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Top Mark

3.07  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Meet 'the Marks'.

It was strange at first for Mark, dating a guy with the same first name as him. But 'the Marks' developed nicknames for each other. Mark became ‘Top Mark’, a sly nod to his role in the bedroom.

But after seven years together, Mark hasn’t had much opportunity to be on top lately. There have been a lot of conversations avoided, unexplained absences, and some
ebook, 25 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by 20Ten Books (first published May 21st 2012)
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This review can be found at The Armchair Reader. Spoilers ahead!

3.5 stars

This was an intriguing short story. It contains all those elements that I refuse to read. Open relationship, cheating, bittersweet ending? Check, check, check! Honestly, I was shocked I liked this one and in a way, I still don’t, but I think that’s just my natural rejection of those plot elements. I can’t deny, however, that once I started I had to figure out how it all happened.

This book holds a lot of punch for a short st
Brandon Witt
Sep 09, 2012 Brandon Witt rated it it was amazing
I've giving Top Mark five stars for how well written the story was. It made you feel, made you question, made your heart pound in what it knew was inevitable dread. The entire thing is told from the perspective of the inner workings/thoughts of the protagonist. I have to say this--I'm so sick of readers on Goodreads and other sites giving low rating to novels/short stories because they were sad or the reader didn't like how the story ended, or because it made them hurt, or--god forbid--it's not ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Susan65 rated it liked it
Thats just too sad. I wish i never read it.
It was free so I read... I wanted to give 2.5 stars and it was an interesting topic which about a gay couple their first names were Mark and Mark, at least I don't know any of gay couples have the same first name like that... I liked it from the beginning, but getting weird and weird into the story, how a mother wouldn't even recognize his own son? it just didn't make any sense to me, and I felt like I was watching off-off-Broadway monologues show, especially the ending...
Jul 25, 2012 Cryselle rated it really liked it
Mark and Mark are an established couple with habits, quirks, and ways well known to each other, and that may be half the problem. They’ve been together seven years, and in spite of being able to give each other some space they may still have more togetherness than one of them wants.

Top Mark, our narrator, calls his lover Marx, partly as a joke, partly to differentiate them, something that doesn’t always work. The name conjured up a quote, which grew more and more ironic as the story progressed.
Jun 14, 2012 Camilla rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-kindle

The first thing we read in the blurb for this book is: ”Meet ‘the Marks’

Which is kinda a lie, because we only really meet one of the Marks. The one called “Top Mark” or as I would call him: “kind-of-freaky-wannabe-stalker-twin Mark.”.

This short story, is basically a monologue from a guy, who’s in a relationship with a younger guy, where he’s thinking through some scenes from their time together, I guess.. Or.. Well. He’s thinking about times where he’s done all he can to freak out his boyfrien
Elisa Rolle
Without doubt Top Mark is a story with a twist, so unexpected that it turned almost in a thriller from the sweet romance the author was lulling us at first.

The story of stylish Mark who meets new-hippy Mark, 6 years of difference and a whole world of experience between them, they become the Marks, Top Mark and Marx; but Marx is like a bloodsucker, eating Top Mark’s life. Does he realize it? I don’t think so, the old Marx seems really smitten by Top Mark, I liked him. Not so much now, reliving th
Jul 22, 2012 Portia rated it really liked it
I can't say why I like this. It really isn't a story. More of a running monologue inside this guy's head. But, something about his journey spoke to me. If our country ever progresses to the place where GLBT lit is included in Freshman Comp...I expect to see Top Mark included. It has a lot of layers and if I were so inclined, I could probably write an essay about it, with a longer word count. For me it was a brilliant piece of writing that made me feel.
James Wilson
Jul 30, 2013 James Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
I like this book, however, it came to a rather abrupt ending, I hopeing that there might be a follow up to this one, to tell the other side of the story.
Madison Parker
Sep 30, 2012 Madison Parker rated it liked it
Shelves: short-story
Well written and engaging, but lacked resolution.
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