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Having read the myriad of gay fiction books available today, and realizing that so much of gay culture is simply not written about, Rob Rosen set out to cover it all. His characters represent those gay boys out there that like to do things in wacky excess. From drinking and drugs, to tattoos and piercings, from sex in strange places to plain, old strange sex, the main players in “Sparkle”, Secret and Sparkle, manage to get themselves into one mess after another. But what comes across to the reader most from chapter to hilarious chapter, is the love and sense of family gay people form between themselves. Touching on all aspects of gay popular culture, Rob seeks to educate and to entertain his readers in full stories and short vignettes in ways not typically tried in the past by many gay authors.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: 1st Book Library (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759645310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759645318
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,562,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Edler on March 16, 2003
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This book has all the potential for becoming the next gay cult classic! Because if you read it, you're sure to love it and tell at least a half dozen friends to get their hands on it, too. And that's how cult classics are born - by word of mouth. Any way, the book doesn't have a very complicated plot. An unknown assailant has shot Sparkle and as Secret sits by his comatose side in the hospital he recounts their gay adventures and exploits in San Francisco. (Oh, I forgot to introduce Sparkle and Secret. They're Bruce and William, two 20-something boys living and loving in the last decade of the twentieth century. And they just happen to be the most entertaining fictional fun couple since Mame Dennis first met her nephew Patrick.)
One of the main reasons I enjoyed the book was because I could look at it from the perspective of someone from the previous generation. I visited San Francisco quite often during the seventies - usually on business but a number of times just for the fun of it. Those were the days when a gay icon like Peter Berlin still strutted down the streets in striking contrast to the multitude of Village People clones. When late night pleasure dens like the Slot, Trough and Bulldog were over populated. And when I repeatedly debated the pros and cons of getting my own tattoo and piercing. (OK, so I never did.) The last time I visited SF was on Halloween in 1980, which provided a truly memorable last impression. My San Francisco was wild, wacky, and total fun. And you know what, Sparkle's and Secret's hasn't changed that much. Gee, they would probably consider me to be their gay uncle. (Or heavens forbid auntie!
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Sparkle is a great option if you want a blissful escape from the mundane. Rosen has crafted a period piece that takes the reader on a journey back to a time when life was simpler and exploring gay life in the big city happened in one's 20s (as opposed to now when kids come out of the closet well before college). He at times channels Armistead Maupin - but in a grittier style. The candid portrayal of life in the gay ghetto (Castro) was authentic and at times read like a journal of self discovery and adventure. The colorful metaphor filled language and flamboyant style of the main character made me chuckle aloud several times. The relationship between two men - Sparkle and Secret- reveals their complexities over time and even though both have many, many flaws I found them likeable and interesting. This was a quick easy read ideal for the beach or a long flight and a great way to dip back into the past. I can't wait to read the other from his collection!
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Absolutely loved this book...part mystery, friends with some history with each other share a story that made me laugh, cry, wonder and wish that there were more books like this one. The escapades of 2 friends with absolutely nothing in common other than being gay share many mis-adventures with all the ensuing detritus...angry lovers, police, drag performing, foster care and so much more you should read it for yourself, I was really not disappointed at all.
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I enjoyed this book. It was light, easy and tightly composed. But also, I found myself giggling fondly; one of my favorite experiences. Not sure I'll read others in the series, but found this to be just what the doc ordered for a summer afternoon.
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