Thursday, December 29, 2011

Book review: Lone Star by Josh Lanyon

Lone StarLone Star by Josh Lanyon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I hate Christmas, as I established on my blog-- But even though I hate Christmas, I did enjoy this story. It is the only Christmas story I'm reading this holiday season. It may be the only Christmas story I will ever read-- unless someone pays me (I accept PayPal).

This story might have gotten more stars from me except for a few issues: I live in the Texas Hill Country and a few of the geographic details seemed off and this story was typical of the long-lost-childhood-love variety and didn't bring anything new.

I wish I could rant about the characterizations of some of the Texans in this story-- but there's some truth to the way Lanyon has written them. I'd like to state for the record that there are plenty of male ballet dancers in Texas (which is not to suggest that the gay ones don't get their asses threatened on a regular basis-- not unique to Texas, I imagine), and lots of Texans enjoy ballet-- we're not from some other planet, ya know? Whole Nother Country, maybe. Why we Texans can be quite cultured-- 'Cue, Tabacky and Goat-ropin', aside. Hey, I'm allowed to revel in the stereotypes because I actually picked up and moved here.

Anyhoo...I didn't tell you a damned thing else about the story, but this "review" is already as long as the story is, so go read the blurb if you want to know more.

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