WLP Rants: I’m Not Discriminating Against Men, I Swear

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Recently I had a conversation on Facebook with my mom’s cousin. He had two complaints about my website.

“Why don’t you review books written by men and why don’t you have any male reviewers on your site?”

I explained that while we review Urban Fantasy, our main focus is Romance…thus hardly any male authors. But we DO review male authors, it’s just hard finding them in the romance genre but urban fantasy is rife with males. I named a few for him to check out, since he reads mostly high fantasy. Would I like to read more male authors? Hell yes, if you know of any I should be reading, leave them in the comments. Off the top of my head I can think of a few:

My List of Male Authors to Check Out

  • Myke Cole
  • Anton Strout
  • Mark Henry/Daniel Marks
  • Christopher Moore
  • Edward Lazerelli
  • Keith Melton
  • Jim Duncan
  • Kevin Hearne
  • Jim Hines

But the male reviewer thing, yeah I have a big issue with that. I would LOVE to have a male reviewer join our site but good luck finding one. There are a few out there, some are really into it and some are there for the attention (yes, it happens). I don’t know if there’s less men reading or what, I’ve had some great conversations on Twitter with males who read. So why aren’t they blogging?

WLP Wants To Know:

What male reviewers do you love? Which do you avoid? Why do you think there aren’t many males blogging about books?

Comments
  • Amy (@SimpleLoveBlog) January 31, 2013 at 9:17 am

    The only male bloggers I’ve come across are teenagers or in their early 20′s (I think). I never really thought about it much, but ya…they are pretty few and far between.

    Another great urban fantasy author is James R. Tuck!

    • Wicked Lil Pixie January 31, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Oh how could I forget about my favourite tattoo artist/writer!

  • CdnMrs January 31, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I’ve followed the Romance Man off and on, but yeah not so many male reviewers.
    The first books I read growing up were by male authors JRR Tolkein, CS Lewis and George MacDonald, but now I’m reading mostly PNR, UF and Romance so…again no so many males or at least not so many men writing the stuff I want to read.
    I love Kevin Hearne, James R Tuck has a great voice and Mark Henry is hilarious. I’m also going to just put out there that Ilona Andrews is a husband/wife writing team so it’s kind of like reading a book written by a man, right?
    Maybe the problem isn’t WLP, maybe the problem is men. ;)

    • Wicked Lil Pixie January 31, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Not a fan of that male “blogger:, but you knew that already. And I agree, blame men!

  • Lynda the Guppy January 31, 2013 at 9:53 am

    True story: Jo Rowling was told she needed to use another name on the first Harry Potter book because boys don’t read books written by girls. In fact, since she has no middle name, the K is total fiction.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie January 31, 2013 at 11:14 am

      That I knew, notice a lot of female authors have names you can’t tell if she’s a woman or a man.

  • Julie January 31, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hey, technically The Boy has team reviewed with me twice, so you have a part-timer. He’s just 11. :P

  • sara January 31, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Jim Butcher is another solid male UF writer. Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook was also a good, fun read. I don’t actually follow any male book bloggers.

  • LisaC January 31, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Benedict Jacka and MLN Hanover write UF. I have only read one book from each, which I found okay. I think Ben Aaronovitch does UF too, but I haven’t yet read his stuff.

    Science fiction seems to have male bloggers. Not sure why they are missing out on UF.

  • Suzan Butler February 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I would second the Jim Butcher rec. I love his books. David Bridger writes erotic romances. I like his books a lot. Now if you get into the m/m side of romance, you’ll find a lot more male authors. I’m not personally a big reader of m/m, so I’m not really familiar with authors of that category.

    As for reviewers, I only know of The Romance Man, but he’s more about just blogging rather than reviewing, though he does do both. He’s a lot of fun.

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