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A Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Set in modern day Manhattan, Skyscraper (a Lambda Literary Award Finalist) is the story of Atticus, a down on his luck architect who stumbles into an S&M bar and meets a young man who changes the direction of his life. What begins as a random pick-up evolves into an intense game of sexual domination as Atticus finds himself wildly invigora ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 138 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Unzipped Books
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Kazza
4.5 Stars - a flip of the coin but rounded down on here

There are no two ways about it, Scott Alexander Hess writes beautifully. His prose is imaginative and refined, always on point for the premise. But I’ve already noted that previously on my review of The Butcher’s Sons. Kirkus and Rainbow Awards may have given mention to that same book, but it was also one of my Books of the Year in 2015. If you want to read a well written piece of gay fiction, something where you feel the tension and fairly
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Chris
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
One of the stranger books I have read - it was almost dreamlike and still trying to put the pieces together after it ended - no epilogue left me wondering " what now ?" ...more
J.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This tight novella is a lot like the best work by Bret Easton Ellis--darkly twisted, but not in a sensationalist way. These characters are still human, though distanced from themselves in a postmodern world of beautiful surfaces hiding dark secrets. I only have one complaint and that's that I wanted it to go on for at least two hundred more pages. HIGHLY recommended. ...more
John
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I just really couldn’t get into this book. I can see how others would like it but it just wasn’t for me
Rita
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
The writing is beautiful but I expected more from the relationship. In the end we still don't know much about "Tad" and we're left to assume how things play out. ...more
M.
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-reads
It was a good read.
Jerry L. Wheeler
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Skyscraper could have been a torturously complicated book…but part of its charm is that it simplifies the whole subject of midlife–or at least midcareer–crisis to a nearly transparent narrative everyone can identify with as it hints at the individual complexities beneath. It’s a little wonder of a book that packs a great deal into a small package, and it will leave you thinking about the relationship between success and failure.
Jera Brown
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Minimal and intense

Erotic and touching. Well-written complicated characters, an interesting plot. I stayed interested because I needed to know what would happen in the main relationship, and nothing was ever for certain.
John
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
accidental discovery at my LGBT library--
LeeAnn
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Even though this was like no other book I have ever read and wasn't really my cup of tea, the writing and story line was excellent. Many things I couldn't wrap my head around but that is me. I can see why many loved it. The writing style is very good as is the storytelling. ...more
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Scott Alexander Hess is the author of five novels, including Skyscraper, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and The Butcher’s Sons, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015. His writing has appeared in HuffPost, Genre Magazine, The Fix, Thema Literary Review, and elsewhere. Hess co-wrote "Tom in America," an award-winning short film, starring Sally Kirkland and Burt Young. He teaches fict ...more

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