Posted in Book Reviews on May 03, 2016
Carter Evans is the founder and editor of the science fiction magazine Astounding! but the publication, like most print media these days, is on its last legs. Carter can't afford to keep it going for much longer. Adding to his headaches are the submissions of one J. Harper, a very persistent, and very bad, author who keeps sending in new versions of his work despite numerous rejections. Carter's drunken attempt to rebuff the writer backfires and he ends up meeting J. for John Harper in person. John turns out to be a charming if somewhat awkward man with a few eccentricities, chief of which is the belief that he is an alien stranded on Earth. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 26, 2016
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This anthology of eight stories by British authors explores the role of toys in relationships between men. In some of the tales the notion of what is a ‘toy’ is stretched a bit, but almost all feature some object, to some degree, which plays a part in the plot.
The level of kink varies from essentially none to being a central part of the relationships depicted. Since these are short stories, don't count on well developed characters or intricate plots. Most of these get right down to business with little or no introduction. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 19, 2016
Brady seems to be one of the rare Portland baristas who doesn't aspire to be something else. He is good at his job, and in any case, raising his three younger siblings after his mother dies doesn't leave him any time to consider something else. Once a week the coffee shop hosts the ladies from the knitting shop down the street. “Knit Night” isn't exactly Brady's favorite night to work, but it keeps the shop busy. However, when the nephew of the knit shop's owner stops by one night, he instantly captures Brady's attention. Evren seems to push all of Brady's buttons. The two men have a lot in common, as well as some fundamental differences, and they're both dealing with family issues that consume most of their time, so it seems that despite a strong mutual attraction, nothing can happen, right? More
Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 12, 2016
By the end of the 23rd century, humanity has established its first colony outside the solar system, on a planet called Eidolon. The achievement required not only advancements in spacecraft engineering, but also cybernetics, since augmentation was required to make humans capable of deep space flight and living on an alien world larger than Earth. As you can imagine, it takes no time at all for cybernetic implants to become mainstream, with everyone from athletes to high class escorts getting augmented to improve their game. And, just as inevitably, there's a backlash. A political movement calling itself the Pure Light comes to power promising restore humanity to its ‘proper’ state. Augmentation is outlawed, and those deemed more than 50% machine are made the property of the government. Chips are implanted in their brains to make them virtual slaves and they're either used for experimentation, hard labor in the mines of the gas giants, or soldiers used to enforce the Pure Light's power. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 06, 2016
Have you ever considered how much the versions of Greek Myths that we know today must have been sanitized, modified or otherwise changed over the years? The bulk of the legends evolved over 3,000 years ago, and certainly changed much over the course of the centuries. The stories as we know them today are still full of bad behavior: rape, incest, and many other sorts of human fallibility. How much bawdier might the “original” stories have been in their own time?
“The Lusty Adventures of Theseus” re-imagines the Theseus legend as a sexual adventure that truly lives up to its title. For those who need a refresher, Theseus was the illegitimate sone of Aegeus, the king of Athens, the result of a one-night-stand between the king and his mother. Theseus is raised by his mother in the provinces, unaware of his royal lineage until he comes of age. He sets of to Athens to claim his birthright, but finds that the great king is not the kind of leader those from the provinces thought he was. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 30, 2016
Spence has been living on the streets for six months. He's not exactly homeless, Spence walked away from his privileged life with rich parents who haven't even realized he is gone. He is surviving, barely, when he has an encounter with a sexual predator who like to prey on homeless gay boys who have no legal recourse.
Although Spence probably doesn't really need rescuing, Hunter intercedes with the predator, who he has been trying to corner. The two form what seems at first like an unlikely friendship, which turns into love. Although just a few years older than Spence, Hunter has been on the streets a lot longer. In a city where the poor and homeless are constantly victimized, the pair become vigilantes, aided in part by Spence's secret powers. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 22, 2016
Dillon, Kevin, Jerry and Brad are all on their own before they become friends and settle in a small mountain town to open a bar. They're all shifters; Dillon is a bear, Kevin and his cousin Jerry are wolves, and Brad is a fox; but it isn't easy for them since they lost or were forced out of their family groups before they learned how to use and control their powers. With winter coming on, Dillon will need a place to hibernate, but who will keep him safe while he sleeps? And, why are the local elk pooping on the guys' porch? More
Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 09, 2016
Volume 3 of Gaius and Tiberius
In this collection of stories featuring Gaius, Tiberius, Achilles and other characters from the previous two books of the series, we learn a bit more about Gaius' past as well as glimpses of the future after the end of Gaius and Achilles. The first story, which gives the collection its name, recounts how Gaius and Tiberius first met, while later ones tell us about Achilles' life with Gaius after being freed. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 01, 2016
Volume 4 of Brimstone
The adventures of the demon prince of thieves Shax, his fallen angel lover Ness and their ragtag crew continues in the latest installment of the Brimstone series. Things get off to a rocky start when Shax bumps into an old flame, who also happens to be a spy. Soon after, he hears about a fantastical, yet apparently abandoned, experimental house that seems to have the ability to make dreams come true, or at least appear to. Naturally, Shax wants to steal it. And, naturally, things go wrong. More
Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 24, 2016
Scotty tries to exorcise the demons of his past by being a Dom. He believes that being in control is the key to not being hurt again. He also tries to keep his relationships with his subs at arms length, because letting them get too close can also lead to disappointment.
Wesley is young and inexperienced, and he challenges almost everything Scotty has done to protect himself. At first Scotty tries to bring Wesley into the lifestyle, and the younger man seems willing in the beginning, but then events overtake both men and threatens their budding relationship. More
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