May 27th, 2012

andrew potter

Referrals Program: Yearly Top List

In June 2009, I joined the Referrals Program with different online sellers; this allows me to see where the people goes to browse after leaving my LiveJournal. It is still a surprise month after month, people tend to be interested on the most different topics and objects (many more than only books)

Some books were meteors, only 1 month in the list, some others appeared month after month. I decided to post the yearly Top List so that you can better understand the trend, and of course, find out a title that maybe you missed in the past year. Congrats to all the authors, I'd love to post all of them, but it would be really a HUGE list; to allow a better browsing I divided it in Fiction and Non Fiction (i.e. essays, memories, art books and movies).

Yearly Top List - Fiction

1) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000SEJHRA/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
2) Something Like Summer by Jay Bell
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004I6DKPY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
3) The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00256Z2LY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
4) Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ZW7E6O/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
5) The Price of Temptation by M.J. Pearson
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002RHP4WI/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
6) Hot Head by Damon Suede
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00564ACK8/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
7) HERO by Perry Moore
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0031RS5PQ/?tag=elimyrevandra-20




8) I Am Not Myself These Days (P.S.) by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001CDA3K6/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
9) Discreet Young Gentleman by M.J. Pearson
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003R0LVRG/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
10) The Locker Room by Amy Lane
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004XNNEKS/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
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Yearly Top List - Non-Fiction

1) The Boys of Bel Ami by Howard Roffman
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/3861874776/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
2) Naked (Bruno Gmunder Verlag) by Dylan Rosser
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/3867872260/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
3) Unbridled Passion Postcard Book by Franco Accornero
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0811864693/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
4) Intimate Companions: A Triography of George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, Lincoln Kirstein, and Their Circle by David Leddick
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0312271271/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
5) The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America by Charles Kaiser
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001L5SLUY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
6) Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers by Robert Giard
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0262571250/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
7) Dieux du Stade: Gods of the Stadium by Tony Duran
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/3832793917/?tag=elimyrevandra-20




8) Heavenly Bodies by David Vance
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/3867870195/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
9) Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America by Lillian Faderman
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00757WID8/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
10) A Queer History of the United States (Revisioning American History) by Michael Bronski
Referrals Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004DEPI9C/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
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andrew potter

Sparks Fly by Brien Michaels

If I had to be true, I didn’t like so much Eduardo the first time we met; a straight man who is “forced” to have sex with men since all women on earth are dead, he really is not treating them well, actually he is a real bastard and in the position of Lincoln I would have not given him the time of a day. But, first Lincoln didn’t see how Eduardo was before, and due to his resemblance with Eduardo’s dead wife, Lincoln receives a way better treatment than all the other men.

The author doesn’t explain who Eduardo and Lincoln are before embarking on that ship that is basically leading to hell; maybe since it was not important, the world is falling apart, and doesn’t really matter who you were or what you did. We can only understand that Eduardo is straight and very wealthy, and Lincoln is somewhat “innocent”, believing in love at first sight and all. When Lincoln sees Eduardo, he recognizes the love of his life and in that situation it’s not important to establish if Eduardo is a good or bad man; in a situation where there is no hope for a future, what really matter is to enjoy the moment.

This is a very hard to “digest” horror, so if you are faint of heart, be careful before picking it up. The relationship between Eduardo and Lincoln is very physical, founded on sex and instinct. That is something that I had already the chance to notice in other novels where the main character is a straight man having a gay relationship, like he had to justify his relationship with another man with only a physical reason, emotions are not part of the equation.

Amazon Kindle: Sparks Fly
Publisher: Etopia Press (August 4, 2011)

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andrew potter

Bound by Blood by Amanda Steiger

A nice novella playing on the old theme of the Master/slave bond in a fantasy setting; the village where Daniel lives is bound by an ancient pact with the Kin lords to offer, or better sacrifice, one youth every year. When the chosen is Daniel’s sister, he cannot let it happen: while his sister is loved by everyone, and engaged, Daniel knows he has no better future ahead of him, he prefers the company of men and that is the worst sin according to the priest. So Daniel volunteers to be the sacrificial lamb to the Kin lords, and he is not expecting anything better than becoming like an animal: the Kin lords drink human blood and the offerings are to become their life substance providers.

Vale is the trainer of the Kin, he is the one who has to take Daniel in the first days and explain him what will be his dues. What Vale is not expecting is to bond with Daniel in a way that goes beyond the training. Daniel is a kind and gentle soul that well suit the similar behaviour of Vale. Vale is not used to train with forceful imposition, he is more like a whisperers, letting his teachings sip into the offerings.

The feeling of the story is more or less that of a fairy tale, maybe a little sexier than an old fashioned one, but still, it was like in those tales, where the godmother fairy will arrive to make everything right and grant the happily ever after to the couple.

http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1457

Amazon Kindle: Bound by Blood
Publisher: Changeling Press, LLC (September 10, 2010)

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading_list&view=elisa.rolle