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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & Horny & Touching, 26 Jan 2001
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This review is from: QUEEN IS DEAD, THE: A Story of Jarheads, Eggheads, Serial Killers and Bad Sex (Paperback)
An uproariously funny - and naughty - book, that somehow manages to be touching and thought-provoking as well. I found Simpson's joint project with Zeeland very compelling, and ended up feeling as if I knew them both; when the book finished I actually found myself missing them. It's also very horny, with lots of 'true sexual encounters with military men'. They seem to have been written up for laughs and as an illustration of the foolishness of desire, but they are still quite horny - they had me reaching for my Kleenex to wipe my eyes and, occasionally something lower down. All in all, well worth the wait (I've been pestering my local Waterstone's about this book since JULY last year!) When does Vol. II come out?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny, Very Wise, 18 Mar 2002
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This review is from: QUEEN IS DEAD, THE: A Story of Jarheads, Eggheads, Serial Killers and Bad Sex (Paperback)
I read the rave reviews in the newspapers but was a bit sceptical - the title doesn't exactly fill you with enthusiasm. Then some friends recommended it and I finally got around to buying a copy. In fact, it turned out to be one of the best books I've ever read - and I read it almost in one sitting, despite it being quite a thick volume (complete with fascinating snapshots). It's extremely funny, but isn't 'light' (i.e. vacuous) in the way that most 'funny' books are. In fact, it's very moving and very wise and recklessly honest. True, the humour is black humour - but then, that's the best and possibly the only kind.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and gripping, 11 Feb 2001
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This review is from: QUEEN IS DEAD, THE: A Story of Jarheads, Eggheads, Serial Killers and Bad Sex (Paperback)
This book is just superb. Two gay dissidents with a shared lust for marines open a transatlantic correspondence revealing marvellous, trivial and disturbing details of their lives. London lad Simpson, best known for his book Anti-Gay, is his usual witty, perceptive self and finds in Seattle based Zeeland not just a soul-mate but an effective foil for his dry commentary. Quite why a pair of misanthropic, cynical armchair philosophers writing about transsexuals, military men's bottoms and cats should make for worthwhile reading is a mystery, but it does. For their own sakes, these writers should get out more. But that wouldn't make for half as interesting a book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen Is Dead, Boys, 8 Nov 2011
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This review is from: QUEEN IS DEAD, THE: A Story of Jarheads, Eggheads, Serial Killers and Bad Sex (Paperback)
The only word I can think of to describe this book is: provocative. It provoked very strong reactions in me.

I agree with other reviewers that this collection of letters between Simpson and Zeeland, two old-fashioned homos lost in the ever-increasingly GAY world, is funny. They both speak in unique and engaging voices, mixing wry humour with bitter observations with pathos (and bathos). I laughed at their stories of disasterous sexual encounters, cheap porno movies and damning reviews of their books.

But The Queen Is Dead also startled, upset, angered, aroused me. As a woman reading such personal correspondences between two gay men, I felt I had a window into an experience I could never truly access. And though their writing is accessible, immediate and visceral, it makes no compromises. I was left at the window looking in from the outside.

The sadness of the book lies in how the authors too, are left on the outside- outside the machismo of the military, outside the brotherhood shared by straight men, outside the gay 'community', outside the mainstream literary establishment, outside of 'love'.

A scene that stays with me is where Simpson describes bumping into his ex marine lover on Hampstead Heath, the place where they first met. The lad runs off saying he doesn't want to talk to him, and Simpson chases after him, saying 'but I want to talk to *you*'.

It sums up the poignant lot of the 'straight chaser'. The homo who searches for but never finds that elusive masculine ideal, promised by soldiers and sailors. And, it sums up, more universally, how desire is always by its very nature, one-sided.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, 17 Jan 2001
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This review is from: QUEEN IS DEAD, THE: A Story of Jarheads, Eggheads, Serial Killers and Bad Sex (Paperback)
Steven Zeeland is My favourite author and I have read all but one book from Steven Zeeland. This Book is about Memoir and relationship bewteen Steven the American guy and Mark Simpson, the British Guy. They share same sense of Life by commicating each other which developed into long distance relationship bewteen these two author. Mark Simpson is the British author on our side, UK. After wrote a letter to Steven and they was brought together after reading each other's books which do with Masculine. Which I can relate to Masculine. So this time, They wrote together to write this book to tell us how they met and learn the life as go on in years to come by. Excellent to learn about bewteen these guys. I would like to meet these guys, if possible!!
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