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A geek's reading of Just a Geek

It's been almost an entire month since I last blogged. Lots of work. Lots of reading. Mostly stuff that if anyone actually asks me about, he regrets having done so within 2 sentences of my answer.   Last week, though, I finally made it to that special place for readers - the public library! Unfortunately, I was in such a rush, that is was a drive-by stop: Enter. Grab whatever books catch my interest in a quick browse of my favorite sections. Leave within 5-10 minutes.   Add to that the fact

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Homage to Biloxi?

Some time ago, a friend handed me a copy of John Grisham's book, The Partner. She had purchased the book for $1, read it, and sent it my way.   I'm not a big fan of John Grisham. For one thing, the legal thriller isn't really my genre. I usually wind up hating all the characters, finding the story ridiculously implausible, and I get bored with the legal details. If I am going to go the legal thrilller route, I much prefer someone like Scott Turow, who at least has some real writing skills, tho

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Grasshopper does it again

Howdy Loyal Readers,I haven't been posting what I've been reading, because I haven't really been reading much of anything in the fiction ballpark these days. Life happens (like it does), and I do a lot of reading in my 'real life' which means that sometimes I'm just struggling to keep pace with a handful of stories. Currently on the 'maintain' list are: TOU, Falcon Banner, Yankee, Second Wind, and maybe one or two others that don't come to mind so quickly. I'll probably write about one or two of

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On Target - Who needs 6 degrees?

When you 'belong' to a community like this one, you're never very far from anyone else in the online gay fiction world. Though there are quite a few websites featuring stories, you're never really more than 1 (or 2 at most!) degrees of separation from nearly every other author or story out there. I think I commented on this fact when Comicality announced his official 'retirement' - if you were to map all the writers and readers connected through his works, site, etc. and then link them one to th

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A time to read, a time to put the book down...

A number of my local friends like to read, and they like to talk about what they're reading. They also like to share books with one another. It's not uncommon to hear: "You just HAVE to read this. It's SOOOO good!" The books they read are of the standard New York Times Bestseller list persuasion.I am a bit of an anomaly with this group, because I don't really like reading fiction. You got that right. If I'm going to read a book, it's usually non-fiction. To be more accurate, it's not that I don'

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The Serial Life: Re-reading some 'classics'

I recently re-read two online stories. I read Just Hit Send (by Grasshopper) available at http://www.iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/grasshopper/and Human Condition (by jfinn) available at http://archerland.disbelieve.org/jfinn.htmI'm going to use this blog entry to discuss online serial posting, and I'll rely on these specific stories - both of which you should go READ NOW if you haven't - to illustrate some points. Neither of these stories is 'complete' though I am skeptical that we'll be seeing

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Fan fiction - Yay or nay? (& more Harry Potter?)

I'm not sure how I feel about slash fan fiction. I know there is a whole psychology behind it, and it's most certainly a curious phenomena. Even weirder to me still is the real person slash (RPS) genre. As a matter of pure writing, slash fan fiction has its pros and cons. If you adhere to canon, you're already working with an existing world of characters and backstory. For writers who find 'getting started' to be the challenge, fan fiction allows the short-cut where you can glom onto what's alre

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Stay gold? An entry any Outsider should appreciate

Previously in Lurker's Blog, I pledged the following: Bit of a hasty pledge, I think, having to find something to read that I'd like and not gripe about (and is otherwise appropriate for this blog). After a few days, I found my answer: a re-read. Yeah, it's a bit of a cheat. But it was hard enough finding something that I was willing and interested in re-reading. So...here goes...and in the future, no more silly promises from me.The book I chose to re-read is: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It'

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The Grasshopper & The...Moody Ant?

I haven't been reading very much these days nor have I been online. I did finish Harry Potter Years Four and Five (mainly because I didn't have much else to grab to bring on the airplane at the last minute), but I'll spare you the analysis. Suffice it to say I like Four and disliked Five. Perhaps I'll bore you with the details another time.I just read Grasshopper's newest story: Nothing in Common/Wanna Bet? at http://www.iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/g...shorts/nic.htmlLet me lead off by saying

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What Other People Are Reading

Due to life's unexpected craziness, I'm not really reading much of anything these days. I DID finish Harry Potter Year Four (which I liked best of them all, not that it's saying much), and I'm slogging through Year Five (which I am hating). But I'm not posting about either of those here.Instead, I decided to post about what other people are BLOGGING about. You have probaby noticed that there are a lot of GA members now blogging. It's interesting to see the way different people are using the blog

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Harry Potter Redux aka Why I Hate Quidditch

In my prior entry, I promised to read books two and three of the Harry Potter series. And so, on my return trip home, I polished off: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban. I also realized from looking at the book jackets that I'm supposed to be calling these books "Year Two" or "Year Three" rather than Book Two or Book Three. Oh well. On to the analysis...WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS of HP Year Two AND Year Three!HP&TCOS (aka Year T

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Mr. Potter vs. Military History: Cloakless Wizard?

One of the good things about traveling is that I typically get a chance to do more reading (planes, downtime, whatnot).This entry will focus on two books I read on this trip:1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (J.K. Rowling)2) Six Days of War (Michael B. Oren)On Senior PotterLet me begin by saying that this is the FIRST Harry Potter book I've ever read. I have not seen any of the movies. I haven't read ANY fanfiction. I have not been spoiled about ANYTHING that happens outside of this book.

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About the William Carter Saga...

I'm planning to use this blog to discuss what I'm reading - both online and in print - so rather than launch with a whole "blah, blah, my goals and objectives, blah" post, I figure I'll start right in talking about the stories. Today, I read the conclusion of Carter's Recourse: William Carter VI by Christopher Patrick Lydon. If you don't want to be spoiled on the ending, stop reading now!Ok, before I get into the Carter saga, one caveat is in order: I am a tough critic. This is something that a

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