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    Good Gay Novels

    I want to read some books on gay life and culture. Anyone have any recommendations?

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    Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin.

    Tales of the City
    More Tales of the City
    Further Tales of the City
    Babycakes
    Significant Others
    Sure of you

    More recently (this year in fact I think): Micheal Tolliver Lives!

    The first six are the only books I have ever read more than once (read them all 4 times each).

    They follow the lives of a group of people in San Francisco in the 70's, 80's and right up to now with the final book. Very easy to read. Full of mad coincidences. Funny. Sad. Dramatic.

    Easily the best books (of any genre) I've ever read.

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    Edmund White.
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    I am reading now 'Almost Like Being In Love' by Steve Kluger. Great writing.

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    ^Oh my god! That is my favorite gay book!

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    I love Christopher Rice (Anne Rice's son).

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    Maurice is a classic

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    Not a novel, but it's a memoir that I think is great. It's more about his life with mentally imbalanced foster family, but it definitely deals with homosexuality. Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs.

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    The Rainbow Boys series by Alex Sanchez, if you want to relive your high school years vicariously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunoftheskye View Post
    I love Christopher Rice (Anne Rice's son).
    A Density of Souls is awesome.

    http://www.christopherricebooks.com/novels.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by saaga07
    Didn't care for that one, actually. I preferred his second book, Snow Garden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homoaffectional View Post
    Didn't care for that one, actually. I preferred his second book, Snow Garden.
    That's the one I read.

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    I love anne rice, would i like her son?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunoftheskye
    That's the one I read.
    Well, if that's the only one, then clearly you've got no basis for comparison for his other stuff (not that he's written more than three books total, last I checked), but...

    what did you think of it?

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    I'd recommend Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran and Faggots by Larry Kramer. Both of them were published in 1978. So they were before AIDS. Both are also set in New York. Dancer is a lyrical, mythic novel within a novel about the rise and fall of a tragic queen. Faggots is a satirical novel about a man's search for gay love on the weekend before his fortieth birthday.

    Also let me mention Like People in History by Felice Picano. It's the great gay epic that touches hits some of the high points of forty years of gay American history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homoaffectional View Post
    Well, if that's the only one, then clearly you've got no basis for comparison for his other stuff (not that he's written more than three books total, last I checked), but...

    what did you think of it?
    I thought it was really well done. Suspenseful, sexy, and great characters.

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    If you want a darker side of gay culture, go with anything by Dennis Cooper.
    I'm talking dark: HIV+ prostitutes, underage snuff film stars, serial rape, men cutting open boys' asses, and more.
    Very fucking intense but soooo good.
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    Also let me mention Like People in History by Felice Picano. It's the great gay epic that touches hits some of the high points of forty years of gay American history.
    Thanks, Construct, I was thinking about this one but couldn't remember what it was called. I had the Chicken Pox in college (if you can help it, do not get the Chicken Pox as an adult) and this book got me through a week of pure hell.

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    Mysterious Skin. Very good book. Very good film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homoaffectional View Post
    Didn't care for that one, actually. I preferred his second book, Snow Garden.
    I'm with you Homoaffectional, I rather preferred Snow Garden to A Density of Souls.

    As to the question at hand, I suggest reading Shelley O'Neill's At Swim, Two Boys. Or, If you want something a little lighter, try An Actor's Guide to Murder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neoachilles
    I'm with you Homoaffectional, I rather preferred Snow Garden to A Density of Souls.
    Cool, nice to know!


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    The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
    The Boy Who Picked The Bullets Up
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