Thank you Mr Maupin for keeping our friend Michael Tolliver safe during the 17 year hiatus, and for delivering him back to us in this book.
If one can get past the fact that Michael Tolliver has grown from a lovable character into a wanker, its an okay story. I don't like that it is written in the first person narrative, first of all. After been used to Armistead Maupin using 3rd person narrative, this sort of didn't do it for me. Another fact that drove me crazy is Armistead Maupin's complete hate for anything right wing is very distracting and detracts from the story itself. It seems Michael can't stand anyone who is a Christian, who doesn't like to use cuss words in their vernacular, who is friends with Govenor Schwarzneggar, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, etc. When are left wing authors going to realize that people of all political persuasions read their books and it can upset some with the hate they spew. I don't have anything against gay people, but apparently in Mr. Maupin's rather small, shallow, and hateful point of view, anyone who isn't a liberal hates gays or are living in Dark Ages. It seems Michael, who told his brother at one point in the book that people are supposed to be kind to people, Mr. Maupin, isn't. Typical of a liberal point of view. I was going to buy Mr. Maupin's books for my Kindle, but I guess I won't, or perhaps I won't waste my money on this particular book, I just need to think about it. I'm not writing this to start a battle between political parties, I'm just disappointed in him using his hate as a soapbox in his otherwise fun and entertaining series of books. I love Tales, Further and More Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, and one in the last set of that series that I can't remember. This book is disappointing in that Michael has turned into an intolerant wanker, thanks to Mr. Maupin's soapbox. I can live with a few stupid remarks about the right wing, because that's to be expected, but not when the whole book is just so slanted and biased. Authors need to leave the politics out of their books.
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