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Lethargy all day today. Utter lethargy. 
17th-Jan-2006 05:37 pm
I don't know how I managed to stay awake for this novel, but I did.

*digs around her backlog* I need quality reading, and quick!!!

Leddick, David. The Handsomest Man in the World. Binghamton: Southern Tier Editions, 2004.
Summary: William meets the love of his life Fred on Bikini Atoll (nuclear bomb testing site) while both men are in the Navy. They embark on a long-term relationship that takes them from California to New York City. Eventually, Fred leaves William to return to school and have a normal life as a lawyer with a wife and three kids.
Comments: *vomits* Awful, awful, AWFUL! As usual, Haworth Press is trying to disguise mediocrity with stellar paper quality. However, if you thought the cover of the novel equal parts campy and disturbing, well the novel itself is just dull. Narrator William at one point expresses disappointment when told that all gay men have a "love of my life" story like this one, and lemme tell ya, it's nothing special. (I hate to be nasty about this, as this novel is most likely heavily autobiographical, and that means I'm taking gut jabs at Leddick's own life story, but it's true.) Anyway, there're quite a lot of scenic descriptions and a surprising amount about fashion and about how things have gotten more overtly homophobic over the years--in the end, there's more retrospective of the 50's than there is plot. An exercise in nostalgia, from a romantic perspective as well. Too bad Leddick doesn't write better; I might have been more forgiving. Suffice to say that I'm just glad it's over and done with. And I regret the fact that I have another of his novels in the backlog. It's going to take heroic effort to attempt that one, now.
Notes: trade paperback, 1st edition
Rating: 3/10 - Leddick would've been better off keeping the past to himself.
17th-Jan-2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
WTF is with that self-rightous title?
18th-Jan-2006 12:07 am (UTC)
You think it sound self-righteous? *curious* How so? To me, it sounded more irritatingly sentimental than anything else.
18th-Jan-2006 03:15 am (UTC)
I just think the title sounds like it has a superiority-complex. It just sounds stupid and arrogant to me.
18th-Jan-2006 04:56 am (UTC)
*laughs* Well, at least the author isn't referring to himself. Now that would be REALLY arrogant.

BTW, who is that on your icon? Did you draw it yourself?
18th-Jan-2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
That's Anastasia from the video game Shadow Hearts: Covenant. My friend, Krys, made the icon, but I'm not sure if she drew it or found a picture online. I think she might have drawn it...
18th-Jan-2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Huh. It doesn't look familiar at all. Does that character actually look like that in the game, or is it an interpretive drawing?
20th-Jan-2006 02:19 am (UTC)
Pretty much. Here's a picture of her here: http://www.rpgdreamer.com/sh/anastasia.html
20th-Jan-2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Ah, now THAT looks more like the typical videogame character! *laughs*
20th-Jan-2006 02:36 am (UTC)
Heh. Well yeah, but I don't think my icon was meant to be an accurate portrayal. More comical. I think her expression says: Fuck You. So I tend to use her for my more cynical and bitchy remarks.
20th-Jan-2006 02:38 am (UTC)
Huh...now that you mention it, there IS something sarcastic about her expression, but I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't said something. ^^;
17th-Jan-2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
But other than that how was it? ^^;;
18th-Jan-2006 12:08 am (UTC)
Is that a genuine question, or just rhetorical? ^^;;;
18th-Jan-2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Rhetorical ^__^
30th-Jan-2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
Review archived.
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