Jon C. - Reviews

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The Acorn People
The Acorn People
Author: Ron Jones
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 5/2/2012


Fanciful and entertaining, The Acorn People is not great literature, but it keeps the interest of the reader with plot surprises and engaging characters.


All American Boy
All American Boy
Author: William J. Mann
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 8/25/2012


Well-written even if predictable. The anguish of self-discovery is muted here, but the encounters are genuine.


America's Boy: A Memoir
America's Boy: A Memoir
Author: Wade Rouse
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 19
Review Date: 4/7/2014


Disappointing


At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years, Bk 1)
At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years, Bk 1)
Author: Jan Karon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 73
Review Date: 5/27/2011


This book is in keeping with other Karon books, and others in this genre. It portrays a fictionalized and sometimes imaginary view of a long-gone age.


The Best Little Boy in the World
The Best Little Boy in the World
Author: John Reid, Andrew Tobias
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 17
Review Date: 11/25/2011


This is a classic. It is the story of a boy/young man who is discovering himself and his growing (if confusing) sexuality. It is not a sensationalistic story.


Blue Days, Black Nights : A Memoir
Blue Days, Black Nights : A Memoir
Author: Ron Nyswaner
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 2/14/2017


An intricate tale, with well-drawn characters. The plot is sometimes trite, other times predictable. But, a good read nonetheless. I must admit that the most attractive thing about the book is the picture on the slip cover.


The Blue Lawn
The Blue Lawn
Author: William Taylor
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 7/24/2011


Exceptional look at the growing attraction between two boys -- from an unlikely friendship to a growing love/lust, The author treats the touchy subject gently and with great empathy.


Body and Blood
Body and Blood
Author: Michael Schiefelbein
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 11/5/2015


Exceptionally accurate in relating to practices in the Catholic Church. The plot is solid and engaging.


The Boy Who Was Buried this Morning (Dave Brandstetter, Bk 11)
The Boy Who Was Buried this Morning (Dave Brandstetter, Bk 11)
Author: Joseph Hansen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 12/12/2013


A good read, if a little weak in continuity. Not Hansen's best, but certainly worth the time to read it.


Boys Hard at Work: And Playing with Fire
Boys Hard at Work: And Playing with Fire
Author: John Butler
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 2/12/2016


No gay man, who is healthy, could keep up the pace of this novel's narrator! In that, the novel is a bit unrealistic; valuable solely for its images and visual imaginations.


The Boys on the Rock
The Boys on the Rock
Author: John Fox
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 7/24/2011


A sensitive look at what it means to grow up gay. The hero is no artist, not agenius nor an elegant fashion-plate. He is a regular, popular guy with a secret.


Breakfast with Scot
Breakfast with Scot
Author: Michael Downing
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 5/5/2014


A heartwarming tale of acceptance. Scot is a stylized boy with a variety of quirks and mannerisms which would be shunned in many areas. The loving care and acceptance that he receives are welcome and probably saved his life.


The Charioteer
The Charioteer
Author: Mary Renault
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 5/2/2012


An engaging novel in the Mary Renault tradition. It talks about forbidden love and situations with delicacy and grace. Anyone looking for a quick thrill can look elsewhere. Patrons of good, tasteful literature can rely on Ms. Renault again!


The Choir
The Choir
Author: Joanna Trollope
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 6/18/2014


Superbly crafted, the novel shows familiarity with the life and workings of a closed community. Ms. Trollope has significant story telling skill, and this novel is both sensitive and informative.


Christopher : A Tale of Seduction
Christopher : A Tale of Seduction
Author: Allison Burnett
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 7/5/2016


Excellent story, well developed. A truly authentic seduction without embellishments. I enjoyed it a lot.


Cody
Cody
Author: Keith Hale
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 3/8/2016


A well thought-out narrative of the growing attraction between two teen aged boys. For awhile, the love is unrequited, until there is cooperation and communion of spirit and bodies. The hesitance on the part of one of the characters to "commit" sometimes becomes frustrating to the reader.


Confessions of a Male Nurse
Confessions of a Male Nurse
Author: Richard S. Ferri
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 4/22/2014


A highly entertaining story. The expected perils of being a gay male nurse are fulfilled wonderfully. Ferri is a good story teller, with an eye for detail, innuendo and irony.


The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Author: E. Lockhart
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 7/22/2014


A worthy read, but pretty normal and derivative.


Dream Boy
Dream Boy
Author: Jim Grimsley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 26
Review Date: 7/16/2012


Poignant, elicits sympathy, but also predictable. The reader identifies early and often with the main characters, but the tale could be told of any dysfunctional family set-up.


The Farewell Symphony
The Farewell Symphony
Author: Edmund White
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 12/18/2016


Interesting topic and characters. Prose was too involved and wordy to make it exciting.


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