All the Right Places: Short Stories Anthology
MMy Thoughts and Review:
Welcome aboard Short Stories Star Ship Airlines: Before we embark on our journey through Wayne Goodman’s Universe, we have a few words from the ship’s Captain. Thank you for traveling with us, we hope you enjoy the journey.
“Welcome aboard, Everyone! This is Captain S. I will let you work out what the S stands for. It is my job to give you a few ground rules, while we are soaring through Goodman’s Universe, along with some of the things you can look forward to on our travels together.
So, sit down, strap in, shut up, and hold on because this is one fast flight. Blink and you could miss something.
As you read the book try not to laugh, cry, or snicker aloud as it could disturb other passengers or characters. Do not attempt to side seat drive the ship, and most importantly, try not to get too lost in the stories. It has been reported that individuals have found themselves lost in 1865 California working with rebels from the C.S.A.
We had one gal attempt to force her way onto Stag Station, even though it was made clear, women were not allowed. She kept to the shadows however and never made her presence known. Seems she was quite intrigued by some of the things that were going on in this lighthouse.
There was a gentleman affiliated with a huge IT conglomerate who was so blown away by the Manscape part of Goodman’s Universe he is trying to decide whether he should buy into the company or just become a client. And No, this is neither about shaving nor cologne, but you are kinda on the right track…Hahaha…No, no…you really aren’t. However, this is a wonderful “Awww…” sweet romance. 💙
The most popular, and so the most dangerous parts of Goodman’s Universe are those that take you back in time. Just as the above-mentioned story about the Rebels during the Civil War, there is also the beautiful love story, “Nice Day for a Picnic,” set in Oscar Wilde’s day, and the exquisitely erotic “Out of Yoshiwara, ”set in 18th century Japan. The later is emotionally colorful like a beautiful watercolor painting. I could see and sense all the colors blending and muting together and smell the cinnabar and jasmine.
As I said, these are the most dangerous because you will find yourself thinking of these beautiful characters, and exotic places, wondering about their lives past the ending of the story. You could find yourself stuck there, so be mindful. I know from personal experience.💜 This can lead to bouts of daydreaming, slacking off at work, falling down historical rabbit holes as you delve into such topics as, the REAL Life and Times of Oscar Wilde, and male Geishas in 18th century Japan.
You have been given instruction and warning.
Now I leave you with this:
I don’t know that I have a favorite in this universe. However, I must say, to all those who ever declined any entries from Goodman’s Universe, you missed out on a treasure. Each story in this book is a jewel. Each one is so different from the one before it. Each one shining and shimmering with the brilliance of a thousand diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires, as the sun’s rays bounce off them. A true treasure trove of decadence for anyone who is passionate about their gay romance reads.
I am glad to be able to have this book in MY Universe (library), but more than that I am happy to have found a new author to add to my “go-to” list. I cannot recommend this book enough.
There is a story inside to move everyone. 💖
I received a complimentary copy of this book from OtherWorldsInk in exchange for my review.