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Product Details

  • Paperback: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612184235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612184234
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,189,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you haven't read Gulliver Takes Manhattan, stop right now and do so. You've read it now? Good. Now you're ready for Gulliver Takes Five. It's not so much a sequel as it is a companion book. And yes, you can read it, enjoy it, and love without having read the [first book]. But if you, like me, have read and loved the first book, this book will illuminate the characters and stories that you, like me, have already devoured. ... I'm already ready for the third." —Q Magazine

About the Author

Justin Luke Zirilli is the co-director and head promoter of BoiParty.com, a New York-based gay nightlife events company. He and his business partner, Alan Picus, throw weekly dance parties around New York City, and larger events across the United States. In addition to event planning, Justin feeds his addiction to social media as the creator of Gorgeous, Gay and Twenty-Something, a private international Facebook group; as the New York correspondent of the national gay talk show, The Swish Edition; and by moonlighting as a social media and new business consultant. When he isn’t glued to his computer screen, or traversing NYC’s gay party scene, he spends his time in Hell’s Kitchen, playing PlayStation and watching Battlestar Galactica with his boyfriend, Joe.

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I anxiously await his third book.
Scotty Ginett
Justin does a great job of capturing the reader and including them in the whirlwind of each story.
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I laughed out loud so much during this book it was almost embarrassing!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Escarella on March 10, 2013
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OK, so first of all. This is not erotica, although there is a lot of sex in it. It is definitely not romance. So, if you're looking for m/m romantic erotica, especially of the type written by/for women, this ain't it.

I think this isn't a great stand alone novel if you haven't yet read the first Gulliver book, do so. It also isn't erotica. It is a character study about a gay 20 something who moves to NY and does a bunch of dumb things. This book just kind of fills in some key elements of a climactic event.

There are a lot of sex scenes, all m/m and written quite explicitly but not particularly attractively (they are not meant to be beautiful). Mostly, this book is laugh out loud funny and then will make you reach for the Kleenex box. I will be waiting with bated breath for the next installment, I hope one is coming! Soon! As annoying as all of the characters are in their own way they kind of grow on you...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Long on November 27, 2012
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I mostly enjoyed the first book; however, this book seems to be all about the things I didn't really enjoy in the first book. The characters portrayed here have little or no redeeming qualities. Brayden should be in jail, and I cannot believe the rest if these people would accept violent behavior as just a personality quirk. Marty is a prig, and acts no better than the catty theater queen Grant. I couldn't even read the chapter on Servando and Rowan as they were that annoying. Chase and Todd were the only two I could remotely care about, yet what we get us mostly superficial. The other irksome thing is the disdain the author has for anyone over the age of 25. Any older man is portrayed has repulsive and disgusting and not fit to be seen in the light of day. Seems Justin has some specific issues there. All in all I was disappointed with this book and not really looking for another book of more of the same with people I just really don't like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beau on April 20, 2013
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Despite how I felt about Gulliver Takes Manhattan, I couldn't put it down so I was quick to pick up Gulliver Takes Five. The author uses this bioas an opportunity to expand on the supporting characters from Gulliver Takes Five, and they each star in their own chapter. Every chapter takes place on the same day, which happens to be the most pivotal time in Gulliver Takes Manhattan; so make sure read that one first. Gulliver appears fleetingly.

This is sure to make you view the characters in a different light!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 22, 2012
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If you haven't read Gulliver Takes Manhattan, stop right now and do so.

You've read it now? Good. Now you're ready for Gulliver Takes Five. It's not so much a sequel as it is a companion book. And yes, you can read it, enjoy it, and love without having read the story of Gulliver Leverenz' introduction to the Big Apple and all its boys, bars, booze, and buttsex. But if you, like me, have read and loved the first book, this book will illuminate the characters and stories that you, like me, have already devoured.

Justin Luke Zirilli takes us back to Gulliver's gang of friends in NYC. As you might guess from the title though, our hero is on a break. Sure, his name is peppered throughout, and sure, he pops up in flashbacks like they're pop-ups for New York Screwniversity, but this is not his story. This is the story of Brayden, of Marty, of Chase, of Servando and Rowan, and of Todd (not Shane sadly, maybe his is still to come, or maybe he was too busy cleaning up after Brayden's latest blow-out).

In Gulliver Takes Manhattan, we follow Gulliver to a huge party at eWrecksion, and he wonders, relieved, why none of his friends are there.

This book tells us why.

The day of that party, they all have their own crises to deal with, and Zirilli weaves them together beautifully, a tapestry of sex and betrayal, Broadway bottoms and giant rats, revenge, reunion, and romance. Every voice is distinct, and the characters that we saw before only through Gulliver's eyes now become fully fleshed-out, each one with his own failings, his own dreams, his own tragic beauty.

We knew of Brayden's craziness from Gulliver on Fire Island, and now we see it full-blown through Brayden's own eyes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Cash on October 31, 2012
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I have waited for months now for the continuation of Gulliver through New York thanks to Justin Luke Zirilli and I could not be more thrilled at how this in-depth look at the first novel wound up. Set all in the middle of what happened in Gulliver Takes Manhattan, you won't be able to put this book down.

Steering through the sexcapades, misfortunes, successes and comedy of Gulliver's posse: Brayden, Marty, Chase, Servando, Rowen and Todd DiTempto, New York City once again comes alive, as if you aren't reading a book but looking and living at the real thing. Still packed with plenty of zingy one-liners and enough sex to make some of the Cocky Boys blush, Justin Luke Zirilli took his writing a step further by exploring more intimate portions of the characters' lives. This book is about what happens behind the glitz and glamour, what happens after the drinks are downed and the club closes; it also answers the questions readers wanted answers to most from Gulliver Takes Manhattan.

I cannot emphasize how the WRITING has changed and drastically improved from the first novel, and as a major fan of Gulliver Takes Manhattan, I did not know that was possible. The novel explores the interworkings of an open relationship, the "psycho" ex-boyfriend, underground parties, self-respect and self-worth, love, and one hell of a secret. The last chapter of this book made me break down in tears given how well it was written, how realistic it was and made me realize how attached I could become to these characters. Zirilli picks his words and crafts them so impecably that he tears open your heart and sews it back up all in a matter of pages.

The bottom line: read this book. For any gay man living in New York City or even in any major metropolitan area? Pick this up and read it.
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More About the Author

Justin Luke Zirilli is the co-director and head promoter of BoiParty, New York City's largest and longest-running gay nightlife events company. He and his business partner, Alan Picus, throw the three largest weekly dance parties around New York City, and even larger events across the United States.

In addition to event planning, Justin feeds his addiction to social media as the creator of Gorgeous, Gay and Twenty-Something, a private international Facebook group, as the New York correspondent of the national gay talk show, The Swish Edition, and by moonlighting as a social media and new business consultant.

When he isn't glued to his computer screen, or traversing NYC's gay party scene, he spends his time in Hell's Kitchen, playing PlayStation and watching Doctor Who with his boyfriend, Joe.

To date Justin has published the best-selling gay novels Gulliver Takes Manhattan and Gulliver Takes Five. He has also recently released "Time and Time Again," an official Vampire Diaries Kindle Worlds Novella and the short story "Gianni."

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