My best friend Rycel: A Bittersweet Gay Love Story
on March 15, 2012
Fantastic book! Explores the dilemmas and hard choices of relationships. The narrator's multiple choices at all stages enriches the experience. Short enough to read in one go (I couldn't put it down) and long enough to reach a conclusion.
I need to read more of his books.
on March 26, 2012
Terrific book - classic whodunnit that leads the reader repeatedly up the garden path until the multidimensional shock ending is reached.
Its strengths are the way it creates the atmosphere of a foreign student living in London in a fantastically realistic way, the loving and tender (and sexy) depiction of the central relationship, the quality of the writing (even though the apostrophes weren't quite right, despite the long list of readers and editors) and, above all, the ingenuity of the plot.
Kick the procrastination, Gordon - your readers are waiting for your next.
Fantastic book - I nearly carried on reading instead of going to bed. I felt I could see and smell the locations, and all the main characters were well-developed (and matched the author's illustrations). The big battle near the end is convincingly blow by blow (and full of gore). The plot was full of excitement and originality. I hope that we are going to see a lot more from the writer.
Fast paced, inventive, action=packed, and incredibly erotic.
I have to say that i have marvelled at the ability of women to write most mm action, but they all seem to a do a fantastic job. This one is slightly less explicit than most - only slightly, and not detracting from the fact that overall it is the most erotic I have read.
I enjoy a good long book, and the only points that might have been picked up by a suitably educated editor are:
1. Misuse of apostrophes - if they can't be right, this would be less jarring if ALL apostrophes were left out ("it's" used incorrectly a dozen times on a single screen is distracting.
2. The word "smirk" is overused and misused - it is far more descriptive and accurate to use an expression like "smiled ruefully" to say exactly what is meant each time - "smirked" has a specific and narrow meaning.
3. The word "whined" is overused - and it's not very erotic.
But I wouldn't change a thing if it delayed the sequel - I'm waiting!
I don't read vampire books. I lie - I've ploughed through Mary Shelley, and about two and a half of Anne Rice's huge tomes, but they get wearying. I don't share that fashion amongst teenage girls for vampires, werewolves and imagined sex.
It was the picture that the title of this book conjured up that was irresistible = I didn't even read the blurb before downloading it.
"Fenton" is the perfect, pure vampire story - stripped of everything unnecessary or distracting, and although it was short read, it was immensely satisfying and complete. Beautifully written too.
Beautifully paced romance spanning 7 years. The imagery is so intense that I even think I can identify its location (Wilmslow).
The structure is unconventional, starting close to the end of the timeline and much later skipping back to the start. The narration is perfect - loose and gossipy when the narrator is 18, merging into mature and reflective as he reaches the age of 26.
The story is of an intense and sensual, but apparently doomed, relationship, and it reaches proper conclusion - although I am not sure I believe it. An excellent read.
Well-written, erotic and enjoyable, like her earlier books. It fleshes out parts of the story continued in Playing with Tigers. I am looking forward to her continuing the epic, building on and explaining the darker tale on Playing with Tigers: Broken.
Absolutely hilarious - the best phrase is "hammering small steaks into the ground". The author obviously relies too heavily on a spell-checker which delivers wrong words that sound like the word he means. The other problem is exactly and consistently reversing the correct use of apostrophes - "it's" as a possessive pronoun, "his fathers books", and Necromancer's as a plural. The other linguistic problem is the strange reversal of letters (repeatedly "preform" for "perform"), that made George W Bush and his daddy laughing stocks (a bit like the "nucular" beloved of so many American politicians).
Having said that, he is a fantastic and original story-teller, and the "Acolyte" is worth every cent. I couldn't put it down until I had finished it, and I hope that he will write a sequel.