April 29th, 2010

andrew potter

The Inside Reader: G.S. Wiley

Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends - Silas Weir Mitchell
G.S. Wiley is not an usual M/M romance author, the stories are more complicated and controversial, the feelings are more "social" commited, but the love story is the same good, even if sometime less "sex oriented"; for all these reasons and since I like the voices out of the choir, I'm happy to host G.S. Wiley as Inside Reader today.

G.S. Wiley's Inside Reader List

Thanks to Elisa for inviting me to share a few of my favourite reads today!

I tend to like genre fiction, everything from mystery to historicals to science-fiction, so most of my picks come from those areas, rather than so-called “literary fiction.” I've tried to stay away from the classics that have been recommended time and again, so hopefully you'll find something new to check out!

In no particular order...

1) “No Night is Too Long” by Barbara Vine. I'm a fan of all of her work, although the newer stuff lacks the originality and impact of the older. This is the story of Tim, a bisexual English graduate student involved in a tumultuous but exciting relationship with an older male university professor, Ivo Steadman. When the two of them go to Alaska, Tim finds himself intrigued by a mysterious woman, Isabel Winwood, which starts them all on a course to ruin. More of a psychological thriller than a traditional whodunnit, but well worth the read.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Onyx (January 1, 1996)
ISBN-10: 0451406346
ISBN-13: 978-0451406347
Amazon: No Night is Too Long

The author of Anna's Book -- who was hailed as "one of the finest practitioners of her craft in the English-speaking world" by the New York Times Book Review -- has written a relentlessly compelling tale of sexual obsession, mistaken identity, and murder. Tim thought he'd gotten away with it. For months after the murder off the Alaskan coast he'd heard not a word. No policeman at his door asking questions. Nothing. And then the letters began. At first they seemed almost innocuous accounts of historical events. But a common theme emerged quickly. It was particularly germane to Tim, and it related directly to murder. In No Night Is Too Long, Barbara Vine has written a tour de force, rich in characters and setting, a remarkable novel by an internationally celebrated master of her craft. To research the book, the author and her husband embarked on a boat trip from Seattle up the Alaskan coast. The stark beauty of that experience provides No Night Is Too Long with an extraordinarily vivid sense of place. The novel's exploration of sexual identity and guilt represents a departure for Vine. Its resolution -- as always -- is a stunning surprise.

2) “The Life to Come and Other Stories” by E.M. Forster. E.M. Forster is well-known for his seminal gay novel “Maurice”, as well as for mainstream classics like “A Passage to India” and “Howard's End.” The quality of writing in this short story collection, however, shows that Forster was equally adept at writing shorter pieces. Many of the stories were unpublished until 1970 due to gay themes, and include standouts like the humorous seaside vignette “The Obelisk” and “The Other Boat,” a tragic story of an interracial relationship during the days of the Empire.

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (August 17, 1987)
Publisher Link: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=12595
ISBN-10: 0393304426
ISBN-13: 978-0393304428
Amazon: The Life to Come and Other Stories

Representing every phase of E. M. Forster's career as a writer, the fourteen stories in this book span six decades—from 1903 to 1957 or even later. Only two were published in his lifetime. Most of the other stories remained unpublished because of their overtly homosexual themes; instead they were shown to an appreciative circle of friends and fellow writers, including Christopher Isherwood, Siegfried Sassoon, Lytton Strachey, and T. E. Lawrence. The stories differ widely in mood and setting. One is a cheerful political satire; another has, most unusually for Forster, a historical setting; others give serious and powerful expression to some of Forster's profoundest concerns.

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About G.S. Wiley: G.S. Wiley is a writer, reader, teacher, traveller, sometime painter and semi-avid scrapbooker who lives in Canada. G.S. has a fantastic husband, who indulges G.S. in all these pastimes, and makes a mean omelette while he’s at it.

Then and Now: A Collection of Short Stories by G.S. Wiley
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Lulu Press (February 2010)
Publisher Link: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/then-and-now-a-collection-of-short-stories/6309463

A legionary and an Egyptian immigrant in Ancient Rome. Two American college students on the eve of the Cuban Missile Crisis. A lonely waiter and a soul-searching artist in present-day Vancouver. "Then and Now" is a collection of fourteen short stories, two never before published, of love and longing between men of many ages, cultures, times and places.