Man, oh man

February 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

A friend of mine spends hours foraging through this obscure bookshop near her office. I don’t know what compelled her to buy that collection of short stories by Michael Thomas Ford but she sure was so excited about it. So I finally pried it off her clutching fingers and read through it in one night. I still fan myself at the thought of it. This is one writer who knows his way around erotica. The fact that it’s erotica about men getting it on just makes it hotter – after all, I think gay men are hot. But it’s unfair to read Michael Thomas Ford’s (yes, I can’t think of him being called just Mr. Ford) work just because the sexy parts are hot. His work is more complex than that. He mostly deals with relationships and through his stories you do get to know men better. They’re not so mysterious after all. They’re just as insecure, just as desperate as us to find that someone who will hold our hand that we go for the wrong kind as long as they show the least bit of interest and give us some attention.

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Call me curious

February 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

This is one of those books I picked up on a whim. I’ve never heard of Aciman before but his name sounded exotic and the title was intriguing. And . . . uhhh . . . the cover picture made me think this was a romance novel, which it is, just not the kind I thought. This is a love story between two young men and it is erotic, so it might not be for everyone. But don’t let that stop you as unlike other gay interest novels, this one blurs the lines between traditional love stories and those that even in these times still seem taboo. This is a beautifully written story of the awakening of passion between two people who share an intellectual connectivity. It tells you how love, in its purest sense, has the ability to transform you and change your perspective. By the time you finish the book, you, the reader, are transformed to as you make the realization that love really does know no boundaries and that to love one person and is to be that person.

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