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"New York is famous for its literary movements...[and] the Facebook generation has produced a number of unlikely breakout stars, including Justin Luke Zirilli." --Advocate.com

"[Zirilli] manages to give his characters depth, fluidity, composition, posture, and sets them all in a background that is believable and vivid. Above all, I didn't want to put the book down." --Garrett Frechette, Examiner.com

"There is a lot of observational humor...in this coming of age story. Good stuff." --Guerillabookworm.com

"Your beach bag isn't complete without this debut novel...comically divided into four 'rounds' that might also serve to remind you it's time to apply more sunscreen." --Donalevan Maines, Out Smart 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 The West Wing with his boyfriend, Mash-up Mastermind DJ JoeRedHead. Gulliver Takes Manhattan is his first book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612182097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612182094
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,584,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Phelps Gates VINE VOICE on March 30, 2012
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I enjoyed reading this a lot. I remember the gay scene in New York from the early 1960's (yes, I'm 71) and other than the technology, things don't really seem to have changed much. This is definitely "gay ghetto" literature: the plot revolves around drama queens, b#tch fights, stolen boyfriends and other somewhat stereotypical situations. But it's well written and easy to read: the pages fly by! The protagonist is an interestingly flawed character, and somehow manages to rise phoenix-like from the ashes of each disaster to reach new heights: oh, that we could all be so fortunate! It's refreshing, and surprising, to read a book a book about gay life in which there's no drug use at all (other than alcohol, which sloshes freely through the pages, mostly in the form of exotic cocktails). I'm looking forward to reading more of Gulliver's adventures in the promised sequels.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Tyson on May 26, 2012
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First off, this book is so the nightlife of New York City for any gay boy/man, straight person (in different ways). All of us have had the experiences, the scares, the good times, the bad times that Gulliver has in the many pages of this wonderful, crazy, idiotic, yet loving, funny, but most of all heartwarming story of a young man trying to get his life on some normal (or at least next to normal) path. Although I would only recommend this book (due to the amount of sexual conduct and drinking described in the story) for ages 17 and up, it's still a nice little guide to the city and what to do and not to do here. Although Gulliver does have more advantages and opportunities then most who move to the city he still makes the same choices we all made in our first few months here which tend to not be the best. But all in all the story is so beautiful, engaging, adventurous, and a daring one for Justin Luke to write as it seems some of it may be a little true (maybe?). It's the New York that I know and have grown to love and it might as well be yours too. I definitley would get the book, I mean seriously it's only $10 (it's definitely worth more).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Infinite Mind VINE VOICE on May 7, 2012
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It's been a while since I had the opportunity to enjoy a gay-themed book, so I jumped at the chance. I found this book to be highly entertaining and found myself laughing, smiling, and at times eagerly anticipating the next series of events. The only thing I did not feel was any strong sense of connection whether good or bad to any of the characters which is very important for storytelling.

I found such parallels with Gulliver and my own arrival in Manhattan nearly 15 years ago, from the arrival at JFK airport to the support system of friends I had in place. I smirked and nodded as he like the millions of other dreamy-eyed youngsters that have come to NYC with big dreams quickly find out that this city is not for the weak at heart and you will either get tough or find yourself out of here in a hurry. Furthermore I like the realistic portrayal of all the stuff one must go through to live in NYC from apartment hunting, to jobs, and money, money, money. Its not the fairy tale crap we've seen on Friends or some other television sitcoms.

Of course there are the parties, the sex, the money, the sex, the career, the sex, and just about every other gay cliche Manhattan/NYC is known for. New Yorkers that have done the scene will be quite familiar, while those outside of the city and the life might be intrigued and wonder whether these stories and or events are really true. I am here to tell you, affirmatively, YES.

I wished the characters had more depth so that I felt more invested in them. There are moments when the author is just on the cusp, but I feel he needs to push things in order to get me into the characters more, in other words he is too safe.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Dorfman VINE VOICE on April 17, 2012
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Justin Luke Zirilli's re-issued, overlooked first novel "Gulliver Takes Manhattan" gets rescued by AmazonEncore new program that "identifies exceptional yet overlooked books and works with the authors to introduce or re-introduce their books to readers." With 3 sequels featuring the same characters since "Gulliver Takes Manhattan"'s original 2011 publication there is clearly commercial reasons for this rescue. Whether the novel is exceptional enough for this resurrection is arguable.

Divided into 4 sections (Rounds)by the author, by the end of Round 1 I was feeling old, very old indeed. These Rounds introduce the lead character Gulliver, an early-20s gay man who has escaped from a cheating boyfriend in L.A. and relocated to his college roommate's apartment in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. He proceeds to join his former and current roommate and his posse of friends as they overindulge in the NYC nightlife replete with beautiful bodies, booze and rampant sex. And since you can't talk about gay life in NYC without referring to/bringing your characters to Fire Island, off they go.

Not only was I feeling old, I was bored inasmuch as this has all been done before in gay literature classics such as Larry Kramer's blistering "Fa****s" and Andrew Holleran's "Dancer From The Dance." Even the author's often clever wit is an echo of the various works of gay comic writers such as Robert Rodi and Joe Keenan (who went on to be the main writer on the TV series "Frasier"). The whole format of the story and its sequels (each named after a member of Gulliver's posse) is derivative of Ethan Mordden's "Buddy Cycle."

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