Author Archives: Leslie

Discovered: Little Boy Lost Book Four

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Title: Discovered: Little Boy Lost Book Four
Author: J.P. Barnaby
Cover artist: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Genre: Contemporary m/m, young adult
Length: Novel (200 pages)

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Leslie

In a nutshell: Jamie and Brian’s angst-filled journey continues in this fourth book in the series, told (for the first time) from Jamie’s point of view.

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What They Always Tell Us

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Title: What They Always Tell Us
Author: Martin Wilson
Publisher: Delacorte/Random House
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Genre: YA, contemporary gay fiction
Length: Novel (304 pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Leslie

In a nutshell: More subtle and nuanced than the usual “coming-of-age” story, told in an unusual and effective way. Not to be missed!


 

 

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Vanished: Little Boy Lost Book Three

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Title: Vanished: Little Boy Lost Series Book Three
Author: J.P. Barnaby
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner
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Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (210 pages)

Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

A guest review by Leslie

In a nutshell:  Choosing to give up college and a scholarship, Brian (McAllister) Schreiber makes his way to San Diego to search for his best friend and lover, Jamie Mayfield.

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My Obsession with Josh Kilmer-Purcell (don’t worry, it’s a healthy one!)

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A fun post by guest reviewer Leslie


It all began innocently enough. Several weeks ago (or maybe months) K.Z. Snow mentioned—either here or on Goodreads, not sure which–that she was reading I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell and said it was a “very unusual” memoir. That was enough to pique my curiosity so I downloaded the sample to my Kindle and then promptly forgot about it. Then, two weeks ago, on my birthday, my friend Geoffrey recommended the same book to me. Since it was my birthday, I decided to treat myself to a day of leisure reading so I bought the book and dived in.

“Very unusual” is putting it mildly. IANMTD covers about eight months in Josh’s life when he was 26 and first living in New York City. He was a mild mannered advertising executive by day and at night he was drag queen name Aquadisiac—Aqua for short—who was known for her towering hair, heels, and live goldfish in her breasts. Josh was madly in love with a sex worker named Jack and despite a rather bizarre lifestyle (and even more bizarre schedule), they made it work.

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I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth The Trip

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Title: I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth The Trip
Author: John Donovan
Publisher: Harper & Row (1969); reissued by Flux in 2010
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Genre: YA; Contemporary
Length: Novel (228 pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Leslie

In a nutshell: A classic of children’s literature that I only discovered two weeks ago!

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Paragraph 175 (movie review)

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Title: Paragraph 175
Directed by: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
Narrated by: Rupert Everett
Genre: Documentary
Length: 81 minutes
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Year released: 2000
Rating: N/A

A guest review by Leslie

In a nutshell: Painful to watch, at times, but very interesting documentary that recounts the persecution of homosexuals during WWII in Nazi Germany.

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The Painting

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Title: The Painting
Author: F.K. Wallace
Publisher: Self-published
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Genre: Historical
Length: Novel (65794 words)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Leslie

In a nutshell: A classic love story, set against the backdrop of war and its aftermath. I cried more than once, but the perfect ending made it all worth it.

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Full Release

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Title: Full Release
Author: Marshall Thornton
Cover Artist: Alessia Brio
Publisher: Torquere Press
Amazon Buy Link: N/A
Genre:  Contemporary mystery
Length: Novel (268 pgs; 79000 words)

Rating: 2 stars out of 5

A guest review by Leslie

In a nutshell: A murder mystery that didn’t know if it was funny or suspenseful, plus an incredibly annoying main character, ultimately ruined this book for me. Nice cover, though.

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Bob the Book

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Title: Bob the Book
Author: David Pratt
Cover Artist: Peach Boy Distillery and Design
Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions
Buy Link:  Amazon
Length: Novel (186 pages)
Genre: Contemporary gay fiction
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Leslie

In a nutshell: Think Toy Story for adults, with books instead of toys.

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This Rough Magic

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Title: This Rough Magic
Author: Josh Lanyon
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Publisher: LooseId
Length: Short Novel
Genre: Mystery, historical fiction (1930s)
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

A dueling guest review by Leslie

In a nutshell: Vintage Lanyon: what Josh does best. A clever mystery with lovely writing and a pair of very likeable protagonists.

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Abandoned: Little Boy Lost Series Book Two

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Title: Abandoned, Little Boy Lost Series  #2
Author: J.P. Barnaby
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Buy link: Amazon
Genre: Young adult, contemporary
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Leslie

In a nutshell: Brian McAllister endures his senior year of high school without his best friend and lover, Jamie, at his side.

>>>This review contains spoilers for the first book in the series, Enlightened.<<<

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It Gets Better…Again!

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In lieu of a review this week…a fun post and commentary by guest reviewer Leslie

Perhaps you were watching Glee the other night and saw an ad that featured videos from the It Gets Better Project. Perhaps you even thought it was an ad for It Gets Better. Actually, it was an ad for the Google Chrome browser. Don’t feel bad if you were confused—it seems that many people are missing the point of the ad campaign, at least according to the New York Times. Even if it’s not completely successful at this moment, I still think it’s a terrific ad. If I wasn’t already a Google Chrome user, you can be sure that I would be downloading the browser today!

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