Another Love, Reviewed

Monica Carter, reviews Another Love by Erzsebet Galgoczi.

“This is at once a swift read, but also a deeply courageous novel replete with political commentary, intellectualism and gender identity in Communist Hungary during the 1950’s. Another Love, published in Hungary in1980, is a reflection of the aftermath of the revolutionary chaos of 1956 when Hungarians protested the ruling Stalinist party. This novel gives us a realistic, yet at times veiled, glimpse of a woman attempting to explore her identity as a lesbian and an intellectual in an Eastern Bloc country during one of it’s most tumultuous and oppressive eras.”

I know, for my part, it’s difficult sometimes to know what’s worth spending my hard-earned cash on, let alone what to read these days given the high cost of lesbian fiction. So it’s a delight to have Monica on the team reading and reviewing more literary novels, and giving us her insight, in order for us to make more informed choices.

Alexandra Wolfe
Publishing Editor

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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Kate Evans, Interviewed

Bonjour All -

Hard at work teaching, while writing her second novel, and deep into promoting her first book, For The May Queen, the redoubtable Kate Evans nonetheless found some time to squeeze in a quiet moment, with us here at Kissed By Venus, to answer a few questions about life, family, and how hard she finds it (at times) to write.

See what Kate had to say in the latest Kissed By Venus interview.

Salut,
Alexandra

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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New Fiction

Bonjour Dear Reader -

One of the wonderful things about being an editor for an online publication liked KISSED BY VENUS, is discovering new voices and talent. Canadian-based writer Kara Evelyn caught my attention with her submission QIRA Q—one in a series of short stories she’s writing about a female tattoo artist—she followed up to us with with the equally intriguing, SWEET ECHO.

This is something of an unconventional look at black contemporary characters and story-line, paired with an unusual voice that subsequently caught my attention. I hope it catches yours too.

Salut!

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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Sticky Fingers

Title: STICKY FINGERS
Author: Morgan Hunt
Publisher: Alyson Books
ISBN: 1-59350-003-3
Rated: 4 Stars
Genre: Murder-Mystery

Tess Camillo never expected to be a sleuth. Then again, this wry lesbian never imagined someone would try to kill her…especially not with a snake. The police are convinced the incident at Tess’s home was an accident. But when another woman is found murdered a few weeks later—with a snake as the culprit—Tess and her loopy hetro housemate try to unravel the mystery.

I get the impression there is a great deal of Morgan Hunt in Tess Camillo, that includes the same dry sense of humour, wry wit and droll observations in this easy-paced murder mystery that will have you page turning into the wee small hours. Glib, funny, heart-warming and heartbreaking, Hunt pulls the strings and has us, the reader, thoroughly absorbed in Tess’s life and antics before we can say ‘snake-bite.’

What captivated me most about Hunt’s writing, is her wonderful way with words and ability to set, dress and paint the opening scene of every chapter and more, leave us at the end with a snappy line, that could include Jung, Oreos, Ocotillos and ‘What Would Ellen Do?’ bumper stickers. Amid all the humor and throw away lines (some of which had me laughing loudly) Hunt also brings up the serious topic of breast cancer, something she herself survived and again, writes about here, deftly navigating this frightening, life-threatening disease with compassion and a large dose of droll humor. Making Tess all the more accessible as someone we can identify with.

My only complaint about Sticky Fingers, and it’s a tiny one, is that the book wasn’t nearly long enough. Dang, but I wanted more, I still want more. Happily, however, I hear from the delightful Ms. Hunt herself there is more on the way. Alyson Books has picked up not one, but two more Tess Camillo titles. Which means, dear reader, more helpings of Tess, Lana and the faithful dog, Raj, to make us smile and laugh out loud, while taking us on some colorful journey to solve another of life’s mysteries.

Funny, colorful, quirky and an absolutely delight to read!

REVIEW BY ALEXANDRA WOLFE

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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The Kookaburra Gambit

Title: The Kookaburra Gambit: Kylie Kendall Mystery #2
Author: Claire McNab
Publisher: Alyson Books
ISBN: 1-55583-904-5
Rated: 3 Stars
Genre: Mystery

Owning half a detective agency is not as exciting as it sounds when your partner won’t let you solve any cases. Transplanted Aussie Kylie Kendall is frustrated as all get out, and she spends most of her time hanging out with her receptionist and sampling the Los Angeles nightlife, but that’s about to change.

Twins Alf and Chicka Hartnidge, the hosts of Australia’s hit children’s television show The Oz Mob, hire Kylie to find out who’s smuggling opals into United States inside their Kelvin Kookaburra plush toys. A syndication deal and a load of money are riding on whether Kylie will shut down the smugglers, but a murder (or two) makes the stakes even higher.

The Kookaburra Gambit is book two of the Kylie Kendall mysteries. I, for my part, buying all three at once, none the less some how managed to read book one first…no, please, don’t ask. This fact didn’t spoil my reading experience, far from it, all three stories are quick (and I mean quick) easy reads. There is nothing brain-stretching about the plots which flow along at a pleasant pace, aided by a lot of humour, although the cast of characters border on being caricatures they are still enjoyable enough.

Each story is a complete tale. However, that said, I recommend you read them in order, as the slight if somewhat flimsy romantic sub-plot between Kylie and Ariana Creeling (the other partner in the Detective Agency) might not make as much sense, as it should, as I found out to my chagrin.

Not that there is a great deal to follow given that these books are written in the first person, and Kylie, I mean, McNab never really fleshes out the love interest of Creeling, making me wonder why bother having a lesbian sub-plot involving these two to begin with? But maybe I’m missing the point.

The Kylie Kendall series of mysteries are just that: mysteries. Not romances.

All-in-all, a very easy-going read.

REVIEWED BY ALEXANDRA WOLFE

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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