Kensington June 1, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention lynn harris visible lives stanley bennett bennett clay terrance dean james earl earl hardy house of john still jood dean james tribute to e lynn hardy and stanley dominican republic john by stanley jood james second story intern by terrance young intern stories in tribute well written. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. For those who want the closest experience to reading a Harris novel, I'd recommend "The Intern".
Like many of Harris's own novels, it takes place in a very rarified situation of high-paying jobs, plenty of bling and perfect physical specimens. I did have three concerns to share: Also - Chase eventually succumbs to the temptation of the sexy young intern - starting a private affair. I've been on church committees where we had a few cases like this.
It is a HUGE risk for the employer if the relationship breaks up. Thirdly, the story abruptly ends, just after a major plot twist. We are left hanging to know just what was to happen to the couple? I think they would have survived, but that is not for sure. The second story is 'ok'. The story line of two former lovers who each carry a torch for the other - is not hard to predict how it will come out, and then it morphs into a political diatribe in the last section - as this power couple shares their views on a radio interview.
Unlike the other stories, E Lynn is barely mentioned, but the believability of the characters and their actions is very realistic. I had wondered what would become of Davide and thought he might reappear in the story, but no he doesn't. It ends very happily and I'll admit I cried at the end. This was the only one of the three stories to get outward emotion from me.
Even if you only buy this book for the last story, it's still worth it. We all miss E Lynn, but now the torch is being passed on to very capable writers who will develop new stories for the LGBT community. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Very nice tribute work to the late E.
The first story The Intern is the best of the three short stories. I honestly would have preferred to just read a longer version of that story as opposed to come off of my high by reading the second story. The second story alone is the reason I couldn't give a full 5 stars. It didn't belong in this book. I believe that it is a continuation from another work of fiction by that author, but the subpar writing is detrimental to the rest of the book. It was smart to not place it at the beginning. The third story is somewhat better, and ends the book on a nice note.
I'd recommend this book. Terrance Dean's opening tale was my introduction to his work, and I was quite impressed with the poetic style and sexual intensity that was "The Intern". Admittedly, I wasn't as moved by this tale; possibly because there was nothing new for me having read about the ups and downs of Raheim and Mitchell before. Still, there is one scene depicting a dinner with E. Lynn which warmed my heart and was probably the best E. Lynn connection of the three tales - all of which brought the late author into the narrative at some point.
That one scene by Hardy left me smiling, contemplative, and mourning the man - the late author, the mentor to all same gender loving writers coming up after him - whom none of us will have the chance to break bread with. Yes, I always felt that one day I would, but fate had other plans. The 3rd tale, "House of John", is the best of the three. Though I almost didn't write this review because I didn't want to compare best and worst, but Stanley Bennett Clay author of "In Search of Pretty Young Black Men" and "Looker" delivers such a powerful love story I couldn't contain myself.
Set in exotic Santo Domingo at a house of, well, ill-repute, where a jaded mid-life-crisis man finds himself heartbroken and navigating the well-charted seas all gay men must travel as the clock ticks and we are no longer boy candy. It was truly a moving, erotic and fitting wrap up to this tribute to our beloved E. This was a wonderful book in remembrance of E. He will be truly missed. Wonderful authors that did this book.
The 1st story was too short and there was no resolution given. It just left me hanging wanting more.
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The 2nd story was too long, the radio interview while insightful was not needed. The 3rd story was the only complete one.. I laughed till I cried and then laughed more as the hero found the meaning of complete love. This is the way to give a tribute. Lynn Harris would be proud!! It's almost impossible to pick the best story because they all were hot. Take a bow gentlemen, ya'll did a spectacular job!
I can only say this was an awesome "read".. These three authors nailed it in each of these stories!!!! The strength of this story is the time construction and the double writing style: House of John by Stanley Bennett Clay: Jesse has an enviable life and a job he likes, but he is not lucky in love. At 38 years old, he is so desperate for love that he easily mistakes sex for the real thing, only to be bitterly awakened soon after. Since he is slow to learn the lesson, he decides to join a group of friends at Santo Domingo, with the only purpose of finding cheap sex without string attached.
On the island, he meets Etienne, but the young man is not what Jesse was expecting: This is probably the most romantic of all the three stories, the romance is all around in the air, and basically when there is love, everything seems easier. Lynn Harris plays the role of the fairy godmother in all above stories, the one who is able to give the right advice to set the men on their right path towards love, being always truthful to themselves and the men they love.
Oct 11, Alan rated it it was ok. Visible Lives was published to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of E. This is a collection of three novellas from African-American gay fiction writers who had some association with Harris. Each story begins with a heartfelt introduction outlining how the author knew Harris and the effect Harris had on their work. The First story, The Intern by Terrance Dean, tells the tale of Chase, a television executive who has dated a stri Visible Lives was published to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of E.
The First story, The Intern by Terrance Dean, tells the tale of Chase, a television executive who has dated a string of losers until a summer intern working in his office comes on to him. The intern is sexy, caring, passionate and hung — everything Chase needs. The intern is much younger. This is basically a story about how Chase got his groove back. This turned out to be a moderately entertaining story. I found the characters to be somewhat one dimensional and the plot overly predictable.
There were, however, several clever scenes and the dialog was often funny. Fate steps in and grounds all flights, giving Raheim the opportunity he needs. I had significant issues with this story. This story, in my opinion, is poorly written and tedious. It became extremely annoying.
The third and last story, House of John by Stanley Bennett Clay, turned out to be my favorite of the three. A middle-aged man, Jesse, is devastated when he finds that his long-term lover is cheating on him. To retaliate he joins a group of other gay men on a sex vacation in the Dominican Republic that promises a wealth of sexual opportunities with the local hustlers. Although he craves uncomplicated sex with sexy young studs, he finds that he has issues exploiting the locals.
But then he meets a local guy who is not only drop-dead-gorgeous, but is also NOT a hustler. The two begin a very sweet romance. But where will it lead? This story is unique, intelligent and fun. The characters seem real and have depth, and the situations are interesting, sometimes even gripping. It is very well written and the pace moves along at a good clip.
This one story made the trilogy worth reading. I can highly recommend it. I have never read any of E. All three had a heavy erotic content, which seldom detracted from the storyline. For the most part, the way each one weaved Harris into the story seemed awkward, and somewhat cheesy. Overall, two of the three stories are certainly worth a look. I do recommend this book. Jan 01, Richard Kirkwood rated it liked it. This book was a recommended read for a book club I belong too. The Intern was a well written and engrossing story and this is where it stops, James Earl Hardy's story was trite and boring I could not get myself to read pass the first couple of pages of the story, I have yet to read the "House of John", only because I hated "Is it St This book was a recommended read for a book club I belong too.
The Intern was a well written and engrossing story and this is where it stops, James Earl Hardy's story was trite and boring I could not get myself to read pass the first couple of pages of the story, I have yet to read the "House of John", only because I hated "Is it Still Good to Ya? Since I do know Stanley Bennett Clay personally, I feel that I should attempt to read his story, from what I have heard, his story is the best written out of all three stories.
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My only problem with stories written by gay authors, is the constant opening of the stories with sex, as if that is all gay men do, don't they have other interest going on in their lives? Although I did enjoy Deans story I was a bit offended with the opening chapter of The Intern, but the story got better as it went along, I loved the cliff hanger at the end and can see it continue as a full fledge novel. As a black gay man I would like to read something more than the same cliche of someone performing oral or anal sex in the very beginning of the opening scene. Until I read more, I cannot see myself giving this book more than a 3 star rating.
Jun 26, T. Moten-Graham rated it it was amazing. This needs to be developed into a full fledged novel. This was nothing more than just a catch up on the lives of Rahiem "The Intern" was so refreshing. This was nothing more than just a catch up on the lives of Rahiem and Mitchell nothing more, nothing less. It was filler for the book. It would have been better to see Errol's view of his father and step father. I did enjoy the spin on it.
I liked the openness of the guys not being shamed about seeking their delights while in the DR.
Visible Lives: A Tribute To E. Lynn Harris
Black gay men can be so condescending, so the no holds barred attitudes was a YES!!! Aug 18, Dennie rated it liked it Shelves: I loved the first story by Terrance Dean. Loved Chase and Quinn. Chase is an older black man who meets a younger black man, Quinn. Quinn is very sincere and not what I would call a player. But he knows that he wants Chase and he pursues him. Theres a surprise twist in the last chapter and I hope a full novel comes of it.
Would like to see how it plays out. The second novel was by Hardy and I couldn't even finish it. I think I read 15 pages and was done. I didn't really like the 3rd novella either I loved the first story by Terrance Dean. I didn't really like the 3rd novella either and didn't even finish it. View all 4 comments. Jul 18, Rena rated it liked it Shelves: I loved the book, although I must say that Terrance Dean's story stood out the most.
He seemed to capture the spirit of E. It could have been a stand-alone novel, and I didn't want it to end. Overall, well-written and makes me miss E. Lynn all the more. Jun 20, Sumayyah rated it liked it Shelves: Three novellas celebrating the legacy of E. Mar 15, Robert Jenkins added it. I love this book its so good. Jul 26, Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing.
This tribute to E. Lynn Harris was an interesting read. It is comprised of three novellas by three different authors. I just wished the explicit sex wasn't so explicit. Ava rated it did not like it Dec 16, Brenda Deck rated it it was ok Jul 29, Juston rated it it was amazing Aug 06, Andrew Green rated it really liked it Oct 19, Terrance Dean rated it it was amazing Apr 20, Ray Ray rated it really liked it Nov 28, KJ rated it it was amazing Jun 11, Tisheema rated it it was amazing Mar 02, Kathy rated it really liked it May 31, Delena rated it really liked it Aug 14, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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