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I Worship This Series
Read the title. All you need to know. TJ Klune forever. This series satisfies every kink (or nearly so) and the narrative itself is worth the trip.
The trouble with with American Pharoah is that the owner is not likable at all and the whole industry is over the top disgusting. But the worst part is that Justify just made AP irrelevant.
Tepid at best
I'm all for hot M/M romance. I love hockey and that's the problem. The sport could have been anything. Nothing set it apart in so far as the sport of hockey being a good motor to drive the thing. It could have been golf or basketball or bowling. The narration tone was great, but the over-the-top sexual banter tone was off-putting, a lot, a real lot. That the and sex is way too vanilla for that kind of overblown enthusiasm and that despite the hockey player was a neophyte. It came too easy and I had to stop listening. It just didn't work for me. There are other hockey based M/M romances out there, I'll move on.
Simon vs. What?
An odd story. The title alone is intriguing until it never is explained and that makes no sense to me. I think the story tries to do too much. It's attempt at diversity is awkward at best and does not work for me really. The movie "Love, Simon" cannot fix it and has its own issues. Overall, a nice try that never materialized on both counts. The narration, however, is very good.
Good But Not Great
As a parody, the book's idea is excellent. The beginning and middle are excellent. The final chapters are hopeful of an excellent ending, but that never comes. The final dramatic outcome is betrayed with no closure of anything, really. It just ends and leaves one thinking that the author lost interest or time or whatever. I should have given it only 2 stars overall, but gave one back because it was a dedicated gay novel with lots of fun sexuality and did turn its origins upsidedown.
Will The Movie Be As Good?
Let's face it. All the praise that can be heaped upon this book has already been heaped 10 times over. Well earned too. As are the few criticisms. I too am not happy with some of it. The ending left me a bit wondering that the author was unsure how to end the thing but he had too. Was not Elio a bit over the top immature 20 years later? Is that how the thing in real life might end or not as the case may be? But, it is the author's fantasy to do what he did. Well done still. A very excellent overall tome. But will the movie ending be the same? I have stayed away from the movie until I finished the book, so now we see what Mr. Ivory did to earn that Oscar. Thank you Mr. Aciman!
Not a lot needs to be said. Book Three is killer good! I do hope there will be more in some fashion.
A Decent Story
Not a big fan of drag, nor of the kind of kink that was presented, but that's neither here or there. It was wonderful however to have Mitch and Sam there, still for me stars of the show and always will be. If you're squeamish about the extremes of BDSM, don't read this. If you are, you'll enjoy it. One wonders where the series might go or if it is ended, you cannot tell by the ending of this book. Iggy Toma is a great narrator.
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Scintillating! ... I Want More!
I'm totally hooked on this severely well written LitRPG book. It also feels like this techno-saga is just getting started with lots to still explore much like the characters do in the book. Nick Podehl's performance is amazing and contributes a great deal to the story's native excitement. I still would not recommend The Gam3 to many non-gamers. It's emphasis on gamer-speak will make some feel left out as there is really no real world counterpart if one is not familiar with PC or console gaming. Oh well, nothing perfect ... well, The Gam3 is perfect!
A Must For All Gam3ers And Others Too!
If this is the state of LitRPG, sign me up. I love gaming and this fantasy is fantastic! The narration is just like Alan's energy weapon, fast and furious and perfect. The voices incredible! Now, I doubt non-gamers will get it. Too much gamer lingo I think, but still. I'm all for three or four or five more from this author!