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Further Tales of the City (Tales of the City #3)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  9,242 Ratings  ·  294 Reviews
The residents of 28 Barbary Lane are back again in this racy, suspenseful and wildly romantic sequel to Tales of the City and More Tales of the City.

DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track down a charismatic psychopath, Michael Tolliver looks for love, landlady Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement storeroom, and Armistead Maupin is in firm control.
Paperback, 271 pages
Published 1988 by Black Swan (first published 1982)
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Fabian
Sep 20, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Armistead Maupin makes doppelgangers of his beloved characters, plays them out beautifully like a Chess Magician, and Michael and Co. move graciously to the background-- until you need them to be in the narrative, and then they pretty much save the day! Talk about complete reader fidelity. Because the clashes with actual 80's Americana (historical events mostly) are in such garish, odd taste (like talking about a topic way too early...AIDS, plane crashes, whathaveyou), it takes a while for the p ...more
Carrie
Apr 20, 2011 Carrie rated it liked it
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Matty Smith
Apr 29, 2011 Matty Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ed
As I continue my 2013 re-read of the Tales of the City series, I am guessing I will have to say less and less about it. Obviously I enjoy it very much, and while I recall the series "tail"-ing off at some point -- and thought it may have started here with the 3rd installment -- Further Tales of the City -- such was not the case. Although I had some trepidation at the start as I did not recall having fond memories of the emergence of Prue Giroux and the whole Guyana subplot, but alas it all charm ...more
Sean Kennedy
Nov 18, 2010 Sean Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last of the 'lighthearted' Tales of the City books, as the fourth will usher in the beginning of the AIDS crisis and the hardening of Mary Ann Singleton. Sometimes when re-reading this book I want to stop and pretend it ended there, so I can hold onto more cherished memories of the characters we have grown to love so much. The wacky plots may continue, but there's a darkness from hereon out that tends to overshadow it all.
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Dramatisation of Armistead Maupin's classic sequence of comic novels about the denizens of a San Francisco apartment house in the late 70s and early 80s
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Nicole Gervasio
Aug 03, 2012 Nicole Gervasio rated it really liked it
This one might be the slowest of all of the books so far to get into, but once it picks up its force, it really does-- full-throttle. I was honestly really disappointed in the beginning of the book, because Maupin unexpectedly leaps ahead three years in all of our characters' lives. So, many of the story lines left hanging in the previous installment remain suspended. It's as if he got bored with moving so slowly with them... but, more likely now that I think about it, he probably just wanted li ...more
Chris Hyde
Dec 20, 2016 Chris Hyde rated it really liked it
Further light and enjoyable reading from Armistead Maupin. He has sucked me in and I just continue to follow the path through his books. Love the Jim Jones/Guyana subplot in this book. My guilty pleasure continues!
Max Zumstein
Jun 21, 2014 Max Zumstein rated it liked it
I fell deeply in love with the Tales of the City series when I read the first two installments as required reading in my Gay and Lesbian Lit class last semester. Maupin's prose is sparse yet surgical, his dialogue is lively and enjoyable, and he's able to create the type of characters that actually make me give a shit what happens to them; something that perhaps dazzles me more than it should as I spend so much of my time reading books where characters and plot are more-or-less secondary to them ...more
Charles Eliot
Jul 06, 2014 Charles Eliot rated it liked it
I'm half-way through rereading the original six Tales of the City books, so I can dig into the three recently published sequels.

Further Tales of the City is my least favourite of the first three books, for two reasons.

First, the plot is preposterous. Armistead Maupin pulls his usual trick of juxtaposing characters through unlikely coincidences, but that's not the most annoying part. My main complaint is that the central plot is plain silly, constructed from an unbelievable premise, abrupt twists
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Lisa
May 03, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: just-for-fun
Now stupidly I got this out of the library and didn't look at the cover properly so only when I got it home did I realise this is number 3 in the series - der!

It didn't really matter as it was a whole new story for the characters not a continuation. It just meant that I got a tiny bit lost at times and didn't know all the history of the characters which would probably have made me care about them more.

I found the characters quite alien but some of this may have been due to reading the 3rd book 1
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Sabrina Chapadjiev
Jun 30, 2009 Sabrina Chapadjiev rated it really liked it
you know- I'd give this book a five stars if it really shook me to my core. I like books that really make me completely question myself, that rattle something deep inside. This book is not that. This book is fucking hilarious. Witty, smooth, an absolute portrait of SF living in the very early eighties/late seventies, but even much more than that. This one was way out there with the sudden intense mystery stuck in the middle of the book that unravels into what is, hilariously, a gay threes compan ...more
Jules
Jul 18, 2014 Jules rated it it was ok
This starts off as a bit of a frustrating installment. A few years have passed from More Tales and there's some re-arranging of the main characters' lives as they previously ended from being happy couples. This is all about girl-power with Mary Ann teaming up with DeDe Day (and to a lesser extent, ditzy social columnist Prue Gireaux) as they investigate the mysterious happenings of a charismatic cult leader who might have survived the real-life Jonestown massacre in 1978. Michael Tolliver sadly ...more
Bill
May 08, 2014 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever read a series more out of order! I just finished the "last" book in the series, "The Days of Anna Madrigal", and now I'm back to this book, the third. Considering the time skips between each book, it almost feels kind of natural to jump around, like being told a long story out of order.

As with the other books in this series, the character development and dialogue are why I read these books. The plots rely on coincidence and luck (both good and bad) a little too much for t
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Armin Hennig
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Bislang der Höhepunkt der Reihe, enthält alle typischen Elemente, die man lieben oder hassen kann, daneben aber mit der Rückkehr von Jim Jones einen Roten Faden, der den Aufbau eines grotesken Thrillerszenarios ermöglicht, dessen Auflösung sich aber den traditionellen Mechanismen entzieht.
Kendra
Jan 10, 2014 Kendra rated it it was amazing
My favorite so far. I couldn't go to bed until I finished it. Although I did miss Mona, the extreme drama kept me on the edge of my seat. It even exacerbated the creep-factor of a certain historical event that I've always been intrigued with. A lot to take in, but definitely my favorite.
David
Nov 08, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Being familiar with the madness (I'd read the wikipedia article about Jonestown) made this more fun. I also really like Michael now that he is more secure and rounded (and not called "Mouse" much anymore).
Nate
Jan 19, 2015 Nate rated it it was amazing
Brilliant pure brilliance
Erika
Aug 05, 2016 Erika marked it as to-read
Well fuck I got the third book thinking it was the first ofcccc
Heather
Feb 14, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was better than the first two, had more intrigue and surprises!
Allison
Jul 30, 2014 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these books! Can't wait to start on number 4!
Earl
Apparently I’ve been reading one Armistead Maupin Tales of the City novel a year. I find myself completely engrossed in them every time I pick one up but I haven’t had a desire to binge read them. Book three in the series brings back the characters readers have grown to love and putting them into even more ridiculously good situations. (Depending on which edition you read, the publisher-provided summary is too spoilery considering some of the thing it mentions doesn’t happen until much later in ...more
Kate
Nov 11, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it
Loved this series read while living in San Francisco
Earl
Dec 30, 2016 Earl rated it really liked it
Apparently I’ve been reading one Armistead Maupin Tales of the City novel a year. I find myself completely engrossed in them every time I pick one up but I haven’t had a desire to binge read them. Book three in the series brings back the characters readers have grown to love and putting them into even more ridiculously good situations. (Depending on which edition you read, the publisher-provided summary is too spoilery considering some of the thing it mentions doesn’t happen until much later in ...more
Tex Reader
Nov 17, 2015 Tex Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbtq, romance-life
4.0 of 5 stars – Keep the Good Tales Rolling.

This series (at the time being just the first 6 books) was recommended to me when I first came out. By then it had rightfully become for Armistead Maupin a classic in gay literature. I’m glad to say that it became a favorite series of mine as well; and this third book was almost as good as its predecessors and continued to build the story.

In this third one, I appreciated that it had a little darker tone to it in its mystery; but Maupin also threw in t
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Becky
Sep 22, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it
3.5 for content, 4 for enjoyment. I was home sick and desperate for cozy reading material when I remembered I had a stack of these in the basement.

Tales of the City is charming as always, and I really enjoyed Michael's storyline in particular; his search for emotional connection is sympathetic and heartfelt without being sentimental.

That said, for an ostensibly comic novel, there's a lot of darkness in this book. Most of it was deftly handled, but the main plot was slightly odd and dated, with t
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Bill
Apr 27, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, gay
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Wichard Fella
Jan 25, 2013 Wichard Fella rated it really liked it
I absolutely fell in love with these books from the first one, Armistead Maupin did an amazing job of creating a world full of awesome characters with comedy, drama, suspense all rolled into one.

One cannot help but love most of the characters, except the odd psycho or two. I feel sorry for Mary- Ann though, she seems to have to keep a secret at the end of each book. I love the way he describes each chapter with a headline, really funny and smart!

In the third book, Mary Ann is on a big story, h
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Mark
Mar 26, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear! Has the shine worn off? Again, I loved this book when I first read it, but found it a tad disappointing this time round. It is the final "Tales" book to have been made into a TV series and I think it is this that it suffers from. Armistead Maupin wrote the screenplays for the adaptations of the first three "Tales" books and was very hands-on in the production. That meant that, in the TV version, he got to improve on the bits that he hadn't got quite right. It is beautiful to see how the ...more
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I've started reading this weeks ago :/ not letting myself start another book before I finished this (and, well, not having the money to buy myself what I want), I'm feeling extremely frustrated. I don't want to continue reading it, despite knowing it'll go quickly, and that what I always hate in the first third will get better. But even after Mouse changes his stance from "yay, gay, non-monogamous relationship and daily sex with gorgeous other men" to "meh, why don't gays date" for no reason fro ...more
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Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam.

Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 19
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Other Books in the Series

Tales of the City (9 books)
  • Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)
  • More Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #2)
  • Babycakes (Tales of the City, #4)
  • Significant Others
  • Sure of You (Tales of the City, #6)
  • Michael Tolliver Lives (Tales of the City, #7)
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  • The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City, #9)

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