Archive for October, 2015

Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940s by Ricardo J. Brown

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940s
Author: Ricardo J. Brown
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
URL: University of Minnesota Press
Price: US $16.95
Summary [from the publisher]:
A surprising and vivid remembrance of gay life in the wake of World War II
The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s is a compelling memoir of the author’s experiences as a young gay man during the 1940s. In an engaging and open writing style, and through stories both humorous and tragic, Brown introduces us to the companions and friends he met at Kirmser’s, a working-class bar in downtown St. Paul that became an unofficial home to gay men and lesbians at night.

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The Klockwerk Kraken by Aidee Ladnier

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: The Klockwerk Kraken
Author: Aidee Ladnier
Genre: M/M Romance, Sci-Fi
URL: MLR Press
Price: US $5.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
When the right space pilot walks into his bar, a desperate bartender uses all his wiles (and tentacles) to talk the man into business and his bed–but the spacer is still enslaved by his past and isn’t sure he can deal with a two-handed lover, much less one with six.

When the supply shipments stop coming, Teo Houdin needs all his tentacles to keep his waystation bar open. Facing a riot by thirsty miners stranded in the backwater of the galaxy, Teo helps a greenie space pilot buy a ship in return for a regular haul of liquor. But he longs for the courage to invite the enigmatic spacer to fill his lonely bed as well.

Still smarting from his newly implanted navigational ports, Jimenez knows owning his own ship will prevent him from ever being bought and sold again. For a former slave, transporting cargo through the emptiness of space sounds like paradise, but after meeting the compassionate and sexy Teo, his heart feels empty, too.

At the edge of the galaxy’s spiral arm, can Teo convince Jimenez that the heart has its own tentacles and theirs should be entwined forever?

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