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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1112 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (14 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1J5M4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

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I love all Josh Lanyon's work. I adore Adrien English (Adrien English Mysteries) and all his sleuthing. I love Kit (Holmes & Moriarity) and his reluctant sleuthing. And Swift? (Come Unto These Yellow Sands) well he just doesn't really know how to investigate a crime to save his life. I can do this fine, I will do it if I'm pushed into it, I haven't a clue and I'm getting into deep water, yikes. Three types of character solving good old mysteries.
Josh Lanyon's talent is not only in telling the tale, throwing Red Herrings in here there and everywhere to lead the reader to the wrong conclusions.....it's also in the way he builds the relationships between his characters. Love nearly always grows slowly. There isn't the usual whambam sex with little substance, relationship, plot or otherwise that is often found in male/male pairings. This like Agetha Christie with a same sex pairing.
If you want a thriller that can have your heart racing, then read Josh's work. If you want to read gratuitous m/m sex then find yourself a porn site.
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Josh Lanyon's writing tends to put my brain and emotions on overdrive... for a long time after I've already finished with his book. That's exactly what happened with Come Unto These Yellow Sands. It's like when you've seen a great movie and you return to the characters and events days later and wonder about these characters' intentions and layers you overlooked while actually sitting in the movie theatre.

Like many other readers I felt that Swift was very easy to like and fall in love with (because of his flaws and all the struggling). Max completes him nicely, although Max really got me a little bit worried for a while there... and got my husband to worry a little bit, too, after he found me in bed sobbing and reading one night. But how sweet was it, when Max told Swift that it wasn't over for him!!! This story made my heart ache like no other! ... Well, I take that back... What I meant to say was that this story made my heart ache like only Lanyon's writing can!

The Choose Your Own Adventure quotes in the beginning of chapters fit perfectly in the story by making suggestions about the storyline. Those quotes define Swift's character: his past, his present and his future. We all have books from our childhood that we still love and cherish, right? And because Swift had practically grown up surrounded by words and media, those books must have meant a world to him. And since Swift had for years been struggling (more or less) in his every day life with choices that were related to his addiction, I really, really liked the idea that in the CYOA quotes making choices affects the course of the narrative and the final result of the journey! And I absolutely loved how Lanyon used Wilfred J. Funk's list of the most beautiful words as Swift's mantra!
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Though I haven't read many stand-alone books by Josh Lanyon so far, compared to his series, Come Unto These Yellow Sands surprised me by how much I came to empathise with the main characters.
Even in 3rd person POV, Swift's "voice" is very distinct and limpid. The book also has a very good sense of time and place, in the way vivid and beautiful descriptions of nature in this corner of Maine provide the perfect backdrop for the evocation of the character's moods and emotions, in a way that really resonated with me. Through Swift's senses (as a poet he has a heightened perception of even the most hidden aspects of the world around him) we perceive the colours, the smells... we are there.
In typical JL style, the protagonist, a college professor and poet, emerges as a fully-rounded character, with very believable strengths and vulnerabilities, apparently quite happy and content with his lot in life but with an undeniable wish for something more, especially as regards his relationship with the local Police Chief. The book tells his journey from being simply content, living "healthy, whole, and mostly happy", to becoming more engaged in the world around him, including taking a few risks. Moreover, despite Swift's profound self-awareness, his long physical and mental isolation has made him a little too self-absorbed, cocooned in the apparent safety of the academic world and the small-town setting, and not fully aware of his surroundings, of what small-town people living around him might feel as regards his past and present, his sexual orientation, his academic position and credibility.
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To explore the lush jungle surrounding your ship turn to page 67
To repair your ship and continue with your journey turn to page 24

Or you could buy this book and spend a fun filled afternoon with Josh Laynon and his excellent imagination.

I loved that the start of each chapter was a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' take off, I loved those books as a kid and the opening to every chapter made me grin.

I don't understand the other reviewers comparison with Fair Game, the only one I can think of from reading Fair Game a while back, is that both books were set in Colleges with professors as the main lead. Fair Games' main is an ex-agent, turned professor who is asked to assist by the victims parents, Come Unto these Yellow Sands main lead is a ex-druggie artistic genius turned professor who is dragged into the investigation because of his belief the main suspect's innocent.

As far as I can see neither the personalities, storyline nor romantic situations were copied from Fair Game, in fact I wonder if the other reviewer read the same 'Fair Game' as I did.

All Authors have their own style and this book is classic Josh Lanyon, if you love his other books you'll love Come Unto The Yellow Sands
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