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Random Acts of Hatred

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In these raw, uncompromising stories, author George K. Ilsley explores the thin line between love and hate, and the outer parameters of desire that can both heal and destroy. Random Acts of Hatred infiltrates the dark confines of decidedly queer sensibilities, in which young men are undone by self-loathing and the powers-that-be, begging the question: What happens when peo ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Arsenal Pulp Press
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Debra Komar
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
There is a lot of anger here, although given the title, that should not be surprising. This is definitely part of the writing-as-therapy movement, which can be vital to the author but not always good for the audience. Reading this is like watching someone throw a very public temper tantrum and hoping the raging person doesn't pick you to vent on. A lack of empathy on my part or the inability of the writer to connect with the audience? Either way, I felt his rage but did not share it.

There is so
Kit Westman
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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These stories alternate between sexy and disturbing. Occasionally both at the same time. I'm looking at you vacation story. You know what you've done.

Read it.
Brett Waytuck
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A gritty, searing, engaging look at gay and bisexual youth. Through a series of short stories, George Ilsley masterfully explores what it means to be marginalized in a complex world.
George K. Ilsley
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Many of these short stories are told in a faux-fairy tale format, where the protagonist is described not by name, but by a label, such as "The Boy Who Stopped" or "The Boy Who Sang When Wet." Fairy tales can be a slightly ironic format for stories about gay men, and their childhoods, but being defined by behavior is of course another way of illustrating themes of identity. Many people have said very kind things about this collection.
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
there were a few good stories in this book. but overall my general impression was that of boredom. at times it seemed that the author was trying to be too artsyfartsy. other times the author wrote in a more narrative style. a good read. but not entirely memorable.
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