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1.0 out of 5 stars Feather Come Flat, February 5, 2013
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Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb
by Adam Raphael
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class! Simply Stunning!, April 6, 2012
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This is the ultimate coffee table book for people who appreciate the beauty of the male torso! These are some of the most "Beautiful" looking men in the world. They look so innocent and playful yet at the same time they have a very masculine look and allure. You can tell the photographer really appreciates the male body, especially the upper torso. The superb lighting and shadowing and crisp digital color show off all of these guys to their best advantage. These are handsome, attractive guys at the prime of their lives, who are now immortalized forever because of Adam's talent and artistry in capturing these simply stunning images.

It's obvious the highest quality was insisted upon by the photographer in the production of this oversized volume from the quality of the paper, to the strong binding of the book, and the beautiful layout and design from the front cover to the back cover. This is a welcome relief from the way many other male photography books are now being published, where the books are lower in quality and extremely pricey for sometimes less than 100 pages. This volume is large at 240 pages and reasonably priced. Its pure class, you will not be disappointed!

Although this work contains no full frontal nudity, these models will appeal to anyone's taste. Just check out my favorite blond on the last few pages of this collection and you will see what I mean. The faces and the bodies are enough to heat up anyone's imagination, and bring joy to the viewer of these sensual shots. There are many male photography books out on the market today, but this one I highly recommend and one that I really enjoyed!


Barely Working
Barely Working
by Adam Raphael
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Certainly is NOT "All Work and No Play" with These Guys, August 15, 2008
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I'm Shocked! but pleasantly surprised to see that a professional male photographer has listened to our requests and photographed young men the way they should appear, Relaxed! There are no statues, or stale unsmiling, motionless young men looking bored to death in Adam Raphael's new book, of young, hunky, and handsome men, aptly titled "Barely Working". It's a great title for a book of images featuring some of the best looking guys in America who are photographed working on various outdoor building projects, and having a great time on the job. The group shots of the guys are unusual as most male photography books of this nature do not bring a group of guys together in one place interacting, but usually show just images of men alone normally. These young hunks are barely working, for all work and no play is certainly NOT the case in these beautifully photographed shots. It so nice to see smiling faces for a change as the models are working, playing and talking. These guys are relaxed in front of the camera, seemingly not even aware of it, and the credit for that belongs to Adam Raphael. I thought Adam Raphael's last book "Room Service" would be hard to top but he has shown again what an innovative and dedicated photographer can do. The coloring, lighting and shadows in these images is pleasure to the eye.

There's no full nudity in these images, but in no way does that deter from the sexy, and artistic beauty of these young men captured at the peak of their physical perfection. In fact, it adds to their mystique and allure. Adam Raphael has captured the beauty of these men and to our benefit he allows us to share in his work and world of beauty. This will be one of the books on my top shelf of male photography books, which will be enjoyed and treasured for years to come.


Room Service
Room Service
by Adam Raphael
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "An Open Review Letter To Adam Raphael", May 28, 2007
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Dear Adam Raphael: I was so impressed by your new Male Photography book "Room Service" I just had to write you right away. I have been reviewing Male Photography books for over eight years now, but this is the first time I felt I actually had to write the photographer. You see, I am a collector, and over the years have had the fortunate luxury of viewing all the new male photography books by all the male photographers that are available, including your last two books.

Well, you have really outdone yourself this time. This new book, showcasing all your new work, is the best by far. To include 150 perfect color images in a beautifully designed book for us to enjoy is awesome. These male models are at the peak of perfection, and so beautifully photographed, with perfect lighting and shadows that they almost seem 3-Dimensional. It is certainly apparent that you are a true admirer of the male torso. Although it may be fashionable in this time period to show totally nudity, it adds to the mystique of these young and handsome models to leave something to the imagination. It is about time that young male models were photographed in settings away from the typical surroundings of old warehouses, and docks, or next to railroad tracks or water. I can just imagine these models looking back 20 years from now at these outstanding photographs and saying "Wow, look at me". And, of course, remembering how well they were treated by you, their caring photographer. What a unique and great idea to feature your models in luxury hotel settings.

This book is a true work of art, not only in the way the models are photographed, but in the books design by Paul Perlow, the unique illustrations by Nina Duran, and the creative consulting of J.C. Suares.

What makes this book great in the end is the contribution of all these creative people, but what makes this book stand out most from all the others is the author's work, in this case the photography. And Mr. Raphael, I think you are an artist in the true sense, making these naturally beautiful young men look there absolute best while sharing with us their natural masculine beauty.

This book will make one great gift for all my friends on their special occasions. Thank you again for sharing your unique talent with us. And, of course, many thanks to all your especially attractive models. I am looking forward to your next collection.

All the best, Joe Hanssen 05/2007


Adam Raphael : Friends and Brothers
Adam Raphael : Friends and Brothers
by Adam Raphael
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Peak of Innocence & Perfection!, December 2, 2004
Touching and tender, and beautifully designed, what a dedicated display of youth this book is. It is a world of good-looking, sensual, yet innocent young men that Adam Raphael seems to capture in all of his photography. Where does he find all of these hot looking young guys? I am really impressed. It is a tribute to these young men that he immortalized them at the peak of their beauty and fleeting youth, a time that will not last forever. Ask any former model for the proof. It is also to these young guys's credit that they worked with a talented professional photographer like Adam Raphael to frame their beauty forever.

Following Adam's first book, "Friends", this is a welcome addition and new collection that includes more "Friends" and now "Brothers too." The sepia toned, color, and black and white images are printed on sepia colored backgrounds and are beautifully photographed displaying these handsome young men wrestling, playing ball, enjoying a day the beach, and just having a good time. Adam has accomplished what he set out to do (be sure to read his foreword) capturing the innocence and beauty of these masculine & handsome young men at the peak of their athletic ability. What is intriguing about these photos is the playfulness of these young guys, who are naturally photogenic as they peel off their shirts to expose all the hard work they done in staying in shape, and improving their bodies.

Adam is a gifted photographer and each book he publishes seems to get better and bigger. This book belongs in every serious collector's library, and in the hands of everyone who appreciates excellent photography and youthful beauty. A stunning achievement!


Escort Tales: The Trophy Boy and Other Stories
Escort Tales: The Trophy Boy and Other Stories
by Joseph Itiel
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Point of View..........., October 23, 2003
As a long time fan and admirer of Joseph Itiel's writing, I always find his books fascinating, exciting, informative, and hard to put down. Whether you read his books as a form of fantasy, or as a person who has had experience with escorts, you will find his stories are never disappointing. Itiel's many years of first-hand knowledge and experience, reveal a world few of us ever experience or know little about. The seven stories in his latest book reveal the private thoughts and feelings of male escorts, giving us a different point of view, that of the escorts. All of these stories are sexy & erotic, and truly educational. We are all familiar with the client's point of view, their needs, desires, and dislikes, but now we finally get a eye-opening view of what it's like to be on the other side. I think this is the best book Joseph Itiel has written so far.

In these seven stories we are taken to many different countries, from the Philippines, to Acapulco, to Hong Kong. We get to explore the personal backgrounds, feelings, and thoughts of many escorts of various nationalities. We meet Nestor in "The Luneta Park Call Boy", who meets an Australian gay couple who want him to leave his native Philippines to live with them. Is it worth it, or to his advantage, knowing what is required of him by this couple? In "The Tribe" we get to know Ronnie Lou, a black street hustler, and discover his many multiple personalities. And in the title story, "The Trophy Boy", Domingo leaves Acapulco for San Francisco, with a gringo named Jim, and becomes his trophy boy. What an experience is in store for him! Not to be missed.
All of these stories are sexy, bold, and very erotically charged, but what is more important is the openness the escorts exhibit in telling us about their reactions to their clients desires, their personal feelings, and how they respond to these positive or negative emotions. Itiel is one of the best writers of this genre today. I wish there had been more stories in this collection, for it all ended too soon for me. Highly Recommended!!!
Joe Hanssen


Finding Monju
Finding Monju
by Earle Ernst
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably More Fact than Fiction.........., May 17, 2003
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This novel seems to be more autobiographical than fictional. Either way, it's very entertaining and for lack of a better term, a real page-turner. The late author, Earle Ernst, was an Army officer in his early thirties who was stationed in Japan after World War II. The author clearly loved all things Japanese and his description of the Japanese people, their manners, architecture, seaside villages, and history of that time are presented vividly to us in loving detail. Later in his life the author made a career out of his love for the Japanese culture by becoming a specialist in Kabuki theatre at the University of Hawaii.

Ernst portrays Japan as a country that accepted sex as just another desire to be satisfied. His story contains many characters that include; the American Army men, their wives, and the Japanese help they employed. However, the most interesting part of the story is Ernst's portrayal of the American men, who having always repressed their gay sexuality, found they were now allowed in this liberated country to finally be themselves, form same-sex relationships, and enjoy a sense of community. Was it because Japan was really that liberated, or was it perhaps a result of the war, where cities were reduced to rubble, food was scarce, and a carton of cigarettes could get you almost anything? Questions like these do present themselves in the readers mind while reading this novel.
The author explains that Monju is the Japanese god for men who love other men. This book is a history lesson that is enlightening, informative, and quite humorous at times. I enjoyed this honest and candid novel from a man who truly did love all things Japanese.

Joe Hanssen


You Are Not a Stranger Here
You Are Not a Stranger Here
by Adam Haslett
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Debut!, May 15, 2003
In his debut collection of nine stories, Adam Haslett takes us into the hearts, minds, and souls of his characters in an effort to show us the pain of his characters, in the hope that we will actually feel it and show our sympathy toward them. I believe he has accomplished his goal. These are characters that are at the crossroads of their lives.

In "The Storyteller", a despairing man gains comfort by making up stories to help a dying boy. In "The Volunteer", we meet Elizabeth, an elderly woman who has spent the better half of her life in the Plymouth Brewster Structured Living Facility. She lives for her weekly visits from Ted, a young high school boy, and is devastated when her new doctor forbids his visits. These are people struggling with inner despair and deep loneliness. And in "Reunion", a young man who is compelled to make arrangements for his own impending death writes inspiring letters to the father with whom he will soon be reunited.
These are painful stories that could have chased many a reader away. However, Haslett's exceptionally beautiful command of the language and his emotionally intense portraits of his characters, only prove to be helpful in giving us the courage to face our own pain, life decisions, and unexpected changes. It's that kind of collection that makes you hope this talented writer has more stories to send our way in the near future. This is a powerful debut!
Joe Hanssen


Young Men of Falcon
Young Men of Falcon
by Falcon Studios
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.95
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Superstars of Falcon!, May 13, 2003
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Falcon never fails to produce some of the hottest,[]and best looking porn stars of today. This glossy all-color volume is a compilation of the best of the new young porn superstars currently modeling for Falcon. The heat just melts off these pages as these men are presented in all their glory. These are some of the biggest superstars they have ever presented to their fans. They are beautifully photographed and crystal clear. Superstars such as; Billy Brandt, Colby Taylor, Christian Taylor, Javier Duran, Jeremy Jordan, Karl Tenner, and many more are included. This is a great collector's book for all the fans of Falcon videos.

Joe Hanssen


Young Men of Falcon
Young Men of Falcon
by Falcon Studios
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Superstars of Falcon!, May 13, 2003
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Falcon never fails to produce some of the hottest, sexiest, and best looking porn stars of today. This glossy all-color volume is a compilation of the best of the new young porn superstars currently modeling for Falcon. The heat just melts off these pages as these men are presented in all their glory. These are some of the biggest superstars they have ever presented to their fans. They are beautifully photographed and crystal clear. Superstars such as; Billy Brandt, Colby Taylor, Christian Taylor, Javier Duran, Jeremy Jordan, Karl Tenner, and many more are included. This is a great collector's book for all the fans of Falcon videos.

Joe Hanssen


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