What's going on? Lately, I've been collecting graphic novels of Wonder Woman after focusing just about my entireAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
What's going on? Lately, I've been collecting graphic novels of Wonder Woman after focusing just about my entire life on Marvel's X-Men. However, I'm disappointed in the storylines and artworks of Wonder Woman.
Admittedly, I got this book only because I was surprised to see Jodi Picoult penning a graphic novel for Wonder Woman. In *Love and Murder*, Special Agent Diana Prince has just been given an impossible mission. She's been ordered, along with her partner, to capture Wonder Woman.
The question is how is this possible?!?!
While figuring this impossible task, Wonder Woman suddenly finds herself battling against her Amazon sisters and her resurrected mother, Queen Hippolyta.
Ugh, how many times does Wonder Woman have to fight her Amazon sisters and get into it with her mother? Is that all Wonder Woman is good for? I found the storyline disappointing. However, I don't blame Picoult since I believe she's stuck with the storyline as it is a tie-in to another novel. She did her best to spice up the dialogues with humor here and there. Alas, it was not enough to do Wonder Woman justice. ...more
*The Trouble with Normal* is Warner's stance against gay marriage. Actually, it's more than that. Warner addresseAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
*The Trouble with Normal* is Warner's stance against gay marriage. Actually, it's more than that. Warner addresses normalcy and this is where he actually had interesting yet heady things to say. In order to challenge normalcy, Warner takes us through history to show us how shame has been attached to anything queer.
However, after two chapters, I realized that Warner is redundant and basically rants against aspects of the gay life. In addition, he bashes gay contemporaries on the very same issues he addresses.
Amazon.com summarizes that Warner believes that gays in monogamous relationships are actually doing a disservice to those who chose not to be in one. I had to laugh because I was thinking, "and monogamous straight people don't do a disservice to those who aren't?" It is tiresome when one berates the gay community when it is the same in the straight community yet it isn't addressed.
Anyways, I get it that some gays consider gay marriage to be heteronormative. And I was hoping that Warner would elaborate intellectually on that. However, Warner didn't and just bash aspects of the gay life and contemporaries. ...more
It is rare that a book would get me riled up as *Nickel and Dimed* did. I truly appreciated Ehrenreich's honestyAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
It is rare that a book would get me riled up as *Nickel and Dimed* did. I truly appreciated Ehrenreich's honesty about certain things before initiating her undercover investigation on whether people on minimum wage could survive on life (basic necessities).
Ehrenreich, well-educated, goes undercover by working various minimum wage jobs just to see if her meager salaries could carry her through life. She worked as a waitress, a maid and an "associate" at Wal-Mart, among other jobs.
Granted, her parameters or criteria did not accurately reflect those of the working class. First, she came into this research with some money, which she was able to afford uniforms, secure a temporary home and get some food. In addition, she had a laptop. Lastly, she went alone, without a family. I truly believe that her struggles/reports would be drastically different if she had no start-up money for these "luxuries".
However, the meat and potatoes of her research are the employers and their practices in employment, business and benefits/wages. I've once worked in the food & beverage industry and it's a tough place to work. However, the working conditions that she experienced as a waitress are appalling. Don't get me started with Molly Maid. I was literally this close to calling the company and giving them a piece of my mind. I certainly hoped that this book helped launched an investigation into the company. And Wal-Mart already had a bad reputation prior to my reading this book. After reading Ehrenreich's accounts, Wal-Mart is just the worst in terms of employment.
Anyways, the whole point of this research is to see if the working class are "too lazy" to "move on up to the East Side" (if you like The Jeffersons, you should have caught that phrase of the theme song). It turns out that it's not so simple. The working class are out there and pounding the road for a better life by getting a better job that can cover basic necessities, along with adequate benefits. They're also out there looking for suitable and affordable homes for their families. However, they faced obstacles by their employers' lack of provisions, shady practices (including drug testings) and hourly pays. In addition, they're not getting adequate services for housing or food assistance. They are literally forced to stay within that economic class.
I found Ehrenreich's book to be informative even if it riled me up. *Nickel and Dimed* helped raised an enhanced consciousness of those trying to live the American dream, just like everyone else. ...more
Tom is a gay professor at a college in New York City. He reconnects with an old childhood friend, Ritchie. RitchiAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Tom is a gay professor at a college in New York City. He reconnects with an old childhood friend, Ritchie. Ritchie, then, begs him to join him as he has set up an upcoming date with an Internet friend.
Meanwhile, Tom has a platonic relationship with a "bi" student, whom he guides through about life using a series of poetry.
Between Ritchie and his student, Tom flashes back in his life to his younger days with Ritchie and a dear friend, Zach, who has since died from AIDS.
Contemplation and redemption is constant throughout the novel. Simply, a yawn. ...more
If you like photos by Tom Bianchi, then you'll definitely like Jeff Palmer's. Jeff's photos ranged from innocentAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
If you like photos by Tom Bianchi, then you'll definitely like Jeff Palmer's. Jeff's photos ranged from innocent moments to "hello, mister!". The best were those taken of two men together, embracing each other which just speaks volumes.
Overall, Jeff does a wonderful job and you will not be disappointed. ...more
*The Butcher's Son* is my first read of anything that's penned by Dorien Grey. I found it to be a good read.
Dick Hardesty is going through a gradual break-up from his boyfriend. The break-up is made a reality when the boyfriend gets offered a new job far away.
Meanwhile, there's a series of arsons against the gay bars in town, eventually resulting in deaths. In the midst of his investigation, Dick encounters twins (one's gay and the other's allegedly disappeared), the homophobic police chief and drag queens.
If you liked Michael Nava's Henry Rios series, then you should like Grey's Dick Hardesty series. ...more
You know how some books are made into movie adaptations. Well, think of *The Back Passage* as a book adaptation oAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
You know how some books are made into movie adaptations. Well, think of *The Back Passage* as a book adaptation of a gay porn. Really!
Mitch is an American student studying in Cambridge. Well, really, he's not studying. He's too busy "doing it" with all the guys he encounters in his "room and board". He's doing it with his roommate, his sidekick, a driver, a bobby (cop) and even a guy he hates. Like I said, he's just doing every guy...all the while he's investigating a death.
Keep in mind that if and when you get this book, it's just purely for entertainment. Don't expect an impressive storyline or character development. Just get this for a good naughty read. ...more
What I loved about this book is that you're not only looking at sensual pictures of nude men but you're learningAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
What I loved about this book is that you're not only looking at sensual pictures of nude men but you're learning something about each pictures. In each pictures, there's a brief dossier on the respective photographer as well as the intention or interpretation behind each pictures.
For me, I knew maybe 5 photographers. The rest, I certainly learned alot. In addition, I was impressed by some of their photos.
My only complaint is that as I turned the pages, my fingerprints would be on the glossy photos. It's like you have to wear white gloves and a pair of tweezers to turn a page.
As soon as you open the book, you're thrown right in the middle of a violent domestic dispute. Kevin Davis is tryAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
As soon as you open the book, you're thrown right in the middle of a violent domestic dispute. Kevin Davis is trying to deflect the angry blows from his lover, James Lancaster. When all is done, Kevin just moves on, which includes hiding his pain and fear from his friends. However, his friends aren't ignorant. They know something is wrong with Kevin but they just don't know what exactly.
I'm reminded of Noah's Arc when I read about Kevin's friends and their little drama and camp talk. So, here and there, I'd crack a smile or even let out a laugh.
I really did enjoy this book, even when it left me frustrated. For example, Kevin's handling of this violent relationship. Even though he wanted to leave James, he just couldn't because of an issue with his dead twin brother. Heck, if I was ever hit by my lover, I'm getting the heck outta here, regardless of what issues I may have in my life. Easier said than done, huh? Anyways, it was easy relating to Kevin's friends and their frustration once they realized what was going on.
This book doesn't just deal with domestic violence all the way. Hayes includes coming out, sex, romance, jobs, and a dream coming true. If you're a regular reader of gay novels, I can tell you that this is one that you will really enjoy....more
*The Innocent* is a fast-paced thriller that'll make you read through fast and before you know it, you're done.
Matt Hunter has paid for his crime, which was really an accident. A young college man was killed during their brawl. With trying to move on, he has a new life with his pregnant wife and a good secure job.
However, before he knows it, he receives a picture, on his cell, of his wife, who is currently out of town, in a compromising situation with a man. While trying to reach his wife, he soons finds himself on the run from two childhood friends, both of them in law enforcement. At the same time, a nun has been contacted Matt's sister-in-law.
Just who is the man in the picture? And why would his wife jeopardize their marriage? Why are his 2 childhood friends after him? Who is this nun that contacted his sister-in-law? How are they all connected? Thanks to his stint in prison, he's able to block out his emotions, rely on his survival skills and get to the bottom of this mess.
Definitely a nail-biting thriller. I liked all aspects of this thriller except one character, whom I felt was wasteful. Matt visits this particular character in secrecy. When Matt feels trapped, he goes to this character for help but is turned away. So, this particular character is really useless in the storyline. Other than that, it's still a good thriller. ...more
All gay men should know who Tom of Finland is. You're bound to see a picture or two in gay bookstores, bars and gAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
All gay men should know who Tom of Finland is. You're bound to see a picture or two in gay bookstores, bars and galleries. If you're not familiar with Tom, then you need to get out more often!
I found *Dirty Pictures* not just fascinating with these wonderful and eye-catching pictures but educational with Tom of Finland's background and his intentions/purposes behind each pictures.
It's amazing how having a network with friends can lead one to be legendary, if you could call it that. Prior to meeting Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorne, Tom of Finland's works were just considered pornographic. Over time, that gradually changed.
I wished this book contained all of Tom's pictures, along with a background for each of them. However, with what knowledge that I've learned here, I cannot wait to see the other works of Tom's and do my own analyses. That's the fun part....more
*Beau Men* is an interesting, small collection of erotic art. If you're a regular reading of gay novels, you'll recoAs posted [http://www.amazon.com]:
*Beau Men* is an interesting, small collection of erotic art. If you're a regular reading of gay novels, you'll recognize that some of them have appeared on the covers. Some are details and the others are simple. Nonetheless, they're wonderful to look at. I only wish that there were more. ...more
It's been AGES since I've read anything by Frank Peretti. The last time was during the hot times when he publisheAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
It's been AGES since I've read anything by Frank Peretti. The last time was during the hot times when he published *This Present Darkness*, *The Prophet*, *The Visitation* and the like.
Then, I see a "new" book by him, including *House* with Ted Dekker. So, I thought, hmm, why not.
Wow, *Monster* is totally not what I expected from Peretti. Peretti is known for his novels on spiritual warfare...ya know, angels vs. demons. *Monster* contains characters like Bigfoot (plural: Bigfeet?), and something you'd see in the Resident Evil movies/games and maybe a little bit of King Kong (hostage situation).
Reed and his wife, Beck, are away in the woods for a wilderness survival experience. However, things soon go wrong when they encounter the death of another camper and not able to shake that sinking feeling that someone or something is watching them. The action really picks up when Beck is kidnapped.
Reed soon calls for help from the Park Rangers and his friends to rescue his wife, even if she might be found dead. Meanwhile, they soon learn that something is right in the picture. Nearby, there is a scientific research lab and the people there are tight-lipped.
On the other hand, Beck is a hostage to creatures that she has never seen before. Amazingly, she is alive but she must constantly remain submissive. However, despite their brute strength, stealth surveillance and strict hierarchy, they are afraid of something "out there". Who or what are they?
*Monster* isn't one of Peretti's best work. If this was to be a movie adaptation, I could imagine it shown in the Sci-Fi Channel. ...more
Admittedly, I got this book only because I heard that John Elder Robinson was the older brother of Augusten BurroAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Admittedly, I got this book only because I heard that John Elder Robinson was the older brother of Augusten Burroughs. Augusten is one of my favorite authors. Now, I'm trying to decide who's the better writer. I know, I know...I shouldn't do that.
Can you imagine growing up with a condition or a syndrome and that no one can pinpoint what is it that you have? Can you imagine being told, most of your life, that you're doing something wrong or that you doing nothing but misbehaving? That is John's life.
John recounts his childhood and his journey into adulthood. It wasn't until he was in his 40's when a friend, a counselor, shared with him that he has noticed some behavioral aspects of John. With referral to resources, John eventually learns that he has Asperger's. What a relief to know what he has had his entire life.
Like Augusten, John was a mischievious child/brother. You could say that he had a normal life, except that everyone always scolded him for not looking into people in the eyes or for not responding appropriately. In addition, he had to deal with an alcoholic father and a mentally unstable mother.
John's life is actually interesting. He went on to work for KISS, making these custom guitars that shoot out fire and whatnots. Then, he went on to work for a major toy company that eventually led him to video gaming designs. In addition, he worked on Porsches and other "high end" vehicles. This all proves that even with Asperger's, one can lead a successful and productive life.
I thought that John wrote a well-written memoir that had me laughing in some parts. John doesn't just stop there. He ends with offering resources for those wanting to know more about Asperger's. How thoughtful....more
*Binding Ties* is slightly different than the other books and episodes in the series. This particular book only dAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
*Binding Ties* is slightly different than the other books and episodes in the series. This particular book only deals with one case, instead of the usual 2 or 3 at a time.
After a 10-year hiatus, a serial killer is back in action. Or is he? Is there a copycat out there? The CSI team and Captain Brass are determined to find the truth by following the evidence. For Brass, this is personal because this was one of his first cases and it went unsolved.
The whole plot reminded me of the Zodiac Killer, a Californian serial killer in the 60's, whom the police were never able to capture. Then, one day, the Zodiac Killer just simply disappeared.
I found this story plot to be predictable, especially when you only have a small group of people who knew the real contents of the serial killer's killing signature. Just round them up and play the "20 Questions" game. But no, you'll be taken on the long-winded investigation. In fact, don't be surprised if you figured out who's the killer by the half-way mark....more
Uh, no. I just could not finish this book. It was a boring read.
There's a heavy and continuous downpour in NYC and there are three crimes that the CSI team need process and solve.
Mac and Don uncover a string of carved victims. Slowly, they realize that they all lead to a man. So, it's a race against time to prevent additional murders from happening.
Lindsay and Danny are investigating the death of a teacher, who is supposed to be loved by the students. Apparently, someone didn't.
Stella and Sheldon investigate a bomb site and a murder at a pub. However, in the midst of their investigation, the pub shakes and crumble, trapping Sheldon and a suspect. It's also a race against time to save the people before the building collapse.
So, there's no real teamwork as they're all split up on three cases. And worse, it's a dry dry dry read. ...more
I got this book as a gift since it is known among my friends that I love Grafton's Kinsey Millhone and Cornwell'sAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I got this book as a gift since it is known among my friends that I love Grafton's Kinsey Millhone and Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta. So, I thought I'd love Kathy Mallory. Not!
I am aware that there is a series of Mallory's "adventures". I am aware that one needs to read a couple of other books of the series before rendering a verdict. However, this book alone was enough for me to decide that I won't be reading another book by Carol O'Connell.
In this series, Mallory hits Route 66 for two purposes. One, to find her father or rather, to find pieces of his life. You see, Mallory was a "feral" child before she was caught and adopted by, now deceased, Lou Markowitz, a legendary cop/detective. Two, she's in search of a serial killer who abducts, kills and buries children by the edges of Route 66.
Initially, sounds interesting. However, the Mallory character is hard to relate or sympathize. You could say that despite of it all, Mallory is still feral. She's unapproachable, brash and has a big chip on her shoulder. Sure, people can be tough...but show a little humanity.
Nah. I'll stick with Kinsey Millhone and Kay Scarpetta any day. ...more
The first thing I did when I got this book was making a beeline to my story that I had submitted to Raymond LuczaAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
The first thing I did when I got this book was making a beeline to my story that I had submitted to Raymond Luczak, the editor of *Eyes of Desire 2*. You should see the big smile I had on my face.
I vividly remember when a friend introduced me to the first *Eyes of Desire*. I was entranced because there was a book on Deaf GLBT's, telling about their lives and experiences. Plus, I knew some of the people featured in the book.
After more than a decade had passed, Luczak decided to do "part 2". However, this time, he would include people from a diverse background: gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trangenders, intersexes, racial minorities, internationals, Wiccans and many more. I was honored to have been asked to submit a piece about my life as a Deaf Gay Hispanic man.
*Eyes of Desires 2* is a wonderful anthology of Deaf GLBT's from around the world. People in this book have written about love, coming out, identity (gay and/or Deaf), transitions, frustration, abuse, family, acceptance, language, and many more. Some of them are relatable and others are unique and fascinating.
*Eyes of Desire* (1 & 2) is a labor of love of Luczak's. Without him, none of this would have been possible. So, I truly admire Luczak for making *Eyes of Desire* a reality...for Deaf GLBT's, once again, have a voice to share about their lives. ...more
I'm not a fan of stories on witch trials and the like. However, the blurb in the book fascinated me. I'm so gladAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I'm not a fan of stories on witch trials and the like. However, the blurb in the book fascinated me. I'm so glad that I bought this book because I liked it, except for one part.
This story is set in Germany in the 16th century. The people of Tierkinddorf are suffering through one of the worst winters of its history. To make matters worse, famine is upon them. No thanks to the visiting friar, witchcraft is suspected. Everyone soon backtracks their memories to find the instigator.
Among the people is one particular family: Jost, Irmeltrud, his wife, and his two children. Also living with them is a widowed grandmother, Gude (Jost's mother).
Gude's childhood friend, Kunne, the local healer, is soon accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake. However, when the famine continues, the town soon looks for another instigator. At this point, Gude is nervous because she is not sure if she's involved with witchcraft. Lately, at nights, she's seen a coven of witches, a black cat, and some ungodly creatures. However, she's not sure if she was physically involved or if she was just dreaming them up.
With everyone on the verge of starvation, the men have no choice but to band together and hunt far away. Without the protection of her son, Jost, Gude comes under scrutiny for witchcraft, including her own family.
I thought *The Witch's Trinity* was a wonderful book! I loved the build-up of suspension and the heated dialogues between Gude and her daughter-in-law, Irmeltrud. I loved it all except the author had to ruin it by adding her own personal story/research on an ancestor who was twice accused of witchcraft. Bragging rights are ok, except this part was dry....more
These handsome men in sexy, classic suits are hot! Plenty of hot pictures of men for you to drool and view repeatAS posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
These handsome men in sexy, classic suits are hot! Plenty of hot pictures of men for you to drool and view repeatedly!
What's amazing is that these actors from menatplay.com were photographed by a simple digital camera. With the trick of light and angle, these pictures looked like they were shot by a really expensive camera.
But that's not the point. There's a book of hot, sexy men in business suits teasing you visually! There better be a volume two coming out soon! ...more
I was truly disappointed with *The People of Sparks*. With *City of Ember*, I really like it because it was diffeAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I was truly disappointed with *The People of Sparks*. With *City of Ember*, I really like it because it was different with 2 teenagers leading the citizens of an underground city to the top. In the sequel, I had high hopes that it would be better. However, it was not to be.
Doon and Lina have lead their people out from underground. Soon after this, they meet civilization, namely the people of Sparks. It looked like a beautiful world for both of these people. However, greed, backstabbing, blame soon reared their ugly heads. How the book became bad was that it contained repetitive topics and dialogues especially about how the people of Sparks were concerned about their dwindling supply of food and the Emberites feeling like they deserve more food.
In addition, I did not what was the point of Lina's wasted trip to a ruined city. She learned nothing nor gained anything from this trip. Now, back to the city of Sparks, people just bickered constantly against each other. This kind of drama may work well in soap operas on TV but it certainly didn't work in this book.
So, I do not recommend this book. I highly doubt that I'll read *The Prophet of Yonwood* unless another reader can convince me that Duprau has improved the story plot....more
Ok, I'm not one of those people who go crazy or rave about a gay porn star, especially if they're well-endowed. AAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Ok, I'm not one of those people who go crazy or rave about a gay porn star, especially if they're well-endowed. Ask me who is Tom Chase or Chad Hunt and I'll be blinking my clueless eyes.
Anyways, what led me to buy this memoir of Aidan Shaw and waste my time, I have no idea and I don't think I'll get those wasted hours back. I think I got this book because I had read Shaw's books before. So, I thought that his memoir would be interesting.
You know how some people complain how some books contained expletives in every other words? Well, in Shaw's memoir, every other word was a name of a drug or a sex act. In other words, boring!
The only good part about this book (and I'm being nice) was his experience in the hospital/rehab after he was ran over by a car which left him semi-paralyzed. How he positioned himself prior to the runover...that's another story for readers and fans to debate.
Otherwise, unless you truly enjoy knowing one's active drug usage and frequent sex escapades, this is just one redundant memoir. I mean, really! He flies back and forth from England to the United States for more drugs and more sex. If porn stars are like Shaw, then life as a porn star is one sad life. ...more
Even though *The Little Death* is the first of the Henry Rios series, this book is my 3rd or 4th that I've read oAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Even though *The Little Death* is the first of the Henry Rios series, this book is my 3rd or 4th that I've read on this series.
Henry, burned out as an attory, investigates the death of a young gay man whom Henry had a brief affair before he was murdered. Among his investigations, Henry discovers that this young man, Hugh, was from a very wealthy family.
However, it seems like no one in the family cared about Hugh. This particular family despises each other. Plus, they're caught in their own web of deceit, anger and greed. However, in order to bring justice to Hugh's death, Henry has to sort through the family's skeletons in the closet.
Comparing this book to the others of the series, I loved how Nava started off well in this series' premiere. Nava doesn't just focus on Rios as this gay Latino lawyer. He has Rios address social, personal and legal issues regarding to gays and whatnots. In other words, this isn't one of those erotica books but a series about a lawyer/detective who just happens to be gay and Latino. Refreshing!