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Shayno

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Imagine you are a gay man approaching mid-life in the Silicon Valley: disillusioned, unhappy, bored with life. You have a monotonous job and can count your friends on one hand; you have given up on finding love for good. Along comes the perfect man: an Australian hunk. He is intelligent, witty, suave, well-bred and stunningly good-looking. Only problem: he is straight. ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published December 24th 2010 by Createspace (first published October 7th 2010)
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Elisa Rolle
Don’t get fooled by the cover, this is not at all your typical decapitated naked torso M/M gay romance; this is not a romance at all but more the self-discovery journey of two men, the narrator and Kevin. Already from this little detail, the fact that the narrator has no name since basically you read most of the novel living in his mind, you can understand that this story has not an ordinary development, and even when it’s not told in first point of view from the narrator, the punctuation is not ...more
Charly
Oct 27, 2012 Charly rated it it was amazing
Difficult subject matter, but a fantastic book nonetheless

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 10/10

PROS:
- This is an intelligently written book (which might take a little while to get used to if you’re unfamiliar with experimental writing techniques). The characters’ speech, for example, is not set off by quote marks, as is usually the case in published fiction; lines of dialogue simply begin with a dash. Here’s an example:
--Ladies and Gentlemen, we w
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jules0623
Jun 11, 2013 jules0623 marked it as dnf
Christine
Sep 14, 2011 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazon Review by Charly Anchor, very well analyzed. It's not an easy book, but one of the best on a LGBT subject ever written.


14 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult subject matter, but a fantastic book nonetheless, November 28, 2010
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Charly T. Anchor (Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Shayno (Kindle Edition)
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 10/10

PROS:
- This is an intelligently writte
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Benjamin
Nov 04, 2014 Benjamin rated it really liked it
The story follows two men, or rather a man and a boy: Kevin, a nineteen year old gay Australian boy who escapes the America after being brutally beaten by his father following his coming out; and a thirty something gay English man who has been working in America for some time as a computer programmer and who strikes up a friendship with Shayne, a handsome well built Australian he meets at the gym. Kevin is in the States looking for the man he met back home and whom he thinks he is in love with, ...more
Micha Meinderts
Oct 01, 2012 Micha Meinderts rated it it was ok
Pretty much everything was a little (or a lot, sometimes) off: pacing, plot, characters, information dosage, drama, location... many things seemed pointless or too much of a coincidence. It was wordy, both in volume, which should have been cut down to about 2/3s, and in vocabulary, with too many words that are perfect for books, but not stories like this. They seemed out of place despite the described but never really proven intelligence of the main characters.

The author took a long time establi
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Ur-narrative
Sep 19, 2011 Ur-narrative rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the sort of book one would like to read when one has doubts staring at oneself from every possible side. This is a journey of self-discovery, one would say. And I agree, too. But it is more than just that. The characters are well-built (and not just the hunks!). The plot is not your usual run-of-the-mill M/M plot with painfully predictable mores. The language is soothingly cultured, and it is, for want of a better word or phrase, the type of language 'used by men' (not your ...more
Bradley
Jul 03, 2012 Bradley rated it really liked it
This was one of the most fucked up books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The book tells two stories. First, the nameless narrator. His voice is sorta stream-of-consciousness and it takes a little while to get used to it.

Then there's Kevin. I can't really say anything without giving away the plot. Kevin is a young guy coming from Australia to the US in search of Shayno/Shayne. Shayno is a bad dude but Kevin is in love with him. Oh, and did I mention that the nameless narrator also is invo
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Philip Chen
Sep 12, 2011 Philip Chen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shayno was the first book I read by Marten Weber, and it is his absolute best. It is incredibly well written, with thoroughly developed, beautifully contemporary characters.
In style and vocabulary, it is miles above what I found under gay American literature. Weber reminds me of some of the classic authors like Woolf for Vidal, but with a beautiful modern twist.
The story is fantastic: sad, exciting, with a sense of dark humor and ultimately hopelessly romantic. I don't want to give too much aw
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Klaus Tomanke
Jan 03, 2012 Klaus Tomanke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable read, which drew me in from the very beginning and made me care about the characters. Can highly recommend it.
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I am of mixed parentage (a man and a woman) and have lived in more countries than I can count on hands and feet together. I speak several languages, and believe in multiculturalism, tolerance, and free champagne also in economy class.

I dislike bigots and fanatics of all denominations. I am hugely uncomfortable with labels, even seemingly benign ones such as 'gay,' 'straight,' or 'sugar-free' and p
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