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Fool For Love: New Gay Fiction

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In an age of hookups and cybersex, who has time for a little romance? For all those who think love’s gone the way of the 8-track tape comes a collection of new gay fiction designed to reignite their belief in love and romance. Follow the travails of a dog walker enchanted with his new client, a restaurant owner who catches the eye of his most loyal customer, a blind date f ...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published February 10th 2009 by Cleis Press (first published February 1st 2009)
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Nathan Sims
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll be honest. This may be only the second anthology I’ve ever read cover to cover. I was never a big short story reader until I started writing more of it a few years back. I find anthologies (esp. genre anthologies, which is what I normally read) such a mixed bag. Some stories pull me in with a strong plot and fascinating character. Others just don’t catch my attention. It was illuminating for me to read an anthology not based on genre but on a theme. Fool for Love not only gave me a collecti ...more
Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
As someone who doesn't regularly read anthologies this was very interesting. I could see many of the stories here being turned into much longer works that would continue the narrative. Some of the stories were a little odd, but I generally enjoyed them all. ...more
'Nathan Burgoine
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
(February 4th, 2009):

Full disclosure: I'm in this book. "Heart" is the first story I ever had published, and to say that I am overwhelmed at the company I'm keeping in this anthology would be a grand understatement.

R.D. Cochrane and Timothy J. Lambert collected an amazing assortment about love - and speaking of which, read Lambert's introduction, which is in and of itself a phenomenal piece about romance - and I treasure the entire experience. You will get the quality you have come to expect fr
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: M/M, Gay, Romance,
Recommended to Hilcia by: Indigene
Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction is comprised of seventeen short stories by some of today's best-known gay writers, as well as some writers whose work was published for the first time in this anthology. I was really looking forward to reading works by both the well known and the newly published writers. However, I knew this book was going to be special after reading the Prologue written by Timothy J. Lambert.

Mr. Lambert's introduction is indeed beautifully honest and thought provoking. I remember
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Every once in a while a book comes along that completely bowls me over. It shakes me out of any reading ennui I may be experiencing and reminds me once again of the reasons for my love of the written word. The anthology Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction falls into this category. Sit still long enough in my presence and you’ll hear about this book.

I usually have several books simultaneously on the go, but I took my time in my initial read of this anthology because I wanted to savor each and every st
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Starts off with a nice introduction and is packed with good stories. Funny, touching, sad, cute, romantic, and clever are adjectives that come to mind when describing this collection. My favorite story is Heart by 'Nathan Burgoine; it is one of the very few stories I've ever read that made me cry. Heart is the first published work of the authour and is beautifully written; I will never forget this masterpiece. My other favorites in this collection were Trunk by Trebor Healey followed by A View b ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, charming, lovely stories.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think of all the stories, I really only maybe liked 2. Only 2 actually stuck w/ me as the others kind of just didn't leave an impression at all.

Utterly disappointing.

It really felt like the bottom of the barrel w/ all the short stories. Le sigh.
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, stories
Ok, I must say I’m not a fan of romance but I really wanted to read published work of a fellow BookCrosser which is the reason why I joined this ring. And I’m glad I did. I did like the story because of which I joined the ring. “Heart” was obviously different in so many ways but here I have to say that knowing who is the author had a consequence: I imagined bookstore as a OBCZ, imagining the protagonists as an obsessive bookcrossers, etc but linking author’s hobby with the life of his characters ...more
Jul 17, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: want-to-read
I'm definitely a fool for love. One day I'll get this book and read it.

And one day I'll meet the author. I've come close a couple of times, but events conspired against me.

This is not to say that I'm a great reader of gay fiction. I'm not. But I'm a great fan of love and romance and desire, and I know that 'Nathan is a fantastic writer.
Robert Greene
Apr 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
I hate to say this but it's the same tired small closed group of gay writers. This book bored me. It's too cliché. I don't find it romantic in a way romanticism should be represented. ...more
D'angelo Thompson
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great short wholesome gay love stories/encounters!
Apr 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Some stories are hits, some are misses. It totally has some "awwwww" moments that just make you smile, like when you're watching a romantic comedy movie. Perfect for a light read. ...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
As with most anthologies some stories are hits , some are misses.
Overall an enjoyable read.
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Some of the stories I loved and made me tear up just a wee bit. Others I could have gone without reading. Overall I'd say give a go. ...more
John Ferreira
I liked all the stories. Some more than others. But, I didn't hate any of them. ...more
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