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Gulliver Takes Five Paperback – October 30, 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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...
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
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I do not often write reviews yet this book, and the previous one are excellent reads. I got caught up in the characters of each of of them and it was good to just sit and read how... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steven Marks
I agree with whoever said to listen to the audiobook. The narrator is excellent. This book is worth the last three stories alone. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kindle Customer
I read Gulliver Takes Manhattan several years ago & really enjoyed it. Here is a collection of stories, all masterfully interwoven, that coincide with one nights events in the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Satyr69
love the stories about gay men and their experiences great writer hope he has more novels in the worksPublished 23 months ago by Robert Brazee
Awe! And I thought the first book was good. I can't believe how close I feel to these characters and could see being right in the middle of all the drama. Read morePublished 24 months ago by c0r3ydav1d
I did the audio version of this book and it was great!! I laughed out loud so much during this book it was almost embarrassing!! Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by oceandreamer27
I have read two of Justin's pieces, and I have connected with both. I can relate so many of the experiences the characters have had with experiences I had in the city or on Fire... Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Phillip
Its not every day you take the same story and flip it around to five other perspectives. Really unique read!Published on December 2, 2013 by Terry DiCorcia