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Gulliver Takes Manhattan Paperback – 1 May 2012
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About the Author
Justin Luke Zirilli is the co-director and head promoter of BoiParty.com, a New York-based gay nightlife events company. He and his business partner, Alan Picus, throw weekly dance parties around New York City, and larger events across the United States. In addition to event planning, Justin feeds his addiction to social media as the creator of Gorgeous, Gay and Twenty-Something, a private international Facebook group, as the New York correspondent of the national gay talk show, The Swish Edition, and by moonlighting as a social media and new business consultant. When he isn’t glued to his computer screen, or traversing NYC’s gay party scene, he spends his time in Hell’s Kitchen, playing PlayStation and watching The West Wing with his boyfriend, Mash-up Mastermind DJ JoeRedHead. Gulliver Takes Manhattan is his first book.
Top customer reviews
Mr Zirilli's gay fantasy will take the reader on a drunken pilgrimage to the hot spots and not spots of his mythical island where you will meet all kind of exotic and devious creature with vocabularies devoid of verbs and attitudes devoid of any kind of lasting quality ~ indeed it is a marshmallow world of booze and guilt free sex until the ex-boyfriend finds out then there may be Busby Berkley choreographed fisticuffs (pun intended) ending up in an over use of "hide and heal".
The biggest problem with tales so contemporary is that they date so quickly and with pop cultural references the novel is nailed to its decade like a crucified squirrel, by the time this makes it into a popular edition will anybody remember who Shakira and Gaga are??
I am all for a bit of one-handed gay porn and this book is ridiculously easy to read but just like that box of marshmallows I was left with no real lasting memory of the "pleasure" I derived and just a queasy sensation in my stomach.
If you liked this there is tons of it out there and this one comes from a gay corner where AIDS, gay trauma and angst and morbid suicide is not the punishment for choosing such a liberating (though definitely youthful) lifestyle
Despite his family being distraught he carries on as he saw all his acquaintances in L.A. as `frenemeis'. He wants to make it as a graphic designer but tends to get graphic in other ways with greater success. On his first night out with Todd and his friends, he ends up having a two way after copious amounts of alcohol. Undeterred he carries on living off of Todd's generosity and the company of his new friends. Then his luck starts to change but not his proclivities.
To say any more really would be a plot spoiler and even though there are quite a few adventures for Gulliver in this, the main thread running through everything is that is having sex at the drop of a hat. This `talent' is not only Gulliver's gift to the World but also every other single gay man in the book, with a couple of notable exceptions. He also seems to accept people in New York as being genuine and yet everyone from home is two faced and untrustworthy, even failing to tell his concerned parents even half the truth about what he is getting up to.
There is also unprotected sex, protected sex, stranger sex, drunken sex, backroom sex, pay per view porn sex, live show sex and good old fashioned hands on sex. The amount of sex probably explains the length (no pun intended) of this tome, as there is very little actual plot to warrant over 400 pages.
We do get moments of reflection and even genuine feelings being expressed, but it is all a veil to try to rationalise the screaming narcissism of Gulliver. I mean Jeez I have met people who are in love with themselves but this guy adores himself and seems to think that everyone else does too. Whilst this could be seen as an accurate depiction of some people it did seem to be stereotype centric and started to wear thin after a while.
That said it did keep my attention for the most part and it is an easy read, but the constant pretty boy feeling sorry for herself was just a tad over played. This is allegedly the first book from Justin Luke Zirilli and as such is not a bad effort but it will most certainly not be to everyone's taste and will never be classified as great literature, still if a narcissistic sex marathon is your thing, then you will not be disappointed.
Edit: he has published at least 4 other books around the characters portrayed in this book, Todd included and they all have shill reviews in the US so I am beginning to think 3 stars is over generous, it seems the lack of morals in the characters is somewhat auto biographical.
Without giving away the story, we follow Gulliver as he enjoys the hedonistic night life with his friends, gets various jobs and has various relationships. The story is humorously told and the author has a fun writing style.
For me the book was rather long and could have perhaps been 2 or even 3 books, each telling the separate parts of Gulliver's story. Also the book very much portrays the world of Gulliver and his friends as constant drinking, partying and sex. Lots of sex, with lots of people and often at the same time. This to me seemed a little shallow and vacuous, but perhaps the book will be thoroughly enjoyed by someone who is also in their early twenties (unfortunately, I am not!).
An ok fun read that is what it is.
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