The Troubleshooter series was a pleasant surprise. I don't know how I managed to remain ignorant of the existence of Brockman's books, but it is suchThe Troubleshooter series was a pleasant surprise. I don't know how I managed to remain ignorant of the existence of Brockman's books, but it is such a pleasure to read well written action adventure/romance which include a couple of characters who just happen to be gay.
This is the schmaltzy wonderfully romantic wedding of two of those characters.
I'm knee deep in the rest of the series, but I highly recommend "Hot Target" the kinda sorta prequel and this book to all lovers of M/M and gay romance.
I'm trying to keep up with the NaNowriMo. I'm not doing a great job, but I'm progressing. So, last night I downloaded 'The Back Passage' by James LearI'm trying to keep up with the NaNowriMo. I'm not doing a great job, but I'm progressing. So, last night I downloaded 'The Back Passage' by James Lear, as a tiny reward to myself.
I can't recall where I first heard of this author, but I've been looking forward to reading his books. What is it about that slightly amused, facetious and yet basically good humored voice that I find so charming? I've run into it before in gay literature and, believe it or not, in Jane Austin. Even a little Mark Twain though he was too disgusted with people some times. It's clever and wise but doesn't whine. It isn't sappy or preachy. It's not that it is or isn't politically incorrect so much as it is apolitical. Things are what they are. Life is a great big charming, if sometimes disappointing, story. And in the end its all about getting off.
Throw in a gloriously dead body and I'm a happy reader.
I love it. I'm afraid it's like a candy bar, though. I can't help but read it quickly and then, too soon, I will have read the whole series. ...more
You perhaps shouldn't read this if you haven't yet read the book. it is a little bit spoilerish.
It is apt that the protagonist is a student of Henry JYou perhaps shouldn't read this if you haven't yet read the book. it is a little bit spoilerish.
It is apt that the protagonist is a student of Henry James. His prose has a clear precise simplicity that James seemed to avoid, but in many ways they are like. The beautiful rich descriptions of impressions and the emotional effect of objects and people. And, of course, a study of the upper class which seemed, to me, almost predictable.
When I think of the eighties, especially the 'party' days, I think of coke and sex. So many of my friends became addicts, burning through their inheritance, their scholarships, their lives. Happily many of them are now alive and well and clean.
Not so for many of my friends who contracted HIV before there was any medical knowledge of the disease.
It seems horrible in retrospect. But Hollinghurst reminds us of the wonder, and joy and innocence as the decade opened.
There are so many wonderful sentences in the book. So many surprising little humorous moments that sneak up on you. He gets under the skin of things and stays there, moving flawlessly in the protags head, heart.
I just learned that there was a miniseries adapted from this book and that in it the protag 'cons' his way into an upper class family. This isn't at all what motivates the hero of the book. He's really just looking for love...
Beautiful. I've read it twice and set it aside to read again. What a pleasure....more
This series is different, with a distinct voice. But so utterly dated, I was severely disappointed by the ending.
It seems that until this cenThis series is different, with a distinct voice. But so utterly dated, I was severely disappointed by the ending.
It seems that until this century, any novel that featured a gay person, a mixed race couple, or a liberated woman, could only get away with portraying this person sympathetically if he/she ended up conveniently dead at the end.