Lambda Award-winning novelist Blair Mastbaum and writer Will Fabro have put together a fun and edgy anthology of hot new fiction by young gay writers. With works by Mastbaum, Fabro, Mark Edmund Doten, Michael Tyrell, Sam J. Miller, and more, Cool Thing has something for everyone....
|Title||:||Cool Thing: The Best New Gay Fiction from Young American Writers|
|Number of Pages||:||303 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Cool Thing: The Best New Gay Fiction from Young American Writers Reviews
There are some anthologies I buy because of the inclusion of one or two authors, and I know I'm probably going to only read those one or two stories and then set the anthology aside for a while, or forever. That's never a disappointment to me, although I do sometimes feel bad that I'm not giving the rest of the authors a fair shake. Then there are the anthologies I buy intending to read the whole thing, no matter how long it takes. I really intended to read all of COOL THING. From the Editor's Statements at the beginning, I expected that there might be a few stories I didn't connect with, but I expected there to be a few I did. 6 stories in, and I can't say I've enjoyed any of them. Maybe this shows that I'm an old fart at the age of 44, that I don't appreciate the Young Gay Experience. But I refuse to believe that the entire gay teen and 20-something culture is composed of drugged-out, violence-addicted, porn-performing young men. There are young gay men out there who don't do drugs, don't have the urge to kill people, and don't do porn for a living. I don't think it would have hurt the editors to include at least one story in the first 6 that featured a main character struggling with something other than some combination of drugs, violence and porn. Now, to be fair -- three of the six pieces are read are excerpts from novels, and perhaps those books take the characters and story far beyond this triangle of concerns. I hope they do.For right now though, despite my original intentions, this anthology has to go on the "Could Not Finish" pile. I can't force myself to read a book I'm so thoroughly not enjoying.
It wasn't so much that I didn't like the book as I didn't 'get' the book. The stories didn't make sense. I've never been a fan of the short story and this one reminded me why. It's like taking 2 or 3 random pages of a novel and stapling them together and calling it a story.
Shameless self-promotion. But I found this amazing little gem at Unabridged Bookstore in Chicago this weekend, one of my favorite bookstores, and I just had one of those moments.