Jan. 5th, 2016

My 2015 recommendations for reading, listening, & viewing; plus, authors' upcoming releases

For those of you who don't follow me regularly, I mostly read older fiction (late nineteenth century to mid twentieth century), historical fiction, historical speculative fiction (historical fantasy, etc.), juvenile fiction, and various types of gay fiction (especially original slash). But sometimes I read other stuff too.

Older writings )
Current fiction )
Blogs )
Podcasts )
Videos/TV/film (no spoilers) )

Do you folks know of any stories etc. to recommend?

Oct. 14th, 2015

Story recommendation (gay adventure): "Silver Bullet - Everest," by Rolf and Ranger

Rolf and Ranger: Silver Bullet - Everest (Falls Chance Ranch series; gay adventure; online fiction; also available in ebook formats through their forum, which anyone may join).

The novel tells of a long-time adventurer's quest to climb Mount Everest alongside his life partner. Amidst the dangers and joys of the journey, the protagonist realizes that he must come to terms with his inner demons.

A cracking good adventure and amazingly moving novel, due to the concrete details, slowly growing suspense, and careful pacing of the character development alongside the thrills of the climb. That Silver Bullet - Everest is a parallel novel to the breathtaking Silver Bullet - Ranch novel (the Ranch novel is first chronologically, if you want to read them in order) is icing on a very tasty cake.

Sep. 1st, 2015

Daily life: Ebook publishing, online fiction posting, antique shops, book decluttering, & story recs

"The thing about reading fanfic (and original slash fic) is that you get used to that particular writing/reading culture after a while. You get used to the frank discussions of sexuality and kink, the close attention to diversity and social justice issues in the text, the unrestrained creativity when it comes to plot. The most amazing, creative, engaging stories I've ever read have almost all been fanfiction, and I think part of that is because there’s no limitations placed on the authors. They’re writing purely out of joy and love for the world and its characters, with no concerns about selling the finished product. The only limit is their imagination.

"Next to that, most mainstream fiction starts tasting like Wonder Bread, you know?"

--Cordelia Kingsbridge.

My professional work last month )
A few factoids about my latest Eternal Dungeon novel, 'Checkmate' )
Posting online fic again! Man, that feels good )
Prop-shopping at antique stores )
My decluttering of books last month )
My web addiction last month )
My family and leisure time last month )
A banner month for good reading )

Apr. 22nd, 2015

What I read in March 2015

More goodies )

Mar. 11th, 2015

Story recommendation (gay Western): "Falls Chance Ranch," by Rolf and Ranger

Rolf and Ranger: Falls Chance Ranch. Also available in ebook format (including stories not yet available at their website) at their forum and in the Files section of their Yahoo Group.

I originally thought this online fiction series was a domestic discipline tale. And then I thought this was a series like Maculategiraffe's The Slave Breakers, centered on a loving, hierarchically ordered, highly unconventional surrogate family.

It was the incongruity that was getting to him. People didn't generally have disasters while companionably eating muffins together.

The series Falls Chance Ranch (currently consisting of three completed novels, a work-in-progress novel, and numerous shorter works) is both these things, but in addition to that, it is one of the most powerful psychological studies of a man that I've encountered in fiction.

The rest of the review )

Mar. 2nd, 2015

What I read and watched in January and February 2014

"I went on to wonder what it really would be like to share a house with one of the heroes from some of my favourite gay books? . . .

"Laurie from The Charioteer . . . is far too intellectual for me. It'd be all 'But Aeschylus said . . .' Sod Aeschylus. Have another gin and tonic, for gawd's sake.

"Sebastian Flyte from Brideshead Revisted. Argh! No no no no no no no. He'd turn up, pissed as a fart, having left his family and he'd stay for some indeterminate time, taking up the best bedroom, making me make tea and quails eggs (you try and get them in Great Yarmouth, I just challenge you) for him and Aloysius and inviting his bitchy friends over to eat me out of house and home."

Erastes: You Like the Book - But Could You Live With Him?

The goodies )

Nov. 19th, 2014

Story recommendations (WWII naval narratives): Alistair MacLean

Reprinted from my Goodreads account.
H. M. S. Ulysses )
The Lonely Sea )

Oct. 6th, 2014

Story recommendations (m/m suspense): Cordelia Kingsbridge, Jane Seville, and Dani Alexander

Well, it's clear by this point that I'm not going to do a proper job and post new story recommendations at either my Buried Treasure recs site or my Goodreads account, so let me try to get them to you in this fashion instead.

Cordelia Kingsbridge: suspense and twists )
Jane Seville: suspense and guns )
Dani Alexander: suspense and bunny slippers )

June 2018




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