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Boulevard by Jim Grimsley
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Jun 02, 12

Read in May, 2011

I am a Jim-Grims fan to the core, but I'll agree with other fans who put this at the bottom of the list. There's still plenty of good stuff going on -- Grimsley has a way with language, and there were several sentences I read over and over again to memorize, or jotted down in my notebook. I loved the hint of SM (really want to see the Grims try an all-out BDSM novel. It would punch 50 Shades in the face. Or somewhere else.) But ultimately it was hard to connect with the main character, and I got a little tired of the porn shop scenes (I know, me?) I would never dissuade anyone from reading it. But if you're new to Grimsley, start with Dream Boy or Winter Birds or My Drowning. And then treat yourself to Comfort & Joy and Kirith Kirin. And then someday read Boulevard and be like, "Huh."
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