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J LHLS Archives: February 2007

Friday, February 9, 2007

Snow
A fantasy by Wheeler Scott
Published by Torquere Press

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

This has got to be one of the most beautiful and poignant books I've ever read. It's basically a retelling of the Snow White story from a gay point of view, but it has elements of other classic fairy tales as well. The protagonist is a handsome young prince with the requisite hair as black as night and skin white as snow, but after the death of his beautiful mother following a pregnancy of thirteen months, his grieving father exiles him to a lonely tower with his nurse, just like Rapunzel. An element of Cinderella is introduced when the king remarries, but the stepmother soon kills herself, driven to madness by the constant falling snow and never ending cold that envelops the land since the queen's death. She leaves behind her two grown children, a beautiful blond brother and sister who seem to be twins, they're so close. Unnaturally close; they're incestuous lovers who share lovers as well. And they covet their stepfather's throne, so much that they seduce a lonely huntsman and persuade him to take their teenage stepbrother into the woods and make sure he never comes back. [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 03:23 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Riding Heartbreak Road
By Kiernan Kelly
Published by Torquere Press

Review by Lynn Loper

This book isn't bad.

"Riding Heartbreak Road" has well-described, functional characters. The lead character, Jake Goodall, is a bull rider. He's stuck in the small time, hopes to win a championship someday, but that requires money, and wins, and sponsorships. And he's gay, and stuck in a small town that sounds like it might have an active mission of Westboro Baptist there; he can't even get a date if he wants to keep his head on his shoulders. [more]

Posted by Lynn Loper @ 10:16 PM PST [Link]

Personal Leave
A Jarheads Novel
By Sean Michael
Published by Torquere Press

Review by Lynn Loper

I'm not a writer. What little I know about writing a decent story I've learned from reading and from friends. One thing I learned, one thing that really stuck, was that stories have to be about people.

This story is not about people. It's about two dicks, and how their owners use them. It's so mechanical, so predictable, and so without any hint of erotic attraction that I can't say it worked for me as pornography. It's more like a badly-written how-to novel that leaves out the most important instructions. [more]

Posted by Lynn Loper @ 10:14 PM PST [Link]

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