Archive for March, 2010

The Haunted Heart and Other Tales by Jameson Currier

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Title: The Haunted Heart and Other Tales
Author: Jameson Currier
Genre: Dark fiction/horror, Single Author Anthology
URL: Amazon
Price: US$15.00

Summary (from the publisher): Haunted? Or blessed? Ghosts? Or guardian angels? Twelve new stories of gay men and the memories that haunt them. A circuit boy stays at a haunted hotel. An actor recounts a grisly murder in the English countryside. A gay parent unravels a mysterious souvenir. A journalist chases a story through the streets of Amsterdam. An artist grapples with his muse. A musician is inspired by the spirit of a sailor. Jameson Currier modernizes the traditional ghost story with gay lovers, loners, activists, and addicts, blending history and contemporary issues of the gay community with the unexpected of the supernatural.

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Ann’s Mini-Reviews for March 2010

These are a round up of books I have read recently and have yet to work up into a full review. I may never do so 🙂 Caveat lector etc. Continue reading →

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In the Closet, Under the Bed by Lee Thomas

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: In the Closet, Under the Bed
Author: Lee Thomas
Genre: Horror/Dark Fiction
URL: Amazon
Price: US$16.00
Other Information/warnings: Stoker Award Nominee, Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Summary (from the Publisher): A breathtaking collection of literary dark fiction that will force you to face the terror lurking…in the closet, under the bed… In this collection of fifteen tales, award-winning author Lee Thomas casts light on the shadows in our closets and explores the fear of boogeymen and beasts we sense lying in wait under our beds. Featuring nine original tales and six acclaimed short stories gathered together in one volume for the first time anywhere, In the Closet, Under the Bed reminds us that sometimes the most terrifying aspects of the human condition come from within.

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Mama Fish by Rio Youers

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 
Title: Mama Fish
Author: Rio Youers
Genre: Dark Fiction (horror/speculative)
URL: Amazon
Price: $7.99 (note that this is a novella length work at 92 pages)

Summary (from the publisher): At Harlequin High School In 1986, Kelvin Fish was the oddball, the weird kid that no one would talk to, except for Patrick Beauchamp who was determined to learn more. When Patrick’s curiosity about Kelvin leads him into a bizarre and tragic series of events, Patrick gets much more than he bargained for.

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Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Last Days of Summer
Author: Steve Kluger
Genre: coming of age, baseball
URL: Amazon
Price: US$13.99
Other Information/warnings: language, child prodigy, racism (period)
Summary [from the publisher]:

Last Days of Summer is the story of Joey Margolis, neighborhood punching bag, growing up goofy and mostly fatherless in Brooklyn in the early 1940s. A boy looking for a hero, Joey decides to latch on to Charlie Banks, the all-star third baseman for the New York Giants. But Joey’s chosen champion doesn’t exactly welcome the extreme attention of a persistent young fan with an overactive imagination. Then again, this strange, needy kid might be exactly what Banks needs.

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Open for Business

Right, we’re off. Most of my reviews from Uniquely Pleasurable, and all of Paul Bens’s are now archived here as well, and we hope to bring you plenty of new ones.

Unlike UP, this site is for reviewing whatever the hell we like, we’re not accepting review requests unless we love you a lot, and for now, it’s just a few of us who will be posting. No author promos, no puff pieces, and no whining!

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The Elegant Corpse by A M Riley

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 
Title: The Elegant Corpse
Author: A M Riley
Genre: Detective/mystery
URL: Loose ID
Price: US $6.99
Other Information/warnings: bdsm, violence, torture, explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:

Detective Roger Corso is open about his sexual orientation. He’s less forthcoming about his leather lifestyle. There’s only so much his coworkers can take. He thinks he’s doing a pretty good job of keeping it covert, but then something happen that changes his mind.

Someone delivers an elegantly clothed corpse to his home. His couch to be precise. And that corpse is carrying a leather flogger. Roger’s taking that personally.

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The Heart May be Tiny but the World’s Enormous by shukyou

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Title
Author: shukyuo
Genre: Historical (Feudal China)
URL:http://s2b2.livejournal.com/98514.html
Price: FREE!
Other Information/warnings: kid fic
Summary:

Really, if it hadn’t been for the damn baby, Gong Ji would’ve gotten away with it.

A goat thief encounters a widowed master swordmaker and the man’s infant. Somehow, he never manages to leave.

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My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park
Author: Steve Kluger
Genre: YA
URL: Amazon
Price: $16.99
Other Information/warnings: het (teen) relationships, gay (teen)
Summary [from the publisher]:

Dear Anthony:
I appreciate your recent interest, but I’m not accepting applications at this time. Your letter will be kept in our files and someone will get back to you if there is an opening. Thank you for thinking of me.
Respectfully,Alejandra Perez
P.S. It’s not “Allie.” It’s “Ale.”

Meet T.C., who is valiantly attempting to get Alejandra to fall in love with him; Alejandra, who is playing hard to get and is busy trying to sashay out from under the responsibilities of being a diplomat’s daughter; and T.C.’s brother Augie, who is gay and in love and everyone knows it but him.

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