Good Gay Novel Recommendation?

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#1
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We usually bring a few good books to read on board, great for sea days in the spa or solarium, or on our veranda.

On my last cruise read "Summer Cruising" a really good gay fiction by Dave Benbow, the story takes place on a 7-day Mediterrenean cruise, on the cruise ship RMS Princess Diana, LOL. Little bit of mystery, romance and er, um lots of fun. It was a fun and great read.

Anybody have any recommendations for a good vacation read? Thanks!
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#2
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I love the "Tales of the City" series by Armistead Maupin. The first three are available in an anthology the includes "Tales of the City", "More Tales" and "Further Tales".

As you may know, they are set in SF and tell the intertwined story of the fascinating characters. These are set in the late 70's - early 80's and were originally serialized in the SF Chronicle.
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Hi Tomato53-

I loved-loved-loved the cable mini-series and the anthology! I read them a couple of years ago, and they really are worth watching and reading again and again. Hits close to home! Thanks!
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#4
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Hi Mermen, good to hear you love the series too. We took the DVDs on our last cruise. It's one of those things I can watch over and over.

My partner and I are constantly quoting lines from the series that apply to what's happening around us!
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Definitely agree on the Tales of the City series - they're wonderful - easily some of the best books I've ever read, whether with gay characters or not. Don't forget the two more recent sequels about Michael and Mary Ann.

Also, if you enjoy fantasy, check out the trilogy "The Last Herald Mage" by Mercedes Lackey. Typically I'm not a big fan of hers (too many typos), but this trilogy could almost have been written by someone else. The main character is gay, and the three novels are really good. Whopper of an ending.

On the young adult front, Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan or Geography Club by Brent Hartinger were both sweet, if maybe a little forgettable.

If you want something saucier, check out the Mitch Mitchell mysteries by James Lear - fun vintage settings, cute mysteries, and man, can he write some hot saucy . I wasn't as impressed with the few other books he's written, though - the characters were quite unlikeable and the plots, without the mystery, were dull.

I'd love to know what everyone else recommends too - it's always tricky finding good gay fiction that isn't either really heavy and melodramatic or poorly written.
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I think Renault's The Persian Boy may be the best gay love story ever. And I've read hundreds of the
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Originally posted by Mermen
I loved-loved-loved the cable mini-series and the anthology!
Totally agree. Tales of the City can be read again and again and still enjoyed thoroughly. Michael Tolliver Lives & Mary Ann in Autumn are just the cherries on top of the icing on the Maupin cake.

Tomato53, we've also been known to quote our favourite lines from TOTC...well when we're not quoting Victoria Wood that is

Whatever you decide to take along Mermen be sure and have a great cruise.
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#8
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I also really enjoyed the newest additions to the Tales of the City books. I also enjoyed the night listener, Maupin's thriller a few years ago that was butchered into a movie.

I really like Jim Grimsley's book Comfort and Joy, a book about a couple making a go of it. For light fun, I like E Lynn harris's books and a book called Two gentlemen Sharing, by William Corlett. Very silly and very fun.
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#9
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Who doesn't love Tales of the City! A fine vacation/beach read from an upcoming author is Andrew Grey's An Unexpected Vintage, which takes place in part on a cruise. There are many of his other novels that are a great beach read, if you don't mind tearing up in public while reading--some of his stories are real tearjerkers, but always end on a happy note.
#10
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Originally posted by Mermen
We usually bring a few good books to read on board, great for sea days in the spa or solarium, or on our veranda.

On my last cruise read "Summer Cruising" a really good gay fiction by Dave Benbow, the story takes place on a 7-day Mediterrenean cruise, on the cruise ship RMS Princess Diana, LOL. Little bit of mystery, romance and er, um lots of fun. It was a fun and great read.

Anybody have any recommendations for a good vacation read? Thanks!
I'm a huge fan of anything by Bob Smith. His first two books are short story anthologies, and his latest two are novels. Also a big fan of Dennis Hensley.
#11
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Check out the swimming pool library by alan hollinghurst
it is very erotic very old british reminds me of the movie maurice enjoy
#12
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I downloaded John Simpsons first in a series of 5 novels. "Condor One", his second, "Talons of the Condor" and am now busting through the third, "Condor and Falcon". The first of this series was written in 2008 I believe, but the story takes place during the 2012 presidential election when a gay man is running for office. The story picks up very quickly and is a breeze to read, and really interesting.

The author, John Simpson, is a Vet and worked for the PD, was also a federal agent, magistrate and a bodygard who has earned awards from the VP of the US, etc. His writing style is concise and detailed, obviously he writes from experience. Lots of good ol' lust and lovin in the stories too, but the action and political intrigue is exciting as well.
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#13
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Reading this thread prompted me to recall the first gay novel I read, "Quatrefoil" by James Barr. It was between my junior and senior year in high school. That summer I got a job that allowed me to travel from my small hometown in Pennsylvania to New York where a whole new world was waiting. Wow, that book was an eye opener! So, for my next cruise I decided to re-read it. I found a copy on ebay and look forward to the Seabourn Quest sailing in August when I can enjoy reading it once again.
#14
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I have just completed five of Mark Abrahmson's books. They all are set in San Francisco (mainly the Castro) and are fun, funny, quick reads. I like that because i can read for a short time, head to the bar, read a short time, head to the spa, read a short time, take a nap........well you know, the things you do on a cruise ship.

I also like Ellen hart, Greg Herran, Lev Raphael, Anthony Bidulka, Joe Keenan, Rick Kopp and Mark Richard Zubro.
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#15
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Have read the last 3 novels from Christopher Rice. All 3 were excellent reads, and all have gay characters or themes to the murder mystery plots. Will have to check out the first two. Oh, and he's Anne Rice's son.
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Originally posted by Stronglad
If you like a sporty theme - just read a book on my Kindle called Disadvantage Line by Ron Davis. All about rugby players. Damn it's good!
Mmmm! Will have to look for it.

Hey I downloaded "Don't Read in the Closet". Big collection of short stories, some are pretty steamy. Just like to read one or two short stories in between a longer novel. Also if you have an e-reader, check out Omnilit.com and click on the "Romance" tab - tons of good gay novels, not all are romance - you can download the Dont Read in the Closet for free here, a good thing.

Reading "Master of SeaCliff" novel by Max Pierce right now, a little on the Gothic side, turn-of-the Century, mystery, etc.
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