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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573443395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573443395
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Every once in a while a book comes along that completely bowls me over. It shakes me out of any reading ennui I may be experiencing and reminds me once again of the reasons for my love of the written word. The anthology Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction falls into this category."
The Indie Reviewer

"The stories are all so varied that I was never sure what I would get when I opened the cover once again, but I did know that I would find something enjoyable, perhaps even touching."
—Bookworld.com

"When started reading Fool for Love I was pleased to discover real two-handed fiction, love and romance."
—Big Gay Books

"It's tough to choose one author as a favorite here. I loved them ALL."
—Impressions of a Reader

"It's the newcomers...that give this book its the-future-of-queer-lit-is-good edge."
—Richard Labonte

"...if you want to read romance, here are some heartwarming, funny, bittersweet, hopeful, wistful, and sad tales."
—R. D. Cochrane

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Edler on June 4, 2009
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Fool For Love: New Gay Fiction
As a kid I was always a fan of short stories. They were like little treasures you could read in a single sitting. Sometimes a bit of sci-fi, or a mystery or something humorous. You could pick and choose, and the best writers like O. Henry and Bradbury always left you coming back for more.

Unfortunately for me in gay short story genre, fiction, love and romance have become synonymous with quickie M/M erotica as more and more one-handed anthologies have crowded out real gay fiction on the book store shelves. Now, I'm no prude and I readily admit that many a lurid pulp paperback served as my fantasy handbook when I was first coming out. But admit it, once you've got the basics down the stories become the same old same old. How many pages of hot, pulsing sex does a book really need?

So these days I approach all gay books labeled love or romance with extreme caution. So when started reading FOOL FOR LOVE, I was pleased to discover real two-handed fiction, love and romance ... sixteen stories to be exact written by both established gay writers and some equally exciting new talent. The anthology is edited by Timothy J. Lambert and R. D. (Becky) Cochrane who are half of the Timothy James Beck writing team responsible for several outstanding gay novels. And they have selected the stories for their anthology with care and high standards.

FOOL FOR LOVE is about love. Gay love. Love lost. Love found. Love searched for. And love dreamed about.

Where to find love is the theme of several of the stories. David Puterbaugh's Kama finds and delivers it in a Thai restaurant in THAI ANGEL.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Erik Johnson on February 27, 2009
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I thought this was a very good collection of short stories, all centered around gay love. Some were touching, some were cute, and some were a little strange. Of course some were better than others, and my favorites were "Thai Angel", "A View", "Like No One's Watching","The End of the Leash", and "Angels What You Must Hear on High." The foreward by Timothy J. Lambert was very touching. A good read if you like short stories and want to read about romance.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Johnny G on January 27, 2009
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I like that there are stories by some famous gay authors and then there are some stories by some new authors too. My favorite stories were: Angels, What You Must Hear on High by John H. Roush, Thai Angel by David Puterbaugh, A View by Brandon Long and At the End of the Leash by Jeffery Ricker. I also loved the intro by Timothy J. Lambert.

Here are some of the story titles and authors in the book:
Thai Angel" by David Puterbaugh
"Love Taps" by Mark G. Harris
"Matchmaker" by Shawn Anniston
"A View" by Brandon M. Long
"Gratitude" by Felice Picano
"Happy Hour at Café Jones" by Rob Byrnes
"Trunk" by Trebor Healey
"De Anima" by Joel Derfner
"Like No One's Watching" by Josh Helmin
"At the End of the Leash" by Jeffrey Ricker
"Two Tales" by Paul Lisicky
"Heart" by 'Nathan Burgoine
"Party Planning" by Rob Williams
"Two Kinds of Rapture" by Andrew Holleran
"Everyone Says I'll Forget in Time" by Greg Herren
"Angels, What You Must Hear on High" by John H. Roush
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Indie Reviews on February 15, 2010
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Every once in a while a book comes along that completely bowls me over. It shakes me out of any reading ennui I may be experiencing and reminds me once again of the reasons for my love of the written word. The anthology Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction falls into this category. Sit still long enough in my presence and you'll hear about this book.

I usually have several books simultaneously on the go, but I took my time in my initial read of this anthology because I wanted to savor each and every story. Since then I've read it cover-to-cover several times. I'm on copy number two (copy number one fell apart from usage) and I have gifted it to dear friends who share a love of books and who I know will appreciate the quality writing and wonderful stories contained within. For many reasons, this anthology has become a very personal read.

Fool for Love is an outstanding collection of sixteen short stories that comes together at the hands of Timothy J. Lambert and R.D. Cochrane. Both respected authors in their own right, they also collaborate in quartet with authors Jim Carter and Timothy Forry under the nom du plume Timothy James Beck. Their choices of stories for inclusion in this anthology are exquisite. And while the stories themselves offer up an eclectic mix, there is consonance in their coming together and in their sequencing.

If the esteemed Richard Labonté has taught this reader any one lesson it is to never skip the editor's foreword or afterword and this applies to Fool for Love. Timothy J. Lambert opens the door to this anthology with honesty and thoughtfulness as he tells us of the reasons for his cynicism and derisiveness in regards to romance and shares with us the instances of romance he has experienced in his life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mojosmom VINE VOICE on January 30, 2010
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Don't skip editor Timothy J. Lambert's introduction, in which, despite describing himself as someone whose "most successful relationship to date has been with my dog", he reveals himself to be an unreconstructed romantic.

And that's what this collection is all about: romance in its myriad forms, romance expected and unexpected, romance beginning, blooming and ending. The characters range from teenagers just coming out (Josh Helmin's "Like No One's Watching") to the fifty-something men "like a quartet of maiden aunts" of Andrew Holleran's "Two Kinds of Rapture". (And may I say here that this anthology has a nice mix of writers: "grand old men" of gay fiction such as Holleran and Felice Picano; younger, yet relatively established writers like Greg Herren and Rob Byrnes; and never-before-published authors like 'Nathan Burgoine (whose "Heart" just might break yours).

Toss-up for best opening line:

"Ending up in the trunk of a car headed for Houston was not what Bobby'd had in mind when he came to New Orleans." ("Trunk", by Trevor Healey)

"It was the morning after my boyfriend told me he wanted to seek freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ that I decided to knit the brain." ("De Anima", by Joel Derfner)

'Fess up - you want to read both of those from the get-go, don't you? But read them all. I don't think there's a bad story in the bunch.
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