March 27th, 2011

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Event: Book Club, LAKE OVERTURN by Vestal McIntyre

Date: Tuesday, March 29
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Magnet, 4122 18th Street, San Francisco

March Book Club selection, Lake Overturn, is available at A Different Light for 10% off when you mention Magnet book club!

Gay bookseller A Different Light (489 Castro Street) has joined with men’s health center Magnet (4122 18th Street) to lead a monthly book club for gay men. The book club started last year as an event for Magnet volunteers, but the group now opens to the general public.

According to A Different Light event coordinator Oscar Raymundo, “The club is a great social outlet for those residents in the Castro who’d like to meet new people in a more sophisticated atmosphere than, say, a nightclub or bar, and discuss great, big ideas with other like-minded men.”

And he added, “We welcome everyone - gay, straight, male, female - but we are currently focusing on fiction and memoirs that appeal to a gay male perspective.”

The book club meets the last Tuesday of each month (January 25) at 7:30 p.m. at Magnet. All book club selections are available at A Different Light for a 10 percent discount for club members.

Lake Overturn: A Novel by Vestal Mcintyre
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (June 29, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061671266
ISBN-13: 978-0061671265
Amazon: Lake Overturn: A Novel
Amazon Kindle: Lake Overturn: A Novel

Eula, Idaho, has never seen a battle, an earthquake, or a Democrat in City Hall. Yet life here is anything but simple.

Lina's angry son JesÚs has recently returned to the trailer park after living with wealthy white foster parents. Her younger son Enrique and his best friend, Gene—who lives in a neighboring trailer with his very Christian mother, Connie—are misfits who cling to their studies in the face of schoolyard cruelties. Determined to win the statewide science fair, Enrique and Gene devise an experiment involving "lake overturn," a phenomenon in which deadly gases erupt from a lake's depths. In their endeavor to discover if Eula could suffer from such an event, the boys come into contact with an odd assortment of locals—including a frail-hearted school principal with grand ambitions, a lonely lawyer who finds new love as his wife is dying, and a woman who decides to escape a life of exploitation and addiction by becoming a surrogate mother.

With sweeping perspective and a Victorian wealth of character, Lake Overturn exposes small-town America in all its beauty and treachery, sunshine and secrets.
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All Over the Guy (2001) directed by Julie Davis

"All Over The Guy" is a contemporary romantic comedy about the quest to find the "one" when "the one" doesn't know he's the "one." It explores the unlikely pairing of two 20-somethings thrown together by their respective best friends in hopes of igniting their own romance. They do everything they can to NOT fall in love, but finally they overcome the dysfunction of their parents and surrender to their hearts.

Director: Julie Davis

Writer: Dan Bucatinsky

Release Date: 30 May 2001 (Los Angeles, California, US, premiere)
28 October 2001 (MIFED Film Market, Italy)

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Taglines: 4 Friends, 3 Guys, 2 Couples... You Do The Math

4 friends, 2 couples. Twice as much to lie about in the morning.

Storyline: A contemporary romantic comedy about the universal quest for that one true love. All Over the Guy centers on an unlikely pair of two twenty-somethings, Eli (Dan Bucatinsky) and Tom (Richard Ruccolo), who are thrown together by their respective best friends. They're both looking for 'the one,' but don't recognize it when they find it. They do everything they can to not fall for each other, stumbling over their own fears, family dysfunctions and foolish bouts of self-sabotage. Their comedy of errors rolls on, with the two oblivious to what everyone else can clearly see is in their hearts. Ultimately its' in the small moments of truth-the talk among trusted friends and the fear between new lovers-that the two find their way to a love that will last.

@Amazon: All Over the Guy (20010)

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Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification
Dan Bucatinsky ... Eli Wyckoff
Richard Ruccolo ... Tom
Sasha Alexander ... Jackie Samantha Gold
Adam Goldberg ... Brett Miles Sanford
Andrea Martin ... Dr. Ellen Wyckoff
Joanna Kerns ... Lydia
Christina Ricci ... Rayna Wyckoff
Lisa Kudrow ... Marie
Doris Roberts ... Esther
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Abatemarco ... Dr. David Wyckoff
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Eli & Tom

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Out Of Tune, A D/s story featuring Gordon Trapp and Nathaniel Andrews, by Fabian Black

Indeed if we have to be true, the plot of Out of Tune is not so much different from the other book I read by Fabian Black, Moving On, but in a way this is better since the story seems to have a more rational meaning and in a way it seems more realistic and possible. Plus, in any case, I read both Moving On and Out of Tune with the same interest, not caring at all that the stories were similar.

As for Moving On I have to highlight that the D/s side of the story is completely different from your usual BDSM romance: here the punishments Gordon sometime bestows on Nat are not at all preamble to their lovemaking, they are a real good spanking since Nat had behaved like a bad boy; and after the punishment he is sent to bed without dinner, exactly like any other romp boy. There is absolutely no sex, actually there is really few sex in all the story and it’s not related to the punishment.

Gordon is a psychiatrist working for the National Health System in a beginning of the ’80 London; I think the author chose the 1981 and 1982 to set his story since it was probably still a period in time when depression and other behavioural comportment were still classified as mental issue and treated as such. Plus that was a time when being gay was still a danger to your social status. Gordon meets Nat in a professional moment, in a hospital ward as his patient; of course as soon as Gordon realizes he has deep feelings for Nat, he voluntarily stops to be his doctor letting him being taking care in that facility by a good friend, but he decides to become Nat’s lover and protector. From what I said before about their relationship, more than a D/s relationship, someone could think theirs is more a Daddy/boy one; but actually is neither like that: I have never felt like Gordon is attracted by Nat since he sees him like a little boy who needs to be take care of, or that Nat is searching in Gordon a lost father; their relationship is really more that of a doctor with a patient, only that once the doctor falls in love with the patient, and the feeling is mutual, they cannot rightly continue on that path, but that doesn’t mean that Gordon doesn’t know what is the best for Nat, or that Nat doesn’t know that Gordon is doing everything he does out of love for him.

The novel is the collection of two novellas each of them set during a different Christmas, 1981 and 1982. I liked that since it gives the reader the chance to see that indeed, the relationship born in 1981 lasted and grew in the following year but it’s not that everything turned out right out of the blue; Nat has real and big issues he will need time to overcome, Gordon is not a magician with a wand, he is a good, but ordinary doctor, and they will have to work together to reach the same target.

What probably I liked the best in all the novel are the intimate moment between Gordon and Nat, something that was completely estranged by sex and strangely for that reason was even more deep.

Buy Here

Amazon: Out of Tune
Amazon Kindle: Out of Tune
Paperback: 76 pages
Publisher: (May 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1445765632
ISBN-13: 978-1445765631

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