Anyone else have Amazon Prime? You can borrow one book a month (on a Kindle only) for free, and the author gets paid a bit for the loan even.
Here is a link to LGBT Prime eligible books:
I read this one for the first time as a teenager.It totally bowled me over, and held my fascination.It was such an evocative and lovely Victorian tale, and I properly read in my bed with the wind howling outside.
Ah. The memories!
I found the movies and fell in love with the Hammer Horror and the Langella film version.
So here I just squee a bit ;) I wore a black cloak complete with red silken lining every minute I could, sewed it myself. Along with that wonderful white shirt, cravat and tight black trousers.
I'm not sure this wasn't fanfiction originally, it has many bad fanfic problems
- gay for you
- all women are bitches
- small bottom, tall top
- men acting like sappy romance females
- lots of melodrama of the awkward kind
- constant TSTL moments
and unfortunately except for the competent prose there was nothing to lift it out of that vale of meh. So this is an okay read, not really engendering the need to read more of the same kind.
Favourite title of a book.
"Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser" by Fritz Leiber is still a very much beloved title.
"The Torture Garden" by Octave Mirbeau
"Warhound and the World's Pain" by Michael Moorcock
"The Masque of the Red Death." by Edgar A. Poe
"It" by Stephen King
This was a pleasant read, flowing smoothly, the prose and plot both were the usual efficient style this writer duo engages in. With one exception--there was a bit too much telling.
However, in the end it didn't matter. The anguish Everett Gerard suffered was transmitted well, the growing love for the boy was quite obvious, and if there was a bit too much telling about what took place between Miles and Gerard, then be it.
Both men at least clearly were men and no hetero-couple in disguise. And I was entertained for the time I read this book. Not the usual high rating this pair gets from me, but still a solid "liked".
Liked the cover!
4% An intriguing beginning.
21% It is still intriguing, I've been caught by the plot. However, there is a lot of telling going on, which is quite atypical for that author duo.
74% The sex between the two men feels authentic to the time, though there's still too much telling.
The most surprising plot twist or ending.
Again, probably lots of those around. Too many to remember. I'm gullible, and usually I don't see things coming much.
The twist at the end of "Junction X" by Erastes sure had me by the balls. Another one which recently got to me was the extended ending of "Cottonwood".
An interesting article I thought I should share Gendered Books...Bring On The Rebellion http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/polly-courtney/gendered-books_b_3236467.html
Unfortunately this was rather pedestrian and the sex boring. Some points for having a nice idea (Beauty and Beast).
First Jeff Bezos with Amazon and now Michael Tamblyn and his Kobo (and Otis, but he hasn't got round to deletions for sex books yet. I'm sure that his boss, Bezos, will soon have him up to speed on that though).
I was reading this and thought to myself, "what kind of church does Michael Tamblyn go to?"
Censorship. Censorship. Censorship. Why this new Puritanism? Porn rape fantasies and sex with girls of legal age (just) is a huge industry. No one has to like it to see that a) it is such a huge industry it is completely legal because no one puts that kind of money at risk and b) no one is forcing people to watch it, vast numbers of people just really, really like viewing it. And perhaps couples like rp'ing it a bit too. But they can't read it any more because according to Bezos and Tamblyn (and Chandler), Censorship is a lovely thing.
Tamblyn says writers can write it but,
"All I can say is that if your dream is to publish “barely legal” erotica or exploitative rape fantasies, distribution is probably going to be a struggle for you."
Out the window goes John Fowles' The Collector, which is a very dark book on definitely-illegal rape and kidnap fantasies. A brilliant 5-star read. What about Steig Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? (With its genius pay-back scene). Then there is Shades of Grey itself, not well-written, but pretty much an exploitative fantasy, and enjoyed by many.
What about the classic, Fanny Hill? Exploitative sex fantasies were very popular in Victoria times, but generally at some point in the book it becomes a jolly good romp enjoyed by all. Would that go or does the 'romp' element make it ok? Ann Rice (writing as A.N. Roquelaure) with her pre-Interview with a Vampire trilogy, the Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, a mega-seller, that is nothing but exploitative and violent (mostly spanking and rape) sex fantasies? Will they pull Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives? Are we to read nothing but Disney princes kissing the beautiful girl amid sparkles and rippling music?
Why is wrong with violent sex fantasies? They are fantasies, not real. I suppose reporting on the Yorkshire Ripper with all his rapes, hammer attacks, mutilations and murders will be ok, because it really happened. Writing about rape for titillation will have to be couched in terms of reportage not fantasy.
But it will still be ok to publish books containing child abuse, violent out-of-control people, torture scenes, terrible murders, cannibalism and anything else anyone damn well pleases, so long as it doesn't cross Tamblyn's sexual no-no line. Violence good! Sex bad :-(
I wonder what church he goes to?
A book that changed your opinion about something.
There are lots of those around. Practically every non-fiction book I read.
"Testament of Youth" by Vera Brittain changed my perception about women's lives in the early 20th century.
"Not So Quiet..." by Helen Zenna Smith did the same.
"The Big Book of Pain: Torture & Punishment Through History" by Mark Donelly has been quite insightful recently.
"The Rise and Fall of the British Nanny" by Jonathan-Gathorne-Hardy provided some startling insights.