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Paultwickenham

Posted: 04 Nov 2011
GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
Hi guys,
do you know any gay book about the London scene. I can recommend a good one:
21:30 Old Compton Fair Blue 6 Feet”
Author: "Marco Villa”
ISBN 1467000353 or 978-1467000352
http://www.amazon.co.uk/21-COMPTON-FAIR-BLUE-ebook/dp/B005VQHGL4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320441593&sr=8-1




Thanks !


him

Posted: 04 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
AV BOOK CLUB!

-founded on November 4, 2011.
neonemo

Posted: 05 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
SPAMBOTS HAVE INFILTRATED, BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES
cloudsuru

Posted: 09 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
Its amusing to me how a post on books draws no interest.
Yet porn gets the opposite.
neonemo

Posted: 09 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
I actually posted a thread on Books a while back, asking fo recommendations. It got quite a deal of response.

So we know that most of the people on here aren't iliterate.
nikki1987

Posted: 09 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
I think that should be "illiterate" Joey....
Serge

Posted: 09 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
I think books aren't the problem, as there are quite a few people on the site that read (and read quite a lot), but I wouldn't have a clue when it comes to books about the London Gay scene.....

Can't shake the feeling btw that 'Paultwickenham' might actually be 'Marco Villa'.....
edwardk81

Posted: 09 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
I agree with @Serge - I don't have a problem with books per se. I read and quite a bit. But I don't really any idea when it comes to books about the London Gay scene....nor would I particularly be that interested.

Plus I don't really like the idea of commenting on a spam thread.


neonemo

Posted: 10 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
Well if you want to be pedantic, yes, it was meant to be 'illiterate'.

We all know I can spell though, it was just a typo, so whatevs.

@edwardk81 - exACTly.
themoocher

Posted: 10 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
@Serge I thought the same about the guy being 'Marco Villa'. And having read the blurb, it sounds pretentious as hell! The title alone... yeuch.
themoocher

Posted: 10 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
And that cover is AWFUL! Books have gotta look cool... books like this...


cloudsuru

Posted: 10 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE


This is a good gay book.
:] by the legendary comedian
Kathy Griffin
Paultwickenham

Posted: 10 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
For those who believe to be smart, it's sad to see how people associate asking books' preferences with spam, whereas they are making spam themselves making false accusations and assumptions. I thought I would have got some response on what I could read next, but I will search my answer elsewhere. So please do remove this thread if you like as it is no use to anyone, or keep on wasting your “precious” time searching for possible hidden agendas of other forum members you know nothing about. Lucky you: you have that time to waste spamming threads you are not interested in
neonemo

Posted: 10 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
Well perhaps if your profile had any information on it, or even a picture, and your first post and thread WASN'T advertising a product, we would be less inclined to call you a spambot. Please, tell us more about this wonderful product.
Serge

Posted: 10 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
I think it's right to be suspicious of new members joining, first thing they do is start 'promoting' a book that nobody has ever heard of, by a writer that nobody has ever heard of, on a very specific topic. Since you've joined you've not posted anything else, not posted anything on your profile, haven't looked at any other profile, which to me makes it very likely that you've joined just so you can mention a book to a bunch of people who might be interested in the hope to get some sales.

Marco Villa clearly is a pseudonym, the book is most likely to be self-published, and when I personally would talk about anything I like, I don't go as far as including the amazon link.

I rest my case
PawClaw

Posted: 10 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
I'd agree with @serge it just rings up as very shameless self promotion.

The amazon synopsis screams self-written self-published work in itself.

Like: "It's a gay, adventurous and yet funny book."
What exactly is gay supposed to mean here? Sure the book is ABOUT a "gay guy" (as the synopsis says several times and is in itself not the kinda language synopsis would use) but that doesn't make it a "gay" book, that don't even mean anything and you wouldn't really get the word book in synopsis, more likely narrative, story, tale etc. You might perhaps in a press quote, but its not attributed to anyone so it appears to just be a self written appraisal

Plus its talked about like a fictional prose novel, yet then it says its Mattia's biography...contradictory and not "correct" even if it is a fictional or fictionalised biography you wouldn't say it IS someone's biography like that. Plus no synopsis would emphasis the biography of xxx given xxx is an unknown person; why do I care its Mattia's biography if hes a nobody!
themoocher

Posted: 10 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
^ This

And there are subtler ways to advertise a book, such as a blog. A link on one's profile to a blog with relevant tags in posts generates interest... nothing beats word of mouth, however. But, hey, I've been up for too long today.
Caligula

Posted: 10 Nov 2011
Re: GAY BOOKS LONDON SCENE
I saw this thread when it was first post and I honestly it was just spam. Who includes the ISBN number when they're recommending a book? All you need generally is the author and title and okay occasionally a link the amazon profile is appropriate.

But if this is for realzies then I can recommend a few books set on the gay scene in London.

'Johnny Come Home' by Jake Arnott (a good read but I heard this went out of print shortly after it was published a few years ago due to legal complications and character being based on real people etc but a few online retailers do still carry it)

'Venus as a Boy' by Luke Sutherland (this is a beautiful novel set in both the Scottish Highlands and in London's booming gay prostitution circuit. It has really cathartic ending)

'Dorian' by Will Self (This is a modern rendition of Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Grey' set in late 80's London. Kind of an amusing farse of social problems and idiosyncrasies of the gay community at the time.)

'Sordid Truths' by Aiden Shaw (this is actually a memoir by the reknowned gay porn star which chronicles his early years on the London gay scene. Though its not your typical "been there done that" this actually reads more like a novel with full out dialogue, thoughtful musings and even witty humor. This is surely a must read if you're into the whole British homo scene.)



Those are the best I can think of right now. I'll get back if I come up with anymore.
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