The story The Kea Tribe was very good, I found it to be very imaginative, especially how you developed the traditions and rights for the tribe. Very often we fantasize about starting from scratch a society of acceptance. Although I found this story hard to get into I am very glad that I persevered. I was very surprised how you were able to develop the character of Fry. His character really seems to be real and did reminded me of a young fellow wanting sex many years ago. You caught what being 14 and wanting sex very well. I know I remember my fantasies of 14 and the men I was attracted to. Fry's entry into the tribe was well handled and very sensitive.
Akim, Akim was very well done. I liked it but I would have preferred more descriptive sexual encounters. The sexual tension was there but not the release.
In all your writing there is that strong spiritual connection that I surprisingly like.
I just wanted to drop you a thank you.
Friday, 25 June 2010
Just wanted to tell you that I have just read two of your stories (Gold Incense and Myrrh and Priest Forever) I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed them and am thrilled that you have so many others... all of which I will read.
Your characters are believable and you are able to elicit such compassion for them in your readers, at least this reader.
I was moved by both stories because both of them actually had resonance in my own life experience.
I guess what I most to say is "thank you" for sharing your writing.
Sunday, 30 May 2010
I just came across one of your older stories called Gold Incense and Myrrh and had to write to say what a fantastic story it was that you wrote. I was not expecting the death in the early part of the story, which caused me so much emotion, but made the story 10 times better. I only wish that you had carried on the story or wrote a story using some of the others in the story. Anyway, well done on the brillian story again.
Thursday, 2 March 2006
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your story Gold Incense and Myrrh. It's beautiful. I should have guessed from the title. You're very clever! You've done a wonderful job of updating O Henry's "Gift of the Magi." Frankly, I like your long, full, gay version better than Henry's original.
Friday, 24 February 2006
I have just finished reading 'Gold Incense and Myrrh' and enjoyed it very much. Thank you for giving us so much pleasure. I was a bit shocked at the way 'Max' was treated when Diego was killed, but, hey, it happens, especially if no one had any idea they were a couple. As you said, it all turned out well in the end. I wish they could have found Roger, but there is no need for every thread to be tied off, is there? It was a good story none the less.
With many hugs
Saturday, 3 December 2005
I have just finished read Snot-boy (Second time) and the Fratelli triology. I had meant to write to you saying that you display a real eros for the past. The expression belongs to the theologian Edith Wyschogrod. She talks about an eros for the past and a love for the nameless others that have peopled the slaughter bench of history. Certainly your warmth and sympathy seem to be able to awaken the dead.
Do you know Walter Benjamin's theses on history? Especially the motif of the angel of history. I think of that when reading your stories.
In the midst of all this praise for your historical imagination, I stopped to read Gold, Incense & Myrrh. It was wonderful. Especially the encounter with Rasim. Such wisdom.
I had also meant to say that in the midst of your ability to create such beautiful characters, it is easy to miss the fact that you do a good villain as well. Blade of Snot-boy is very memorable as is the father of Diego in Gold, Incense & Myrrh.