Review: Bear Like Me

Bear Like Me
Bear Like Me by Jonathan Cohen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bear Like Me is a satirical look at the gay bear community. It’s a little dated as a contemporary piece but the humor translates for the most part if you’re looking for something very light and heavy on the obvious puns. The ending is ridiculous and completely over the top but that’s mostly the point. It’s meant to be outrageous and unbelievable with one gag after the next. The characters are decent and likable to a point but none stand out very much. In the end this is a fun, easy book to read but not one I’ll especially remember. Continue reading

Review: Blame It on the Raging Hormones

Blame It on the Raging HormonesBlame It on the Raging Hormones by Nathan Goh
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Blame it on the Raging Hormones is a fun to read, engaging coming of age tale. The format is epistolary and blogs are used entirely. This can be both good and bad for a novel as the narrator is inherently biased and the story is always told to you versus shown. There are a couple of technical mistakes such as tense changing and the language used is conversational with numerous emotes rather than a more polished, sophisticated style. However for those that enjoy reading blogs and like a casual style may find this particular story endearing.

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Review: Mere Mortals

Mere MortalsMere Mortals by Erastes
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Mere Mortals is an excellent Gothic story filled with drama, intensity, romance, and a vivid setting that stands out in almost every scene. The mystery is somewhat surprising in that the clues are slowly laid out along the way and the reader is left to interpret them. You can either see through the disguise as Myles does, remain innocently clueless like Crispin, or indulge in the fantasy like Jude. The characters all represent vitally important but different personalities that together form a complex yet fascinating story. Historical drama is not always a favorite genre among readers but you won’t want to miss this one.

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Review: Icarus volume 6: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction

Icarus volume 6: The Magazine of Gay Speculative FictionIcarus volume 6: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction by Steve Berman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fall 2010: Halloween is coming. Store shelves are filled with objets d’autumn and jack o’lanterns. The air is cooling and mornings are darker. Trees are stripping bare. There’s the rushing sound of fallen leaves swirling through deserted streets. Don’t be afraid to turn the pages that follow. We have a naughty infamous bogeyman, trips gone awry, Norse poems and boys that haunt in this issue of Icarus. So turn down all the lights but one.

Stories by Thomas Fuchs, Jeff Mann, Viet Dinh, Troy Carlyle, Kelly McQuain; interview with Robert Duncan.

To review is posted over at Three Dollar Bill Reviews HERE!


The Mariposa Club by Rigoberto Gonzalez

Title: The Mariposa Club
Author: Rigoberto Gonzalez
Publisher: Lethe Press
Length: Novel /250 pages
Buy the book: Paperback, Ebook
Rating: 3.5 stars

Mariposa Club is a decent coming of age story that has engaging characters and a youthful appeal. The situations and especially the cast are all exaggerations. They’re extreme depictions of tropes and themes surrounding gay teens. There is the flaming overweight queen, the fierce cross dresser, token white boy with a big dick, and the very sensitive, thoughtful Mexican narrator. None of the characters particularly grow or mature over the course of the story even though the plot is heavily character driven. Instead the story is more an anthem for young gay teens of any type, involving characters and situations that they can emphasize and sympathize with.

The whole review is available at Three Dollar Bill Reviews HERE or on Goodreads HERE!

Out of the Ashes by R.W. Day

Out of the Ashes (A Strong and Sudden Thaw, #2)Out of the Ashes by R.W. Day

In this sequel to A Strong & Sudden Thaw, the world after the Ice remains a dangerous place. Callum and David have survived the dragons but rebuilding lives is no easy task. The army comes to enforce an evacuation with claims of tainted groundwater and radiation. The Brethren, a crazed religious order, seeks to control the new world through preaching intolerance and forced conversion.

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

review contains spoilers – warning!

If The Spirit Moves You by Dale Chase

Title: If The Spirit Moves You
Author: Dale Chase
Publisher: Lethe Press
Length: 180 pages
Buy the Book: Amazon

Blurb: They say ‘Love never dies’… and neither does the passion between men when written by erotic storyteller Dale Chase. If the Spirit Moves You offers readers a collection of stories featuring spirits who cannot deny their attraction to mortals; these ghosts […]