Archive for March, 2009

Lessons in Desire by Charlie Cochrane – review

Rating: 2/10 ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Lessons in Desire
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Genre: Historical, mystery
URL: Linden Bay Romance
Price:US $6.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence (mild)
Summary [from the publisher]:
With the recent series of college murders behind him, Cambridge Fellow Jonty Stewart is in desperate need of a break. A holiday on the beautiful Channel Island of Jersey seems ideal, if only he can persuade Orlando Coppersmith to leave the security of the college and come with him.
Orlando is a quiet man who prefers academic life to venturing out into the world. Within the confines of their rooms at the university, it’s easy to hide the fact that he and Jonty are far more than friends. But the desire to spend more time alone with the man he loves is an impossible lure to resist.
When a brutal murder occurs at the hotel where they’re staying, the two young men are once more drawn into the investigation. The race to catch the killer gets complicated by the victim’s son, Ainslie, a man who seems to find Orlando too attractive to resist. Can Stewart and Coppersmith keep Ainslie at bay, keep their affair clandestine, and solve the crime?

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Gods and Monsters – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 

Title: Gods and Monsters
Director: Bill Condon
Genre: Drama
URL: Amazon
Price: US$10.49+shipping
Other Information/Warnings: None
Summary: A compassionate speculation about the final days of James Whale, the director of Frankenstein and 20 other films of the 1930s and ’40s, who was openly gay at a time when homosexuality in Hollywood was discreetly concealed. Whale is in failing health, recovering from a “touch of stroke” and haunted by flashes of the past that the stroke has brought on.  The flashbacks are countered by Whale’s present-day attraction to a newly hired yard worker Clayton Boone.  The friendship that develops between the handsome gardener and Whale is tenuous at first and then rises to a level of mutual respect and genuine friendship.  But is Whale’s motivation in befriending Clay more than pure?  Are there ulterior motives at work here?

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