Among the authors and series that are my personal favorites are:
1) Naturalman's Best of the Six. This one is set in an Australian independent school in the late 60s and early 70s that operates very much in the British tradition. The series purports to be autobiographical and the first person narrative of Nathan Rysher is completely credible. The writing is excellent. Perhaps it is simply cultural differences between the U.S. and Australia, but I sometimes find the world in which the orphaned Rysher finds himself at the age of nine to be appalling. This series arouses more ambivalence in me than almost anything else I've read at MMSA.
2) Thermionic's A Canuck at St. Edward's and the many spin-off series in which the core characters appear. This series describes the boarding school experience of the narrator, Stephen Weeks. Stephen's well-meaning but emotionally crippled father reveals his decision to send his son to St. Edward's on Christmas morning. Despite the trauma of this cruel means of breaking the news, Stephen finds his niche at St. Edwards. Matron and the headmaster, Mr. Roberts, often are surrogate parents to Stephen; they give him guidance and plenty of strict but loving discipline. This is not an impersonal environment. The stories are also a romance between Stephen and his life partner Tommy--a romance that begins very early in their lives and endures into present day. Scenes from their present day life are often juxtaposed against the scenes from St. Edward's. Some plots are concerned with earlier generations of St. Edward's students. Stephen/Thermionic does have this "thing" about shit, but he's not obsessed to the point his stories are gross, so don't let that put you off.
3) Pi Beta's Surprise Promotion. I'm a devoted follower of this series set in the early 60s. It begins with lower sixth former Andy Trevallion's unexpected promotion to School Monitor for the day boys' house. In this series, a School Monitor would be the equivalent of a house captain or head prefect within a particular house. (I've probably got the terminology wrong because I don't really know shit about boarding schools!) Trevallion has never experienced corporal punishment and his principles prompt him to ask for the experience of being slippered and caned before he accepts the responsibility of giving these punishments to other boys. Trevallion is extremely earnest and some readers find him a prig or worse. I like the kid myself. He struggles to balance fairness with his innate compassion for the students whom he must discipline, including his younger brother. The canings Pi Beta describes and their effects are very severe. I don't know if these descriptions reflect Pi Beta's own experience of school discipline or if he exaggerates for MMSA audiences. His stories do make me wonder sometimes, though, whether I just have a very tough ass or whether my own personal caner needs to work on his technique! (I'd love for Andy to take a second caning at the hands of Headboy Alex Ward.)
4) Badboysimon's Mission School. This is a new series with only three episodes posted. I have very mixed feelings about Badboysimon's stories. I HATE the adult characters so far, but the stories are still kind of hot and I find myself dreaming about narrator Simon taking a horrible vengeance on them. These stories are set in present day and are told through the journal of 14-year-old Simon. Simon's parents trick him into going to his bitch of a sister (Susan) and bastard of a brother-in-law (Ben) who run a mission school in Lesotho. After being party to lying to Simon about why he has come to Lesotho, Ben doesn't hesitate to cane Simon for lying about his bedtime. So far, Simon shows signs of his perfectly reasonable hatred of Ben and Susie weakening. I'm pretty sure as a teenager I'd have been plotting to put ground glass in their porridge! ...And barring that, I'd probably slit my wrists before submitting to this pair of assholes. Nevertheless, I'm an addict already to the series. The Jekyll/Hyde nature of Ben is just weirdly hot to me.
5) Jamie and Gareth. This is my own series, which is present day and set in the U.S. to get around all those annoying laws against CP in the U.K. You can't take this one seriously and it's almost a parody of the genre, but an affectionate parody. Jamie and Gareth are characters in my earlier When in Rome... series and I just liked them too much not to continue using them, no matter how silly the series is.
Last edited by Kat on Thu May 20, 2010 11:29 am; edited 3 times in total (Reason for editing : Corrected the title of Naturalman's series.)