Monday, July 18, 2011
There was a huge storm last evening which helped cool it down, but it is our Blues Festival has outdoor stages, and the main stage collapsed in the wind while Cheap Trick was performing (I know, I know - Cheap Trick at the Blues Fest? - go figure). 3 people were hurt, a couple badly. I guess it was pretty scary. The band was unscathed. It's humid again today and rainy off and on, not quite 40 though. Whew. We don't do heat well. Why did I think India would be a great place for my next foreign posting? I got a fair bit of reading done because I was unmoving most of the weekend.
So some of what I read:
So I didn't think this was really my kind of book, I'm not much on the fantasy grim-ish future worlds genre, but I read so many good reviews, I decided to give it a whirl. I'm glad I did because once I started reading I didn't want to stop. The alternate world is interesting if a tad confusing. Boys appear to live in the wild from about age 11-18 or 19, surviving by their wits, when they are captured by men and essentially become their mates/servants. Tarin is the main boy who is captured and he is hilarious. He's not about to give up his plan to escape, he doesn't believe all the bull about mothers/ladies (deities of a sort to the men/boys), he's not going to be civilized if it kills him, and he's not going to become attached to the man who has claimed him. Ooops. Maybe the last one. LOL Just seeing Tarin's reaction to civilization is hilarious and it just goes against the grain for him. Wearing socks, keeping chickens captive and not hunting them, clothing, all of it just rubs him the wrong way. However he's all about blow jobs. LOL There is political intrigue with a rather "by the book" highly ranked official and his mis-treatment of one of the boys, and then Tarin's man is injured and the bad guy who hates Tarin is trying to tear them apart and .... wait for the sequel. Sigh. My only "issue" was so little is given of how the boys get there (although you get some) because I'm thinking if you are raised normally for 11 years, you aren't going to forget how to speak (they speak a bit like cave-men until civilized) or the word for spoon or something. Part of that is explained but I still don't know where the breeding men are since all the men in this story are gay gay gay. However perhaps I must be patient, not one of my strong points, and more will be revealed in the next book. It's worth a read just to get in Tarin's head and I'm glad he wasn't a push-over for being "civilized" because that wouldn't have been half as much fun. Oh and his new shoes made me laugh but I won't tell you about them.
This is the sequel to Fun with Dick and Shane which I adored. Gillibran is the houseboy for Dick and Shane, his Daddies. However there is a hierarchy, Shane at the top, Dick in the middle and Gilly definitely at the bottom. In all ways. Gilli is only 25 to Shane's 44 and Dick somewhere in the middle. He's very immature in some ways. He can't help being jealous of other people and situation (and even Dick or Shane on occassion), he acts out, is impulsive and spontaneous and ends up getting his ass warmed on an almost daily basis it feels like. He's also shriekingly hysterically funny. My only issue was by the end of the book it seemed to be more the same old same old. Gilly does something stupid, Shane gets pissed off and spanks him and they start over. There were things I wanted to know more about. Like Shane and Dick's civil union and how Gilly reacts (he says not well), but I have to remember, this is the diary of a real(?) person and he goes days between posts so I miss all the boring non-spanking days, he only reports in when he has something interesting to talk about, usually him getting in trouble. While he could be a brat to be sure, his men were sometimes freaking clueless and I didn't blame him for getting in a snit, as especially Shane could come across as a stick-in-the-mud grump, but on the whole it's a very entertaining read;and I hope there is more because I'd like to know more about his mother's illness and the Christmas visit of Shane's sister (the bitch from hell - according to Gilly).
Prove It by Chris Owen (178 pages)
Warren and Silas have been friends since pre-school. They are opposites, Warren likes calm and order, Silas is a charmed whirlwind of activity, a few years later Tal moves in and they become a tight threesome all through Jr. High and high school, even all going off to college together. Silas came out as gay in high school, and although Warren is gay he never really says it,except to his mother. Finally when he turns 21, his friends demand to know and if he's seeing someone. Warren is all about school though, he has friends with benefits but has no intention of starting a relationship with anyone. Finally it comes out that Silas wants him and vice-versa, but he refuses as he's finishing up university a semester early and heading off to California for grad school and doesn't want a relationship until after he's done his Ph.D. He want Silas to prove he loves him, which means no pressure. The story is interesting as you follow them for a large part of the story through their childhood, and you get to know them all. Warren is the main lead, but you find out about Silas and Tal and their boyfriends/girlfriends. I found Warren a bit annoying. Millions of people graduate college and have relationships. It's not like they are mutually exclusive. Also "prove it" but he didn't say "how" exactly. It's a no-win situation when you are vague like that. Although it all worked out in the end. There wasn't much conflict per se, everyone accepted them as gay, their families were fine, Tal didn't care, friends didn't shun them, it wasn't until near the end when Silas and Warren finally admitted feelings, that things go a bit more angsty. A fun read though when you're in the mood for something lighter and with a lot of emphasis on the main characters' histories together.