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Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends - Silas Weir Mitchell
Storm Moon Press and its new imprint, Wild Moon Books, will be traipsing over the blogosphere throughout October for their yearly blog tour. Today I'm hosting Cornelia Grey with the second special edition of the Inside Reader serial. Welcome Cornelia and its "international" list (Cornelia is Italian like me).

Cornelia: I decided to split the ten books in two groups. One is for my all-time favorites; and the other is for the top five books among the ones I read this year :).

All-time favorites

The Truce, by Primo Levi. My number one, top favourite book. I read it the first time when I was 15, and since then I’ve re-read it more times than I can count. Primo Levi is my favourite author. He was a chemist fresh out of Turin university when he was captured by the nazi-fascists because of his Jewish origins. He spent one year in Auschwitz – the tale of which is told in his amazing book 'If this is a man' and in several touching poems – and a number of months being dragged all over Eastern Europe and deep into the heart of Russia before he managed to return to Italy. The Truce is the story of that journey, in a world that was rebuilding itself in curious formations after the devastation of the war. The atmosphere is best described by this quote: "In those days and in those parts, shortly after the passing of the front, a high wind was blowing over the face of the earth; the world around us seemed to have returned to primeval Chaos, and it was swarming with scalene, defective, abnormal
human specimens, and each of these clamoured, with blind or deliberate movements, in anxious search of his own place, his own sphere.”
The Truce never fails to fill me with the sensation of finally breathing in after a long apnea - the colourful chaos it describes, the madness of rebirth, a brand new horizon of possible futures blooming from the ruins of the war. Narrated in his dry witty tone, with a chemist's attention to singular details and peculiarities, this book is a tale of survival and of how life manages to adapt and carry on and a testimony to just how strong man can be. It always gives me hope.

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Solo Release: Apples and Regret and Wasted Time
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Buy Link:
Price: $1.99 (ebook)
Blurb: He lives in the shadows of the law. Now, wounded and stranded in the city after a job only he could do, he has no qualms about climbing through the window his old lover left open—or stealing his shampoo, at that. He has, however, not taken into account the possibility of being surprised in the shower.

Three years is a long time to go between visits, especially if you've left so much anger and hurt and desire unresolved. They try to negotiate a truce for one night—over Chinese takeaway leftovers and apples, and between the sheets.

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2011 top five

Fight club, by Chuck Palahniuk. I'd seen the movie a few years ago, which kind of spoiled the twist, but never got around to reading the book. I've read other books by Palahniuk, but Fight Club is definitely my favourite: it feels like he got out his One Definitive Story in this first book, and like he's been struggling ever since to tell another story so striking, simple and effective like a gunshot. I love how the book never mentions the name of the narrator, and still manages not to make the readers notice right up until the end. I love the rough, striking writing style, and the random gruesome details that Palahniuk never shies away from, and that are much more effective when used with parsimony than in his other books, when he started going overboard with them to make them his trademark. I scruch my nose at times when the emo-nihilist-cool attitude is exaggerated a little and ends up sounding fake, but I think that might be part of the endless contradictions that Fight Club abrutply brings to light as it digs in the protagonist's psyche.

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Upcoming Release: "Bounty Hunter" (part of Weight of a Gun anthology)
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
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Price: Pre-sales! 20% off! $5.59 (ebook), $11.19 (print), $12.79 (print & ebook)

All pre-sales of print or bundle include a poster of the cover art, too. :)

Blurb: Everyone knows that guns are dangerous; they have long been a subject surrounded by controversy. Combine them with sex and you have a subject that is virtually taboo, but smoking hot. This anthology explores the intersection of these two worlds, and the sensual possibilities they inspire.

In Bounty Hunter, William Hunt is hot on the trail of lover-turned-outlaw James Campbell. But when William finally catches up with James, bringing him to justice is the last thing on his mind.

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About Cornelia Grey: I'm a student, halfway through my creative writing degree (with a penchant for fine arts and the blues). Born and raised in the hills of Northern Italy, where I collected my share of poetry and narrative prizes, I'm now based in London - and I'm thoroughly enjoying the cultural melting pot that is the City.

When writing, I favour curious, surreal poems and short stories involving handsome young men seducing each other. This blog is dedicated to my male/male fiction; most of it includes erotic scenes. If we share this interest, I warmly invite you to have a look around - I hope you will find something you like.
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Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends - Silas Weir Mitchell

I'm very glad to have Kyell Gold as my Inside Reader this week. I recommended his Out of Position to many of my friends, and the response is always very positive. I believe that Kyell Gold's name will become soon one of the favorite among the Gay Romance readers, and I'm happy to be able to say that I'm one of his faithfull readers.

I must confess that I don't read a great number of specifically LGBT books. Part of the reason I started to write gay (furry) romance was because there was very little out there I wanted to read. That said, I have read several books with LGBT themes that stuck with me over the years, certainly enough to compile a top ten list, if we stretch the theme slightly. I'm going to bring in several non-fiction books, because I think that the real experience of being gay is so new and unexplored that the stories might as well be fiction for their strangeness.

1) Marcel Proust, “Swann's Way.” Proust himself, the narrator, experiences an attraction to the melancholy, unfortunate Swann, but the larger part of this work concerns the heterosexual loves of Swann himself. Besides Proust being gay, there is a lesbian couple mentioned in it, and the overall sensibility of the book is very much about the nature of love, so I declare that it qualifies. Besides, the prose is so beautiful (try the newer Penguin translations) that I'll take any flimsy excuse to recommend it. It's about as gay as a successful book could be in the 1800s.

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics (November 30, 2004)
Publisher Link:,,9780142437964,00.html?Swann's_Way_Marcel_Proust
ISBN-10: 0142437964
ISBN-13: 978-0142437964
Amazon: Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1

Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time is one of the most entertaining reading experiences in any language and arguably the finest novel of the twentieth century. But since its original prewar translation there has been no completely new version in English. Now, Penguin Classics brings Proust’s masterpiece to new audiences throughout the world, beginning with Lydia Davis’s internationally acclaimed translation of the first volume, Swann’s Way.

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About Kyell Gold: Kyell Gold is a California writer who began writing furry fiction a long, long time ago. In the early days of the 21st century, he got up the courage to write some explicit gay furry romance, first publishing his story "The Prisoner's Release" in Sofawolf Press's adult magazine Heat. That led to a novel, Volle, and a sequel, Pendant of Fortune, both of which won the Ursa Major award for Best Anthropomorphic Novel (2005 and 2006). Kyell continues to write with the goal of releasing one novel-length work every year, in addition to various short stories that appear on sites such as FurAffinity and Yiffstar. He was not born in California, but now considers it his home. His age is somewhere between "well out of college" and "retired," as he works full time in the high tech industry. He loves to travel and dine out with his partner of many years, Kit Silver, and can often be seen at furry conventions in California, around the country, and abroad.

Shadow of the Father by Kyell Gold
Release Date: 12/2009
Publisher: The Sofawolf Press
Kyell Gold's books at The Sofawolf Press:

Shadow of the Father is a novel set in Argaea some sixteen years after Pendant of Fortune. The Argaea series is a collection of three novels and several short stories by Kyell Gold, consisting primarily of homosexual furry romance and erotica. Two of the three novels have won the Ursa Major Award for Best Anthropomorphic Novel. The fourth novel, Shadow of the Father, is under development.
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Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends - Silas Weir Mitchell
I'm very glad to have Geoffrey Knight as one of my Inside Readers, and I think his list is wonderful, I know I added some books to my wish list after reading this one. And Geoffrey has also an exclusive info for all his fans, so read carefully all the list till the last book...

Hi everyone, I hope you enjoy my Top 10 GLBT List, however I have a confession to begin. With so many truly great GLBT books out there, I approached this list with the intention of making it as diverse and eclectic as possible by choosing favourites in different genres. Some are literary, some are fun; some are contemporary, some are classic; some are erotic, some just ooze homoerotica without any physical sex in them at all, just the hint of it. In doing so I know I have omitted some of the best GLBT books ever written, but I’m sure those books will get a nod of appreciation from other authors on Elisa’s site at some point down the track. Enjoy!

1) HOLDING THE MAN by Timothy Conigrave. If you haven’t read or heard of this book, please do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy immediately! This autobiographical novel and winner of the 1995 Human Rights Award is a triumphant, tragic, inspiring, liberating, heartbreaking masterpiece! This all-too-real and honest book tells Tim’s story, of how he fell in love with John, the captain of the football team in high school (“holding the man” is an expression used in Australian Rules Football), and how their love went through good times and bad as they explored their sexuality until ultimately tragedy entered their world. When I finished reading this book I was at the beach and thankfully wearing sunglasses—I had to race into the surf to wash my sobbing tears away. Whatever book is next on your “to be read” list, make it second on the pile and read this book first. You won’t regret it!

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Cuttyhunk Books (August 31, 2007)
Publisher Link:
ISBN-10: 0978825950
ISBN-13: 978-0978825959
Amazon: Holding the Man

Winner of the United Nations Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction. Sometimes there are second acts. When in high school Timothy Conigrave falls in love with the captain of the football team, John Caleo, the two embark on a passionate journey of love, betrayal and forgiveness. This bestselling true story is at once sexy, romantic, funny and sad - a masterpiece of authentic emotion that you won't forget. Now an international hit play adapted by Tommy Murphy, Holding the Man is a book for all readers, for all generations.

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So there you have it! Secrets, scandals, sorrow, sex, a little self-promotion and a lot of steamy gay fun. Thanks for joining me with the books that have made me laugh, made me cry, given my goosebumps, but ultimately have made me proud to be a gay man and a gay author.

About Geoffrey Knight: If you want to uncover a world of mysteries, maps, horny hunks and deadly traps, check out Geoffrey Knight’s two Fathom’s Five adventures—THE CROSS OF SINS and THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS—available on Amazon now. Or for the hunky comic crime adventure of THE DARCY BOYS AND THE CASE OF THE SECRET SKULLS, or for the sizzling, fang-filled suspense of Geoffrey’s two vampire tales—MIAMI MOON and CAIRO CATWALK—check out A.J. Ryan on Amazon or Eternal Press.

The Riddle of the Sands
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (October 1, 2009)
Publisher Link:
ISBN-10: 1573443662
ISBN-13: 978-1573443661
Amazon: Riddle of the Sands

Hot gay tomb raiders. Blackmailed by Jake's nemesis—the vengeful Pierre Perron—Professor Fathom's team of gay adventure-hunters is sent on a seemingly impossible mission. Will they uncover the legendary Riddle of the Sands in time to save one of their own from a rare and deadly poison? Is the Riddle a myth, a mirage, or the greatest engineering feat in the history of ancient Egypt?


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