January 12th, 2011

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Best Gay Fantasy (1° place): Miles and the Magic Flute by Heidi Cullinan

What I usually don’t like of the Fantasy genre is the heavy setting; sincerely I’m more for a “light” reading experience. So it’s always with a little of caution that I approach such novels, even if, like in this case, what I heard of them is only positive things. It was then with surprise, good surprise, that up from the first pages, the story flowed easily, light and also a bit sexy.

Miles is not exactly a total positive character, he is whiny, depressed and also a bit arrogant; due to the economic downfall, he lost his white collar job in the big city and he is not back home, living in a trailer and continuously saying how much better his life was before, that he doesn’t deserve such fate, and maybe even thinking that he is better than the people around him. He is only lucky that he has really good friends near him, and not like those in the city, who promptly forgot him as soon as he is no more “one of them”.

I don’t know if the fate wanted to award or punish him, but Miles finds himself involved in an adventure with fairies, beasts and dark lords. In and out of a sleep that sometime is dream something is nightmare, Miles falls in love with Harry, that I think is a similitude with Miles’s actual situation: Harry, the beast, is Miles’s today life, simple, good and sincere, even if maybe not so nice and shiny, while Terris, the fairy, is what Miles left behind. And indeed, when he is first faced with the choice between Harry and Terris, Miles chooses Terris, since he is more beautiful, more alluring, even if Harry was offering love, and Terris instead was offering lust.

Miles’s adventure will be totally involving, a bit naughty, and plenty moving, but to me has never reached the point I feared for him; I have always felt like the happily ever after was possible, and that in a way of the other, Miles would be able to understand what is really important in life. Maybe since, after all, all this fantastical adventure happened in the back door yard.



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Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615814353
ISBN-13: 978-1615814350

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Cover Art by Anne Cain
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In Between Men - Episode 3?

Did you like the first two episodes of In Between Men? Do you want to see episode 3?

Quincy Morris, the creator/executive producer/writer of In Between Men heard our chants and rants and demands for Episode 3. It will be coming out shortly. And it features Queer As Folk star Michelle Clunie as a guest star.



In the meantime, please help them out with their new campaign 1000 For 3!

Help them get 1000 Twitter fans and they will release Episode 3 immediately! Their tag is @IBMtheseries!



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Serendipity by Mallory Path

Serendipity is at the same time very romantic but also a little sad. It’s strange since it’s not that level of sadness that makes me think why I read it, and in a way, there is hope, albeit a slight hope, that an happily ever after will await the main character, Jake.

Jake is barely legal, 18 years old and far from home: he temporarily ran away from his family isolated farm to attend the concert of his favourite band from the United Kingdom. It’s not a big band, they are not playing in a stadium, but in a private night club. And Jake is only 18 years old… but he has a fake driving license and plenty of willingness. And then, just like that, in the line behind him in a coffee store, there is Russ London, the man he came to see.

But what Jake and Russ can have is only a night, and probably if Russ would know Jake’s real age, neither that; this is only the meeting of two ships in the night, both of them going separate ways, but for one night they are there and they are good together. Why I say there is a hope for something more? For the Serendipity in the title. Jake and Russ meet now, but maybe they are not ready now for something more than one night, but the serendipity that helped them will probably help them again, if they are fated to be together.

Sweet romantic plot and nice sex scenes, almost tender due to Jake’s inexperience, make this a very good short story.

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Publisher: Silver Publishing (July 31, 2010)

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