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Fair Game (All's Fair)
Fair Game (All's Fair)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy and exciting page turner, 25 Oct 2013
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Elliot, newly in academic employment after retiring hurt from the FBI, is called on to look into the disappearance of a young male student. Needless to say, he finds himself in professional harness with his former work (and play) partner, Tucker. The professional and personal sparks fly. This book works really well both as a thriller and as a credible, passionate love-story.


Andrew and Joey
Andrew and Joey
by Jamie James
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Decline and Fall., 19 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Andrew and Joey (Paperback)
Described as a comic novel, the book's cover led me to assume that it would be a classic romp in which, after numerous amorous travails, Andrew and Joey come back together. I could not have been more wrong. For this is a story about permanent loss, told originally and successfully, through the medium of e-mail messages between the various characters. Joey, the successful, charismatic, flighty dancer and his more staid Chinese-American partner of fourteen years, Andrew, go to Bali where Joey is to produce, and dance in, an original work combining oriental and western dance. There, Joey falls headlong for his young Indonesian co-star. Then begins the story of the end of a relationship and, in Joey's case, the start of a downward trend, each step of which is entirely credible emotionally. Joey's friend, Phil, is both his sounding board and counsellor and, witty, funny and OTT as he is, Phil is the source of much unheeded wisdom.
This is a fascinating and compelling, and utterly poignant, story. It does not end in tragedy but in an irredeemable sense of loss.


The Berlin Novels
The Berlin Novels
by Christopher Isherwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Why had I not read this before?, 15 Oct 2013
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Of course I have seen 'Cabaret' and it is a great movie but what it cannot do is what its inspiration does: create some credible, subtle and memorable characters and evoke an atmosphere of pre-war Berlin which is at once seductive and repellent. Isherwood was witness to the rise of Hitler and this book brings out the poverty and hopelessness (and helplessness) of many Germans, and the sense of gloom and impending chaos, which assisted the ascent of Nazism. I had also not appreciated how early on the systematic murder of Jewish Germans began. The book shows the seductive side of Berlin and its more chilling aspects, among the latter being the sense of security rooted in disbelief among the very people whose lives were soon to be destroyed.
The writing is spare but vivid.


Diary Of A Gay Priest: The Tightrope Walker
Diary Of A Gay Priest: The Tightrope Walker
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5.0 out of 5 stars A profile in courage., 7 Oct 2013
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This diary should find its rightful place in the history of the struggle for gay rights in Britain. Malcolm Johnson is a gay Anglican priest in an organisation where, as with the RC Church, there are a significant number of gay clerics and where the hierarchy buries its head in the sand - or worse - when it comes to their rights or that of other LGBT people. Malcolm Johnson did not just fight the system, he was a pioneer of the rights and welfare of LGBT people, especially when, in the 1980s, HIV/AIDS was being treated as a gay plague. He was also a champion of the homeless.
There are plenty of heroes and villains in this story, and plenty who stood on the sidelines. The overall picture is of an organisation (the Church of England) with some wonderful and brave people in it but whose leadership is often timid and weakened by the church's position as an official organ of the state.
Malcolm Johnson has been a courageous hero of the struggle for Gay rights and this diary is a compelling account.


Homosexuality A History
Homosexuality A History
by COLIN SPENCER
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, authoritative and fascinating., 4 Oct 2013
This is a book that merits a re-issue. Colin Spencer's history is comprehensive and brilliantly mixes fact, historical and social context and personal histories. Most revealing to me was the extent to which the pendulum has swung between acceptance of same-sex relations to persecution and revulsion and back again, for reasons which are not always obvious. It makes one glad to be gay in modern Britain but could the pendulum swing back again to the persecution and prosecution of my youth? This books makes you wonder and doubt.


Junk
Junk
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5.0 out of 5 stars An original, engrossing and sexy story., 24 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Junk (Kindle Edition)
On the face of it, a book about a compulsive hoarder is not the stuff dreams are made of. But Jasper, the hoarder, is a subtly drawn character, as is Lewis, the counsellor/hands-on helper who seeks to guide him to make his home once again habitable.
And Jasper's hoarding is not just a few year's supply of back numbers of 'Attitude'. He cannot get into most of the rooms inside his own house; can never throw anything away. That aspect of the story is compelling as the reader longs for Jasper to overcome his demons. For his part, Lewis is torn between his growing sexual attraction to Jasper and his professional duty, as well as his own commitment issues.
With an intriguing cast of characters, a fascinating background story and two complex but sexy central 'heroes', I found this book irresistible - and am busy hoarding more of Josephine Myles on my Kindle.


The Only Easy Day (Sanctuary Book 2)
The Only Easy Day (Sanctuary Book 2)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment., 23 Sep 2013
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I enjoyed this book but found the plot faintly implausible, and the love affair between two men, who start out mutually antagonistic, also seemed to spring from nowhere and to go from hate to hot to undying love in about three seconds. The drama itself is interesting but is resolved in too facile a fashion to be believable. So, for me, the book was a disappointment. If you are new to R J Scott, I'd suggest starting elsewhere. All the others I have read were much better reads.


Maybe My Love
Maybe My Love
by BelAmi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photographs of beautiful men., 23 Sep 2013
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Of course, with guys as sexy as the Bel Ami models, it is hard to go wrong. But there is something special about this book. People sometimes say "why could you possibly want to be gay"? This book would be part of my answer because it contains the best of male beauty, at once innocent, natural and emotionally, as well as physically, seductive. There are in these photographs, technically excellent and never gimmicky, portraits of men who are at ease with themselves and each other and whose sexuality and sensuality are worn naturally and beautifully. The physical dimensions of the book are attractive: a good quantity of photographs but in a book that is not the size of a small table and does not weigh a ton. In short, this is sufficiently different from previous Bel Ami books both in presentation and impact to make it a worthwhile addition. Or a great place to start.


Blood and Lust
Blood and Lust
by Zack
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.44

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep-dyed villains and hot gay heroes., 19 Sep 2013
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Oliver Frey (Zack) and writer Roger Kean are strong on dastardly, sadistic villains and they don't come much nastier than in this book in which kids are hijacked off the streets to provide live gladiatorial fodder for a sick live and DVD audience.
The other side of the coin is that the dregs scraped from the street, especially Clint, a London east-end hustler, turn out to have within them the stuff of heroes. As in all the best adventures, just when all seems lost, good triumphs over evil. Better still, Clint and his companions in adversity are all hot, sexy guys whose lust for life and each other is fired up by the peril of their circumstances. If the villains are brutal, then the young guys forced to be gladiators, are hot, raunchy, hard as iron but with hearts of gold. Clint reams and creams his way to a magnificent climax - and not just in bed with the seductive Danny who becomes the love of his life.
Zack's drawings leave deliciously little to the imagination. Keep them coming.


Benson at Sixty
Benson at Sixty
by Michael Carson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.53

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life of a gay man at 60. And most of life is here., 19 Sep 2013
This review is from: Benson at Sixty (Paperback)
Benson is both an attractive and irritating character. As with all of us, his traits, good and bad, have become more exaggerated with age. He has strong views, he feels alienated from his modern environment, he has to come to terms with being an invisible old codger. He wanders off the point. He is still searching for the person he might be when he grows up. And, at the same time, he has the wisdom of pain and experience, self-confidence in the expression of his sexuality and a philosophy of life borne in part of his being a recovering alcoholic.
The book's other characters are similarly multi-dimensional, fitting neither the character of hero or villain but that of individualistic, flawed human beings. Does it work? As a novel, in the traditional mould, it has no compelling narrative or compelling central figure. As an insightful, quirky, realistic and insightful tale of life at a certain age, and especially life as a gay man at a certain age, it is often brilliant. It is remarkable book: well worth reading and reflecting on.


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