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Liade | 408 comments Paola wrote: "Thanks for the info, Anne.
I'll check if/how many books of the series are sold by Amazon UK. I think I'd rather buy them in print rather than ebook.
It sounds like a very interesting and thought-pr..."


The Brandstetter books are not available as ebooks. I bought the whole series in a single volume a couple of years ago - very good value but only for people with very good eyes/glasses as the print is diabolically small.


Hoong | 8 comments Paola, thanks for the welcome.

Yes, when I checked last, Amazon USA does not sell Dave Brandstetter either, except through its marketplace merchant. Now Liade, I wish I live near you, so I can borrow them to re-read these treasure detective novels. ;)


Liade | 408 comments I just looked at the Amazon prices for this edition: 3 years ago I paid £11.99 for it (new)...


Blaine (BlaineDArden) | 1555 comments Welcome, Hoong :D

Liade wrote: "I just looked at the Amazon prices for this edition: 3 years ago I paid £11.99 for it (new)..."

Just saw those prices, my jaw dropped ...
I feel lucky I was able to get them for £9.21 (incl. postage and packaging) in October 2010


Paola (freetraveller) | 141 comments I think I'll buy each of them separately, starting with Fadeout. I'd rather not ruin my eyes with the small print of the whole series edition!


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Hoong | 8 comments Paola wrote: "Thanks for the info, Anne.
I'll check if/how many books of the series are sold by Amazon UK. I think I'd rather buy them in print rather than ebook.
It sounds like a very interesting and thought-pr..."


Actually, Dave Brandstetter's series is unique when the first in the series came out in 1969. It portrays gays as normal people. Also if I am not mistaken, his series does not have any R rated scenes or graphic nudity. It is like a slightly tougher version of The Hardy Boys (or Nancy Drew) series with more violence in the crime scenes. The Hardy Boys series does not have any of the Hardys engaging in sex except for a kiss. In the Brandstetter series, you'll read scenes in the bedroom where they were together, but not doing anything immodest.

For youngsters and young adults in countries outside the USA where they are not protected under the First Amendment, these novels can create equality among those who are gay and straight. As an educator, I use these kinds of books or films to educate teens about sexual orientations. I use non-racy books as a tool to teach teens about their emerging sexuality. It might irritate others who love erotic or pornographic M/M, which I hope they read in private.

Also, showing racy films and endorsing racy books at school to pupils can get an educator's license revoked! :D


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Anne | 3410 comments Hoong wrote: "Paola wrote: "Thanks for the info, Anne.
I'll check if/how many books of the series are sold by Amazon UK. I think I'd rather buy them in print rather than ebook.
It sounds like a very interesting ..."


I don't agreee it is like the Hardy boys if that gets you to think this isn't a series for grown ups, because that it is. The people are definitely adults, although there are no sex scenes. It is like any other crime mystery but better written than many, and as you say, portrait gay people as normal people, which shouldn't actually be a surprise, but probably was when the books came out first.


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Sammy Goode | 23 comments Hello everyone...hello dear man,

I am Josh's 51 year old stalker! LOL!! Actually, my name is Sammy and I hail from the Washington DC area. I am a teacher by day and a playwright by nature. Being fairly new to this genre as a whole, I have still managed to voraciously read most of Mr. Lanyon's work--I know it has been such a trial, but the burden is mine, sigh=:) Let's see...I am female, a Moderator of the YA LGBT group here at goodreads and so happy to have found yet another way to discuss Josh's books with others!!


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Cleon Lee (CleonLee) | 2315 comments Hi Sammy! Nice to see you here.


Murphy (Orchideyes) | 126 comments Hoong,

I think you would enjoy Stephen E. Stanley's Jesse Ashworth Mystery series. Stanley is a retired educator and his books do not have any sex except by inuendo. His books have become comfort reads to me. Also, Garry Ryan, who is a Canadian writer, writes interesting stories that don't reference the actual sex act. Both are really great writers who I enjoy.


Hoong | 8 comments Murphy,
Thank you so very much for the recommendation. I'll check the Jesse Ashworth Mystery series, for sure. By the way, I also read regular gay fiction (where sex, if any, should be hinted). Kindly let me know if you know of any besides Michael Thomas Ford's books. Thank you.


Antonella | 3963 comments Hi, Hoong!

A warm welcome from an Italian who settled down in cold Switzerland! (Well, it is ok most of the time, just a bit of a long winter here...)

And thank you for giving me the clearest definition I ever got for gay fiction ;-): I always had problem understanding the subtle differentiations.


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Hoong | 8 comments Antonella,
Thank you for the welcome from Switzerland! I notice that I have to clarify myself more and more when I shared that I do not go for fiction with graphic sex scenes. The circumstances in which I read e-books are different from many others.
I am an avid fan of European gay movies because they are usually not graphic, particularly the Italian ones (Ferzan Ozpetek's movies). I wish there is a sub-genre in gay fiction that cover books written in the style like Ferzan Ozpetek's movies. From watching Ozpetek's movies, I'd come away feeling good about the gay characters. They are just as human as the straight characters. It enhances romance, if there is any.


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Bookwatcher  (BookWatcher) | 41 comments Hoong wrote: "Hi all. I am based in Thailand, (but not a native Thai, a disclaimer to guard against those who might fall prey to that fallacy). I teach American English, so I read American books, watch, and li..."

Hi from frozen Italy *waving*
my sister-in-law is from bangkok. I had never being in Thailand, but certainly must be an amazing country. Now she live here in Italy :-)
A trivial comment... Wow, Thai writing is... Impressive O_O when my sister-in-law write the grocery list I can even understand if I'm holding it upside down :-p
Welcome :-)


Antonella | 3963 comments Hoong wrote: "I am an avid fan of European gay movies because they are usually not graphic, particularly the Italian ones (Ferzan Ozpetek's movies). I wish there is a sub-genre in gay fiction that cover books written in the style like Ferzan Ozpetek's movies. From watching Ozpetek's movies, I'd come away feeling good about the gay characters. They are just as human as the straight characters. It enhances romance, if there is any."

I also like the movies by Özpetek, in particular I liked ''Le fate ignoranti'' (I just see now it is called ''His Secret Life'' in EN: bleah!). And yes, I'm a bit tired of tragedy and depression in gay movies.

Hi, Bookwatcher! BTW can I call you with your name? I tend to forget who is ''out'' here ;-)


Bookwatcher  (BookWatcher) | 41 comments Hey Antonella
Of course you can and anyone can :-) I even present myself here saying my name is camila :-)


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 13204 comments Hambel wrote: "Hi, I'm Hambel and I've been lurking in this group for a week or so now and thought I'd better say hello before I dive in to any of the discussions.

I live in England, have a family to organise l..."


Hey there, Hambel! Nice to see you here.


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 13204 comments Hoong wrote: "Hi all. I am based in Thailand, (but not a native Thai, a disclaimer to guard against those who might fall prey to that fallacy). I teach American English, so I read American books, watch, and li..."

Welcome, Hoong.


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 13204 comments Paola wrote: "Welcome to the group, Hoong.

All this talk of the Brandstetter series has made me curious. If I'm not mistaken, it was also mentioned in one of the first few chapters of Fatal Shadows when a custo..."


You cannot go wrong with Hansen.


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 13204 comments Sammy2006 wrote: "Hello everyone...hello dear man,

I am Josh's 51 year old stalker! LOL!! Actually, my name is Sammy and I hail from the Washington DC area. I am a teacher by day and a playwright by nature. Bei..."


Hello Sammy!


Hambel | 1054 comments Thanks Josh, it's nice to be here :)


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Roby | 135 comments Hi Hoong,
so glad you like Ozpetek's movies!

*waves from Italy*


Hoong | 8 comments Bookwatcher wrote: "Hoong wrote: "Hi all. I am based in Thailand, (but not a native Thai, a disclaimer to guard against those who might fall prey to that fallacy). I teach American English, so I read American books,..."

To Bookwatcher: Bangkok is so cosmopolitan that I think L.A. pales in comparison. Skippy and tight fitting clothes are worn by teens and those male and female escorts or wannabe's. But the culture is ultraconservative, more puritanical than the USA. This city has so many English speakers from all parts of the globe, so English is usually spoken in global companies with offices here.

To Roby:
I am glad to see another Ozpetek fan. I love his movies and the subtle way in which he tells his story involving gay people. Last year, he came out with Mine Vaganti, which is also great. I hope you have seen it.


Hoong | 8 comments Bookwatcher wrote: "Hoong wrote: "Hi all. I am based in Thailand, (but not a native Thai, a disclaimer to guard against those who might fall prey to that fallacy). I teach American English, so I read American books,..."

To Bookwatcher: Bangkok is so cosmopolitan that I think L.A. pales in comparison. Skippy and tight fitting clothes are worn by teens and those male and female escorts or wannabe's. But the culture is ultraconservative, more puritanical than the USA. This city has so many English speakers from all parts of the globe, so English is usually spoken in global companies with offices here.

To Roby:
I am glad to see another Ozpetek fan. I love his movies and the subtle way in which he tells his story involving gay people. Last year, he came out with Mine Vaganti, which is also great. I hope you have seen it.


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Roby | 135 comments Hoong wrote: Last year, he came out with Mine Vaganti, which is also great. I hope you have seen it.

Seen and enjoyed!


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Sarah (Sarab3th) | 19 comments Hello everyone! My name is Sarah and I am new to the group.
I live in Birmingham, Alabama--the conservative South. I am so out of place here!
I am an Accountant and not a writer as so many of you seem to be. But who hasn’t dreamed of writing a great novel?
I am divorced with no children, except those with fur. I have cats and one large dog (to keep me from being a cat lady.) I also love History and Genealogy.
I bought my first Josh Lanyon book on Dec 15, 2011. Since that day I have done my best to single-handedly fund Josh’s sabbatical.
I look forward to participating in the group!


Cleon Lee (CleonLee) | 2315 comments Sarah wrote: "Hello everyone! My name is Sarah and I am new to the group.
I live in Birmingham, Alabama--the conservative South. I am so out of place here!
I am an Accountant and not a writer as so many of you ..."


Hi, Sarah. Nice meeting you! :)


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Roby | 135 comments Welcome Sarah.
I'm a reader too. Never wrote more than Christmas cards in my life!


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Anne | 3410 comments Sarah wrote: "Hello everyone! My name is Sarah and I am new to the group.
I live in Birmingham, Alabama--the conservative South. I am so out of place here!
I am an Accountant and not a writer as so many of you ..."


Hi Sarah. I don't think anybody is out of place here :) welcome!


Hambel | 1054 comments Sarah wrote: "Hello everyone! My name is Sarah and I am new to the group.
I live in Birmingham, Alabama--the conservative South. I am so out of place here!
I am an Accountant and not a writer as so many of you ..."


Hi Sarah. Being a fan of Josh's books you have something in common with all of us already. Welcome :)


Sarah (Sarab3th) | 19 comments Sarah wrote: "Hello everyone! My name is Sarah and I am new to the group.
I live in Birmingham, Alabama--the conservative South. I am so out of place here!
I am an Accountant and not a writer as so many of you ..."


Proof that I should never be allowed to write anything--ever! I meant that I am out of place living in the conservative South and NOT out of place in this lovely group! A blue heart and soul trapped in a red state...


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Dev Bentham | 989 comments Sarah wrote: "A blue heart and soul trapped in a red state... "

I can relate - I live up in the wilds of Northern WI, where most necks and votes are red.


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Anne | 3410 comments Dev wrote: "Sarah wrote: "A blue heart and soul trapped in a red state... "

I can relate - I live up in the wilds of Northern WI, where most necks and votes are red."


It is fun how the same symbols mean different things in different parts of the world. In Europe red would mean radical, to left of the political spectrum, even socialist or communist, while blue would be conservative, to the right. I get the impression that red in USA would mean Republican and blue Democrats, or would they be more generic like conservative versus liberal?


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Dev Bentham | 989 comments Anne wrote: "Dev wrote: "Sarah wrote: "A blue heart and soul trapped in a red state... "

I can relate - I live up in the wilds of Northern WI, where most necks and votes are red."

It is fun how the same s..."


You're right, it's r for r and b for d - it comes from the way the news folks make their maps on election night.

And I remember a time when red and black meant radical here (and of course, that's how it is in Les Mis "Red the blood of angry men..."). But now we talk about red states and blue states based on how they went in the last presidential election.

Wisconsin is a swing state and so gets called purple. But there's nothing swinging about it up here in the north.


Liade | 408 comments Anne wrote: "It is fun how the same symbols mean different things in different parts of the world. In Europe red would mean radical, to left of the political spectrum, even socialist or communist, while blue would be conservative, to the right. I get the impression that red in USA would mean Republican and blue Democrats, or would they be more generic like conservative versus liberal?"

Actually in Germany blue doesn't really mean anything politic-wise. The conservative colour is black, liberal is yellow, Green is green. Red is left, regardless of degree, like in most of Europe.

Colours are used a lot in Germany for referring to political coalitions (much easier than using the parties' names). Currently we are governed (federally) by black-yellow, the government of the state I'm living is red-green, some local goverments are in charge of a "traffic light" (red-green-yellow) or even occasionally a Jamaica (!) coalition (red-green-black)Smilie by GreenSmilies.com


Antonella | 3963 comments Liade wrote: "Red is left, regardless of degree, like in most of Europe."

Coming from Italy, where only red means something (left), I was surprised to find out that in the Italian part of Switzerland blue is the color of the christian-democrats. I never found an explanation for this. BTW in the past Italian christian-democrats had white as their colour, that is when their party (Democrazia Cristiana) still existed.


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Nina | 3 comments Hi,
i'm new to the group and based in Germany. I don't write myself, but i have this book-addiction going on and feel i've found good company here :)


Cleon Lee (CleonLee) | 2315 comments Nina wrote: "Hi,
i'm new to the group and based in Germany. I don't write myself, but i have this book-addiction going on and feel i've found good company here :)"


Hi, Nina! :)


Hambel | 1054 comments Nina wrote: "Hi,
i'm new to the group and based in Germany. I don't write myself, but i have this book-addiction going on and feel i've found good company here :)"


Welcome to the group, Nina :)


Sarah (Sarab3th) | 19 comments Nina wrote: "Hi,
i'm new to the group and based in Germany. I don't write myself, but i have this book-addiction going on and feel i've found good company here :)"


Hi Nina. Welcome. I am pretty new to the group too. I share your book addiction!


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Antonella | 3963 comments Hi, Sarah and Nina!

Sarah, if you bought your first book by Josh so recently, you'll have loads to read. I'm envious!

BTW good that you wrote ''Birmingham, Alabama'', because the first I think of if I hear Birmingham is England. I remember once I read a story set in such British sounding place and only after some pages I realized it was US and not GB.

Nina, are you member of the German group? It's a welcoming place as well. I infiltrated it ;-), my first language being Italian. Aber seit langem lebe ich in der Deutschschweiz, also spreche ich auch Deutsch.


Emanuela ~plastic duck~ (manutwo) | 1843 comments Antonella wrote: "Liade wrote: "Red is left, regardless of degree, like in most of Europe."

Coming from Italy, where only red means something (left), I was surprised to find out that in the Italian part of Switzerl..."


Right-wing parties in Italy are beginning to use blue a lot too (Berlusconi's party, for example). I think they did it also because the so-called "Savoy blue" is THE color for Italy (see our national teams). When Berlusconi decided to "enter the field" - as he defined his political ...ahem... mission - he used a lot of sport metaphors, also because he was the president of one of the most popular Italian soccer teams. He basically used the color of the national teams, as the shrewd marketing expert he's always been, to attract voters :)

The green party in Italy is in a coalition with some of the left parties and they define themselves as the "rainbow left".

There is another party in Italy that uses a peculiar shade of green, and it's the "Lega Nord", Northern League, they fight against the central government and they would like a federal state.

Italian politics is like Italy in the Renaissance, a lot of small potentates, a few bigger players. A sad mess, unfortunately.




Welcome to all the new members! We also talk Josh's books sometimes :D


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 13204 comments Sarah wrote: "Sarah wrote: "Hello everyone! My name is Sarah and I am new to the group.
I live in Birmingham, Alabama--the conservative South. I am so out of place here!
I am an Accountant and not a writer as s..."


Ha! Well, you're very welcome here, Sarah!


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Josh (JoshLanyon) | 13204 comments Nina wrote: "Hi,
i'm new to the group and based in Germany. I don't write myself, but i have this book-addiction going on and feel i've found good company here :)"


Welcome, Nina.


Sarah (Sarab3th) | 19 comments Antonella wrote: "Hi, Sarah and Nina!

Sarah, if you bought your first book by Josh so recently, you'll have loads to read. I'm envious!

BTW good that you wrote ''Birmingham, Alabama'', because the first I think o..."


Antonella, I was once kindly informed by a British gentleman, during a visit to Nottingham, that the REAL Birmingham was in England. LOL--I guess he would be happy to see I remember his lesson! Thanks for the welcome!


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Roby | 135 comments Welcome, Nina :)


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Nina | 3 comments Antonella wrote: "Hi, Sarah and Nina!


Hi Antonelle,
i didn't even know there is a german group. Odd, since none of the books have been translated into german, right? I'll check it out for sure.
I also started reading the books only this year and so far i've read the whole AE series as well as H&M and Come unto these yellow sands. So i still have much to look forward to :)


Hambel | 1054 comments Nina wrote: "Antonella wrote: "Hi, Sarah and Nina!


Hi Antonelle,
i didn't even know there is a german group. Odd, since none of the books have been translated into german, right? I'll check it out for sure.
I..."


You're right... so much to look forward to. Pace yourself!


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Antonella | 3963 comments Nina wrote: "i didn't even know there is a german group. Odd, since none of the books have been translated into german, right? I'll check it out for sure."

The German group is reading books in English, but discussing them in German ;-). It's here:
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/4...


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Anna (AnnaVZ) | 33 comments Guess, I should say something here. :)
Hello, everyone! I’m Anna, 32, one husband, one 5-year old daughter. Was born and live in Moscow, Russia.
I love JL’s books and decided to follow the group to choose books and authors really worth reading, because supply is overwhelming and I’m new to the m/m genre (less than a year).
I believe I can trust your recommendations and opinions completely. :)


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