Wow. This was (by far) one of the most unusual and unique books I have ever read. While looking for something new to read I saw the author's name on a...moreWow. This was (by far) one of the most unusual and unique books I have ever read. While looking for something new to read I saw the author's name on a site. I saw this book. I wasn't sure about it until I read a recommendation by another author (T.J. Klune) that I had just read the day before. That pushed me in the right direction and I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did.
I am totally at a loss as to what to say about this book. If I go into the story, I will give it away. I do not want to do that. All I will say is that it is a story of self-discovery, told in a way that I have never seen before. Yes, it is a love story. But the love story, while the ultimate goal of the story, is not front and center for the entire book. While it is always there in the background for the main character (Joe) there are other things that must be resolved along the way during his Journey. The characters introduced during Joe's Journey are funny, some are silly, and some are heartbreaking.
It takes a lot for a book to affect me to the point of tears. This one did. There were the good tears but there were also the sad ones. Joe's road to self-discovery is not always told in a good or happy way. That is what made the book so good.
I could go on and on about how much I love this book but I won't. Just read it. It's not an overly sexual book. There is not a lot of graphic stuff here. But the love story is amazing. This is one that will stick with me long after I completed it.
Nice story about 3 friends who go on a vacation to this huge manor with a magical garden. The garden is pretty much the center point of the s...more4.5 Stars
Nice story about 3 friends who go on a vacation to this huge manor with a magical garden. The garden is pretty much the center point of the story as most interaction occurs there.
There's Tony who has secluded himself from life since an accident 5 years prior. He is forced to go on this vacation by his friends Jerry and Doug. He doesn't go without a fight. He is bitter and not exactly what you would call a people person. Jerry is in love with Doug, though he comes across mostly as an obsessed, starry-eyed teen lusting after his first crush. Doug is a self-absorbed egomaniac who acts as if the world totally revolves around him and him alone. While he claims to be a close friend to Tony and Jerry, it's really all "Me! Me! Me!" I think we have all met at least one Doug in our lifetime. Then there is Sal. Sal is the gardener who takes an instant liking to Tony..... NOT Doug... which I think is what finally gets Doug moving along to seeing the world does not, in fact, revolve around him. (Wow... someone said no to him????)
I really liked this. I liked Tony once he started opening up. Loved Sal. I kind of got where I was liking Jerry once he stopped acting like such a wimp. Doug..... well, I never really did warm up to him.
The story flowed well. There were no lulls in the story so it never got boring in places, as some books do. The secondary characters (the cook, the rollerskating drag queen, the perv doctor, etc.) were all entertaining.
This is my second book by Eric Arvin, the first being Woke Up In A Strange Place, which I totally LOVED. I've learned from reading these two books that he obviously has an amazing imagination and is able to take topics which may seem totally off the wall and turn them into believable stories. Not many authors can do that. I am definitely a new fan and look forward to reading more of his work.
OH... I have to throw in something about the cover. Even had I not already wanted to read this, that photo would have definitely done it for me. :) (It's HOT!)
I discovered Eric Arvin when another author raved about him on here. I read Woke Up In A Strange Place as a result and became a huge fan. (If you have...moreI discovered Eric Arvin when another author raved about him on here. I read Woke Up In A Strange Place as a result and became a huge fan. (If you haven't read THAT Eric Arvin book, you're missing out). This is my 3rd book of his (the 2nd being Another Enchanted April) and I totally love his writing style. As with the other two I've read, Galley Proof is a book about self-discovery.
There's Logan, an accomplished writer who has a tendency to run through editors. There is his quirky best friend/roommate who has this strange obsession with the competing religious groups in her neighborhood, the cat who is named Feed The Cat, a boring boyfriend, Curtis, who makes watching paint dry seem interesting. We've all met a Curtis... you know the type... someone who makes your eyes glaze over after 5 minutes of conversation? I totally loved him. There's the funny old next door neighbor as well as the above-mentioned competing religious groups and a crazy mother. Then there's Brock, the new editor.
Logan lives for routine. Same thing day in and day out. He's dull. He's bland. He's scared to step out of his comfort zone as far as his writing and his life are concerned. Brock encourages him to shake things up a bit and he does but it doesn't quite turn out the way he planned when he falls for Brock. Logan is then forced to get another editor, Frances, who comes across as worse than every nightmare principal I ever experienced when I was in school (many, MANY years ago). Deciding to run away, Logan ends up in Europe and this is when the story really begins. While Brock remains in the background (in the states), Logan meets some interesting people, some of which were so funny that they had me laughing out loud. Vera and Cassie, the two Italians, an eccentric writer as well as various others. While Logan is dealing with his problems, Brock is dealing with his own issues.
I'm not going to go into a lot more details in regards to what happens after that. I will say this: This was a very entertaining book. This author has a way with creating characters who grow continuously throughout the story. Some in good ways, some not. His writing style is one of my faves. Funny in most places but serious when necessary. You don't get bogged down with miscellaneous page filling details that are not relevant to the story. You fall in love with the characters and you hate to see the book end.
Another great book by Eric Arvin. I can't wait to read his others.(less)
This was quite different from anything else I've read by Eric Arvin. Very interesting short story about a disturbed woman who has finally had enough a...moreThis was quite different from anything else I've read by Eric Arvin. Very interesting short story about a disturbed woman who has finally had enough and does something about it.
Quick read. Another good one by this author.(less)
In this sequel to Subsurdity we catch up with the quirky characters of Jasper Lane as well as meet some new ones...moreAnother hilarious book by Eric Arvin.
In this sequel to Subsurdity we catch up with the quirky characters of Jasper Lane as well as meet some new ones. There are old secrets that are threatened to be exposed and there are some new ones thrown in.
Terrence and his son (Christian) go on a father/son camping trip that isn't quite what Terrence is expecting (he has got to be one of my favorite gay characters ever). Cassie's son comes home for awhile but acts mysterious. Vera goes a little undercover to expose a creepy new neighbor and gets more than she bargains for. James and Rick are well, James and Rick. Rick has a jealousy issue that is resolved in a way that I was totally not expecting (which was perfect). Cliff is still the porn king and David is totally devoted to him. Sandy and Steve aren't quite the Ken and Barbie couple that they were in Subsurdity. Melinda steps out of her little stepford persona and does so in a very BIG way. Her son (Patrick) comes home during an awkward moment (that had me laughing out loud). Becky is Becky. A lesbian couple moves into the neighborhood. Gayhound is Gayhound. There's lots of coffee, gossip, alcohol and laughs.
This jumps right in almost immediately after Subsurdity which was perfect for me as I only read that a couple of days go. The characters are a blast. As with the first book, there are several stories going on at one time but in no way did I get confused. Just enough time is given for each before jumping to another. The ending was absolutely perfect.
This is my 5th or 6th by Eric Arvin. I have been a huge fan since my first by him, Woke Up In A Strange Place (which is amazing by the way) and I have only become a bigger fan with each book or short story I've read. In each of my other reviews I've gone on about how much I love his writing style. He obviously has a kick-ass sense of humor that is translated into his books perfectly.
I can not wait for SuburbaNights. I will be one of the first to buy when it comes out.(less)
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of this author and his writing style. I know going into anything that he's written that it will be a blast. His s...moreIt is no secret that I am a huge fan of this author and his writing style. I know going into anything that he's written that it will be a blast. His sense of humor comes through in almost everything he writes. I actually found myself giggling throughout the entire book. I never giggle. :)
This has the kookiest cast of characters I have ever seen. There is the religious fanatic and her sheltered son and psycho mother, the boys, 3 roommates who live on the same street, the ex-army man who jogs around the neighborhood half naked and the perfect little Barbie and Ken couple. Then there's the wealthy woman who is really the matriarch of the neighborhood, on top of all of her kooky friends and other unique characters. Oh, and we can't forget Gayhound, the gay dog. All of these folks live in Jasper Lane, the all American neighborhood.
I laughed so hard reading this book. Each character is hilarious. There are secrets, a missing husband, a coming out scene that was funny when it probably shouldn't have been, gay-for-pay porn, gay porn parties, an illegitimate son.... the list goes on. I absolutely fell in love with Terrence, the ultimate drama queen (and one of the boys). Oh... and we can't forget Hot UPS Guy. (view spoiler)[Ouch! lol (hide spoiler)]
I could never do this book justice in a review. There are so many different stories going on at once. I thought I would get confused. I didn't. They were very easy to keep up with. Each story is unique and each had me laughing and wondering what would happen next. The only thing that kept me from reading this in one sitting was my Kindle battery. I did not want to put it down.
I always know to go to this author when I need something different. No one can ever say that his books fall into any kind of mold. That is what I love about his work. He steps out of the box (so to speak) and doesn't give us more of the same. I (as a huge reader) appreciate that.
I am kicking myself for not reading this before now. I can't wait to jump into #2.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is the hilarious story (with illustrations) of Kid Christmas (Santa's replacement) who is kidnapped and must do anything and anyone to find his w...moreThis is the hilarious story (with illustrations) of Kid Christmas (Santa's replacement) who is kidnapped and must do anything and anyone to find his way back to the North Pole before Christmas.
Normally when I read an anthology I rate each story individually. I am not doing that in this case. Each story is unique. One is gruesome. Others will tear on your emotions but for different reasons. One is so disturbing that I am still bothered by it several hours after finishing it. Then there are the ones that will make you stop and think. You may say "What the hell did I just read?" more than once or you may be cussing an author for tearing your heart out. Regardless, you will enjoy this collection of stories by some very talented authors. If you can read the last one (TJ Klune's) without shedding a few tears then I have to say that nothing can get to you. I'm still touched by it and I finished it early last evening. I have read all of his others (normally on the day of release) but this one is his best in my opinion hands down.
An outstanding read by a collection of authors that includes two of my all-time favorites... together in one book. Of course I couldn't read it fast enough.
Don't skip over the foreword by Eric Arvin. It's hilarious.
One of the gifs in the (full) review could be deemed adult. If that bothers you, don't click the review link.
A beautifully written, unique story by one of my favorite authors. An outstanding read that quickly jumped on my all-time favorites list. If I could r...moreA beautifully written, unique story by one of my favorite authors. An outstanding read that quickly jumped on my all-time favorites list. If I could rate this book higher than 5 stars I would.
When I saw this was coming out my immediate thought was a big "Uh, no. I don't do zombies" but then I saw the list of authors who contributed and knew that I would be reading it as soon as I could get my hands on it. Each story is co-written by some of the best M/M authors out there. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started but I knew it would be entertaining. Each story has humor and there is quite a bit of gore thrown in as well. There's sex, intrigue and well, zombies. So grab a stiff drink, make everyone go away for awhile and get ready for a wild ride. Oh, and you know that TJ Klune is one of the contributors so I highly suggest you grab a box of tissues while you're at it. This is the first anthology I've ever read (and I've read quite a few) where each story was an easy 5 stars for me.
This book was provided by Wilde City Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I always have a difficult time reviewing books that I love. The ones I don't? Easy. I can throw my thoughts out there without a problem. But there are times when I come across a book (or books) that I love so much that I have a difficult time putting my thoughts into words for a review. I always want to do right by the author, even when I know that my words could never do the story justice. I want to lay out what I loved without giving too much away. That is the problem that I had reviewing Azrael and the Light Bringer. I had the same problem reviewing The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men a few months ago. Nothing I say can do either story justice. One must read the books to appreciate, and understand, what I mean.
I went into Azrael and the Light Bringer thinking that no way could it compare to the outstanding book before it. I was wrong. It is every bit as good as that book and to me, that says a lot about the author and his writing. This takes place several years before the events of The Mingled Destinies. It was a pleasure revisiting with some of the characters and being introduced to new ones. It was not always an easy book to read. I found myself a little angry a couple of times and a lot teary several times. In the end, everything comes together brilliantly.
This anthology has a bit of everything. There's tentacle sex, non-consensual sex, orgies, muscle men who cause spontaneous orgasms simply by being looked at - among a lot of other things. Some stories are funny. Some are a bit on the gross side. A couple are really sweet. Some are downright offensive. But in the end, each story is very entertaining and I enjoyed every single one.
Buy this book. You all know Eric and Tj's story. You know they have a long road ahead of them. Support them by buying this book and sharing the link w...moreBuy this book. You all know Eric and Tj's story. You know they have a long road ahead of them. Support them by buying this book and sharing the link with everyone you know.