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"If you haven't read Gulliver Takes Manhattan, stop right now and do so. You've read it now? Good. Now you're ready for Gulliver Takes Five. It's not so much a sequel as it is a companion book. And yes, you can read it, enjoy it, and love without having read the [first book]. But if you, like me, have read and loved the first book, this book will illuminate the characters and stories that you, like me, have already devoured. ... I'm already ready for the third." —Q 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 Battlestar Galactica with his boyfriend, Joe.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612184235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612184234
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,467,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Long on November 27, 2012
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I mostly enjoyed the first book; however, this book seems to be all about the things I didn't really enjoy in the first book. The characters portrayed here have little or no redeeming qualities. Brayden should be in jail, and I cannot believe the rest if these people would accept violent behavior as just a personality quirk. Marty is a prig, and acts no better than the catty theater queen Grant. I couldn't even read the chapter on Servando and Rowan as they were that annoying. Chase and Todd were the only two I could remotely care about, yet what we get us mostly superficial. The other irksome thing is the disdain the author has for anyone over the age of 25. Any older man is portrayed has repulsive and disgusting and not fit to be seen in the light of day. Seems Justin has some specific issues there. All in all I was disappointed with this book and not really looking for another book of more of the same with people I just really don't like.
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OK, so first of all. This is not erotica, although there is a lot of sex in it. It is definitely not romance. So, if you're looking for m/m romantic erotica, especially of the type written by/for women, this ain't it.

I think this isn't a great stand alone novel if you haven't yet read the first Gulliver book, do so. It also isn't erotica. It is a character study about a gay 20 something who moves to NY and does a bunch of dumb things. This book just kind of fills in some key elements of a climactic event.

There are a lot of sex scenes, all m/m and written quite explicitly but not particularly attractively (they are not meant to be beautiful). Mostly, this book is laugh out loud funny and then will make you reach for the Kleenex box. I will be waiting with bated breath for the next installment, I hope one is coming! Soon! As annoying as all of the characters are in their own way they kind of grow on you...
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My mistake: I was expecting a sequel to Zirilli's creative first novel, "Gulliver Takes Manhattan," showing a young gay man leaving behind a bothersome ex in Los Angeles, to move to New York City, stay with a college buddy (who is a club party planner) and try to get his life on course. Unfortunately, things go wrong at every turn, and he gets into situations he never imagined. I was anxious to hear what happened to Gulliver next, and assumed this book would be the ticket.

Had I more carefully read the blurb about the book before buying it, I'd have been put on notice that this isn't a sequel at all. It is essentially a series of supplemental short stories, following various secondary characters from the first book, who had abruptly disappeared in the latter chapters of that novel. Gulliver himself will "take five" ... literally ... meaning he is on a break and isn't featured in this book. We are updated on Brayden Marty Chase, couple Servando and Rowan, as well as Todd, Gulliver's former best friend and roommate. We get a more comprehensive look at these characters, and an update as to what they were doing while Gulliver was exploring his new life detailed in the latter chapters of the first book.

Obviously, this is best read only after having read (or while reading) the first book, and would not recommend it to read alone. Like the first book, it is well written and has a realistic NYC club scene vibe, inhabited by flawed characters trying their best to get the most out of life. I give it four stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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I was so fascinated by Gulliver Takes Manhattan that I did not understand the need to take a five.. as in to take a break from the main character. I wanted more of Gully. Granted, I enjoyed Justin Luke Zirilli's style of writing.. witty, fast, engaging etc.. but I wanted more Gully. I bought this ebook months ago and did not settle down soon enough to start reading. That was the mistake. I did not remember exactly what went on in the first book. But then again, it was not really difficult for me to follow the story.. and I was impressed. Again.

I was hooked on Brayden although I had to admit that he was scary. Marty's story was good as well and I was surprised that I wanted to know more of Chase, although there was this one incident he almost sounded like a Brayden. A bit of turn-off but I guess that could happen given that he was seriously lacked of sleep.

I did not care much for Rowen and on-off boyfriend. Todd was the mysterious one but he turned out to be a commoner. His storyline was too. I was expecting more.

But hey.. it was money well-spent. I enjoyed this book much. Sigh.. Now, I have to wait for the third serving.. Please don't make us wait too long...
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Buy the audio version rather than the paperback. Cole Ferguson's excellent, energetic reading tends to obscure the fact that all the characters in Zirilli's semi-autobiographical novel are depicted as physically beautiful but quickly reveal themselves as repulsive, self obsessed gays who are not only unloveable but incapable of thinking of anyone other than themselves. The word "kind" or "intelligent" is an alien concept to Zirilli'a version of all New York gays who-- when they aren't clubbing-- are locked into the tantrums of 13 year olds.
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