neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

at the secondhand bookstore

V. and I went through the science fiction section in the back.  We have a customer who's been donating science fiction by bringing in shoeboxes full of books, so there were a number of shoeboxes piled up around the section.  We took bigger boxes and sorted out the books by thirds of the alphabet, as the original boxes were done.  I found a bunch of old classic ones by Andre Norton, and in the box which has some Marion Zimmer Bradley books, a copy of The Catch Trap.  Teddypig ( has recommended it so many times, and apparently it's been out of print for many years.  It's not science fiction at all, but a m/m romance.  So I got it.  I took a look at it -- it was written in 1979, but set in the 1940s and early 1950s.  Hopefully, by the time it was written, it allows for a relatively happy ending.  Marion Zimmer Bradley did several science fiction/fantasy books in the Darkover series which had important gay characters, and some rather feminist ones, a few of them lesbians.  She wrote some then-contemporary lesbian romances, too, but refused to talk about them in later years.  According to some autobiographical information she put with one of her books, she was writing whatever she could to earn money for her family when her writing career began.  It would have been interesting to hear her take on those, though.
Tags: m/m, reading

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