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A brand new novel available only from Subterranean Press
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published August 28th 2004 by Subterranean Press (first published August 2004)
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Not for the squeamish or the easily offended. (Graphic violence and gay/lesbian sex) This is a set of three interlocking stories that take place over about 60 years. Although the stories are violent and often tragic, at the end of the day this book is a love story or actually a series of love stories. I have been a fan of Poppy Z. Brite's work for years. Although this book is rougher than most of her other work, it displays the same quality plotting and strong character development that is typic ...more
Anything she writes.
I saw this book on the library shelf, and picked it up because it was thin, and I was intrigued by the title. When I saw it was Poppy Z. Brite, I *had* to get it. I have a lingering affection for her from my high school horror years, and Lost Souls remains one of my favorite, most evocative books of all time. So when I saw this book, (I am much less familiar with Christa Faust) and read the book jacket, I thought it would be a no-brainer. (Explicit sex? Violence? Gender bending? Sign me up!)

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Frank Taranto
Don't read this book if you are easily shocked! The book contains three long stories centered around a gay Chinese man.
The first story starts off in China at the beginning of the second world war and tells the story of two young men who escape from their master into the wide world. It's a love story of sorts, but the description of thier lives makes it sad. Graphic homosexual sex scenes abound, not only in this story, but throughout the book.
The second story takes place in post war hollywood. At
Allison Floyd
There's something about reading Poppy Z. Brite for me that's like watching a generally transfixing marionette show where the strings are often visible, but it usually doesn't matter. A decent story with several passages that are a treat for the language/imagery alone. This book was coauthored by Christa Faust, which isn't immediately evident from glancing at its goodreads listing.
3 related stories with Asian protagonists, typical Poppy Z Brite M/M sex, love and tragedy. Follows a young Chinese man from 1938 China to modern day Los Angeles. Really good.
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Poppy Z. Brite (born Melissa Ann Brite, now going by Billy Martin) is an American author born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Born a biological female, Brite has written and talked much about his gender dysphoria/gender identity issues. He self-identifies almost completely as a homosexual male rather than female, and as of 2011 has started taking testosterone injections. His male name is Billy Martin.

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