Book Review

Book Review

Book reviews by members of The Shack Out Back. These reviews are open to stories of all types, including traditionally published, self-published and stories available for free on community websites. Most story reviews found here are either coming-of-age or gay themed, but all genres are accepted.

Cirrus’s Book Club: One Man Guy, by Michael Barakiva

Cirrus’s Book Club: One Man Guy, by Michael Barakiva

May 4, 2017, by Imagine Team

In some of my reviews I’ve mentioned how LGBTI young adult books are getting more diverse in the stories they…

Cirrus’s Book Club: Simon vs The HomoSapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli

October 30, 2016, by Imagine Team

Simon is gay, closeted, and emailing anonymously with another gay boy at his school he knows only as “Blue”. But…

Cirrus’s Book Club: Drag Queen, by Jeffery Self

September 16, 2016, by Imagine Team

While Comsie is away wrestling with an army of small children, the rest of us have to keep things ticking…

Cirrus’s Book Club: Orbiting Jupiter, by Gary D. Schidt

July 1, 2016, by Imagine Team

No gay content in this novel – but it features teenage (and almost teenage) boys, plus it’s good. Fair warning:…

Cover image for Cirrus's Book: Club: The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness

Cirrus’s Book Club: The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness

May 2, 2016, by Imagine Team

There are few authors for whom my eyes light up whenever I see a new book from them, because I…

Cover image for Cirrus's Book Club: Savior, by D.J. Jones

Cirrus’s Book Club: Savior

March 1, 2016, by Imagine Team

“Savior” is a vampire story set in Chicago. The plot, setting and style are all very reminiscent of “Gone From…

Cover image to Cirrus's Book Club: Mad World, by Brokendreamboi

Cirrus’s Book Club: Mad World

March 1, 2016, by Imagine Team

Today at Cirrus’ Book Club we’re featuring our first story by a Shack author. I’m always looking for more stories…

Cirrus’s Book Club: Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

January 2, 2016, by Imagine Team

Let’s get the obvious thing out of the way first. It’s impossible to read this story without noticing parallels with…

Cirrus’s Book Club: The Chaos Walking Trilogy, by Patrick Ness

January 2, 2016, by Imagine Team

“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that they don’t got nothing much to…

Cirrus’s Book Club: The Luminaries

Cirrus’s Book Club: The Luminaries

October 30, 2015, by Imagine Team

As they say “And now for something COMPLETELY different”. This book is Literature with a capital L. It’s so prestigious…

Cirrus’s Book Club: The Straight Road To Kylie

Cirrus’s Book Club: The Straight Road To Kylie

October 30, 2015, by Imagine Team

When I was in high school, you couldn’t find many Young Adult books with gay themes. When I was at…

Cirrus’s Book Club: Marco Impossible

Cirrus’s Book Club: Marco Impossible

September 1, 2015, by Imagine Team

  Have you ever had that best friend that you’d do almost anything for, but who frequently drives you completely…

Cirrus’s Book Club: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Cirrus’s Book Club: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

September 1, 2015, by Imagine Team

  Nick: “I know this is going to sound strange, but would you mind being my girlfriend for the next…

Cirrus’s Book Club: Feet of Clay, by Terry Pratchett

Cirrus’s Book Club: Feet of Clay, by Terry Pratchett

September 1, 2015, by Imagine Team

  If you’ve never read a Terry Pratchett book, you need to rectify that mistake immediately. Terry Pratchett is a…

Cirrus’s Book Club: Spark & Breakthrough

July 4, 2015, by Imagine Team

Spark : A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius” by Kristine Barnett Breakthrough : How one teen innovator is changing the…

Cirrus’s Book Club: Better Nate Than Never & Five Six Seven Nate

July 4, 2015, by Imagine Team

Cirrus’s Book Club Introduction: We’ve got “Sealed with a Kiss” and “Wet Dream of the Week” and “Movie Monday” and…