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Gulliver Takes Manhattan Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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."
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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."
But then Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Genuinly trash. Poorly written, with the most amazingly superficial content and storyline.
The only way it can be distributed is free.
Would've gotten five stars if the cover didnt have such oobvious blemishes nothing too serious though I like my books to look new when ever they can. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jeff
A very intriguing story of one young mans journey. Full of twists and turns, friendships and enemies, bad choices and wonderful experiences.Published 17 months ago by Satyr69
Absolutely loved this book. It was a great read while on the beach. Fun to follow Gulliver's ups and downs and made me yearn for the city and see if I could make it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by c0r3ydav1d
I did the audio along with this book and the narrator did such a great job at bring this book to life. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is the story of 20 year old-something gay men living a Bacchalian lifestyle in Manhattan. The story is somewhat interesting and the characters are decently developed. Read morePublished 18 months ago by scad
This story is filled with so many references of gay New York that anyone who lives here or has lived here for even a short while can relate too. Read morePublished 19 months ago by James