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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: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,849 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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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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I anxiously await his third book.
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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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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 Mike Jackson on June 27, 2013
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Buy the audio version rather than the paperback. Cole Ferguson's excellent, energetic reading tends to obscure the fact that all the characters in Zirilli's semi-autobiographical novel are depicted as physically beautiful but quickly reveal themselves as repulsive, self obsessed gays who are not only unloveable but incapable of thinking of anyone other than themselves. The word "kind" or "intelligent" is an alien concept to Zirilli'a version of all New York gays who-- when they aren't clubbing-- are locked into the tantrums of 13 year olds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hadrian W. Alexander on March 26, 2013
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I've recommended this book to all my friends! I read the first one and the fast paced nature of it was amazing. A total whirlwind!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angel Kitten on March 25, 2013
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I'm crying too hard to type. But I love this book. I want another but I don't know if I can handle it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on February 10, 2013
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My mistake: I was expecting a sequel to Zirilli's creative first novel, "Gulliver Takes Manhattan," showing a young gay man leaving behind a bothersome ex in Los Angeles, to move to New York City, stay with a college buddy (who is a club party planner) and try to get his life on course. Unfortunately, things go wrong at every turn, and he gets into situations he never imagined. I was anxious to hear what happened to Gulliver next, and assumed this book would be the ticket.

Had I more carefully read the blurb about the book before buying it, I'd have been put on notice that this isn't a sequel at all. It is essentially a series of supplemental short stories, following various secondary characters from the first book, who had abruptly disappeared in the latter chapters of that novel. Gulliver himself will "take five" ... literally ... meaning he is on a break and isn't featured in this book. We are updated on Brayden Marty Chase, couple Servando and Rowan, as well as Todd, Gulliver's former best friend and roommate. We get a more comprehensive look at these characters, and an update as to what they were doing while Gulliver was exploring his new life detailed in the latter chapters of the first book.

Obviously, this is best read only after having read (or while reading) the first book, and would not recommend it to read alone. Like the first book, it is well written and has a realistic NYC club scene vibe, inhabited by flawed characters trying their best to get the most out of life. I give it four stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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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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