Leading gay writers present new stories of gay love and longing in this collection
of passionately romantic original fiction.
Nick Street is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles.
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Best Gay Love Stories, 2006 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
In Nick Street's introduction to Best Gay Love Stories (2006), he explains these stories are all about that 'connection', those chance encounters when your path crosses with a random stranger, when something magical pulls at your heart (or other parts or your body) and tells you to stop, to look and to wonder - what if? The stories are a mixed bagged of emotions sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter at times hilarious, other times heartbreaking but they all entertain in their own special way. With the exception of one story, I found this an enjoyable read, the emphasis more on the heart and soul, than the physical attraction of a relationship. Like a few other reviewers mentioned, not all the stories fit the 'love story' theme and there are a few editing errors, including the editor's name on the spine of the book. Most of the stories are four and five stars. Would I recommend this as a 'romantic' read? With all my heart. Enjoy!
It would be awfully easy to say "If these are the best, I'd hate to see the worst" ¿ and awfully flippant, and awfully unkind. Unfortunately, it would also be pretty much true; these range from not-too-bad to bloody awful, and there's almost nothing here that wouldn't be out of place on ff.net. Plus some of the writers do use the most astonishingly flowery prose: one character boasts not only 'glistening sealskin eyes', a voice 'like the rain itself had come inside to converse', and 'arched seabird wings of his upper lip', but also an 'unblemished complexion like porcelain' and 'the vulnerability of a waking child'. Suddenly I feel so much better about my own crappy writing. It's possible that, even in this day and age, it's more important that gay writing exists at all than that it has to be good. But I hope not