Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Golden Age of Gay Fiction by Drewey Wayne Gunn

The Golden Age of Gay FictionThe Golden Age of Gay Fiction by Drewey Wayne Gunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantastic book, lousy formatting.

If you're considering buying the Kindle edition of this book, franly don't. The formatting makes it unreadable. Words are changed to gibberish, columns from the print edition are read across rather than down so nothing makes sense, the page numbers and borders from the print edition are included even though they no longer correspond to the end of the pages, a photo is shown and then two or three paragraphs later you find the reference, chapter headings appear at the bottom of the first page of the chapter, lines are justified to the left leaving the whole right side of the page blank, I could go on.

The print edition is the best book produced on the gay pulp fiction industry. The book has everything, a section is interviews with authors from the period, another section is essays on entire bodies of work from the popular writers of the time, including Guild Press, Gordon Merrick, etc. Some excellent articles you won't find anywhere else. The book ends with essays on the books by genre, making special effort to pull out titles you haven't seen discussed elsewhere.

Making this book was obviously a labour of love and reading it really was too. I don't understand why they couldn't transfer this labour into the electronic edition.

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