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Ultimate Gay Sex Hardcover – April 19, 2004

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This handsomely illustrated and informative gay man's guide to sex offers the perfect marriage... er, civil union... between reassuring, good-humored and consistently engaging text with more than 300 lush, full-color photographs that are explicit but tastefully erotic. Lambda Literary Award-winning humorist Ford (That's Mr. Faggot to You and Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me) enters Dr. Ruth's territory and aces the difficult task of writing a breezy but comprehensive guide that covers everything from gay identity, relationships, health issues and sex play. As a tour guide, Ford is playful (a sidebar on sex toys is called "Dil-Do's and Don'ts") and shockproof ("Rather than seeing kinks as extremes, they should be viewed as different forms of more basic sexual activities") as he explores the good (coming out, building relationships, discovering erogenous zones), the bad (erectile dysfunction, STDs, domestic violence) and the titillating (sensual massage, sexual positions, fetishes). The provocative photos are erotically charged, with the toned, multiethnic models exuding considerable heat in various stages of undress and acrobatics. The vibrant color photographs offer a forthright presentation of male nudity and gay male sexuality that should make this a conversation-starting coffee-table book for same sex households-even those who already know the ins and outs of gay sex. But the more important market for this book may be the uninitiated, who will find in it a thoroughly supportive guide to how adults communicate through, around and about sex.
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About the Author

Michael Thomas Ford is the prolific, bestselling author of more than forty books, including the Lambda Literary Award winners Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me and That's Mr. Faggot to You. Ford's first novel, Last Summer, was published this year.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (May 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789496976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789496973
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of more than fifty books in genres ranging from humor to horror, literary fiction to nonfiction. His work for adult readers includes the best-selling novels What We Remember, Changing Tides, Full Circle, Looking for It and Last Summer, and his five essay collections in the "Trials of My Queer Life" series. As a writer for young adults he is the author of Suicide Notes and Z (forthcoming in 2010), and under the name Isobel Bird he wrote the popular "Circle of Three" series. In 2009 he signed a 3-book deal with Random House for a series featuring Jane Austen as a modern-day vampire. The first book in the series, Jane Bites Back, will be published in January, 2010. His work has been nominated for 11 Lambda Literary Awards, twice winning for Best Humor Book and twice for Best Romance Novel. He was also nominated for a Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award (for his novel The Dollhouse That Time Forgot) and a Gaylactic Spectrum Award (for his short story "Night of the Werepuss").

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Michael Thomas Ford has accomplished something in this beautiful, inpsiring book that has not been achieved by any other sex guide for gay men--provided solid information on achieving a great sex life while emphasizing that sex is not the most important part of a gay man's life. Where other books attempt to detail every conceivable sex act, Ford's focuses on what really makes for satisfying sex, exploring what makes you and your partner happy. An earlier reviewer complained that there weren't enough "techniques" described in the book. This misses the point. Techniques are not what make for great sex (having sex isn't that difficult, after all), and Ford discusses this with insight and humor, explaining that exploring your sexuality is more about having open communication with your partners (and with yourself) than it is about outlining where to put what. Ultimately his advice is much more useful than any step-by-step instructions. I found this book to be incredibly refreshing. The text is first-rate and the photos are hot. This easily replaces The Joy Of Gay Sex as the bible of gay male sexuality.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Graeser on February 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book contains alot of information and covers the whole gamet when it comes to being gay. Some of the illustrations provided deal specifically with gay sex, while the remaining information discusses the gay lifestyle. The book is well written, has a great layout and is sensual, and maybe a bit erotic, without being classified as pornography. Even if we are familiar with portions of this book, it reminds us that there is more to us then just great sex!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Matzke on July 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was extremely disappointed when I purchased this title. While the book is indeed full of wonderful full-color photographs, the actual information in the book is useful only those who really need an introduction to gay life. Otherwise, the sex portion of this book, especially, has absolutely nothing in it that two teen boys with a tiny spark of imagination couldn't come up with. I would not recommend this book to anyone who has ever had sex before, since you've probably done everything that Ford discusses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin Blade on April 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is so beautiful and the images so artistically done and enticing it's worth it for that alone. The information is clear and easy about homosexuality as a whole, tho not a kama sutra or for those only interested in sex. The killer is this book is large and the cover and rear with such large and tasteful images between men it can be read many places letting others know you're gay in a very non-invasive way. Cruising I hardly found anyone (at least without ticking off some straight guys) but just reading this LARGE book with LARGE and tasteful homosexual cover in public caught the attention of men from quite some distances and I was approached a great deal when reading it and created quite some cool relationships.

Great book, great read, fantastic photos.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A beautiful coffee table book, with high-quality photographs, but not very explicite. If you really want to learn more about gay sexual techniques, this book is not for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan W. Lafleur on June 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you wanted to know anything it is in the book and dam it has great pics and websites referances to let you see more
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan C. Anthony on January 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a work of art, full of breath taking men, and also a good deal of commentary on a plethora of aspects of gay male life. Reminds me of a coffee table book, can easily be read in a few hours, but has packed within its covers a lot of useful material. It appeals to gay men of all ages, and offers a lot of useful photoghraphical examples of aspects of gay male sexuality. An excellent gift for any gay man!
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Gay sex is so mainstream that banality has set in and the kinds of ordinary books that heterosexuality has been plagued with has entered the gay market. (...).....Men Loving Men would be my preference and it is so much cheaper.....the illustrations in this book are so bland that I ached for the line drawings of other books....all in all this book was so pedestrian in such a high-gloss format that the triumph of form over substance was apparent on every page
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