July 25th, 2010

andrew potter

Are you trying to find a story?

I decided to help ebook_finder  in promoting this new community. It's NOT an ebook sharing community, it's more a place where you can go and find info on gay themed ebooks. I have quite an obsession with archiving and tag, so sincerely, not often I forgot a story or an author, but it happened sometime that a friend wrote asking me if I was able to help him remembering a specific book he read and "lost". So here you go, the community is new and will love to have members. I will watch it. See if something nice will start.

So far they have already helped someone to "find" The Vanguard by T.A. Chase.

http://community.livejournal.com/ebook_finder69/profile

Are you trying to find a story?

Maybe you've already read it... Maybe you planned to read it... But you can't remember the title or the author... Maybe you're in the mood for a certain theme... Maybe you want something similar to what you've just read...

Don't pull your hair out! Just post whatever details you remember here. Hopefully, someone can help you find it.


The community is devoted to gay novels.

The One Rule so far... Please do NOT ask for copies, download links, or sources (i.e., websites, communities, etc.) of pirated ebooks. I specifically asked to ebook_finder , the founder of the community, and this is the reply: "Please do not message me asking if I will be "sharing" ebooks. The answer is obviously NO. Believe me, I understand what it's like to be broke and unable to buy a book. Personally, I have not been able to afford my "ebook habit" for over six months, well over. So, I've been re-reading my collection. Hence, my inspired idea to create this community.

This community is here to help you find that ebook you bought with your hard-earned money (or someone bought for you as a gift). You have it on your laptop, kindle, etc. However, you can't remember the title or author. Have you ever tried using a search engine to find a gay ebook based on a few keywords? It's brutal. Instead, post whatever you recall about it here, and a member will help you find the title and author. Then, you can go to your storage/reading device, open it up, and settle in for a good read!

Maybe there's an ebook you planned to buy, but haven't for some unspecified reason. Sadly, you forgot the title, author, and publisher. There are quite a few ebook publishers around nowadays. You are overwhelmed at the thought of checking all of them, especially if it's been a few months. Post the details here, and a member will help you find the title and author. Voila, you can go spend some money!

Do you ever get in the mood for a specific theme? Like ebooks about shapeshifters or librarians or meeting a guy at work. Did you just finish an awesome ebook and want to read others similar to it in some way? Ask here and get various titles from fellow members. Some might already be in your personal library. Off you go to re-read them. As for the ones that aren't, it's a great way to get ideas on ebooks to purchase."
andrew potter

Michel Giliberti: Les portes... (Doors...)

It's a lot of time that I don't share a work by Michel Giliberti. He was the first artist I featured in this LiveJournal, and I love his paintings, but he is also a wonderful photographer, able to capture the mix of strength and sweetness of the male figure.

http://www.michelgiliberti.com/article-les-portes-54421962.html



Hope my English, and the French translator is good enough to give you an idea of the caption for this picture:

Doors ... Being in exile or be in exit, everything is built around the departures, returns, new beginnings. A thousand times crossed, the doors of our violence and our inertia remains strong. Unable to shoot them. They are closing on our neuroses, open on our balances, then close choking until the next oxygen of fortune.
I've pierced my pain, I've rocked my sweetness, but open or closed, my wounds are beautiful because they are born from the length of the love and the only beauty of a love story , isn't time?
andrew potter

Michel Giliberti: Les portes... (Doors...)

It's a lot of time that I don't share a work by Michel Giliberti. He was the first artist I featured in this LiveJournal, and I love his paintings, but he is also a wonderful photographer, able to capture the mix of strength and sweetness of the male figure.

http://www.michelgiliberti.com/article-les-portes-54421962.html



Hope my English, and the French translator is good enough to give you an idea of the caption for this picture:

Doors ... Being in exile or be in exit, everything is built around the departures, returns, new beginnings. A thousand times crossed, the doors of our violence and our inertia remains strong. Unable to shoot them. They are closing on our neuroses, open on our balances, then close choking until the next oxygen of fortune.
I've pierced my pain, I've rocked my sweetness, but open or closed, my wounds are beautiful because they are born from the length of the love and the only beauty of a love story , isn't time?

More Artists at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Art

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andrew potter

Best Gay Historical (3° place): The Hadrian Enigma, A Forbidden History, by George Gardiner

The author chose to present this novel as M/M romance, but as much as I love the genre, I think in this particular case it’s a limitation. The Hadrian Enigma is more a mainstream novel, a detailed romancing of a real episode.

To a normal reader the novel will probably appear like a tour de force: almost 500 pages of historical fiction, full of details, with different point of views, and with interleaves of Greek and Roman words. This last point it’s probably easier for an European reader, especially an Italian one, since we study Roman culture and Latin as other students all around the world study their own origins. The strange thing, considering our strict upbringing on regard of homosexuality, is that Antinous, the favourite of Imperator Hadrian, was never “hidden” away like a skeleton in the closet; probably the tragic love story was bigger than the restriction of morality. The tragedy itself is probably the reason why this story was not buried with the layers of time, these two lovers had not the change of an happily ever after, and so it was allowed to them to be remembered. Sure, Hadrian’s behaviour after Antinous’s death, his tentative to turn him in a god to be worshipped, he was even given a constellation in the sky as only ancient gods were allowed to have, all of this was seen as sign of madness, the madness of a disrupted lover.

So yes, when this novel starts, Antinous is already dead, and Hadrian assigns to historian Suetonius Tranquillus the task to investigate on this strange death, officially recorded as accidental death; but too much mystery is behind this death and probably too many people gained from that for being really an accident.

This is for sure not an easy read, and probably the novel stands in the middle between fiction and non fiction; if during the read someone wonders on the abundance of details, indeed you have to consider that the starting point of this novel is to be a recording of Suetonius Tranquillus’s investigation on the death of Antinous. So yes, it’s like if a modern reader is going through the files of an old buried case, a case that was filed as suicide or accident, but too many hints let it go that it was something else. You have not the chance to ask to who was there, and so you basically rebuild what it was, what they though, what they did, all on the basis of some old papers.

What is the purpose of this research? Antinous is dead, there is no way for Hadrian to have him back again, so what he is searching? What the author is trying to prove? Probably that Antinous was not “superfluous” to history, that he was not only a shiny accessory to Hadrian’s arm, that he was something more than a pretty face Hadrian forced artists to immortalise. Above all that Antinous really loved Hadrian and that was his condemn; if it was only a question of sex, sex between men wasn’t so uncommon, under specific “rules” (the old and more important man was always the one “on top”, only slaves, women and young men could be penetrated); love instead was not an option. Indeed it was not even a question of being both men, love at that level was out of question point; marriage was a political agreement, murder was the common resolution to get free of enemies, and plotting a normal activity at dinner time.



Amazon: The Hadrian Enigma: A Forbidden History

Amazon Kindle: The Hadrian Enigma: A Forbidden History

Reading List:

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