Male/Male: A Novel by Seth King
Talon Cooper is a struggling young writer who decides to enter the male/male, or gay romance, genre to expand his horizons. Alexander Mendes is an established gay fiction author who takes Talon under his (muscled) wing to introduce him to the vibrant LGBT+ world and ensure he approaches the subject respectfully.
As two old friends get closer and long-repressed feelings start rising into the light, life starts imitating art in a way Talon never expected – because he is not just writing his first gay love story anymore. He is living it in real life.
“All I wanted to do was write about Alexander and his world. All I wanted was to capture his unique magic and hope to do it some justice on the page – but now I have been taken prisoner by that magic. My muse has become my master, and I have no idea what to do about it…”
*Warning: lately I have come across many “warning labels” accompanying books about two men who love each other. Consider this an un-warning label. The fact that these “warnings” exist at all is why I have dedicated my adult life to pushing diverse stories out into a world that is still so judgmental and puritanical, it requires disclaimers for stories containing love between two humans who do not happen to be male and female. To “warn” of something is to indicate that it is somehow wrong or shocking or taboo, and that mindset is frankly dangerous. We don’t need to be warned about love. In nations only a plane ride away, gay men are being rounded up and killed – please do not contribute to this notion that associates homosexuality with shame and scandal. Love is never wrong or shocking. It is just love.
This story felt very personal
Talon..Damn...how he puts down quite accurate about only loving at full blast somehow being too much and not being enough...that hit straight to my heart.
Some questions felt just for me and brought me back to very unique feelings "Have you ever felt a singular focus on yourself?" Yes! and it felt amazing! Like I was the only one in the world...in a cocoon surrounded by attention...feeling unique....
Some sentences were so well put down.
"I have no more time to hide a single feeling, ever again.”
I don't want to cry but I already feel something rolling down and splash on my screen...
“So yeah – do it correctly” ....damn that's so right
When Alexander opens his mouth he is touching my heart....real, honest, open.... I just love a person who is himself and more...
When he tells about how they met and how he sees it all and how he felt when he finally after all these years get the phone call.....another splash...
Alexander introduced Talon in his gay world. Through his experiences and his thoughts and opinion we get to know Alexander, how he lived and lives. How he experienced his life as a gay person in a mainly straight and aggressive world. Talon only knows the straight way of life and never crossed it.....but now...in a naive way...he learns and.....it's almost if he gets 'home' (I put that word before I read it further up in this book lol)
There's al lot of 'education' from Alexander's side. He is intelligent and well mouthed and very kind...
"But once you love someone like that, I don’t think you can truly ever un-love them again."
Beautiful written story about a book that will eventually not be written at all. Two men who are meant to be together. It was actually an education about what it is to be gay in a short-sighted world. It hurts deeply I'm crying my eyes out now while reviewing because I could feel the pain.
The unfolding of Talon was meant to be and realistic even if I didn't understand him at some moments...later on I did.
Standing in a cruel world, God.... most people just don't understand what they do to each other, they are blinded....they hurt for what....? Love...?
Please open your heart and shudder of your winkers. The only thing that counts in life is Love and LoveisLove !!!
~~~~ 'Never to much' ~~~~