Virtually all the books I read this year are in the area of gay fiction (erotica, romance, horror, suspense, urban fantasy, western/cowboy, young adult, etc.), and as the year draws to an end I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite books and stories for 2009.
The two books that standout the most and I consider my #1 reads for 2009 are Amnesic Nostalgia by Zea Miller and Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction by editors Timothy J. Lambert and R.D. Cochrane. These two gems rightfully take their place as part of the list of some of my most favourite books.
When Matt is diagnosed with cancer, he and his partner, Jamie, gradually come to terms with the illness. Nine unrelated short stories accompany the novel dealing with various aspects of gay love and relationships.
Precipice by Jay Mandal is a compilation of one full-length novel of the same title and nine unrelated short stories – The Island, Sunday’s Child, All Worked Out, Bedtime Story, A Quiet Night, Hippy New Year, The Other Side of the Fence, The World’s a Stage and Spanish Steps.
A collection of poignant short stories ranging from a two-minute read to longer tales of ordinary people leading ordinary lives until they fall in love and their lives become, for a little while at least, extraordinary. Written with tenderness, humour and compassion, some of the stories are heart-warming, whilst others will break your heart.