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Bear Like Me

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Fired from his job at Phag Magazine, Peter Mallory has to find a way to make a living…and get revenge! When his best friend suggests writing a book about the bear community—and using his new ursine look to go undercover at Phag—Peter is soon letting his body hair grow and practicing the fine art of flannel couture. When Peter’s sabotage campaign works only too well, he sta ...more
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Published June 23rd 2011 by Lethe Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Aug 02, 2011 Kassa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jun 30, 2011 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, gay, done, fiction, arc, 2011, ebook
Pretty good humorous gay fiction about a writer, fired from a trendy gay magazine, who decides to go undercover into the gay bear culture in order to gather material for a book. While the humor of this book just didn't quite work for me, I believe it will for other readers - particularly those more familiar with real-life bear culture.
Nathan Burgoine
Jan 11, 2014 Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt, audiobooks
I'm a fan of audiobooks and finding more and more titles from Lethe/Bear Bones and Bold Strokes has been a real joy to add some quality audiobooks to my two-plus hours of commute every day.

"Bear Like Me" works on many levels - on the surface, this is a fun and light story of a guy in way over his head: a gay clone twink type who is unjustly fired from his job at a magazine is left twisting in the wind, and his friend convinces him to go undercover into the bear community and write a book about t
Mar 12, 2013 Jeffrey rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the obvious affection the author has for the bear community, I did not care for a lot of the back-biting, conniving characters that populated the novel. While I don't doubt that many such men exist, I really don't want to read about them.

The ending seemed a little rushed and contrived as well, going from the protagonist's living hell to top of the world in scant minutes.

Still, it's good to see more hirsute gay men showing up in fiction.
George Seaton
A very light, silly, dated journey into the "Bear" culture. Enough said.
May 14, 2012 Hilcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of bear erotica and bearish romances when I find them, so Bear Like Me by Jonathan Cohen, an amusing, light tale about a man who becomes part of the bear community, through let's say the back door, is right up my alley.

Cohen weaves this bearish story around Peter Mallory, a journalist and self-proclaimed twink who becomes obsessed with getting revenge after he's fired from his job at Phag magazine. In the meantime he needs to make a living and at his friend Mac's suggestion Peter decid
Lil' Grogan
Jun 21, 2011 Lil' Grogan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lol, 3-5, comedy, gay
An entertaining satirical romp about gay bear culture and media (commercialization of subcultures, if you will). Peter, our hapless doltish leader, is inspired to transform from twink to bear for his own book. The plot is split between his attempt to infiltrate the bear community and his obsessive need for revenge on his former boss at Phag magazine. The latter plot line became a bit tiresome, but provides the ... umm, climax.

The secondary characters were great barometers for exactly how out-of
Oct 13, 2011 Denni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a sub-genre I would have chosen for myself, but I won my copy from the publisher (thru Jessewave). So I'm game to try, and quickly realized this would be no hardship.

Largely defined by what I didn't hits on the pet-peeve meter, no eyerolls, no obvious editing problems. I quickly settled into an enjoyable reading experience. The story is interesting, well paced, and well written. Amusing without being silly. I'd definately read this author again, and can easily recommend this book
Aug 12, 2007 Lin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is a quick and mostly a delightful read, if you enjoy reading about gay bears. The humor is campy (if one is allowed to be campy in a bear world) and fun. In a world where many books are overly wordy and in need of editing, this book needs to bulk up a bit, like its hero. I found myself wanting a little more in-depth character writing given the identity crisis the hero was going through. The overall feel was a made-for-TV script that had been fleshed out a bit. But I hope that Jonathan ...more
Dave Radtke
Nov 25, 2012 Dave Radtke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I enjoyed the silly romp with the bears. While the book feels a bit dated, I enjoyed it enough to hope there is a sequel someday.
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