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Ethan Mordden’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Mordden’s non-fiction includes books on New York cultural history, opera, Hollywood, and Broadway, including a six-volume history of the American musical. He lives in New York.
on Jan. 24, 2013 :
Don't mind me. This is the second book of Ethan Mordden that I have completed reading. I found Buddies difficult to follow. As much as I was really hoping to enjoy this one, I was not able to.
I had been waiting for this book for more than a year. It was supposed to be released in the paperback format in November 2012 but it was taken off from several sites when the date of release passed. I was happy to see Smashwords offering this book in ebook format. Immediately, I bought one.
This is a novella and four stories - short stories; Tom, Hopelessly Devoted to You, The Flippety Flop, The Suite and The Food of Love. I preferred The Suite as it was kinda suspenseful to see how the story was going to end. I was not able to follow Mordden's style of writing. It was easily for me to follow Tom, Flop and Suite. I was totally lost reading Hopelessly and Food. I had no idea what the stories were trying to convey and I lost interest.
I have to admit that I could not 'buy' the idea that the young rich ones in Tom would talk in such a manner. No street talk. No cool brat slang. All of them talked in the same manner - high class and rather unbelievable at times. Even the cops were talking in a manner which was quite uncommon.
I am sure Mordden has many fans who would disagree with me. I appreciate his work that does not jump into trashy bed scenes, unlike other M/M ebooks out there. However, I am not one who could digest such a depth of story-telling. I even missed out plots and had to re-read the earlier scenes just to understand what actually happened. Quickie? Oh yes. I did not even know they had done it until the scene quoted one to crash onto the bed, next to the other body. Sigh...
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)