What a delightful, feel-good story! It was funny, romantic, smart and sensual. It left me with a wonderful laid-back, happy feeling that tells me it'l...moreWhat a delightful, feel-good story! It was funny, romantic, smart and sensual. It left me with a wonderful laid-back, happy feeling that tells me it'll be a wonderful re-read — one of those favorite stories I keep in mind for emergencies and for the times I really want to pamper myself.
How I Met Your Father is like sweet sea breeze on your warm skin, the white sand under your bare feet and the dazzling turquoise horizon. Reading it felt like watching the orange sun dropping slowly into the ocean and thousands of stars starting to twinkle over the lullaby of waves. What more can anyone ask for?
This story lived up and beyond my wildest expectations. After reading it I felt totally wrenched and smoothened at the same time. Josh Lanyon's books...moreThis story lived up and beyond my wildest expectations. After reading it I felt totally wrenched and smoothened at the same time. Josh Lanyon's books always make me emotional, but rarely has he put me through as rough ride as Tim and Luke's stories "In a Dark Wood" and "The Parting Glass". I feel like I'll have to learn to breath normally all over again after all the hype, misery, relief, shock, panic and euphoria this story made me experience.
I absolutely don't want to write any spoilers, so I'll only say this: I couldn't possibly have enjoyed it more. I cried and I laughed and I highlighted so many great lines that my The Parting Glass ebook pages look alarmingly like a yellow-white-striped zebra. This was the most intense reading experience I have had for a long time — maybe never. Or at least never after Adrien and Jake.
The thing is that I'm IN AWE of Josh Lanyon's ability to mix grief and humor. Trouble and delight. Loss and hope. There is no one else who can write it quite like he can. Reading through The Parting Glass was like walking along a beach scattered with lovely sea shells. If Lanyon's sentences were those sea shells I would have my pockets and hands full of the them by now — I want to pick them, carry them home, keep them and I want to look at them and admire them knowing that whenever I do, they'll give me joy.
This story was about love, forgiveness, respect and courage — and how sometimes the most difficult task of all is to forgive ourselves, to love ourselves.
The Parting Glass will be such a wonderful re-read. And re-re-read. And re-re-re-read. And — oh well, you got the picture.
In Plain Sight is intense, even scary at times and definitely heart-wrenching to read. Josh Lanyon writes my favorite short stories and reading this p...moreIn Plain Sight is intense, even scary at times and definitely heart-wrenching to read. Josh Lanyon writes my favorite short stories and reading this particular one felt a lot like a roller coaster ride. Or rather like a bungee jump: first the fear for the characters, then the huge adrenaline rush finally followed by euphoria.
I'm not a big fan of what-if-thinking, but In Plain Sight made me mull over the fact how seemingly small things and fleeting moments can make all the difference in life. And what about all the unexpected things that seem to happen for a reason? As always Josh Lanyon delivers a mature, smart, soulful story that made me see my own life in a slightly different light than before.
A story doesn't have to be long to be a remarkable one -- In Plain Sight is a perfect example of that. It's an excellent story written by a brilliant author. I wholeheartedly recommend it.(less)
I totally fell in love with the intelligent complexity and the emotional sensibility of this story. It's scary, funny, touching and thought-provoking...moreI totally fell in love with the intelligent complexity and the emotional sensibility of this story. It's scary, funny, touching and thought-provoking at the same time.
Flynn Ambrose has lost the love of his life and the aftermath of it is not pretty — it's excruciating. Flynn has never loved anyone else like he loves Alan whom he has grown up with and whom he literally shared his whole young life with. He feels lost and hopeless and simply... done after Alan's sudden death. Flynn doesn't have anything in his life to look forward to anymore. And he can't imagine ever being happy again. But who knows — maybe a not so ordinary mirror and even more intriguing new neighbor are about to change his miserable fate for good?
Josh Lanyon brilliantly combines the horror of a ghost story and the horror of a personal tragedy in this novel. I'm in awe how those two mix and mingle throughout the book. He really is the master of subtle and smart writing. Lanyon has planted so many wonderful details and themes in the story that it sticks with the reader for a long time and rereading it will be a pleasurable experience. One can honestly say that the new series couldn't have started more brightly, more satisfyingly.
Josh, Flynn and Kirk, you can haunt my heart any time you like!
Hmm, who would have thought that a ride with a sadist and a masochist was exactly what I needed right now. The story of Nick and Spencer left a pleasu...moreHmm, who would have thought that a ride with a sadist and a masochist was exactly what I needed right now. The story of Nick and Spencer left a pleasurable throb in its wake.
Thank you again, Voinov and Witt. I'm off to read the next one... :-)(less)