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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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02/26/2005 Archived Entry: "Manners and Means"

Manners and Means
By Julia Talbot
201 pages
Published by Torquere Press
Available as a downloadable PDF or LIT file ($4.95), or on CD-ROM ($9.95)

Reviewed by Lene Taylor

Dear Readers, there's nothing like a fine romance, is there? Especially one set in a fantasy version of the Middle Ages, with some Greek, Russian, and Hungarian vocabulary thrown in, a murder plot, a good dose of romantic angst, plus a LOT of hot gay sex. And a happy ending. What's not to like?

You should know, however, that a lot of the sex is between sixteen year old boys and older men (or man, I should say). The author takes great pains to present this as romantic and desirable and in no way pervy; I didn't find it offensive, but if you have issues with a harem of young boys in a castle, you're better off somewhere else in Torquere's catalog. The main character and narrator, Mistral, is a Marty Sue but not an insufferable one - his writing style is a bit overwrought, but maybe that's just to make sure you understand that this is serious stuff and not just an excuse to read about lots of HOT GAY SEX with young nubile boys in twosomes, threesomes, and foursomes. Are there books like this about harems of young nubile girls being initiated into the joys of sex by the master of the castle? OK, don't answer that, I don't really want to know. Anyway, the murder mystery gets solved and then everyone can get back to the most important thing, which is lots of HOT GAY SEX.

Oh, and there's a character named Tupelo. Made me think of Elvis every time he showed up.

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