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A finalist for the 23rd Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Erotica!

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Our Ringmaster: Jerry L. Wheeler, former staff writer at Out Front Colorado, has interviewed everyone from Joe Salmonese to Patti LaBelle and his fiction and essays have appeared in a number of erotica anthologies.
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  • Perfect Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Lethe Press (August 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590213440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590213445
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,039,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shannon L. Yarbrough VINE VOICE on September 6, 2010
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When you think of circus erotica, you almost expect the book to be called "Big Tops." I think of William Maltese's Circusex. Tented falls more in line with the latter. I'm glad that editor Jerry Wheeler chose to avoid the obvious puns here. In fact, most of the authors included in this anthology did too.

Those who enjoy the sex won't be disappointed, although most of those hot intense scenes do become predictable after a while and are nothing new, other than one hot and sticky scene involving a cotton candy machine. What makes this collection work is the array of characters. You probably immediately think of (and expect) clowns when you think of a circus. Tented doesn't disappoint there, but the one clown story is definitely different. Other story tellers visit the roustabouts, the fun house, and even vampires. In fact, it is the characters that really drive each story and are much more interesting than the actual sex.

For example, the first story takes place in the old west. A man is somewhat mourning his dead lover and friend who has been shot; he seeks companionship from a circus roustabout. In another story, a dark and mysterious circus barker seeks out human flesh, and a bit more, when the circus comes into town. The book is not without its humor either as we join some porno fluffers on the set of a circus porn movie.

Kudos to Wheeler and the authors for at least giving us something new! I much preferred the dark fantasy circus over the loud bright colors and calliope you'd expect from such a genre. And thanks to Lethe Press for a much more interesting cover, no headless shirtless hunks here. But this one for the strong characterization and interesting plots. Yes, the sex is there but is more like the midway freakshow you have to walk by to get to the good stuff!
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A good share of the story have a some sort of historical setting, maybe "modern" history, meaning the beginning of the XX century, or a some sort of fantasy setting with an ancient feeling, but in any case, even if the setting is today, the feeling is the same, as if the circus world didn't change a lot in more than 100 years, or in the next 100, and living inside it is like living in a bubble, no one from the outside can enter, and the habitat inside the bubble self-feed itself.

Roustabout by Dale Chase: this is a little historical short story, set in the Far West in 1878. It's quite the classical tale, the circus arrives in small western town, with animals, and men, no one has ever seen. Eli was eagerly waiting the circus because his buddy friend, and lover, Jack told him everything about it, but now Jack is dead, and with him all Eli's will to live. The among those man he sees Tully, big, strong and sexy Tully, maybe not so clever, but at least he is something/someone new who is able to distract Eli from his sorrows. What probably I liked most of this story is that the author chose to give a happily for now ending to Eli: probably it will be nothing, probably nothing will change, but if Eli will have the courage, or the carelessness, to take a chance, maybe the future will be different for him.

Winter Quarters by Tom Cardamone: this story is set all among the circus people; Jimmy is born inside the circus and he has never known anything different, his desire is to find a place in the circus "hierarchy" but he seems to have no special talent. When Keith nears him, Jimmy immediately understands what is pushing the other boy, their common friend Mario has probably told him of how they were used to "play" together, and Keith wants a piece of that for himself.
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The sample of the first story in this collection, The Roustabout, had me hooked. It and the final story, The Twenty-four Hour Man, are my favorites. While I didn't enjoy all of the stories equally, that was largely a matter of personal taste. There is something here for everyone. A good choice for those who enjoy something more than run of the mill male erotica!
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