2190. China has once again become a world unto itself and this time its only boundary is space . . . The world is City Earth, ruled by the Seven, China's new kings. Beautiful, controlled, sensual, this high-tech society is rushing toward war between the forces of West and East, between the rebels who hunger for change and the overlords who demand stability, between the very powers of darkness and light. It will be an era of violent conflagration destined to expose the basest elements of human nature . . . and the highest dreams. An epic that draws us into an alternative world so real, so complete that we become denizens of the new Middle Kingdom, touched by longings we never imagined. . . driven by forces as ancient as man's first breath.
future with Chinese-based world
race, setting, East_Asian 2004 Adult

On the Edge of Gone
by Corinne Duyvis
January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter near their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time. Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister? When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?
autistic biracial protagonist with trans sister
race, disability, multiracial, Autism 2016 YA

Sound
by Alexandra Duncan
As a child, Ava’s adopted sister Miyole watched her mother take to the stars, piloting her own ship from Earth to space making deliveries. Now a teen herself, Miyole is finally living her dream as a research assistant on her very first space voyage. If she plays her cards right, she could even be given permission to conduct her own research and experiments in her own habitat lab on the flight home. But when her ship saves a rover that has been viciously attacked by looters and kidnappers, Miyole—along with a rescued rover girl named Cassia—embarks on a mission to rescue Cassia’s abducted brother, and that changes the course of Miyole’s life forever.
Sexism discussed, f/f romance, woc protagonist
lesbian, race, UNSPECIFIED 2015 YA

Translucid
by Zen DiPietro
What if you woke up knowing how to do your job, but not your own name? What if you had to rely on other people to tell you who you were? What if you thought they were wrong? Em Fallon is the security chief of Dragonfire Station, and does a damn good job of it. Thats where her competence ends. Outside of work, she has a wife she doesnt know, a captain who seems to hate her, and a lot of questions that dont add up. Without a past, all she has is the present, and shell stop at nothing to ensure she has a future
Author's Comment: "The main character of this series is a pansexual Japanese woman. She is married to a pale-skinned woman from a culture that is largely polyamorous. There is also a species of people with only one gender, though this species does not have a major part in this book. The main character's captain is a black woman, and many of the species have dark skin. This is a series set in a universe with tremendous diversity."
lesbian, bisexual, race, setting, queered culture, multiple culture, poly, East_Asian, FPOC 2016 Adult

The High Ground
by Melinda Snodgrass
Emperors daughter Mercedes is the first woman ever admitted to the High Ground, the elite training academy of the Solar Leagues Star Command, and she must graduate if she is to have any hope of taking the throne. Her classmate Tracy has more modest goals to rise to the rank of captain, and win fame and honor. But a civil war is coming and the political machinations of those who yearn for power threaten the young cadets. In a time of intrigue and alien invasion, they will be tested as they never thought possible.
Race, gender, and class issues relevant
race, class, MULTIPLE 2016 Adult

Borderline
by Mishell Baker
A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she's sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales. For her first assignment, Millie is tasked with tracking down a missing movie star who also happens to be a nobleman of the Seelie Court. To find him, she'll have to smooth-talk Hollywood power players and uncover the surreal and sometimes terrifying truth behind the glamour of Tinseltown. But stronger forces than just her inner demons are sabotaging her progress, and if she fails to unravel the conspiracy behind the noble's disappearance, not only will she be out on the streets, but the shattering of a centuries-old peace could spark an all-out war between worlds. No pressure.
Protagonist with realistic prosthetic legs
disability, Amputee 2016 Adult

Rebel of the Sands
by Alwyn Hamilton
Shes more gunpowder than girland the fate of the desert lies in her hands. Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from. Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amanis counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures hes the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
Middle Eastern world
race, setting, Middle Eastern 2016 YA

The Seer
by Sonia Orin Lyris
The Arunkel Empire has stood a thousand years, forged by wealth and conquest, but now rebellion is stirring on the borders and treachery brews in the palace halls. Elsewhere, in a remote mountain village, a young mother sells the prophesies of her sister, Amarta, in order to keep them and her infant child from starving. It's a dangerous game when such revelations draw suspicion and mistrust as often as they earn coin. Yet Amarta's visions are true. And often not at all what the seeker wishes to hear. Now in a tapestry of loyalty, intrigue, magic, and gold, Amarta has become the key to a ruler's ambitions. But is she nothing beyond a tool? As Amarta comes into her own as a seer, she realizes she must do more than predict the future. She must create it.
Many races, queer characters
gay, race, setting, class, FPOC 2016 Adult

An Accident of Stars
by Foz Meadows
When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war. There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne. But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex'Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex-priestess who shares his dreams of conquest. Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens. Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the more she finds herself bound to her friends with ties of blood and magic. Can one girl - an accidental worldwalker - really be the key to saving Kena? Or will she just die trying?
Fantasy world with different cultures and races. Of the main two, one is a matriarchy, the other seems mostly gender-equal and polyamory is the norm. One POV character is aromantic, another bi, and a side character is trans.
bisexual, transgender, race, queered culture, multiple culture, poly, Black, FPOC 2016 Adult

When The Moon Was Ours
by Anna-Marie McLemore
To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miels wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miels skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And theyre willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
Trans boy, Latinx and South Asian characters
transgender, race, Latino, South Asian 2016 YA

The Firefarer
by Kate Cudahy
Three exiles, one destiny. When Vito's monastery is destroyed, he is thrust into the dangerous world of deceit and enchantment which lies beyond its walls. Moran, lost scion of a lost people, embarks on a quest from which she may never return. And Muna, descendant of warriors, will stop at nothing to protect her brother the Firefarer: hunted for his fabled powers of destruction. Three strangers, one fate. The Firefarer: the deadliest secrets lie in the heart.
A lesbian romance provides one of the narrative strands for The Firefarer, a work of epic fantasy which introduces several lesbian or bisexual characters.
lesbian, bisexual, 2016 Adult

Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories
by Sandra McDonald
A writer of whimsy and passion, Sandra McDonald has collected her most evocative short fiction to offer readers in Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories. A beautiful adventuress from the ancient city of New Dalli sets off to reclaim her missing lover. What secrets does she hide beneath her silk skirts? A gay cowboy flees the Great War in search of true love and the elusive undead poet Whit Waltman, but at what cost? A talking statue sends an abused boy spinning through a great metropolis, dodging pirates and search for a home. On these quests, you will meet macho firefighters, tiny fairies, collapsible musicians, lady devils and vengeful sea witches. These are stories to stir the heart and imagination
An anthology full of diversity: featuring a trans woman (the titular Diana Comet) in multiple stories, queer characters, and characters of color.
gay, lesbian, transgender, race, MULTIPLE 2010 Adult