A book rec

Jul. 21st, 2011 07:41 pm
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Hi, I'm still here! Going on holiday on Saturday and I can't wait, a whole week off work!

Anywho, I just read this book : Man's World by Rupert Smith.

It's two separate narratives that are woven together very cleverly. It's quite clear from the beginning how the two overlap but it's not too horribly contrived. They are the stories of two gay men, one set at the end of the 1950s and the other in the present. I enjoyed the historical one more, simply because I found the characters more appealing, but also because it is about the development of a relationship and Michael's tentative coming to terms with his sexuality and I like first time fics. The present day plot-line covers any number of gay 'scene' cliches and most of the characters are objectionable in someway, but it all ties together so nicely at the end that I can't really find fault. The writing is skillful and the plot moves along at a good pace. I really recommend this book, I'm quite tempted to read it again.

Incidentally I checked out the author's website to see what else he had written and to my surprise he also writes erotic fiction as James Lear and wrote 'The Back Passage' which I found so disappointing a couple of years ago. Man's World is a much better book, though with a great deal less sex!


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