“Are there no lived happily thereafter endings
in a gay boy’s coming of age story?”
Portland OR (PRWEB) January 24, 2013
Relatively few books in the market feature stories of homosexual men. Conventionally, they focus on the darker and more tragic outcomes of a gay character’s life. In his quest to break this trend, an author using the pen name Eldot has created beautifully crafted fictional tales about the lighter side. In Thunder and Lightning, the fourth in his pioneering series about this topic, he takes readers up close and personal—to glimpse the impact of this “taboo” subject in the multi-faceted lives of a group of gay teenage boys.
He brings to life the interactions of several scouts at Camp Walker. This segment of Julian’s Private Scrapbook begins on the ninth day at camp and ends on the eleventh day. Although the timespan is relatively short, Eldot manages to capture both the significant and mundane episodes in each character’s experience. These episodes represent varied images of brotherhood, teamwork, friendship, romance and gay sexuality, all set against the backdrop of the outdoors.
Since this book picks up from the last episode of part three, understanding the dynamics of the characters may be difficult for those who have not read the preceding books. This is why the author has included an index description for each character, as well as a synopsis of the three previous books as an appendix. This supplemental information helps ease a reader’s entry into the story.
Thunder and Lightning, like Eldot’s previous works, excels in entertaining readers with its groundbreaking plot and exhilarating characterizations. Sprinkled with comedy and nostalgia of the 1960s throughout, it is a perfect reading experience for adults who would like to understand the coming of age story of gay teenage boys, their trials and triumphs, and enjoy sharing their journey toward self knowledge and acceptance.
About the Author
Eldot is retired. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of his life. Aside from his grey hair and modest potbelly, he thrives on the illusion that he is still in his thirties. When he is not writing, he takes daily walks, gardens, and helps family and friends with sundry outdoor projects. He listens to classical music all the time. Barr’s Meadow was to be his first novel; it grew into a series of five; The Poker Club was second, and The Shooting Gallery third to be published at Xlibris. The fifth book will be published early next year. All books are available in eBook format at the author’s website, http://www.diphra.com.
Thunder and Lightning * by Eldot
Julian's Private Scrapbook Part 4
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