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Desire and Fear
(In the Garden of Something called God)

By Gary Jonathan Janis

In the future, an exotic, soignée, and private nightclub catering to the privileged, The Black Orchid, somewhere in the city, is the shadowed stage upon which the mystifying rituals of desire and fear play out for the lives of a group of interconnected people divulging and shaping their destinies.

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Paperback, 226 pages
Published September 20th 2014 by Gary Jonathan Janis (first published September 19th 2014)
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Tex Reader
2.5 of 5 stars – Uneven Futuristic Story of Dis-ease.
(I'm excited to have won this as a Goodreads First Read – so thanks, Gary!)

I really wanted to like this, being the first reviewer and all, and my loving stories of glbtq life and romance. But as I kept reading, this just didn't appeal to me.

This started out well enough, with an interesting Peyton-Place, over-the-top style that was roll your eyes amusing. And the sexuality was nicely infused throughout (depicting the whole straight and glbtq mi
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Nov 16, 2014 WriteKnight rated it liked it
Desire and Fear (In the Garden of Something called God) was a mixed bag of both some interesting elements, and at the same time too much of a mix.

The plot had interwoven stories which sometimes matched up nicely, and other times didn't match quite as well as they should and tended to be more distracting and interrupted the flow too much. And while I got the references to the AIDS crisis, it was pretty obscure and overshadowed by the actions in the future that were supposedly an outgrowth of soci
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I was the typesetter and an interviewer for Publisher Charles "Chuck" Renslow's Chicago GayLife newspaper in the late 1970s. As frightening as it was, I wrote the first article about AIDS (known then as GRID) to appear in that publication. Later, my novel, "Paris Green", was written as an elegy, as a remembrance and commemoration of the tragedy.

Among many of my interviews, for Chicago GayLife, wer
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