Book Reviews

Review - The Cat Wore Electric Goggles by Ian Hutson

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 03, 2015

The Cat Wore Electric Goggles

If P.G. Wodehouse and Douglas Adams had a love child, the result would probably be Ian Hutson. This collection of twelve short stories combines the whimsical humor of both authors, the science fiction bent of Adams and the nostalgia for an earlier era of Wodehouse.

The title story, The Cat Wore Electric Goggles, is a tale of the exploration of a mysterious planet. Although set in the future, the technology has a decidedly 1960s feel to it. It's not exactly steampunk, but the effect is very similar. Add to that the distinctly British humor with which the entire story is told and you have a rather delicious little confection. More

Review - Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century by Perry Brass

Posted in Book Reviews on May 06, 2015

Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century

In the not too distant future, the world is even more corporatized and consumerist than it is now. “The System” as it's called, is all about creating the next “new” thing that people will believe they need to make them happy, at least for a while. Jeffrey Cooper is a key cog in the machine. His ability to discern what will make a product appeal to the market it's targeted at makes him valuable to the nameless, faceless people who run the system. His reward for his talents is a phalanx of treatments that keep him looking like a thirty-something despite his real age of eighty, and a group of doctors and therapists to help him manage his mental and physical health. The price he pays for this fountain of youth is the abandonment of his past, and even much of himself. And, if he should every falter, become less useful to the system, it will all stop and he will quickly die. More

Review - The Love of Wicked Men (3 & 4) by Brandon Shire

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 27, 2015

The Love of Wicked Men (Parts 3 & 4)

Volume 3 of The Love of Wicked Men

Note: This book is being published in serial form, with new ‘episodes’ coming out every two months or so. This review is of the third and fourth episodes.

The cat-and-mouse game between shady lawyer Sid and industrial spy for hire Jack gets complicated in these two installments of the series. Jack's cover is blown, which means there are more players than either man is aware of. With no reason to play it cool, Jack becomes more confrontational with Sid. More

Review - Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 07, 2015

Hitting Black Ice

Please note: An electronic review copy of this book was kindly supplied by the author.

Hunter is still recovering from what could well be described as the worst break-up, ever. He avoids anything that might lead to a serious relationship to keep him from getting hurt again. His work as a physicians assistant in the emergency room helps to keep him busy as well as making him feel useful. Unfortunately, the presence of receptionist Shawn doesn't help. Hunter has been trying to ignore his attraction to the dark and quiet man for months. More

Review - Rubble and the Wreckage by Rodd Clark

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 31, 2015

Rubble and the Wreckage

Volume 1 of A Gabriel Church Tale

Kindly note: An electronic review copy of this book was supplied by the author.

Aspiring author Christian is on to something. He has been researching a string of unsolved and seemingly unconnected murders across the country, and he believes they're the work of one man. Not even the FBI has figured out what Chris has seen in the randomness of the crimes. He becomes almost obsessive in his quest to research the killings, and maybe even track down the murderer so he can write his story. More

Review - Probe by Mel Keegan

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 24, 2015


Volume 4 of Hellgate

The festering colonial rebellion finally explodes into open warfare in the fourth book of the Hellgate saga. The flashpoint of Ulrand, where the inept interference of military engineers from Earth caused an alien artifact to explode, devastating almost half the planet. Festering resentment is pushed into high gear, and when the inevitable vote to succeed comes, Earth sends a fleet of ships to prevent the predictable succession of other worlds from the confederacy. An unlikely group of mercenaries comes to the planet's defense, as well as a ghost from Neil Travers' past. It's all orchestrated by Harrison Shapiro in his efforts to prevent a bloodbath. More

Review - Behind the Velvet Curtain by Matt Converse

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 17, 2015

Behind the Velvet Curtain

Like many a young gay man before him, Michael escapes his midwestern town, comes to San Francisco, and reinvents himself. He joins a gym, works on his body and his skin, and eventually comes to think of himself as sexy. Loving music and dance, on a lark he tries out for a job as a stripper, and gets it. Using the stage name Matt Jaxx, he really enjoys his work, and becomes popular with both the crowd and the theater management. He eventually quits his day job and works full time as a stripper, both on stage and at private parties, although he's careful not to cross a line he draws between stripping and prostitution. More

Review - The Pirate Witch by Damian Serbu

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 10, 2015

The Pirate Witch

Alexander is born at the worst possible time and place for someone to be different, in early seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts Colony, where the Puritans are still on the hunt for witches. Alexander's mother is brutally murdered by the townspeople, who think she's a witch, and his father dies of the shock of it. The thing is, she really was a witch, and so is Alexander. His mother's dying wish is that Alexander survive, hiding his powers from prying eyes.

The boy is given into the care of his uncle, a drunkard who makes it no secret that he considers Alexander nothing more than a slave to work his mill. Alexander bridles under the thumb of his uncle, not least because he is sure the man was his mother's accuser. His only protector is Crispin, a man from Boston who is sent by the governor to check on the goings-on in Salem. More

Review - Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 03, 2015

Lost Boi

This review was originally published in slightly different form at BDSM Book Reviews.

Note: This book is a bit of a departure from the books I normally review. You have been warned!

“Lost Boi” reimagines the classic tale of “Peter Pan” in kinky queer terms. Pan is a biological woman with a strong male identity - a boi. He is the unquestioned leader of the lost bois, a group of homeless youth Pan has found on the streets and brought to Neverland, which is really just an abandoned warehouse in which they are squatters. Pan and his bois live in a fluid and polyamorous relationship in which he is the Sir. Yes, Pan can make his bois fly, in the BDSM sense, and that is a big part of the hold he has over them. Pan lives in the moment, in a world in which there are no rules and the worst thing any of his bois can do is grow up. More

Review - ePistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 25, 2015

ePistols at Dawn

Jae-sun Fields is a reporter for a gay tabloid with a reputation for outing public figures. When we first meet him, Jae is hot on the trail of the author of a book that practically lampoons a coming-out book that Jae and many other gay men hold almost sacred. The author, whom Jae is sure is really a woman, seems particularly skilled at keeping their true identity a secret, but Jae won't stop until he tracks the person down and exposes them as a fraud. More

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