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Bear Cub [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Bear Cub [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ David Castillo

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Erotic! Sweet! Furry!, 19 Dec 2005
The film is a success on a conventional level regarding story, plot and characters and also is a treat for the gay community, above all the bear community.
The bears are portrayed as loving and friendly; 100% gay and also 100% masculine.
I would strongly recommend the film to any bear based solely on the bear-to-bear action in the first 45 seconds of the film.


The Line of Beauty
The Line of Beauty
by Alan Hollinghurst
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclipses his earlier works, 11 April 2005
This review is from: The Line of Beauty (Hardcover)
I read alot of his earlier things like "The Spell" and "The Swimming Pool Library." To put it mildly, it was not overly impressed. If you had the same experiences, I would strongly recommend that you read "The Line of Beauty", which is definitely above and beyond his previous novels.


The Island of Mending Hearts
The Island of Mending Hearts
by Tim Ashley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Tales of the City" wannabe, 1 Feb 2005
I never really warmed up to the book. Worse yet, I found myself thinking of "The Tales of the City" every few pages.
This was probably due to the fact that the author himself makes references to the book and "borrows" certain plots from
"Tales of the City"
P.S. It was strange seeing Americans use terms like "spanner"
"to have a row" and "plaster".


Testosterone
Testosterone
by James Robert Baker
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Even if you're not a gay sex addict on speed, 4 Oct 2004
This review is from: Testosterone (Paperback)
The pace of the story is fast; almost cartoon-like. The story is violent and sometimes simultaneously funny. The writing keeps you involved and turning the pages to see what will happen next. If you buy this and enjoy it, you will also enjoy "Adrenaline"


The Gallery (New York Review Books Classics)
The Gallery (New York Review Books Classics)
by John Horne Burns
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging depiction of military occupation, 4 Oct 2004
The book is very realistic and honest in depicting the Italians of Naples (without the standard Italian cliches) and the occupying American forces (without flag-waving patriotism).
The stories offer the necessary elements to be successful:
articulate descriptions which assist the imagination without weighing it down and credible characters.


Nightshade
Nightshade
by John Saul
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.68

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrifyingly flat!, 5 Sep 2002
This review is from: Nightshade (Mass Market Paperback)
Okay this is the first and only thing that I have read by Mr. Saul, so I cannot say anything about his works in general.
This book is built upon the internal monologues of the main characters. The only problem is that the tone and style of all of these monologues are more or less the same. The book does not offer the tried (but effective) whodunnit device of teasing the reader with possible suspects. Basically, you turn to page X and find so-and-so with a shovel, which is used an exaggerated number of times within a short period of time. Unfortunately, the shovel is the best part of the book.
Also, the book is repetitive. "The house looked the same, but something had changed." "There was a coldness in the air." Yes, I suppose you could use these phrases as leitmotifs. However,without sufficient description of the setting, or
connection to the internal emotional state of the characters, these phrases are ineffective and annoying.


Soon to be a Major Motion Picture
Soon to be a Major Motion Picture
by Warren Dunford
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A respectable "light" read...3.5 stars, 5 Sep 2002
Okay, three stars is stingy. A well-crafted book with good pace, continuity (is that a word?)and convincing characters. It also helped that the people in the book, although having flaws, were likeable. A must read if you and your friends have artistic aspirations and are working in a coffee shop or at a deskjob. Yes! to be twenty-something again!
It was also refreshing that the gay characters in the book were not the clichè jaded, drug-snorting, materialistic hedonists you find so often in "gay" literature.


The Rose City
The Rose City
by David Ebershoff
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, witty and entertaining, 22 Aug 2002
This review is from: The Rose City (Paperback)
This is a case where a work actually lives up to the praise it has been given. I was not disappointed. The book is a definite
must if you are a fan of the short story format. Also, if you are a fan of gay lit, you should buy this book immediately.


Interesting Monsters
Interesting Monsters
by Aldo Alvarez
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.74

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really big, bloody placenta!, 28 Jun 2002
This review is from: Interesting Monsters (Paperback)
This one is a keeper. The stories cover the entire range of
emotions; dating, falling in love, friendship, loss and of
course, carrying around a big, bloody placenta. (You will understand after having read the book.)
It does rate high for me in that it has up-front "queer" sensibility; putting gay people in the center of many of the stories. However, it does not make take the typical "low road"
approach. Often, some authors think that they can provide a gay storyline, and the gay readers will be so content that they will not notice the sacrifice in quality. It is not the case for "Interesting Monsters." The book is intelligent and for the first time in a long time, I found three-dimensional, interesting
gay characters in a book. If you are not gay, read it for the
placenta story.


Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)
by Gregory Maguire
Edition: Paperback

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So spank me, I didn't like it, 6 May 2002
Okay, I am definitely in the minority in this issue. I just want to say this book is best for the people who are into the entire fantasy/elf/middle earth -type schtick. The book was just too schizophrenic for me. At first, it starts out like a Maerchen. Then, the Wicked Witch of the West is a typical Gen Xer in college.
Then she's a terrorist. It definitely describes stations in the life of the Wicked Witch of the West, but doesn't give much insight into what her day-to-day life was like during childhood. For being set in a fantasy type environment, I felt it was a bit lean regarding description. The dialouges are very often interrepted with one-liner better suited for television sit-coms.
This book does toy with some of the biggest issues in life (fate, freedom, etc.) without really provoking any thought on the part of the reader.


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