I'm trying really hard to get past the first few chapters of Amberlough. I really dug the main character's stuttering gay boyfriend, but then I found out he was a drag queen/tranny singer? And I was disappointed I guess because it almost feels like pandering to the LGBT community. I bet he does something bad ass later while in heels and says something profound and pro gay or whatever. Am I wrong?
I'm like the alt 1930's set up, but now the plot is starting to feel a little too twisty turny for my liking. But it's too YAish for my tastes. Unlike Six of Crows, which is advertised as a YA but reads like a normal adult drama.
Btw, I'm just going to share this here because I some feed back would be cool? But I'm writing two novel ideas right that I've been working on for the past two years or so. I would love to just focus on one, but I like them both. Which sounds more interesting to you?
-4th century medieval catholic altar boy is kidnapped by a sellsword and after grooming him follow his orders and the King, it's revealed to him that they know he has ESP (something he didn't know himself). Boy goes through ups and downs of losing his religion, coming to terms with his power, and falling in love with a murderous man twice his age.
-1920's. A failing/struggling young man writer catches the eye of a billionaire coffee owner because he read of his dinky pulp books and loved it becasue it was a fresh sci-fi treasure hunting adventure. Through pure coincidence, all the chapters in the writer's book turn out to be real treasure sightings/maps/stories. Coffee guy turns out to be crazy, and after the writer falls in love with him (just thinks he's a harmless big fan), he finds out he's in the middle of a couple of board billionaires schemes that might get him killed if he doesn't do what they say.
tl;dr- Amberlough is boring right now. It better pick up.