on 31 October 2013
Josh Lanyon is one of my favourite authors. His protagonists are gay men and his novels stand up with the very best mainstream fiction. Do not mix Josh Lanyon up with the plethora of (usually female) writers who are self-publishing gay stories. He's the real deal: an author who could write superbly in any genre, but just happens to like writing in this one.
He writes prolifically, mainly short stories but with some novel series. This book is the first of a new series and a very good start it is. The beauty of Josh's books is that you seem to know the characters within the first few pages. He has a unique way of writing, very intimate and funny. These are the sort of books you want to curl up on the sofa and just indulge yourself with. The plots are always clever and well thought out (this one is a supernatural story, which is quite a departure for Josh and very well done. Spooky, creepy and delightful).
As an introduction to Josh's work this would be a very good place to start. I recommend all his books but particularly the Adrien English series: Fatal Shadows; A Dangerous Thing; The Hell You Say; Death of a Pirate King; The Dark Tide.
If you like crime fiction, gay fiction, GOOD fiction, you won't regret this purchase.
on 6 October 2014
I really don't like it when a Josh Lanyon book ends (well, there was just the one, and only because it was emotionally really, really hard - that was I Spy Something Bloody). But the worlds that the author creates are submerging and very real.
This was a buddy read and pretty much the only Lanyon I didn't have on my Kindle (after the author tweeted a while back that there was a book sale and I bought up the back catalogue). But purchasing Winter was money well spent. (And I'll even let you off the 'pry' instead of 'prise', Josh Lanyon, because I'd forgotten about it by the end of the book. Almost.)
I'm not a fan of the supernatural. I used to believe in ghosts. Now I don't, but you know when you're in a fictional realm, and it's happening to the characters, it all seems so very real, so for the time I was reading Winter, I believed. I believed in ghosts, in Flynn's tragedy, and in Kirk's ability to protect him.
Great story - a dash of romance, some spooky stuff, the occasional wry humour, suspense...Josh Lanyon, really. That's all. Thank you.