Between Dances by Erasmo Guerra

Between Dances by Erasmo Guerra My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the story of Marco and his friends/lovers Chris and Jaime, all three erotic dancers and call-boys in NYC at some recent time, I’d suggest the late ’90s. Though some of the plot concerns their ‘jobs’, the novel is really about Marco and […]

The Jewels of Aptor, Samuel R. Delay’s 1st novel

The Jewels of Aptor by Samuel R. Delany My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The novel describes a post-apocalyptic civilization a number of centuries after an atomic “big fire”. The action occurs on two islands or continents, one with a dark age civilization. Leptar, where the highest technology are sailing ships and swords; the other […]

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephan King

‘Salem’s Lot: Illustrated Edition by Stephen King My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The only other King I’ve read is The Stand which I enjoyed as a dystopian Science Fiction. I liked the plot, the characters, the prose. I was bored by ‘Salem’s Lot and almost gave it up several times. The short stories at […]

The Rylerran Gateway by Mark Kendrick

The Rylerran Gateway by Mark Kendrick My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I vacillated too long over 3 or 4 stars for this novel. I decided it is 3 stars for SciFi and 4 stars for Gay SF, going with the latter since there is a dearth of good, fun Gay SF novels. I hope […]

The Children of the Sky by Verner Vinge

The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The best thing about this novel are the Tine, a fascinating alien species, telepathic and with an individual existing as groups of individuals with a sense of immortality. Vinge explores the possibilities of such group minds quite well. Humans provide a […]

Children of Tantalus: Niobe and Pelops by Victoria Grossack and Alice Underwood

Children of Tantalus: Niobe and Pelops by Victoria Grossack My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a pleasant surprise! Though originally published in Greek by a major publisher, this 1st book of a trilogy has been self-published in the US. Do not let that put you off. The novel is the best written, edited and […]

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a delightful, charming and funny book. It reads like a children’s fairy tale while engaging the reader in layer upon layer of humanity. I would have given it 5 stars, but for American Gods which is a Great Book with a capital G. […]

The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 1st Stephen King novel I’ve read. I tend to avoid hyper-popular authors for a variety reasons. I was quite surprised I enjoyed this novel so much. I have seen the miniseries which is good. The book is better.

King is […]

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere Ltd by Neil Gaiman My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an entertaining novel, but not a great novel, I think—not in the way American Gods is a great novel. That is perhaps due to its TV roots as others have indicated. It is structured somewhat like a screen play, and though it […]

Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story by Ruth Sims

Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story by Ruth Sims My rating: 5 of 5 stars

1st draft:

Counterpoint: Dylan’s Story is a beautiful novel which I enjoyed in every manner, from cover to cover.

Superficially, a highly individualist teen lusts for his history teacher in a boys school in England, they eventually meet in Paris and become […]