Watched Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
for the first time in a very long time, and this time, they were making over a nudist. Yeah. >_< (Just remember, those of you who have seen the show and love it or hate it, that all of the guys they make over are, like, from my part of the world. For better and for worse.) As we've already established, I don't mind walking around a bit in the house undressed, but I *certainly* don't consider it a lifestyle and would probably never go to a nudist gathering. ^^;; Most amusing of all had to be how genuinely distressed Thom was about the entire situation. And of course, we had Carson getting into the act.
You know, he's doing quite well for himself these days. Cameo appearances in Pepsi commercials and feature films, the whole nine yards. Actually, they are *all* doing well; I think they've all got book deals at this point... ^^;;; Who would've ever dreamed that this would become such a merchandising monstrosity?
In any case, I've gotten a couple of books, one manga and one novel, read over the past couple of days:Hot Gimmick
Vol.9 by Aihara Miki
If it weren't for how adorable the art is, I would've dropped this title long ago. Hasumi's weepy character and spineless sense of herself grates on my nerves, and it gets no better as Ryoki continues to bully her and lay down a law that belongs in the Dark Ages. In this volume, we learn that it was indeed Ryoki's father who was involved with Azusa's mother, and all of the heinous things that Azusa did to Hasumi in the previous volumes were thus totally unjustified. Lovely, eh? Also, Akane and Subaru, despite a rocky start, seem to be hitting it off at last. And, finally, lots and lots of Shinogu, in love with a little sister who really needs to be hung out to dry. Does he finally let it show? You bet he does! So, off he goes to punish himself for his transgressions. I can't help wondering if he's trying to annul his adoption in order to get away from the Narita family or if he's *really* doing it so he can woo Hasumi! *sighs* How many more volumes to go? ^^;Steel Ghosts
by Michael PaineTom (hero): Are you sleeping with him?
Bill (Tom's childhood friend and priest): Not yet, no.
Bill: Not yet. But I have Catholic tradition to uphold.
This is a horror novel written under a penname by John Michael Curlovich, author of Blood of Kings
. Nothing like writing the *porn* under your real name, you know? ^^; In any case, even without the biographical information in Steel Ghosts
, I would have known that the author was gay, right from the first paragraph when he describes steelworkers as "naked to the waist." Yep, steelworkers. This novel is about a haunted steel mill, and the ghosts of Steadbridge, PA want the rest of the living to cross over. Enter Tom, former resident of Steadbridge, returning for the first time in a long, long time in order to scout a filming location for his company's new film endeavor. Unfortunately, no one who comes to the town leaves, and many eventually prove to have been murdered. Tom reacquaints himself with his childhood friend Ruth and her son, who is haunted himself, and Bill, wild-boy turned priest. Father Bill is definitely my favorite character; Paine has a wide romantic streak, and it gets expressed here. He was always in love with Tom, even as a child, and it sadly isn't reciprocated. (Though, apparently, they did end up in bed together as teens. Once.) Even so, most of the scenes involving him have an unmistakably tender quality to them. In any case, though the novel was anything but scary, it made for an interesting comparison to the Curlovich novel. Both were released at the same time, and both have a preoccupation with the way history impacts upon our present lives.