Reading this book was like witnessing a violent car accident. You can't turn away, you have to see (read) it through even though in many places you just want to stop and you kind of know in advance that there will be no happy ending and indeed there is not.
The writing style is nothing to "write" home about but one must remember that this book was written in the latter 80's, early 90's for readers' sensibilities back then. It's especially annoying when Mr. Thorson editorializes about gay life and culture using simplistic and hackneyed cliches that are entirely laughable now-a-days.
The narration by Peter Berkrot was spectacular. One felt one was listening to Thorson in person, and the narrator's vocal inflections of Mr. Liberace are worth any downside that the rather bland narrative otherwise presents.
As for the actual events and behaviors presented by the book of Mr. Thorson's life with Lee Liberace and what to think of them, it would be unfair to judge either party. There was presented enough nauseating dysfunction for both men to last ten families ten lifetimes.
In the end, I felt very sad for Mr. Thorson. I believe to this day that he still loves Lee Liberace and will die doing so. It's just such a shame that people have to go through this soft of thing as it affects them until their death. Best of luck to Mr. Thorsen. Rest in peace, Mr. Liberace.
Fun characters, good drama and excellent narration. Do I wish it were longer? No, not really. Less is sometimes more, just like this review.
The only imperfection in this book is the cover art. It betrays what is really inside, an epic love story that you don't want to miss. The angst, the pure agony of what Tim and Ben go through until they finally find each other will keep you enthralled to the very end; but don't stop there. You must read Something Like Winter. It is the perfect companion, a must read and will complete the saga in a way seldom seen in the gay romance genre. Oh, yes, bring Kleenex, you'll need it!
Something Like Summer took me by storm, a wonderful read that I had to finish in less than 24 hours. I cried at the end because it was over too soon, a beautiful story. But I had no idea what was in store with Something Like Winter. Tim was an enigma in Something Like Summer. Something Like Winter shines the sun on Tim, his loves, mistakes and foibles. The best part is the sweet, sweet ending. I cried my eyes out over it, it was so beautiful. I wish all of gay romance fiction could be like both books, epic in time if not scope. Full of love and tragedy, heartache and triumph. I am sure I will be reading this pair again, not soon, but someday. The narration was perfect, by the way, a wonderful perk and dimension that I would not have wished to miss.
Roeder has a huge body of work so that I imagine that turning the subject of religious homophobic church pastors and coming out of the closet as a 15 year old boy totally on its head was appealing to the author. He probably just got bored. The problem here is that this is my first Roeder book and it just felt like a fantasy of "what if" I added a character that turns out to be Jesus. Yes, Jesus. You heard me. The book has heart and a purpose, that's not the problem. The problem is that solving the protagonist's dilemmas felt over-cooked. The narration was OK, not great, but only because of some lack of pace and some voice imitations and inflections just did not cut it. This will likely be my last Roeder book.
After Ben still is #1. Don't get me wrong, the writing is superb, but there are moments of tedium. Peter's "EMT" approach to life gets boorish, but he has a wonderful heart. Sean is an odd character to be sure, the oddest of the 2 books so far in the series, but has his own allures. Narration is perfect, as one would expect of Handler.
Not enough credit is given in my opinion in other reviews to the utter brilliance of setting of this story. It's a voyeur's peek into the world of the entertainment media that I've never encountered in fiction. Not to be outdone however, the characters are rich and palpable. Yes, sometimes they are a bit overwritten, but better that than boring. I wanted to duct tape Silas at times for his dorky, overcooked euphemisms, but I also wanted to hug and cheer on others like Ziggy and Max. The narration doubles the pleasure of the writing, it's perfect. Oh, bring a Kleenex, the read will drag out a few wet ones as well!
Unusually satisfying, well-written and superbly narrated piece. The narrators Italian accent and interpretations are wonderful. The characters seem alive, like they all live next door to you. The story does start out slow, so give it some time, but when the interns arrive, lookout, the thing just launches into the sky and never comes down!
Horror is not my usual genre, but on Mr. King's endorsement I took a swing at it. At first it was just disgusting and I read with detachment. Then the story it grew on me, well, not unlike the horror described within its pages and then it took over. At the end I was left slack-jawed at how such nonchalant and gruesome cruelty could have drawn me into caring so much about it, but I did. Fantastic character development and the narration was pitch perfect. Careful though, this is not for a weak stomach or easily pricked moral sensibilities.
The godfather of submarine-based thrillers will always be Tom Clancy. "The Hunt For Red October," the gold standard. "The Trident Deception" provides no originality and often pipes many of the 21st century military thriller cliches we are all used to in this genre, but that's OK. This book also could have been considerably longer had the author chosen to fill out more back story detail in several areas including its nefarious plot, but chose wisely not to do so as it would have spoiled and bogged down the otherwise excellent pace that ramps to a "can't put it down" ending. I have a bit of quibble with the narration. Mr. Ganim simply didn't do it for me, his portrayal of the book's chief female character especially was just weird to me. Overall, bravo Mr. Campbell!
Caution, there is no sex, no romance and the violence is from physics gone wrong. The marooned astronaut is a genius, smart-ass with a sense of humor as dry as the red terrain he unwillingly inhabits. And yet this book is easily in my top 5 of all time reads. I understood only a fraction of the science details involved but was well entertained throughout. Don't be shy, give this read a try!
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