How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim, Avis Black
Publisher: The Slash Press
Genre: New Adult, LGBT (G), Satire
Length: 23 pages
Purchase At: amazon.com
*** SATIRE WARNING: Warning to all who enter, this book is satirical and as such is not realistic, PC or your typical NA book. If you cannot understand this fine art please do not read, you’ll be sure not to like it.***
“Julian Morris was not quite happy in his first year at St Widifroth’s-on-Quinapoxet, the school for the blameworthy rich.”
If the opening line above is not enough to convince you that this book is not exactly typical I don’t know what will. It cannot, should not and will not be taken seriously. Instead, it pokes fun at the that old myth of “Oh crap! My roommate’s turned me gay!” and all other high school/college gay romantic fiction. The following excerpt sets the scene quite nicely:
He had two obnoxious roommates, whom he had grown somewhat used to; semi-interesting classes, or rather classes he hadn’t yet managed to fall asleep in; and two parents who apparently couldn’t read a school prospectus properly.Why else would they have sent him to St. Widifroth’s? Well, it might have had something to do with one D too many on his last report card.
“How did you end up here?” he asked one of his obnoxious roommates, Nigel Higginson, in the hangdog manner of one trustee to another.
“Spliffs,” Nigel answered from his bed, where he was lounging shirtless.
“Spliff,” corrected the other obnoxious roommate, Finn Andrews. “It was singular, you said. Or could it be splive?”
Satirical British Nonsense
This book (I AM NOT TYPING THAT DAMN TITLE AGAIN) is simply put, brilliant. The way in which it takes my most hated component of LGBT fiction, the absurd, and turns it on it’s head is beautifully done.
I grew through my teenage years feeding my comedic urges with British comedies and satirists, and this book takes me back there instantly with the feel captured wonderfully.
It’s no mean feat to release a book in any length without a single editing error to be found, but this seems to fit right in this category.
A couple of times in the second half the writing just felt ‘off’ to me. I really can’t express what it was in words, other than it felt like the satirical cloud faded away for a couple of pages, leaving the subject matter not very tasteful. On a second read this was not a problem, so I actually put it down to the story not gripping me tightly enough in it’s storytelling. (The first time at least.)
Short stories should get short reviews, at least by the laws of Josh. I could have nitpicked and flapped on about every single element that I loved and of how it reminded me of the absurd love scene in book XXX, with character A practically assaulting character B to get in his pants. But I think that, to do so for a story that is so short would, in fact, be wrong for me, and not allow future readers to build their own adventure for this book. Loved it apart from that one thing, and as such it thoroughly deserves it’s rating.
Julian – “I’ve just remembered. I dropped a mattress into the bushes below our bathroom. No one’s found it yet.”
Nigel – “And?”
Julian – “Race you.”
Julian was gone. An instant later, so was Nigel.