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    1. Three Junes
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    Asin: 0385721420
    Catlog: Book (2003-04)
    Publisher: Anchor
    Sales Rank: 1581
    Average Customer Review: 3.49 out of 5 stars
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    An astonishing first novel that traces the lives of a Scottish family over a decade as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises.

    In June of 1989 Paul McLeod, a newspaper publisher and recent widower, travels to Greece, where he falls for a young American artist and reflects on the complicated truth about his marriage. . ..Six years later, again in June, Paul’s death draws his three grown sons and their families back to their ancestral home. Fenno, the eldest, a wry, introspective gay man, narrates the events of this unforeseen reunion. Far from his straitlaced expatriate life as a bookseller in Greenwich Village, Fenno is stunned by a series of revelations that threaten his carefully crafted defenses. . .. Four years farther on, in yet another June, a chance meeting on the Long Island shore brings Fenno together with Fern Olitsky, the artist who once captivated his father. Now pregnant, Fern must weigh her guilt about the past against her wishes for the future and decide what family means to her. Inprose rich with compassion and wit, Three Junes paints a haunting portrait of love’s redemptive powers.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Written Story
    Julia Glass has written a luminous novel about family ties those we are born with and those we acquire through life. The novel is divided into three sections that each include the McLeod family memebers. In the first and most interesting section we meet Paul McLeod who is recovering from his wife Maureen's death on a trip to Greece in June . Paul's reminiscence of Maureen is poignant as he describes their meeting and early years of marriage together. The reader is treated to beautifully written passages about their rural Scottish home and the interactions between these two people. Paul is left wondering if he ever really knew his wife, certian that he loved her, yet regretting not having the courage to really know her. Part two of the story centers on Fenno, Paul's oldest son, who arrives home from NYC to attend his father's funeral. It is in this chapter we meet the rich, interesting characters in Fenno's life; Malachy Burns a music critic dying of AIDS, Fenno's lover, his neighbor and twin brothers Dennis and David and their families. Fenno keeps his emotions to himself and like his father, questions why he sometimes doesn't have the courage to connect in a real way with the people in his life. This is the longest section of the book and at times drags as Fenno philosophies about his life and relationships. The last section of the book is by far the weakest, with Fern Olitsky being the central character who ties into the McLeod's life in an intesting way. This scene is set in the Hamptons, at a beach house where a dinner draws Fenno, his brother Dennis, his ex-lover, Fern and a new man. The interactions are interesting, but this was disappointing as the rest of the book was superb and the ending just seems to drop off. This is a story that is meant to be read slowly, with wonderful imagery and details to characters and relationships, but ends somewhat weakly.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Elegantly written, but incomplete
    This book is divided into three intertwining sections; each section has in common some of the same characters and the month of June, where Important Things happen ' people die and babies are conceived. This is NOT a quick read; it is a literary novel that you can either tire of or admire (or in my case, both). As in many literary novels, there are many reflective passages that do little to move the story forward or tie up loose ends in the plot.

    The story focuses on the McLeod family, a Scottish clan from which the eldest son, Fenno, has departed for NYC, only to return after the death of his mother, Maureen, and several years later his father, Paul. There's a lot of back stories to learn about Fenno and his younger twin brothers, David and Dennis, as well as the secret life of Maureen, and later Paul, who moved to Greece after his wife's death. There's also Fern, a young woman Paul meets and develops a crush on during his first trip to Greece, and who resurfaces in the book's last section. Needless to say, there's a lot going on here, and much of our information comes from Fenno's perspective, and he is not the most likeable character.

    Criticisms aside, this was an interesting, elegantly written novel that's worth getting through, even though you may feel somewhat shortchanged at the inconclusive end.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Three Junes
    This book was beautifully written, except I felt I was deceived from the beginning. When you read the book from the front cover, back cover, even inside the book with numerous positive commentaries and plot summaries, there is not one word mentioning that this novel's main character is gay and how his gayness affects his family/friends relations. I have nothing against gay people or stories about gay characters. Don't get me wrong (I am from California!). But I felt I was not prepared for this much gayness when I read the book. It deeply disturbed me that the publisher had to go in such length to "hide" the main plot from its potential readers. Why? Just be honest and come out of the closet! I felt as if I bought a candy that it is supposed to be strawberry flavored. But when I open up the wrapper and eat the candy, I find out it is chocolate flavored. I don't mind chocolate, but not when I want to eat strawberry flavored candy.

    I believe many readers are like me and would like to know what we get ourselves into before we get involved. Having said all these complaints, I would still read the book after all. I would read it not because I enjoyed the book, but because the book won the "National Book Award". I try to read as many awarded books as possible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing
    This amazing tale is unusual on several levels. First, the form of the book: it reads like three novellas as the book is in three distinct sections, each with its own point of view. Then there are the characters (well-drawn and complex)which are interwoven into these sections. But the form alone is not the chief drawing aspect for this fresh, new novel, it is rather the excellent writing and dialogue. No, this is not a quick read, but then most great books aren't. With its themes of homosexuality and conflict within the human heart, it is like Jackson McCrae's "The Bark of the Dogwood" or a few other great reads that are currently out. And Glass handles her material as well as McCrae in this respect. But aside from all this, "Three Junes" is an entertaining read, and isn't that what it's all about? I highly recommend this stellar novel.

    Also recommended: McCrae's BARK OF THE DOGWOO

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Enough
    But not great. Nothing so wrong with this book except that it just isn't vibrant enough for me. The people are so ho hum. The story just doesn't get me excited as when I read MIDDLESEX or even the better works by J.C. Boyle. Or, actually, some of the Southern writers out there. Ms. Glass is published and lauded by the mainstream press when a real gem, SIMON LAZARUS by M.A. Kirkwood, deserves so much more. If you want a reading experience that will transcend the quaint and predictable, SIMON LAZARUS is the ticket. Now that is a read! ... Read more

    2. All the Wrong Places
    by Karin Kallmaker
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    Asin: 1931513767
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
    Publisher: Bella Books
    Sales Rank: 3748
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    Brandy Monsoon is looking for love. Since there’s never a shortage of casual playmates at the tropical resort where she works as a fitness trainer, most of the time she gets it, too.

    If Brandy tires of the perpetually curious but primarily straight women, there’s her best friend Tess for a friendly encounter – safe, with no strings. After all, they’re just buddies.

    When an all-lesbian tour group arrives for a week, Brandy is sure she’ll be in paradise on earth. The guests include lesbian celebrity comic Celine Griffin, who has an obvious interest in an after-dinner Brandy. Celine and Brandy do find explosive pleasure together -- so why does Brandy feel as if that’s no longer enough for happiness? ... Read more

    3. Up All Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sex
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    Asin: 1555837476
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Alyson Publications
    Sales Rank: 8273
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    In the tradition of the erotic bestsellers Skin Deep and Early Embraces, Up All Night presents the uncensored sizzling words of real women describing their hottest, wildest erotic adventures.

    Stacy Bias is the founder of, the gathering place for the web-savvy dyke. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

    Rachel Kramer Bussel is an editorial assistant at On Our Backs and has contributed writings to Starf*cker, Best Lesbian Erotica 2001, and Hot & Bothered 3. She lives in New York City.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars HOT HOT HOT!!
    Up All Night is a perfect erotica collection, with stories that runs the gamut from naughty to tender, smoldering hot to gentle flames that lick at you lightly until they get you totally turned on. Many of them feature couples trying out new roles, such as in Khadijah Caturani's "Ungentlemanly Behavior," when a very unchivalrous butch gets what's coming to him! Others show friends going beyond the bounds of friendship into much sexier territory, such as in "The Sex Test" by Alison Tyler and Zonna's incredibly tormenting "Games." That these stories are true is simply icing on the cake. "Insert Three Fingers Here" and "Caged" are some of the more delightful titles, and all of these naughty tales are sure to get you worked up. The passionate emotional truths underlying the amazingly hot, kinky and varied sex make this one a keeper. To quote a recent New York magazine cover story, "these are NOT your mother's lesbians." They are modern girls who know what they want and go after it, whether it's an alluring stranger in a club, a hot train conducter, or that very special person - their own lover.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
    I found this book recently and was intrigued by the cover, and was pleasantly surprised as I kept reading. While the cover is hot, the stories have a lot more depth to them than the cover might lead you to believe. I liked the wide variety of sex in the book and that all of it was so unusual, even the couples in the book mixed things up and tried new role playing. I especially liked "Kim" by Rosalind Christine Lloyd about hot NYC sidewalk sex and "Coming Soon to a Theater Near Me" by Bree Coven, about dating a lesbian porn star.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great read
    I saw some of the writers reading from this book in Brooklyn. It was not just hot, it was fun. I just couldn't help getting sucked in when these women read about their adventures, their desires, their bodies and everything that was going throught their heads in the process. I lent it to a male friend who said his wife can't put it down, and he is one happy man. Check out the stories about the blindfold, the train ride, or the role reversal. Good Stuff

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hot Women + Hot Sex = Stunning Book!
    I found these ladies' tales of steamy sex completely arousing. These fiery gals really taught me a lot about what two women can do together. None of these stories were boring or formulaic, all of them were fun and sexy and realistic. I liked that these were a far cry from simple lovey dovey tales but featured hot lusty sex between real lesbians. Great job and definitely kept me "up" all night!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My new favorite erotica book!
    I couldn't put this book down, racing from one hot story to another and then going back to reread them all again. Fun, imaginative and exciting, this one's getting a permanent place next to my bed. These girls are kinky, wild and crazy (in the best way)! ... Read more

    4. Tipping the Velvet
    by Sarah Waters
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    Asin: 1573227889
    Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
    Publisher: Riverhead Books
    Sales Rank: 4509
    Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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    This stunning and steamy debut chronicles the adventures of Nan King, a small-town girl at the turn of the century whose life takes a wild turn of its own when she follows a local music hall star to London...

    "Glorious...a sexy, sinewy sojourn of a young woman in turn-of-the-century England."--The Boston Globe

    "Erotic and absorbing...If lesbian fiction is to reach a wider readership, Waters is the person to carry the banner."--The New York Times Book Review

    "Wonderful...a sensual experience that leaves the reader marveling at the author's craftsmanship, idiosyncrasy and sheer effort."--The San Francisco Chronicle

    "Amazing....This is the lesbian novel we've all been waiting for."

    "Compelling...Readers of all sexes and orientations should identify with this gutsy hero as she learns who she is and how to love."--Newsday

    "Echoes of Tom Jones, Great Expectations...Waters's debut offers terrific entertainment: pulsating with highly charged (and explicitly presented) erotic heat."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars (3.5) A "Ladies" Guide to Victorian England
    I almost decided not to review this first novel by Sarah Waters, as I was quite speechless after finishing it. But having enjoyed AFFINITY, her second novel, I know that Waters is a uniquely talented writer. TIPPING THE VELVET leaves nothing to the imagination, so it's quite a crash course for the uniniated, but certainly worth the effort.

    In the early 1960's, Harold Robbin's potboiler, THE CARPETBAGGERS, was a source of sexual information, and then some. In much the same way, Waters is fearless as she wades through the lesbian adventures of Victorian England. Nan King propels the reader through an emotional rollercoaster as she embarks upon a career as a music hall entertainer in drag, as well as behind the closed doors of the mansions of wealth and privilege (read: privacy), all with the intensity of new romance and broken hearts. What can I say? I was blushing through most of the book...and I did pass it on to other friends of whatever sexual orientation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good god, what a triumph!
    When I heard about this book, I thought, "Victorian-era erotica? I don't think so!" But in the end, it turns out that my thirst for totally engrossing, wonderfully entertaining, and incredibly well-written lesbian fiction has at last been quenched. Nearly 500 pages was barely enough of Waters' evocative tale of Nancy Astley, aka Nan King, and her life and times as a newly out "tom" (surely the 19th-century English equivalent of "dyke"), a male-impersonating prostitute, a kept "boy," and finally a self-realizing adult. The sights, smells, sounds, tastes of turn-of-the-century England were so brilliantly captured that I couldn't wait to take the subway somewhere, anywhere, so that I could sit down and read without anyone bothering me! The novel is an erotic and emotional triumph. I can't wait to read Affinity, Waters''s already sitting on my desk. If I haven't raved enough about this book, take my word that it's highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Damn sexy
    Before I go into my thoughts on Tipping... I noticed a reviewer who suspects Sarah Waters of really being a man. In case anyone else is curious, I can confirm that she is female! I've twice worked at author events of hers, and she is most definately a woman (and a lesbian as if you needed telling!)

    Anyway. I really enjoyed this book. Apart from having a wonderfully readable prose style. Waters is a master of structure and plot - the story mixes erotica, sentimentality, darkness, humour and growth perfctly, and never repeats its own ideas.

    The characters are like all Waters' characters in that they risk being dislikable, but always end up winning you over. Nan as the narrator is a wonderful character to take the reader through the sexual underworlds of Victorian London.

    However, if you find you like this book don't expect Waters' other two to be similar! Affinity and Fingermith are involved, moody, dark and complicated, both employing elements of mystery (with big ol' twists). HAving said that - give Fingersmith a try: I loved it even more than Tipping.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best novels I have ever read
    I absolutely loved this book. It is a story of first love, of sexual awakening and exploration, and of true love. Extremely well written - a great plot and excellent prose. The author brings turn of the century England to vibrant life - as if you could taste, touch, and smell it. Both erotic and touching, I could not put this book down. Among the best novels I have ever read ... definitely my favorite.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I think we were fooled
    I am always surprised by the glowing reviews that this book recieves. I have to say that I bought the book with a great deal of anticipation because I had read so many positive reviews, ultimately I was quite disappointed in the book. First of all I couldn't shake the feeling that Sarah Waters was a man writing under a psuedonym. There was so much emphasis on the male identification of the main character that it smelled suspiciously like it was written by a man who thinks that lesbianism is no ones true calling, only a distraction until a real relationship can come along. There were other clues, such as the reliance on violent sexual images and the fact that the oral sex episodes with men during her prostitution years were far more graphic than any of the lesbian sex (which leads you to believe that the writer had no real knowledge of lesbian sex). I just felt fooled, that I was being toyed with, that the author was a man trying to slip in through the backdoor and show us all that men really understand lesbian mentality. What may be even more irritating is that if this really is a woman writing this than it is truly an offensive novel for the lesbian community as we have had enough of the lesbian that should be punished for her desires. ... Read more

    5. Wet : True Lesbian Sex Stories
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    Asin: 1555837662
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
    Publisher: Alyson Publications
    Sales Rank: 14259
    Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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    Intense and vibrantly real lesbian erotica in the spirit of Skin Deep, these quick and dirty true stories revel in hot lesbian sex. As they peek into the diary of a very busy (and very bad) girl, readers will be panting hungrily as women from around the world reveal their most intimate lesbian encounters.

    Nicole Foster edited the best-selling books, Skin Deep, Awakening the Virgin, Body Check, and Electric. She undresses in front of her window in Los Angeles.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very hot stuff
    I'm not even a lesbian (actually, I'm a guy) and I dug this book a lot. This is some good stuff -- no filler, just lots of steamy, graphically detailed (but genuinely erotic) sex -- none of that "her tenderness opened the flower of her lovingness" stuff readers of erotic literature know all too well here. A bit too much butch/femme roleplaying for my tastes (I fully support a woman's right to be named "Hank," but I don't necessarily need to see her having sex), but then, of course, this book wasn't intended for me. Good stories, recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
    The stories in this book are overwhelmingly hot. Good, solid storytelling, excellent dialogue. Juicy plots. Makes me yearn for a sequel. WETTER, anyone?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hot, Hot, Hot!
    Nicole Foster never fails to excite me with her books--and WET is no exception. It's filled with hot, juicy stories of lesbian desire and sensuality. Makes a great companion book to her excellent SKIN DEEP. In fact, it might be even better! I definitely learned a thing or two reading it, and I've been a lesbian a loooong time! Buy it! You won't be disappointed.

    1-0 out of 5 stars damp maybe, but not wet
    not the best collection of erotica i've read by a long shot. most of the stories are poorly written, even if they do deliver the sex promised. they're very amateur-level stories, with no consideration for narrative flow, or dialogue or any of the other things needed to make an erotica piece a WELL-WRITTEN erotica piece.

    if sex is what you're looking for, this is okay. otherwise, move on to another collection. ... Read more

    6. Clay's Way : A Novel
    by Blair Mastbaum
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    Asin: 1555838197
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-15)
    Publisher: Alyson Publications
    Sales Rank: 5375
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Set against the dazzling backdropof Hawaii's Oahu and Kauai islands, Clay's Way seethes with energy and hormonally charged nihilism. For 15-year-old Sam, a wanna-be punk rocker who writes bad haiku poetry, his middle-class suburban life feels like a prison. Mistaking lust for fate, Sam becomes obsessed with Clay, a 17-year-old surfer, outwardly cool but equally adrift. The violence and tumult of Clay's search for identity propels him, with desperately confused Sam in his wake, through the hardest decisions and obstacles of their young lives.

    24-year-old Blair Mastbaum graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in fine arts. He was a fashion model for six years, and now lives in Beverly Hills, where he is hard at work on his second novel.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST GAY BOOK EVER
    This is absolutely the best book I've ever read about being gay. Except it's not really about about being gay and I think people that aren't gay will love it too. It's so real and not political or chessy at all. There is none of that "coming out crap" and nothing about AIDS. This book is about a really interesting and complicated character that just happens to be gay. I loved Clay's Way. It was really involving and personal. Some of it was really funny. I haven't laughed out loud while reading a book in a long time. It really made me think about love and the importance of connecting with other people. It was cool to read a book that was about a gay character that was sexy, funny and true. I'm going to read it again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT AND POETIC
    I really loved this book. I've never read anyting I felt captured what it feels like to be a teenager and the feeling of sexual and emotional longing that Clay's Way has. Blair Mastbaum is a great writer. I hope he keeps writing. I think this book is sexy, funny, sad and it really puts you in the heads of its characters. I wish it was longer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read a cool book !
    I am not sure how the cover grabbed me, but it did and I am glad it did! Great novel! And Blair Mastbaum's first! I have lived in Hawaii and so I might have finally chosen to buy it for that reason, but the characters are millions of miles away from me. I am 44 years old, and they are below 18 years old. The novel tells a story that is set in a world different from the one of "Will And Grace", and "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy". Being high school aged is different. Clay and Sam, the main characters, are flawed. They could grow up to be well adjusted, but they are trapped in their messed up social enviroments for the length of the novel. Being Gay is hard at that age! Hawaii is an unforgiving place as well, since it is so small. Everyone knows everyone else's business. Going to Mastbaum's web site I was thrilled to see that he is writing a sequel. ( San Francisco has a Gay youth organization called "Lyric" and I think that I will go donate my copy to them. People should read this! Not all Gay teens will become lawyers and rich...they need something that speaks to them as well! ... Read more

    7. The Standing Dead: Book Two of the Stone Dance of the Chameleon
    by Ricardo Pinto
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    Asin: 0312872097
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
    Publisher: Tor Books
    Sales Rank: 333627
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    At the heart of The Three Lands, there is a paradise, filled with beauty and wonders of all kinds. A lush and vibrant place, it stands in sharp contrast to the baseness and squalor of the world outside the walls of Osrakum.

    But this beauty comes at a cost. The Masters who rule the world are driven by sadistic dreams and mythic charms. They use their vast powers to leech the resources of the world unto themselves, to create an artificial haven where they play out twisted games of power amid a decadent splendor. Within the inner circle of power lies a glittering court where the royal houses plot vile atrocities, and madness and bestiality hold sway. The Masters are nothing less than gods in this realm and their plans (or whims) can bring either perfect pleasure... or death.

    Young Carnelian has spent his entire life in exile with his father, a nobleman who rejected the evil ways of his people and fled to the ends of the known world. But forces conspired to change all that, and Carnelian returned to his homeland. He is a sheep among wolves, and it has taken every ounce of his strength to resist the temptations of power that threaten to seduce his very soul.

    What Carnelian could never have imagined was that he would fall in love with none other than Osidian, one of the twin Gods, ruler of his world--or that forces far darker than he thought possible would use him as a weapon. When the young lovers are kidnapped by the Empress Ykoriana and forced from the safety of the empire, it appears that their lives are forfeit. But Carnelian and Osidian fall into the hands of barbarians from the southern plain they call the Undersky. These raiders manage to elude the legions of the Masters, and after enduring terrible hardships, they succeed in bringing their prizes home to their tribe.

    Carnelian comes to realize that the world is much more bizarre than he could ever imagine, that love can sometimes blind you to things that may destroy you, that the simple things the heart can teach you will prove to be the most true....

    And that he holds in his hands the potential to save or doom all of his world.

    The Standing Dead is the powerful sequel to Ricardo Pinto's first novel The Chosen, and it continues this unique fantasy series about power, eros, and madness...and the depths a man will go to for love. It is the second volume in The Stone Dance of the Chameleon series, and he is currently at work on the third. Ricardo Pinto resides in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A struggle for substance
    In 2000's highly acclaimed "The Chosen", debut author Pinto chose style over substance and vision over plot. And he did so with some brilliance. "The Chosen" was, summarily put, an intelligent and convincing (if somewhat gruesome) portrayal of an oligarchic and dominant master race - "The Chosen", or "Masters" - caught up in their internal feuds and machinations, whilst around them simple humanity suffered in their name in a world somewhat reminiscent of, say, old China.

    The problem with "Chosen" was, however, both simple and profound: it had little or no plot. It was a wonderful - even grand - canvas, but it hardly moved an inch.

    In "The Standing Dead" - the second part of what seems to be a trilogy - Pinto has had to face this drawback by attempting to to drive the story forwards. He's done so bravely, but with less than perfect results.

    Essentially, the story in "Dead" takes off where "Chosen" left off: with Pinto's protagonist Carnelian, along with his new-found lover Osidian, being held captive by what turns out to be a simple bunch of slavers. On their way to cash in on their prize, the slavers are attacked by Tribesmen from the Outer Reach (a people dominated by the Chosen and forced to proffer a number of their childern as slaves regularly, but otherwise left generally unmolested). Carnelian and Osidian are then taken by the Tribesmen to their home - the Koppie - where Carnelian becomes enamoured of the local customs, whilst Osidian becomes an increasingly dominating and debilitating force in the local community, slowly destroying their (imagined) rural peace.

    The rest of the story follows these lines - Carnelian's basic goodness and Osidian's essential decrepitude being portrayed in equally stark measure - without hardly a single twist (or even an occasional surprising insight) to enliven matters.

    What this means is that, in terms of plot, "Dead" is basically a one-way street. You can see what's coming, then it comes. And then it comes again. And throughout, you find yourself wondering, with increasing puzzlement, why Carnelian (or anyone else you may care about, for that matter) doesn't simply *do* something, instead of letting all hell slowly settle around them.

    Given "Chosen's" weakness (style over substance, vision over plot), this is not that surprising. Whilst Pinto does try to provide a better storyline this time round, he's still struggling. He's great at painting portraits, at depicting static visions - but he's still not good at action. In fact, he doesn't seem to understand the concept all that clearly: "Dead" hardly contains a character that seems alive - that appears capable of moment of his or her own accord. To put it another way: Pinto's moulding his cast to fit his vision, instead of allowing them to embody that vision themselves. And, more strongly than in "Chosen", the vision we're talking about is ultimately one of horror: this book doesn't end on a happy note, to say the least.

    That ending, by the way, reminded me of a combination of "Heart of Darkness" and just about any good modern-day horror story you might like to come up with (Stephen King's Pet Semetary, for example). And it must be said that Pinto pulls this off with considerable skill; it is in the closing chapters that his undeniable writing skills combine with his subject material and he manages to create something very memorable.

    Still, a capacity for convincing and intelligent horror is, in itself, perhaps insufficient for being a great fantasy author. And since Pinto has embarked on what can only be judged as an epic fantasy, he should be judged along those lines.

    In my view, in "Dead", he is yet found wanting, despite obvious and enviable talents. Perhaps the next (and final) volume will re-address this, perhaps not. Assuming that it will conclude this story, it should, in any case, answer many questions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars extremely complex world filled with deep social systems
    Masters Carnelian and the God-Emperor elect Osidian are lovers. However, the latter's enemies have slavers kidnap them. The duo is fortunate that the nomadic Ochre tribe rescue them on the dangerous Earthsky. Carnelian, who grew up outside the hedonistic capital of the Three Lands, Osrakum, adapts to the tribe's way of life and quickly becomes assimilated. On the other hand, Osidian is in a depression but also believes these wild wanderers are beneath him and fails to communicate with anyone except his lover.

    As Osidian heals in mind and body, he becomes angry with those who betrayed him. He seeks vengeance and realizes this tribe is the first cannon fodder tool to succeed. Carnelian tries to talk him out of it as he enjoys his new lifestyle and just wants to live in peace. However, the charismatic Osidian begins rallying the impressionable young around his cause while Carnelian attempts to stop the rising tide.

    As he did in his first book THE CHOSEN of the Stone Dance of the Chameleon trilogy, Ricardo Pinto paints an extremely complex world filled with deep social systems. The varying races and tribes seem so authentic and the Masters come across as the ruling God-like upper caste. Though it helps to read the first novel because the audience will have a greater understanding of the predicament that the lead couple face at the start, fans of violent barbaric fantasy that hides nothing will appreciate the middle endeavor.

    Harriet Klausner

    4-0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel
    If you're not the sort of fantasy reader who can read fantasy which includes a male-on-male romantic plotline written by a male author, as opposed to male-on-male romantic plotlines written by Mercedes Lackey or Marion Zimmer Bradley most specifically, DON'T BUY THIS.
    Folks who enjoy Ellen Kushner would probably enjoy this series, as would folks who enjoy Storm Constantine: the author has a serious penchant for writing Good Fiction. If you aren't willing to cope with gay fantasy written by someone who can ACTUALLY WRITE (as opposed to all the soft-core porn tripe that gets passed off as gay fantasy), then DON'T BUY THIS.
    Further, if you're not the sort of fantasy reader who enjoys fantasy that's about alternate worlds rather than magic, then DON'T BUY THIS.
    If you fit all of the preceding qualifications and haven't read the first, BUY THE FIRST ONE FIRST, AND READ THE FIRST ONE FIRST. This is not a series that, I suspect, will be forgiving of starting in the middle.

    As is typical of a fantasy trilogy, this is the middle of the action. There are rules to typical fantasy:
    #1: Don't read it without reading the first.
    #2: Don't expect what happens in it to be unresolved at the end, and don't expect the first's issues to be resolved at all or even addressed by the end of the second. The second book of a trilogy is about character development, not about plot advancement: it is thus, and ever has been since Tolkien.

    Did I enjoy this book? Overall yes: I'm buying a copy here, despite having gotten a British hardcover of it a year ago, and despite having bought a copy of that for the friend who introduced me to the first book, as well.
    If you aren't any of the people I said shouldn't pick this book up, you'll probably enjoy the heck out of it. But read the first book (The Chosen is its title) first. Read them sequentially.

    I can't stress that enough. ... Read more

    8. Looking for It
    by Michael Thomas Ford
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    9. Back Where He Started : A Novel
    by Jay Quinn
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    Catlog: Book (2005-04-15)
    Publisher: Alyson Publications
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    They say true freedom arrives when all the kids are gone and the dog dies. With his family grown and his husband Zack having decided to become a middle-aged cliché and marry his secretary, Chris Thayer is about to discover that starting life over at 48 is just as complicated, frustrating and thrilling as the first time around. After relocating to the North Carolina beach community of Emerald Isle, Chris finds a new appreciation of his role as the heart of the home to his grown children and becomes involved in the patchwork lives of his neighbors. To his unending surprise, he also finds himself the object of a new man's affections, a rowdy jack-of-all-trades with an unnervingly direct stare. In the same quiet, understated manner that he demonstrated in his critically acclaimed first novel, Metes and Bounds, Jay Quinn gives the traditional Southern novel a decidedly untraditional twist.

    Jay Quinn is the founding editor and executive editor of Haworth Press's Southern Tier Editions. He is the author of Metes and Bounds and The Mentor and has edited Rebel Yell: Stories by Contemporary Southern Gay Authors. He lives in south Florida.

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    3-0 out of 5 stars A Nice Fairytale
    It's good to read a gay-themed novel where the charcters are not 25 to 40 years old, living in a gay mecca and fabulously gorgeous and successful.The story is nicely paced, although the first half is far more engaging than the second.

    Reading the book requires a certain suspension of disbelief, however. I live in the south and have spent much time on NC's Outer Banks, and I regret to report that the social and familial tolerance and warm-fuzziness that abounds in the story does not exist as it's pictured -- by any means. You just don't find it in such abundance in real life -- especially there. This is fiction so you just let go of that, but there were times when I found it so sappy and cloying that I ended up skimming over large passages.(I felt the same sort of thing when I saw the film "Big Eden," where nearly every character of every stripe is pulling for the gay protagonist -- a situation which would never exist in a million years in reality.)

    That said, it's nonetheless an entertaining read even if it's not great "lit-tra-chah." I did find tons of typos, which I often see in Alyson publications. They need to hire more thorough proofreaders.

    This is one I'll pass along to a friend rather than retain in my own library. It's a half-step above being a "beach read," but, for me, not a keeper.

    3-0 out of 5 stars ONE CAN NEVER GO HOME or BACK TO THE BEGINNING!

    BACK WHERE HE STARTED is a poignant novel about a gay middle-aged man who, after devoting 22 years of his life to a man and his brood ofchildren, is forced by his partner Zack to face a new life.Zack, a widower and father of 3 children, one of whom is only a few months old, meets Chris, the novel's hero.Zack is the quintessential corporate executive type, and once Chris meets Zack's children, Chris' life as "Mr.-mom" begins.Chris has raised the children as if they are his own, and in fact, Zack's children become closer to Chris than their father.Zack, the aloof corporate driven father, provides a comfortable life for the entire family, but in the process loses touch with his children and perceives Chris as his sex-partner and nanny for the children.Coldly one day, Zack informs Chris that he is leaving Chris, selling the house, and marrying a younger woman from his office whom he has impregnated.

    With is as his new reality, Chris is faced with the challenge of trying to find meaning in his life.He has not worked for 22 years, because he has devoted his entire being to the Ronan family.He is confronted with "where to live","what to do", "how will I support myself"? The grown children support Chris as he stakes out a new life for himself. Along the way Chris encounters his new "single gay self", and begins to explore his options.

    The novel is fascinating, and told by the narrator, Chris, from a decidedly "wifey" perspective andtone.He has no illusions about himself and how he sees himself fitting into the greater gay-community.In that regard, he is a courageous and admirable character.His integrity and emotional maturity are important traits, because it permits the reader to re-evaluate his or her own values and modes of dealing with crisis.

    One aspect of the novel did annoy this reader.Chris is a devout Roman Catholic, and since it is an integral part of his life, he shares his religiosity with the reader.While I can accept a person's or character's religious furor, I was surprised that it would be so blatantly thrust upon the reader.I did not find it adding to the story, but rather detracting from it.Constant reference to the Church, Mass, prayer, religious figures, and icons were unnecessary.It became preachy and very HEAVY HANDED. The ending of the book was abrupt and not at all sufficiently satisfying. Despite these aspects of the novel, I did find the book rewarding. This is not a typical book; so don't expect a typical story.Do expect to become introspective, at times angry, and at times "warm and cuddly".

    4-0 out of 5 stars Beyond The Rainbow?
    As in his novel METES AND BOUNDS Jay Quinn has written another story where much of the action takes place at the North Carolina shores. At 48 the narrator Chris Thayer, when we meet him, is packing up his things and moving out of a fine home in Raleigh after living 22 years with the same man, one Zack Ronan, after having raised his three children. In fact, Chris is the only "mom"-- that's what two of the grown children call him from time to time and the other one Schooner calls him all the time-- these children have ever known. Zack's wife had committed suicide just after the baby Schooner was born.

    Mr. Quinn seems to say that gay children have no more hangups growing up in a household with two men than do those who are raised in straight homes. We know that psychological studies bear that out. What all children need is love and acceptance of which Chris has plenty of both to offer. The novel has a lot going for it. Mr. Quinn understands the way some of these people speak and gets the language right. Someone is as "sharp as a tack." Another person would "talk to a stump." Someone else is no "bigger than a minute."The book is quite a page turner and you'll genuinely like most of the characters. (All right. You proably won't care for Zack, who for the most part is a real cad, and his therapist daughter, seeped in psychobabble, can get a little tedious.)

    My problem with this book is that parts of the plot and some of the characters are somewhere way beyond the rainbow. With the exception of two stupid juveniles who are bad spellers, homophobia is practically nonexistent-- and this in the state that gave the world Jesse Helms. There is not an AIDS case within a thousand miles. Chris attends a nice Catholic church where the priest is totally accepting of his "lifestyle"-- for lack of a better word-- and has books by Bill Moyers and Bishop John Spong although Father Fintan confesses that he has not read everything in his library. The sex between Chris-- "Little Bit"-- and his macho "husband" Steve whom he calls "Big Man" is beyond description every time. Everyone at a family reunion Steve takes Chris to is completely okay with Steve and his "wife" and some of them, including an aging matriarch, say so. A more believable scenario would have been the "don't ask; don't tell" version where country folk love a male relative's "roommate" but never say aloud what everyone knows about the relationship. Finally, I do not believe that any woman whose husband drives a pickup truck-- I grew up in East Tennessee and think I understand such an animal-- is "praying" for her youngest son to be gay.

    Certainly we've come a long way since THE LORD WONT MIND and CITY OF NIGHT and it's refreshing to see Schooner and his lover Frank go off to Massachusetts to get married-- the time is post 9/11 and just before the last Presidential election. But surely this North Carolina unfortunately does not exist anywhere outside the pages of this novel. Oh that it did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "You have a gift for making men happy. That's all it is"
    The atheists and secularists among us will probably turn after reading Southern writer Jay Quinn's overly melodramatic, but gorgeously written novel, Back Where We Started. Steeped in unapologetic and unrepentant histrionics, the story tells of Chris Thayer, a middle-aged, and severely religious gay man, who remakes his life in profound ways. But this isn't just your normal tale of mid-life self-discovery, because Quinn, in creating Chris, has written such a thoughtful, deep, and reflective character that most readers when they finish the book will be left with a weighty sense that they have just met someone very special. The author imbues Chris, with almost saint-like and iconographic sensibilities; he's easily the most complex, adorable, and multi-and faceted "Mum" one is ever likely to meet.

    Weaving the powerful themes of gay marriage, love and family, parenting, and endurance through faith, Quinn shows what can happen when years of investment in a life that you thought was stable and steadfast can be suddenly pulled out from under you. Chris has been leading a happy, contented life, but after twenty-six years his long-term "marriage" to his partner Zack Ronan is finally over. Having raised Zack's three children and supported him through his highflying career, Zack, ambitious and selfish, has reverted to the other side of his bisexual nature and has married his secretary, who is now pregnant.

    Coming from working class roots a housing project in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Chris is the epitome of a self-made, self-educated man, who following the suicide of Zack's wife, stepped in and sacrificed most of his adult life to raise and be a mother to Zack's three children, Trey, Schooner, and Andrea. The kids spent their lives affectionately call him "Mum" and doting him just as much has he spoiled and doted on them. Chris is of course, absolutely devastated at Zack's abandonment. He hears his life "rushing ahead to its conclusion without him" and given a choice he doubted he'd ever have moved on.

    Determined to maintain his dignity and composure, and armed with the trust fund that Zack has set up for him, Chris begins to face the second act of his life.But the fund won't support him forever, so Chris needs to get a job, and also find a new place to live. Life does go on and Chris relocates to North Caroline beach community of Emerald Isle, eventually settling into the beach house purchased from part of the proceeds of the sale of the abode he adoringly shared with Zack for all those years. His new home brings with it lots of new and exciting experiences, and his constant positive outlook and his deep and spiritual faith constantly keeps him buoyant and optimistic.

    Chris steadily becomes involved with the life of the community, eventually finding a job andbecoming involved with the patchwork lives of his neighbors: a young husband-and-wife psychiatric couple expecting their first child, the local Catholic Church priest, a hunky, affable veterinarian, and an even more hunky rowdy, rough diamond fisherman. We watch him steadily growing into something new, "someone that belongs more to him."

    As Chris embarks on his journey of self-discovery, he self-reflects on the life that has gone before and what had made him willing to abandon his own career - his own self - to a man and his motherless brood. He bought into the myth, and tried to live a life of an upwardly mobile mommy with three perfect kids, a handsome and affluent husband, and a properly genteel giant of a hunting dog. It was all an artifice. And it was Zack, after all, that had thrown it all away. But with his new home, Chris soon learns that seeds of love sewn in youth can create wonderful results when nurtured properly. His marriage to Zack bought out Chris's role as a "mother" and it's not surprising that he retains the lion's share of the children's loyalty, and the realization that his children are his life's work, the part of his journey towards self-acceptance.

    As an exploration of what it means for a gay man to be middle-aged and rolling with the punches, Back Where He Started is truly groundbreaking. But the story is also inventive for it's depiction of Chris's faith - it doesn't present his ardent Catholicism in any conflicted way; he's neither blindly accepting of the church's many flaws, nor is he radicalized out of his connection to it, but rather he is searching within it.

    This gorgeously written story is most notable for it's depiction of family. For good or ill, family forms us all, gay and straight. The family depicted in this novel is hardly perfect: They're contentious and arguable, they harbor hurts and bad memories, and they also have pet resentments. But they fundamentally love each other. As their loyalties shift, their emotional needs also shift and change, but Chris is always at their center, constantly remaking and nurturing them. This is a very traditional, conventional human story, yet also one that is absolutely extraordinary. Mike Leonard April 05.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An interesting premise, beautifully executed
    Jay Quinn has given us characters that seem real and full of life.The premise is out of the ordinary for the typical gay novel, but is handled very, very well.

    After 22 years of being the husband of Zack and "mother" to his children, Chris finds himself replaced.The story of his new life and his relationship with his "children" forms the basis of the book.I hate it when reviews give away plot points and story details, so I refuse to do that. Just know that it evolves beautifully and makes you wish that these were people you could visit with frequently.

    Read it - you'll be very glad you did. ... Read more

    10. Sellevision: A Novel
    by Augusten Burroughs
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    Asin: 0312422288
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
    Publisher: Picador
    Sales Rank: 1621
    Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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    Darkly funny and gleefully mean-spirited, Sellevision explores greed, obsession and third tier celebrity, in the world of a fictional home shopping network.

    Welcome to the troubled world of Sellevision, America’s premier retail broadcasting network. When Max Andrews, the much-loved and handsome (lonely and gay) host of “Slumber Sunday Sundown” accidentally exposes himself in front of sixty million kids and their parents during a “Toys for Tots” segment, Sellevision faces its first big scandal. As Max fails to find a job in television, another host, the popular and perky Peggy Jean Smythe is receiving sinister emails about her appearance from a stalker. Popping pills and drinking heavily, she fails to notice that her husband is spending a lot of time with the very young babysitter who lives next door. Then there’s Leigh, whose affair with Sellevision boss Howard Toast is going nowhere, until she exposes him on air; and Bebe, Sellevision’s star host, who finds Mr. Right through the Internet— if she can just stop her shopping addiction from taking over.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A dark and clever farce!
    No book has made me laugh so much since Terry Southern's Candy. Sellevision, like Candy, is a clever and disarming satire that borders toward a parody. This novel has the sort of lowbrow humor that will make you roar with laughter and loathe the characters and situations at the same time.

    Sellevision is a more upscale version of QVC. The hosts are third-tier celebrities who would backstab their way to the top. During the course of the year, the channel and its hosts undergo various changes. Max, the sweet and handsome gay host of "Toys for Tots," a children's segment, loses his job when he accidentally exposes himself during the aforementioned program. He hadn't anticipated the struggle to regain his career and reputation that he ends up enduring. On the other hand, Peggy Jean Smythe, one of the channel's most popular hosts, has the perfect life. That is until she receives sinister E-mails from an obsessed fan. The other hosts have skeletons in their dressing rooms as well. Will Leigh be able to end the courtship with her married boss? Will Bebe's shopaholism stand in the way of true love? Will Trish Mission finally become Sellevision's diva? Will Peggy Jean's husband be able to resist his desire for the beautiful - not to mention jailbait - babysitter? There are some hilarious twists throughout the novel.

    As mentioned earlier, some of the goofball situations that occur in Sellevision are more of a parody about the ubiquitous home shopping networks that have become so popular over the years. This is one of the cleverest satirical novels out there. If you're in the bargain for a laugh-a-minute farce, I suggest that you give this dark comedy a whirl.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a hoot!
    This book is hysterical -- it shows the soap opera that is the lives of the minor celebrities who make up a popular home shopping network. One is receiving [prank] letters telling her how hairy she is to the point she has developed a major complex and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Another accidentally exposes himself on TV and gets fired, thus looking for another gig. Yet another is sleeping with the boss and, while it gets her more desirable time slots for her show, she doesn't get any marriage proposals.

    A light, funny and quick read, Sellevision makes sure you never regard home shopping in quite the same way again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars hilarious
    This book is hilarious from start to finish. Centered around the inner workings of a shopping network, sort of an R-rated version of the old Mary Tyler Moore Show (for anyone either old enough or versed enough in 70's trivia). The set up at the beginning is that one of the hosts gets fired for accidently exposing his weaner while modeling a pair of boxers. How this happens and what it leads to will give any reader tons of laughs. Full of riotous subplots with a great, wild ending. Read the book then watch one of the shopping networks, and it'll never seem the same...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Laughing at the world's expanse
    Satires are not an easy thing to achieve. But in the hands of Augusten Burroughs, who followed this book by writing two brilliant memoirs that found laughter in the saddest and most extraordinary situations, satire becomes a child's trick.

    The book follows the ups and downs of the people working at Sellevision, the nation's newest television phenomena. Sellevision is a home shopping network with class. Or so they'd want you to believe. But judging from the people who work there, you have to ask yourself serious questions.

    First off, Max is fired from his job after accidentally exposing his manly assetts on live television. Max doesn't know what he wants to do with his life now that he's jobless. And numerous job interviews lead him to believe that there is nothing else for him out there, until he finds the one avenue that will leave him satisfied in many ways.

    Then there is Peggy, the host with a stalker. Her stalker problem and her unhappy life leads her towards the bottle and turns her into a Proza addict. Soon enough, her neurotic personality lands her into a detox centre.

    Or what about Leigh, who places a personal ad and meets her perfect match (who just happens to be a millionaire)? Or the young host who is having a relation with her married boss? Or what about the other five or six characters that so well colors the pages of this novel.

    The story itself would not have been much without Burroughs's wit and sadistic humour. He's able to take small banal portions of every day life and turn them into complete laugh riots. He's able to make you laugh even under the most strangest or saddest situations.

    Sellevision is a one-of-a-kind read. Not only is Burroughs talented when it comes to writing memoirs, but he's a great writer of fiction as well. Sellevision will leave you laughing and smiling until you can't smile anymore. There aren't too many books with that quality on the shelves right now.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Quit
    This story circles the lives of shopping network hosts. Sound strange? It is! It is also one of the funniest, most relentless comic novels that I've ever read. This book catches every off-beat moment of its characters' lives. Just when they think they have it all, the rug is pulled from under them -again and again. Don't worry though, they all recieve blessings in disguise- being sent to rehab, a life in the porn industry, sleeping with your brother- yeah it's all in here. Great book. Great characters. Worth reading! ... Read more

    11. Love's Melody Lost
    by Radclyffe
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    Catlog: Book (2004-08)
    Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
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    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    A secretive artist with a haunted past and a young woman escaping a life that proved to be a lie find their destinies entwined.

    Victim of a terrible accident, famed composer and pianist Graham Yardley loses her sight, her heart and her soul. Wealth and fame mean nothing after the devastating loss of her beloved music; her life is reduced to silence, darkness and bitter regret. In a bleak mansion atop windswept cliffs, the blind woman withdraws from the world, her once consuming passions now a source of anguish and fear. Then Anna, a lost woman seeking a place in the world, comes into her life and awakens feelings she thought were dead forever. A fragile melody of love is played between these damaged souls, a song made sweeter and stronger by the day... but will their blossoming romance be destroyed by an outsider's greed or will it succumb to the discord of Graham's tormented heart? ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An experience, as all great novels should be
    Love's Melody Lost was the first lesbian romance I ever read and to date, I have yet to find its peer. I found it at a time when, unaware that such love stories existed, I was merely looking for writing that moved me in a way that only eloquence in style, characterization, and plot could.

    And find it I did. Radclyffe creates a world that is passionate and intense, fantastic yet real, dark yet triumphant. The story is not so much told as painted in words and characters and moods that draw the reader in and bewitch them with breathless wonder.

    At the story's core is the turbulent relationship between Graham Yardley and Anna Reid. Radclyffe takes the archetypes of dark and light and imbues them with a depth of character that makes this a love story less about the consummation of physical attraction and more about the unique way in which two lost and damaged souls can come together.

    Of course, as is the Radclyffe hallmark, the love scenes are exquisitely crafted to capture the desire and intensity of two passionate women united.

    But what is truly unique and wonderful about Love's Melody Lost is the blending of style and form. That Graham is a brooding composer living on a barren clifftop mansion is reflected in the lush drama of the prose. The beauty of the writing makes reading a pleasure on multiple levels: the engaging and page-turning plot, as well as the vivid and lyrical descriptions. It is an experience, as all great novels should be.

    It comes with my highest recommendation and I encourage everyone to experience it for themselves.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Love's Melody Lost, then Regained
    I finally got a chance to read this book and happily polished it off in one sitting. The characters, Graham and Anna, are engaging and nicely realized. The plot flows well, and there is angst and obstacles to overcome. I greatly enjoyed the story.

    The physical volume itself was well produced. I loved the cover. Shady Ladies Press has done a fine job on their books. My only complaint was that the novel was just too short. I wanted to read more!

    Other recommendations:

    Radclyffe's SAFE HARBOR is terrific as are Marianne K. Martin's MIRRORS and LOVE IN THE BALANCE (nicely done by Bella Books), LOVE'S JOURNEY by Carrie Carr, FULL CIRCLE by Mary D. Brooks, PRAIRIE FIRE by LJ Maas, and SUBSTITUTE FOR LOVE by Karin Kallmaker.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Womderful romance
    This one of the best romance books I have ever read. It was original and fresh. I read it twice already and I know I will read it again

    5-0 out of 5 stars Grand and Gothic
    This book is full of grand and gothic passions. Graham, the blind musician, is not exactly sour-tempered, but certainly too embittered to take a chance on more pain by hoping for the future. Anna has shed her husband and wants to move on, but needs a job before making any huge plans. She winds up as a so-called housekeeper, actually secretary/gopher, for Graham on a neglected estate. Lack of real work drives Anna into the garden to try to stop the fade and to perk up the grounds. The estate perches above the ocean, and Graham likes to walk along the edge to enjoy the wind and the sound of waves. They are bound to cross paths, and they have a two-steps-forward and one-step-backward rocky progression toward friendship that deepens into love. The re-appearance of Graham's old flame is bad enough, but Graham is actually courteous and welcoming to her, much to Anna's chagrin. The whole thing is tied together with Graham's obsession with music and fear of life and Anna's re-introduction of life via her gardening and other estate restorations. Can she make Graham "see" a future with them together?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow !
    This book is really not what I expected at all but for the first time I was glad. The book starts with Anna a divorcee who needed to turn her life around and ended up working for the Yardley Manor . The Manors' master turns out to be a woman of great importance in the music world. But the woman (Graham Yardley) is blind ( without Anna knowing at first)because of a car accident. As the story progress Anna falls for Graham but Graham sees Anna's caring as pity and that thought brings sorrow for the pair. ... Read more

    12. The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia?
    by Edward Albee
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    Asin: 1585673641
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-15)
    Publisher: Overlook Press
    Sales Rank: 40720
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee's most provocative, daring, and controversial play since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Goat won four major awards for best new play of the year (Tony, New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle). In the play, Martin, a successful architect who has just turned fifty, leads an ostensibly ideal life with his loving wife and gay teenage son. But when he confides to his best friend that he is also in love with a goat (named Sylvia), he sets in motion events that will destroy his family and leave his life in tatters.

    The playwright himself describes it this way: Every civilization sets quite arbitrary limits to its tolerances. The play is about a family that is deeply rocked by an unimaginable event and they solve that problem. It is my hope that people will think afresh about whether or not all the values they hold are valid. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars one of his best
    Edward Albee is without question the finest American playwright we've yet had, and all through The Goat, particularly in the second and third acts, he's in top form. Structurally, it's as perfect a tragedy as anything penned by Shakespeare, perhaps even by Sophocles. And structure and form are very much what seem to be at stake. What was Chagall's famous (partially correct) quote? Something like "It doesn't matter if it's a chicken or a barn door or a red blotch - just that something be there." In The Goat, Albee inserts a goat into a tragedy of marital infidelity, and manages, in spite of it's absurd nature, to be not only hilarious, but deeply moving. The oddness of it all is set off magnificently by the fact that Martin is as conscientious, rational, and aware of linguistic connotations as nearly any character you'll see upon a stage. And as always, Albee's dialogue is masterful, his touch deft, his ear damn near infallible. If I had to take one Albee play, besides V. Woolf this might be it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another great play by Edward Albee
    Welcome to the quagmire of human sexuality. "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?" (a 2002 Tony Award winner for Best Play) places the audience in the jury box. The accused are Martin, his wife Stevie and their gay teen-aged son Billy. Albee challenges us to question the nature and meaning of love. Can love and shame coexist? Who defines normal? Who, or what, has been betrayed? Who decides which behaviors are acceptable? After the evidence has been presented and issues debated we realize that this play isn't about bestiality or infidelity, but rather intolerance, nonconformity and the arbitrariness of societal standards. Does Albee provide any answers? No, he insists, as he always has, that you find your own. A truly great play.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Albee on Love
    When he accepted the Tony Award for Best Play in 2002, Edward Albee said he was grateful that there was room on Broadway for a play about love. In 2003 we can be grateful that Overlook Press has published The Goat, or, Who is Sylvia?

    I was fortunate to see The Goat on Broadway both with the original cast (Mercedes Ruehl and Bill Pullman) and with the replacement cast (Sally Field and Bill Irwin). While both casts were superb, what was so satisfying was that the text allowed for two very different interpretations. Having now read the play, its greatness is even more apparent.

    The story is a simple, though unusual, one: Martin, a successful and famous architect lives in domestic harmony with his wife Stevie and their gay son Billy. Then one day Martin falls in love with Sylvia, who happens to be a goat. Albee uses three scenes to tell his story: 1) Martin's confession to his best friend Ross about his new love; 2) Stevie's confrontation with Martin over Sylvia (whom she finds out about in a letter from Ross); and 3) the tragic, yet also hopeful (to me at least), conclusion.

    In this play Albee has harnessed the wordplay of drawing room comedy to the intense emotions of tragedy. In their confrontations, Stevie and Martin switch from emotional outbusts to clever repartee and back again. They even have the wherewithal to compliment each other on their bon mots.

    The audacity of this strategy and Albee's success in bringing it off, apparent on stage, become even clearer after reading the text. His intricate constructions and verbal virtuosity lend a musical feeling to the work, as if every shift of mood and emotion were part of a larger composition. Albee rings changes not only in the lives of his characters, but also in the perceptions and emotions of his audience. With this work Albee has given us a new hybrid form of drama: the drawing room tragedy. In this respect it reminds me of an earlier work, The Lady from Dubuque, which employed a similar strategy, albeit less effectively in my opinion.

    This play also marks the debut "the son" as a speaking character. Sons have been part of Albee plays before: in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf he is imaginary; in A Delicate Balance dead and buried; in Three Tall Women he is a silent witness at his dying mother's bedside; and in The Play About The Baby, while he is both born and kidnapped, he is never seen (if he even exists in the first place).

    But in The Goat Stevie and Martin's son Billy is a vital presence. For the first time an Albee family feels complete. The imaginary child has been given form and voice. Billy's coming to grips both with his own homsexuality and with his father's new love leads to a moment in the last scene that sent chills of delight and terror up and down my spine each time I saw it performed. Never less than theatrically potent, Albee achieves a new intensity here that was thrilling.

    With The Goat Albee has given us not only one of his best works, but also one of the best plays of recent times. I must admit that I never thought any of his works could rival my affection for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. But The Goat is its equal and leaves me eagerly anticipating where Edward Albee plans on next going. ... Read more

    13. Rubyfruit Jungle
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A hilarious and touching coming-of-age story
    Rita Mae Brown's novel "Rubyfruit Jungle" had me laughing out loud by the time I reached page 5. The book tells the life story of Molly Bolt, a poor girl who comes from rural Pennsylvania. Molly narrates the book, which follows her to her adolescent years in Florida and to her life as a struggling film student in New York. Along the way, Molly lives her life as a sexually liberated young lesbian.

    Molly is a wonderful character: a witty, intelligent combination of artist and trickster. The book is full of humor and satirical outrageousness. Molly is surrounded by a colorful cast of characters, most notably her strong-willed mother. The narrative as a whole is well-structured, and Brown brings Molly's story to a very satisfying conclusion.

    As funny as "Rubyfruit" is, it also has some relevant insights on a number of issues: mother-daughter relationships, anti-gay prejudice, sexism in academia, socioeconomic barriers, etc. Molly's desire to be a filmmaker is a key theme: she is a creative individual who wants to tell relevant stories about "real people," and not just impress some pompous group of cultural elites.

    Brown's prose style is excellent: muscular, sexy, lively, humane, down-to-earth, and always enjoyable. For a good companion text, try Audre Lorde's "Zami," a moving narrative of African-American lesbian life.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Still A Classic
    Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle was a revelation at the time and is still a wonderful and readable lesbian coming out story. The strength of this book will always be in the strong, funny, honest, Southern lead character, Molly Bolt. She is the type of character that will anchor the future books of Rita Mae Brown. Rubyfruit Jungle does not have the richly drawn supporting characters of the even better Sudden Death and Southern Discomfort or the self assured writing that developed but in this fine first novel are all the beginnings of a dazzling writer who takes the read from silly to touching in the warm breath of a paragraph. This still should be anyone's first choice to learn as a teenager that being different is not only OK, it is preferred.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A novel about being proud of who you are
    Molly Bolt was just another dirt-poor little girl growing up in Coffee Hollow, just outside of York, Pennsylvania. Pretty much a tomboy, she could beat up her cousin Leroy and wouldn't take lip from anybody. She also lost her virginity to her girlfriend in the sixth grade.

    "Rubyfruit Jungle" is a chronicle of Molly's life, told from her perspective, from the poor area of Pennsylvania to the somewhat nicer area near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to her hitchhiking to New York to become a film director. Along the way, she learns that she's the bastard child of a woman named Ruby and some unkown, married Frenchman, and she also must contend with the societal pressures of the 1960's and 70's of marrying a man to secure your future and that wanting to be a film director is easier than becoming one.

    Molly Bolt is a strong-willed, self-suficient, incredibly proud character. She's a lesbian and doesn't care what anyone thinks about it. (I like that she's so matter-of-fact about herself.) She's determined and nothing is going to stop her from fulfilling her dream of becoming a director, even if she isn't able to make her film until she's 50. I think that she represents the kind of person that we would all like to be: strong, no-nonsense, and comfortable with ourselves.

    The only item I didn't like about the book is that every woman Molly meets -- with the exception of her family -- falls in love with her: cheerleaders, New York socialites, college roommate. That just seemed a bit too farfetched to me. But, it doesn't detract from this incredible novel about remaining true to yourself. I highly recommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
    First of all I am not a person of many words so my review will be somewhat short. Quality not quantity.

    Rubyfruit Jungle was a grat book. It was a tad graphic, but that really did not bother me so much. I really like how the story went. Molly had such a hard life to begin with and her being a lesbian did not make it any better. Carrie was so mean to her and she did not accept Molly for the person she was. I am glad that things start to work out for Molly toward the end.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I found this book repulsive
    I was repelled by the personality of the book's narrator. My disgust centered on two events:

    First, when the narrator was a child, she avenged herself on someone she didn't like by filling a raisin box with rodent droppings for her enemy to eat.

    Later, when she was a grown woman, she avenged herself on a co-worker she didn't like by putting dog dung in the woman's desk drawers.

    This isn't humor, it's vicious bullying. I don't expect every book I read to be all sweetness and light, but I dislike books that leave me feeling contempt for the characters. ... Read more

    14. Nerds Who Kill : A Paul Turner Mystery (Paul Turner)
    by Mark Richard Zubro
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    Asin: 0312333013
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-01)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
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    Paul Turner is a widowed father of two teenaged boys, one of whom has spina bifida, rapidly approaching middle age, and used to dealing gracefully with all the challenges these things entail. Turner, however, is slightly different from others in his situation - he's openly gay and a homicide detective for the Chicago Police Department. Despite everything, his personal and family life is relatively placid.Until right now.

    This time, his life couldn't possibly get more complex and problematic:there's a Science Fiction and Media convention in Chicago this weekend- one of the world's largest such gathering - and his sons are both attending.In full costume.And Paul Turner, like any good father, is going with them. If the prospect of that weren't bad enough, one of the convention's guests - one of the field's most successful fantasy writers - is found murdered, mostly likely by the broadsword found rammed through the corpse's chest.In most circumstances, a broadsword would be a unique murder weapon, but this time there are hundreds of attendees carrying similar ones as part of their costumes.Including his own son.

    That one gruesome murder is just the beginning - the dead bodies amidst the revelers are starting to pile up - and Turner must sort through a confusing array of suspects in short order if he's to find the killer in time.
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    15. Fingersmith
    by Sarah Waters
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    Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
    Publisher: Riverhead Books
    Sales Rank: 16863
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    In Victorian England, an orphan girl is sent to a country estate to work for-and ultimately woo-its young heiress, on behalf of a mysterious benefactor known as Gentleman. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Novel with Lots of Surprises
    Fingersmith was highly recommended by a friend with similiar tastes. How right she was! I loved this book! There's no need for me to review the plot as others have done a marvelous job before me but I do want to make these points. Fingersmith has everything a reader wants in a historical novel: orphans and pickpockets, cruel men and resourceful heroines, plus a good look at the seamier side of Victorian England. The reader will also enjoy lesbian romance tastefully done, betrayal, alas most foul, and mystery and surprises you won't believe! On a serious note, this novel presents us with the many ways Victorian men could manipulate and control the women in their lives with no fear of retribution. This angle makes it a particularly good choice for any book group.
    Ms. Waters writes in a such a marvelously descriptive style that I could almost smell the smog-fouled London air, or feel the rough canvas of the madhouse walls. Her characters are well-rounded and sympathetic. Fingersmith would have rated five stars but I thought it got a little wordy here and there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to read more Sarah Waters
    This book was quite good and makes me eager to read her other novels. Waters accurately captures the seedier side of Victorian England--the pickpockets and fences, erotic book dealers and collectors, madhouses and inmates--in a richly complex novel that starts out slow but becomes un-put-downable at the end of Part 1. The characters are well-written; the dialogue seems real; the intrigue is engrossing. Unlike much of the trite, stereotypical works that pass for "good" lesbian fiction, Waters manages to write three dimensional lovers facing realistic obstacles to be together. Waters even manages to pay a certain amount of homage to Victorian erotica--where the lesbian novel got its start by tittilating repressed men--by taking the themes that one comes across in such novels (bad girls vs. good girls who always seem to come under the power of very bad men, etc.) and turning them into something realistic. This is a gritty novel that evokes the underside of the Victorian era in all its sensual reality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You pearl!
    Any critisisms aimed at Fingersmith have tended to focus on dislike for the twistiness of the plot. I can see that some people would not enjoy this - I know in some other twisty stories I've felt betrayed by the writer - but perhaps because I don't read much in this line, I enjoyed it all immensely.

    My interest was sustained throughout because certain things remained true throughout - the feelings between Sue and Maud most importantly.

    Best of all, it is a book which combines the thoughtful slowness of a book of ideas with the exciting plot of a book of action. The story, it is true, might not look out of place on a bad soap opera, but the book is pastiche (Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens) as much as anything else. Suspend your disbelief and you'll have the read of your year.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Almost a pearl
    What to say... It's the most grueling reading experience I've ever had. Seems like one picks up the book and invisible shackles bound you to it until you reach the long awaited last page. I'm not kidding. Yes, it's delicious in narration and socio-historical context but the story... it's so overly dramatic... I read and read until a lot of people got even mad. Only to find that the story, not the research, not the Victorian narrative, not the invocation of Charles Dickens, the story, the base -would be as queerly convoluted as a soap opera of today. Sometimes even erratic, leaving one thinking, that's not a probable reaction/development albeit one can clearly see the benefit it pays to the author's schemes.
    The problem with that is that a good story should make us forget that it is a ventriloquism show what we paid to read... (figure of speech). That's paramount, not the tiresome formulaic aproaches to build up expectations in the reader. The end is most unsatisfying considering all this author puts us through.
    However, kudos to her for writing it and putting out there something much more enjoying than the horrible typical mainstream lesbian fiction of today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read
    Really excellent read...told in the true Victorian style with a penchant for descriptions and a strong ability to conjure up a scene and create memorable characters.

    Try it as well as Tipping the Velvet... ... Read more

    16. A Time Before Me
    by Michael Holloway Perronne
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    Asin: 0595337562
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-29)
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    Sales Rank: 146034
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Growing up in a small Mississippi town, shy and inexperienced Mason spends much of his time with his best friend and childhood crush, the charming and daring Billy. When a six-pack of beer leads to a kiss between the two, Mason believes his dreams have come true. Billy's disregard for the incident, however, dashes Mason's hopes.

    After graduation, Mason fears he's doomed to spend a humid Mississippi summer scooping ice cream. But everything changes when his vivacious Aunt Savannah invites him to live with her in New Orleans and work in the box office of her drag queen cabaret. It's there--in the decadent and liberating French Quarter--that Mason begins to fall for Joey, a strikingly handsome and sweet nineteen-year-old, who may just be ready to open his heart to someone new.

    When Mason's lingering feelings for Billy threaten his new romance, Mason must make a choice. With the help of his aunt and a sassy drag queen, Miss Althea, Mason learns that the only way to get anywhere is to roll life's dice and take a chance.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant coming-of-age debut novel
    As a shy high school senior growing up in small town Mississippi, Mason is concerned about his future.He recently realized that he is gay, and his best friend Billy, who may be gay as well, plans to leave town for New York City right after graduation.Plans to attend the local junior college on a music scholarship are put on hold when his vivacious Aunt Samantha invites him to work at the box office of her drag show theatre in New Orleans' French Quarter, where he can be himself and explore life with his darkly handsome but also shy co-worker, Joey.But his lingering crush on Billy come between them, especially when Billy visits New Orleans with his new boyfriend, and Mason must learn a valuable lesson.

    I found the book somewhat lightweight and predictable, but nevertheless engaging and fun to read.I noticed more than a fewcontinuity errors and typos that begged for better editing (not uncommon in IUniverse publications), but do recommend this book for fans of "coming of age" novels.Give it four stars out of five.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Touching and engaging story
    Coming-out and growing-up stories will perhaps never grow tiresome, as long as they're interesting. This one is about both growing up and coming out, but has a universal appeal beyond the typical coming-out story. Mason, from a small Mississippi town, is a shy teen with feelings for his best friend, Billy. Billy is a bold, clever guy that perhaps Mason would like to be-or just wants, period.

    Mason's boring summer changes when his Aunt Savannah suggests he come to New Orleans to visit for the summer. There Mason gets to know the vibrant French Quarter, and meets Joey, a good-looking and sweet companion.

    As his feelings for Billy re-emerge, Mason realizes he's got to think about his direction, and what his heart tells him. His aunt and a drag queen named Miss Althea help him through the perilous process of young love. A warm story of understanding the power of first love.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful and moving story of growing up gay in the South
    As a straight female from the midwest, I was not sure I could relate to a novel about growing up gay in the South, but Perronne does an amazing job of making you care about his protagonist, Mason. Universally, teenagers face the challenge of discovering who they are, but Perronne brings to life the special problems of a gay teenager. One of the things I liked best is that not only does Perronne deal with Mason's sexuality, but he also shows that many of Mason's concerns (whether to go to college, relating to his sibling, etc.) are those of every teenager. Perronne also does an excellent job of bringing to life the eighties era in the tale. I would not say the interest in this story is limited to gay people - it brings understanding about the tribulations of growing up gay, as well as simply being an engaging coming of age story. ... Read more

    17. Justice in the Shadows
    by Radclyffe
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    Asin: 1933110031
    Catlog: Book (2004-09)
    Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
    Sales Rank: 45308
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    In a shadow world of secrets, lies, and hidden agendas, Detective Sergeant Rebecca Frye and her lover, Dr. Catherine Rawlings, join forces once again in the elusive search for justice.

    Rebecca is aided in her struggle to uncover a pornography ring and expose its connections to a traitor within the police department by a rag-tag team of dedicated cops and civilians: JT Sloan, a cybersleuth committed to avenging her lover’s devastating injury, who walks the fine line between justice and revenge; Dellon Mitchell, a young police officer who discovers an unforeseen talent for undercover work; and Sandy, a prostitute who develops an unexpected passion for cops. Ultimately, this secret investigation may risk not just their careers, but may cost one their life.

    A police procedural with a strong ensemble cast of lovers, partners, and friends that emphasizes the changing and challenging relationships between the characters as much as the action/intrigue. This series satisfies lovers of both nonstop action as well as heart-stopping romance. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excerpt
    Dr. Catherine Rawlings awoke, naked, her cheek against her lover's shoulder. They'd slept with the window open in the bedroom of her first floor apartment, and a faint breeze ruffled the curtains at the window. It was dark. Five a.m.?

    Soon the alarm would go off, and another day would begin. She loved awakening to the still-new pleasure of Rebecca's body, but even so, she was uneasy, haunted by all that remained unfinished. The last few weeks had been so intense, both personally and professionally, that she'd hardly had time to adjust to the emotional maelstrom.

    Despite the reservations of her police detective lover, Rebecca Frye, Catherine had agreed to consult with the joint police and federal task force formed to expose a local child pornography ring. In the process of profiling the perpetrators, she'd become friends with some of the investigators and had also become deeply invested in stopping the abuse of helpless young girls. And in the last twenty-four hours, things had gone terribly wrong. Now one woman lay in a coma, the team had been shattered by jurisdictional rivalries, and the criminals were no closer to being apprehended.

    Her last conversation with Rebecca just before they'd fallen into bed, each physically exhausted and emotionally numb, drifted back to her.

    "What's going to happen now?"

    "I'll be back on regular duty in a day or so, and I'll have new cases to worry about." Rebecca rested her cheek against Catherine's hair and closed her eyes. "It happens like this in police work. You work your ass off, and then you can't make the case because of a technicality, or you do make the case, but the perp plea-bargains it down to nothing."

    "So you're letting this go?" Catherine asked, surprised.

    Faintly, Rebecca shook her head no. "Clark will pull the plug on this task force-he's probably already made the call. But I'll keep doing what I'm trained to do until we make this right-for Jeff, for Michael, for those young kids."

    Jeff Cruz had been Rebecca's partner in the Special Crimes Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department, until he and an undercover detective, Jimmy Hogan, had been murdered three months ago. Their killer was still at large, their murders unsolved.

    Michael Lassiter had been struck down the night before the child porno sting operation by a hit and run driver in a thwarted attempt to kill J.T. Sloan, her lover and the civilian computer consultant on the task force. She lay in the intensive care unit at University Hospital in critical condition.

    Jeff, Michael, those nameless teenagers-victims all.

    "I'll keep doing what I'm trained to do until we make this right..."

    Make it right. That's what Catherine's lover did. Stood for right, sometimes at peril to herself.

    Catherine's right hand rested on Rebecca's chest, her fingers motionless against the ridges of scar tissue above Rebecca's left breast. Some of the scars were only days old. She didn't need to trace the outlines to feel each one intimately. She saw them with her eyes open or closed. She saw them in her dreams.

    She shivered and pressed closer.

    "Catherine?" Detective Sergeant Rebecca Frye kissed the top of Catherine's head, one hand drifting up and down her arm in a slow caress. She was still a bit stunned to find herself in Catherine's bed-in Catherine's life. They'd been together four months, and for a large chunk of that time, she'd been in the hospital recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound. Hardly the best way to start a love affair. "Are you cold?"

    "No." Catherine turned her head to press her lips to the skin beneath Rebecca's collarbone. "I love you."

    Rebecca caught her breath. "I can't get used to hearing that. It's so...damn good." She held Catherine tighter.

    "We'll practice," Catherine murmured. "But I don't want you to get too used to it."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough
    I can't get enough of Radclyffe's Justice series. I reach the end of a book and am immediately thristing for more. Luckily, for all us readers, Radclyffe keeps writing about the lives of these amazing women.

    In this installment, Dr. Catherine Rawlings and her lover, police Sergeant, Rebecca Frye, work together to continue to try to uncover a pornography ring, one which has already resulted in the near death of private cyber consultant, JT Sloan's lover Michael. Sloan assists Catherine and Rebecca while anxiously siting vigil at the hospital bed of her injured lover. Young rookie cop, Dell, works undercover on the case and finds herself falling for Rebecca's informant, Sandy--who happens to be a prostitute. The exploration of Dell and Sandy's new attraction is a highlight of the book. Radclyffe continues to stretch and never rests on her laurels. The sex scenes are Radclyffe's trademark-- bold, passionate, romantic, edgy and very steamy.

    It may just be wishful thinking on my part, but I believe we could see another in this series. I, for one, can't wait.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast moving, page turner
    This sequel to In Pursuit of Justice picks up right where IPOJ ends with Michael in a coma and the task force pursuing the internet porn ring. But the case is not easily solved and there are unexpected twists along the way that kept me turning the pages, including a budding, passionate romance between a young rookie cop and a young prostitute.

    As usual with Radclyffe's stories, her character development is real and believable.She intertwines passionate romance throughout the plot, never forgeting that at heart she is a romance writer.

    I thought that this sequel would wrap up the series, but in the end Radclyffe had me wanting more. When the last page turned, I was anxious for the next book in the series, hoping I do not have to wait long. ... Read more

    18. Pictures: Robert Mapplethorpe
    by Robert Mapplethorpe, Ingrid Sischy
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    Asin: 1892041162
    Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
    Publisher: Arena Editions
    Sales Rank: 348117
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    3-0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking collection of Mapplethorpe's sex picture
    This collection of pictures is bound in a good quality cover and printed on a glossy paper of reasonable quality.

    The images themselves are, in the main, sex pictures; S&M pictures; and a few portraits. The sex pictures are quite grotesque, concentrating as they do on the pain, blood, urine, bondage and so on. Whether you'll enjoy these depends on your view of the subject. Personally, I didn't find them uplifting or illuminating. The models were sullen, looked unhappy, or downright sad: but then I suppose if your... has been nailed to a plank you're entitled to be a little shaken!

    The few portraits included in this volume were entirely unpleasing, and not representative of Mapplethorpe's better work. They offered no real insight ot the subjects, who remained cold and aloof, detached it seems from the process of making art.

    This is a collection of many of Mapplethorpe's more 'sensational' and 'shocking' images. Whether you are affronted or not they do deserve inspection, if only to see what the 'conservatives' tried to ban. You might actually feel repulsed and agree that these pictures are not art but pornography.

    2-0 out of 5 stars One word: Ouch
    You can always debate whether this book is "art" or not, but the fact is I am worried about what happened to some of the subjects. Helmut? Are you okay? I think Mapplethorpe wanted to shock, and he did, but I found the pictures had too much pain in them to be appreciated. I was deadened to what Mapplethorpe wanted to say, if he wanted to say anything at all. Ouch, ouch, ouch.

    3-0 out of 5 stars very good book
    artistic and powerful, i recommend it

    5-0 out of 5 stars Art Or Trash? The Book Which Will Decide Your Vote!
    Probably the most reviled book at Amazon because of its sexual explictness of the "out there" gay life led before AIDS, complete with bondage, S&M and even torture. Yet Mapplethorpe was artist enough to make many of the images compelling and haunting plus horrific yet eye/heart stopping. There are even self portraits of Mapplethorpe at the height of his own physical beauty before he too would be ravaged and killed by AIDS. I come down solidly on the side of the "This is art" contenders but caution you that this book is not for the rigid, the squeamish or minors. Mapplethorpe captured an extreme moment in time, when controversial sexual behavior came out to the public and shoved itself in the public's face, clamoring to be viewed and defying us to look away. I, for one, could not look away.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Posthumous success, whether you like it or not!
    This is a fabulous collection of the very subject matter that turned the art world on end. These pictures, however explicit and extreme in subject matter push the more important issue of artistic freedom. Without this freedom we all suffer. Censorship has somehow told us that we can be harmed by the images we look at...more harmful is the forced conformity that ensues when creativity is left for others to decide what is or isn't done in the name of artistic freedom. Having left his flowers and portraits in their own respective niches, his artistic freedom rings clear as a bell with this collection. ... Read more

    19. Sierra City
    by Gerri Hill
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    Asin: 1931513988
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: Bella Books
    Sales Rank: 20425
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    Chris McKenna gladly escaped the crowds of Yosemite to work as the new Search and Rescue in tiny Sierra City, nestled just west of Lake Tahoe.A loner by nature, she didn’t mind the seclusion of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.Jessie Stone, a successful but reclusive writer, is haunted by memories of her childhood and finally returns to Sierra City after sixteen years of estrangement from her mother.The odd assortment of residents of this small mountain town brings them together but it is Annie Stone, a woman Chris has grown to admire and a woman Jessie still feels hatred for, that binds the two.Through lies and deception, they still cannot deny the growing attraction that will brighten both their lives . . . if only they will allow it.As Chris fights for her life in a winter blizzard, Jessie comes to terms with her past and her mother, finally accepting the love that Chris willingly offers her. ... Read more

    20. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)
    by Audre Lorde
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    Asin: 0895941414
    Catlog: Book (1984-04-01)
    Publisher: Crossing Press
    Sales Rank: 53654
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible essays
    No poems this time around, folks: prose that gets under your skin and into your head. The late, great Audre Lorde, known primarily for her poetry over the years, wrote what is one of the most compelling books on sociology, sexuality, racism and the nature of human character and existence in the last 20 years. Her charges are damning, but dashed with more than a spoonful of hope when appropriate, and it is impossible to walk away from this book unchanged.

    No New Age-isms, no agendas...just common-sense reactions to everyday experiences told in a way that not only everyone can understand, but in a way everyone SHOULD understand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books I have ever read...
    This book is a compilation of material Lorde wrote in the 70s 80s. Lorde is one of the foremost writers on the subjects of patriarchy, sexism, homphobia and race relations that the West has ever seen. She talks about how to make change and helps the reader truly understand the situation of people who are underprivileged and discriminated against in our society. Of all the books I read in my Women's Studies classes, this is the one that stayed with me. It is at once intellectually challenging and accessible. I particularly enjoyed her "Notes from a Trip to Russia" and "An Open Letter to Mary Daly." The piece that has had the most impact on my life, however, is "The Masters Tools," which is a blueprint for change. She is giving us the keys we need to not only improve our own lives, but the world as a whole. Lorde's words ring as true today as they did when the book was first published. A must read!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the great intellectual testaments of the 20th century
    Although Audre Lorde distinguished herself as a poet, her prose writings are an indispensable part of her overall literary achievement. "Sister Outsider" is an excellent collection of her prose from the late 1970s and early 1980s. This book brings together essays, speeches, journal entries, and an illuminating dialogue between Lorde and sister poet Adrienne Rich. While each piece stands alone as a complete and thought-provoking gem, the book as a whole constitutes one of the most extraordinary intellectual testaments of the 20th century.

    Lorde writes from her perspective as a Black woman, a lesbian, a feminist, a poet, a mother, a teacher, and a cultural activist. Her voice is forthright and unsparing in moral outrage, yet filled with hope and poetic beauty. One of the core themes unifying this collection is her incisive analysis of the interlocking, overlapping axes of difference, privilege, abuse, and resistance. As she deconstructs such phenomena as homophobia, racism, and sexism, Lorde is both intellectually ambitious and down-to-earth; in her arguments with academic figures, she never forgets the real impact of discrimination and violence upon those who live outside the relatively privileged worlds of academia.

    Each piece in "Sister Outsider" makes a unique contribution to the overall impact of the book. "Notes from a Trip to Russia" is a fascinating historical document from the Cold War era. "Poetry Is Not a Luxury" serves as an important part of Lorde's artistic manifesto. "An Open Letter to Mary Daly" offers an illuminating glimpse into some of the tensions within the feminist movement of the 1970s. And "Grenada Revisited" is a powerful counterpoint to the Reaganite view of a military action in the Caribbean. The other eleven pieces are equally thought-provoking.

    In the essay "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House," Lorde expands upon the title statement by adding, "They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change." Lorde's powerful writings may just give us readers some real tools that we can use to bring about "real change"--both within ourselves and in our society.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Collection of Essays!
    _Sister Outsider_ is a masterpiece. It contains some of the most insightful and thought provoking femist essays of our time. Lorde addresses a plethora of issues that face her as a woman, a lesbian, an African American, and a lesbian. This text is invaluable not only to people who fall within these categories but to anyone who operates on any level within a diverse society.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Audre Lorde was one of the most amazing, beautiful women of this century. She is truly inspirational and mind-blowing. Sister Outsider is a book of essays, all of them really well-written, insightfull, and thought provoking. The essay that the "Your silence will not protect you" quote is from is in this book and it is beautiful. Please get this book, read it and tell others about it. "When I dare to be powerful and to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether or not I am afraid" -Audre Lorde ... Read more

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