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I've a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore (The Buddies Cycle #1)

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"We have traded tales, my buddies and I; of affairs, encounters, secrets, fears, self-promotion-of fantasies that we make real in the telling."

In this, the first volume in Ethan Mordden's acclaimed trilogy on Manhattan gay life, he introduces a small group of friends-Dennis Savage, Little Kiwi, Carlos, and the narrator, Bud-and chronicles their exploration of the new worl
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1985)
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Jan 14, 2014 Mollydee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: LGBT
I read this book a very long time ago but it was one of the top books I have ever read. Mordden has a great storytelling style and the subject matter was of course interesting. I am glad I found this book I would like to read it again.
Published in 1985, this book, which, on the flap of the original hardcover, is described as a novel, is a collection of stories originally published, as the copyright page tells us, in CHRISTOPHER STREET magazine. While the narrator is the same person in each story and some of the characters appear a few times, I have to say this is not a novel. It is not really themed either. The subtitle is "Tales From Gay Manhattan," but, inasmuch as Cherry Grove and the Pines are two hours east of Manhattan, ...more
George Ilsley
I read these books back in the day . . . or at least I read Buddies. Did not know at the time that these books were part of a series. This one I had picked up for its retro cover -- a hardcover with the trade center towers and a rainbow. I read it not too long ago and had not liked it. For some reason, I just re-read it, and was enjoying it, although it is not a novel as is claimed in the dust jacket. However, the last story, about "Roger" is probably why I had formed my initial negative opinion ...more
I probably read this when I first started working at College Hill Bookstore in late '86. We had a pretty big selection of gay fiction and as a curious teenage girl/woman I read quite a bit.

I don't really remember this one. I probably thought it was okay. I'm pretty sure I read it after Buddies which I really enjoyed. Most of his other stuff was too specifically geared toward a gay audience. However, in light of what seems to be so much fluffy, gay fiction along the parallel lines of your averag
Tony Nguyen
Enjoyable group of 4 friends in NY. Relatable? Possibly. Humorous at times with some serious points. At times I felt that the author was trying to write about his own life, which made his fictitious character flow unevenly. Were they short stories in stand alone chapters, it'd probably be great. But he made it into a trilogy, which made me instantly compare it to Armistead Maupin's Tales Trilogy. The humor was lacking in this series, possibly because of the time frame, the city, or the types of ...more
Oct 08, 2007 Larry rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
I liked the charecters. The book is written in the form of shortstories but is actually one story of a group of friends and their adventures and disasters. After reading and thinking about the last chapter it caused me to think that it could have all been a case of role playing or a play in itself. How many real charecters are there. I am now looking forward to reading the other two books in the series.
QUOTE that embodies THEME of this book: "Well, it occurs to me that all of gay life is stories..about love somehow or the other. As each episode ends, the material for the next shifts into is a lively life I sing, with but two constants: humor and friendship."
Stuart Ross
Jun 25, 2007 Stuart Ross rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gays
this book is just OK, kinda like reading the village voice or ny press when they were good. but the photo on the back of my out-of-print pre-gay canonization copy is hysterical. looks like something that was rejected as the cover for a hall n' oates LP.
A charming and zesty collection of stories about what it was like to be young and gay and in The City back in the 80's/90's. It's full of hope and humor and has some of the most believable frenmies ever gathered.
these short stories were fine, i liked some better than the others. i just had such a feeling of not being the target audience. and guess what- i'm not! it just amazes me how few women can be in gay mens' lives.
Curtis Pettit
This was the first book that I read when I came out! I loved this book, i still love this book!
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