August 30th, 2008


Last week I finally got a moment to order my copy of Havemercy, which, if you've been living under a rock, is the first novel co-written by danibennett and ladyjaida. I was really excited, but I was waylaid by visitors, crises, and auditions, so I couldn't pick it up from my (local) (independent) bookseller (support your) til yesterday after work.

I honestly had no idea what I was going to make of this book. I didn't know anything about it at all, but I wanted to buy this book because I wanted to support my friends, and because in general I want to support fandom authors every chance I get.

Then I started reading it. As a general rule, I don't like probably 80% of the literary techniques used this book, and I normally dislike the entire genre. But it just kept selling me and selling me. On the language, the characters, the worldbuilding, check, check, check. I kept being unable to put it down, except for when I would literally stop because I needed a moment to deal with how happy the whole book was making me.

And here's the thing that I need to say. This is not in any way meant to trivialize the other 80% of this book. But it's that final piece, the thing I liked going in, that's most important to me, always is.

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If you can afford to, please buy Havemercy. Because it's important - it is important, period - to show publishers that there is a market for mainstream fiction, whose main characters just happen to be gay. Because the more we send that message, as slashers, as writers of fiction, as consumers of mainstream media, the more we help to create a world where homosexuality is accepted as normal.

What we do within fandom spills over to what we do in our real lives, more and more frequently than ever. Jaida and Dani's fantastic novel is an example of that.

So buy this book and congratulate yourself, feel as proud and joyful as you dare, because you helped to create this book, by the very nature of your participation in slash fandom.

And then please, for the love of god, write me Thom/Rook for yuletide.