Rec: Circuits and Veins

Title: Circuits & Veins
Author: Jem Yoshioka (on Tapas)
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: currently around 300+ pages i believe 
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none
Link: https://tapas.io/series/Circuits-Veins
Summary: What do you do when the cutie who moves in next door to you is an android? In a world of automation, artificial intelligence and reliable public transport, two awkward dorks try to work out how to date each other.

Review: This comic is really, really good. It’s a refreshing lesbian romance story about a mixed girl living with chronic illness, recently out of a toxic relationship, and an Android who is learning to love herself and the world around her.

Rec: RORY

Title: RORY
Author: VAMPBYTE
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Ongoing (currently 14 pg.)
Status: Ongoing
Rating: Teen
Warnings: blood, violence, implied sexual activity, drugging/drugs, death (implied and shown), stalking
Link: http://tapas.io/series/rorycomic
Summary: A cynical male model named Rory just wants to get famous, look good, and make money. He gets the opportunity to do just that when he comes into contact with the elusive and renowned photographer, Roger Van Dijk, who is interested in making Rory the subject of his magnum opus. This dream come true quickly turns into a nightmare, however, as Roger’s artistic vision turns into something much, much stranger. Starring a gay protagonist, RORY is a thriller with mild horror and comedy.

Review: I’m the creator of the series so I can’t really give an unbiased review, but RORY has a mixture of genres that can appeal to almost anyone. If you like dark humor, cynicism, cute art and suspense then you might enjoy this! (Note: The story focuses on a gay protagonist who gets himself intimately involved with another man, but this story is not a romance! At least not for long.)  

Rec: Can’t A Guy Visit A Friend?

Title: Can’t A Guy Visit A Friend
Author: TheCaliMack
Format: Short Story
Published/Free: Free
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen/Mature (depends)
Warnings: mentions of suicide
Link: AO3 | GayAuthors.org
Summary: Miguel comes to visit his friend Tristan, but notices something is amiss when the man opens his door to him.

Intuition has never failed him before, but it never prepared him for what he’d see.

Review: I’m sharing my own work, but reviews so far mention it as moving and heartbreaking and one of the most emotional writings they have ever read. I felt honored and I thought I’d share it some more with the rest of you.

No one dies. That’s all I’m saying.

Rec: Baby Love

Title: Baby Love (original title: Comme les autres)
Author: Vincent Garenq
Format: Movie
Published/Free: Published
Length: 1h27
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Very mild nudity (no genitalia shown), implied sex (as in, one sex scene similar to the Sims), homophobic remarks, misogynistic remarks, casual transphobia
Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1093352/
Summary: They were the perfect loving couple, well, almost. Emmanuel, a pediatrician, wanted a child but Philippe, a lawyer, didn’t. One day, however, Emmanuel decides to take the plunge, at the risk of losing Philippe. But how do become a father when you are gay?

Review: The story takes place (and the film itself was done) before 2013, in a France without same sex marriage nor right to adoption by same sex partners. Seeing how much we have now compared to a few years ago warmed my heart. But the complications arising from the relationships in the film are still relevant problems today in that country especially, as the legality of surrogacy is being discussed. 

I laughed a lot watching this film (maybe because I identified with none of the characters and could appreciate the irony of some situations), and I was also surprised by the ending. What had seemed like a boring plot to me still brought me a pleasant experience. Though I wish some of the main character’s actions had been denounced as unhealthy, instead of being shown usual homophobia throughout the film (which is realistic but a few remarks are enough to keep realism in the movie I think…), I appreciate that none of the characters is portrayed as a ~villain~ or a ~good person~. I would also have appreciated more romantic scenes between Emmanuel and Philippe, but the storyline isn’t so much about slash than the struggle of a single homosexual man to become a father. 

For anyone interested in the subject of single and/or homosexual parents and their hurdles, I would recommend this movie. Although the original is in French, I believe portuguese, german, spanish, greek, hungarian, italian, russian and english subtitles are available.

Rec: Silver in the Wood

Title: Silver in the Wood
Author: emilyenrose
Format: short story
Published/Free: free
Length: 19k
Status: complete 
Rating: Teen
Warnings: violence
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/12161433
Summary: It was the middle of an autumn downpour when Tobias first met Henry Silver. Midsummer had come and gone, and the wood was quiet.
Review: This is a beautifully written story about a grumpy woodsman and the lordling that finds him. It has elements of fairytale and folklore but is ultimately something of a redemption story. I only wish it was a hundred times longer. This is the first original fic of emilyenrose’s that I’ve read and if she maintains the same quality I am definitely looking forward to more. If you’re in the Dragon Age fandom, I’d also recommend her other works, By the Still Waters.

Rec: Visioner (The Shifter War Book 2)

Title: Visioner (The Shifter War Book 2)
Author: K K Ness 
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Published ($2.99)
Length: 214 pages 
Status: Ongoing Series 
Rating: Teen 
Warnings: Violence and Death 
Link:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077SLKNB2/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
Summary: Sequel to Messenger, Book One of The Shifter War

As the first ever human custodian, Danil is sworn to protect the strange new magic threading across the deadlands. But the armies of Roldaer are stirring, and when an assassin nearly takes his life, Danil sets out to win the aid of the Amasian High Council.

With Hafryn by his side, Danil discovers that allies are rarely what they seem. Intrigue and betrayal haunt their steps, and soon Danil and Hafryn must use all their wits to stay alive. Meanwhile, a fearsome magic that has not been unleashed since the blackest days of the Great War is reawakened. 

Using such magic could see Danil save the deadlands, or destroy it.

Review: I loved this one too! Can’t wait for the next book!

Rec: Messenger (The Shifter War Book 1)

Title: Messenger (The Shifter War Book 1)  
Author: K K Ness 
Format: Novella 
Published/Free: Published ($.99) 
Length: 150 pages 
Status: Ongoing Series 
Rating: Teen 
Warnings: Violence and Death 
Link: https://www.amazon.com/Messenger-Shifter-War-Book-1-ebook/dp/B06XKMH6YK/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1513694176&sr=1-3&keywords=kk+ness  
Summary: For centuries, the deadlands have separated the kingdoms of Roldaer and Amas, enforcing an uneasy truce. But the deadlands hold their own secrets. 
 
Danil is a deadlands scavenger, his days spent scouring a barren land for ancient battlefield relics and mage-crystals. When the brutal magi of Roldaer take over his village, Danil becomes the key to unleashing a powerful enemy set on plunging both kingdoms into war. 
 
Desperate and on the run, he finds unexpected aid from the Amasian shapeshifters. Among them is Hafryn, an irreverent shifter who fights the magi with sword, tooth and claw. But safety with the shifters cannot last. As the magi set their plans into motion, Danil will have to embark on a terrifying mission to a broken citadel where an ancient enemy awaits. Failure to stop the magi may cost him far more than his life, and Danil discovers that courage and determination may not be enough… 

Review: I loved this! Very well written and left me wanting more! 

Rec:  A Dissident Symphony

Title: A Dissident Symphony
Author: Evercee (Hannah Pasedag)
Format: Short story
Published/Free: Up for free on Tapas!
Length: Right now there are two chapters with the chapters being uploaded in small 600 word bits.
Status: WIP
Rating: Teen (some light violence, mentions to sexual themes, and crass language).
Warnings: Mentions of abuse, violence, mentions of self harm, mentions of suicide.
Link: https://tapas.io/series/A-Dissident-Symphony
Summary: This story is about Nisha Kakkar, a young woman who suddenly finds herself thrown into a job she’s never wanted and forced to live on the fringes of a society she would have never willingly joined. It’s also about found family, really cool superpowers, complex social issues, and the journey to self love.

Come join Nisha and her new life as she learns: what makes something worth fighting for, and more importantly, what makes it worth living for?

Review: I feel a little biased writing a review for this story since it’s my own! But what I can say is these characters/world are something I’ve had for years and years and they’re very dear to me. I’ve put a lot of thought into the world building and creating a meaningful story and I would more than appreciate anyone that takes the time to read it!

Rec: First Kiss at a Spooky Soirée

Title: First Kiss at a Spooky Soirée
Author: NomNomNami
Format: Visual novel
Published/Free: free/name your own price
Length: 25min~
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen
Warnings: some strong language and screen shakes
Link: https://nomnomnami.itch.io/first-kiss-at-a-spooky-soiree
Summary:You play Marzipan, a light witch who’s gone her whole life without kissing anyone–UNTIL TONIGHT!

Review: Marzipan tastes great and that’s reason enough to play… no? The art is super cute and I loved the different endings. Even characters I didn’t really like at first got to me. Kinda sad we can’t date ourselves because Marzipan is a sugarbomb. Or a pumpkin latte. If you like Halloween and girls, that’s the game for you. Got translated into Korean and German, and there’s an option to change the font for dyslexic players.

Title: The King in the Sun
Author: Raven & Blue Jay
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: 9 chapters
Status: Ongoing
Rating: 16+
Warnings: Suicide/Depression/Occasional Strong Language
Link: https://tapas.io/series/The-King-in-the-Sun
Summary:

“Eliot,
It was sunny today,
Like I used to love.”

Oliver dies under mysterious circumstances and his beloved friend Eliot is the only one who can find the truth.

But who is that stranger?

A mystery BL webcomic about a murder, sunflower fields, and lost chances.