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Alleys & Doorways: An Anthology of Homoerotic Urban Fantasy Short Stories

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Do you like your fantasy urban? Do you want your magic real? Then look to Alleys and Doorways. Editor Meredith Schwartz brings tales of magic and mystery, all set in the cities of our realities and imaginations. From magic users to elves, dragons to demon lovers, the stories as are diverse as they are heated. Authors like Sean Michael, BA Tortuga, Steve Berman and AJ Grant Do you like your fantasy urban? Do you want your magic real? Then look to Alleys and Doorways. Editor Meredith Schwartz brings tales of magic and mystery, all set in the cities of our realities and imaginations. From magic users to elves, dragons to demon lovers, the stories as are diverse as they are heated. Authors like Sean Michael, BA Tortuga, Steve Berman and AJ Grant give us the experience of gay love and romance, and all the magic we can dream of


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Do you like your fantasy urban? Do you want your magic real? Then look to Alleys and Doorways. Editor Meredith Schwartz brings tales of magic and mystery, all set in the cities of our realities and imaginations. From magic users to elves, dragons to demon lovers, the stories as are diverse as they are heated. Authors like Sean Michael, BA Tortuga, Steve Berman and AJ Grant Do you like your fantasy urban? Do you want your magic real? Then look to Alleys and Doorways. Editor Meredith Schwartz brings tales of magic and mystery, all set in the cities of our realities and imaginations. From magic users to elves, dragons to demon lovers, the stories as are diverse as they are heated. Authors like Sean Michael, BA Tortuga, Steve Berman and AJ Grant give us the experience of gay love and romance, and all the magic we can dream of

50 review for Alleys & Doorways: An Anthology of Homoerotic Urban Fantasy Short Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mere Rain

    First of all, the subtitle here is misleading. Some of the stories could be called erotic, but certainly not all, and only a couple seemed like eroticism was the primary intent. Some had only slight romantic or sexual content (eg., one has an established couple who live together and there is implied fade-to-black sex, once, but the story is about a dragon) and in tone a number of them were dark or sad. Anyway, this isn't really a personal complaint, as I was happy with the selection; I'm just ex First of all, the subtitle here is misleading. Some of the stories could be called erotic, but certainly not all, and only a couple seemed like eroticism was the primary intent. Some had only slight romantic or sexual content (eg., one has an established couple who live together and there is implied fade-to-black sex, once, but the story is about a dragon) and in tone a number of them were dark or sad. Anyway, this isn't really a personal complaint, as I was happy with the selection; I'm just explaining so hypothetical-you who might want to not want the volume is aware. I would characterize the predominant tone as rather dark. There are a lot of stories about characters who are marginalized, or poor, or cursed, or unhappy due to ptsd or other mental health issues. That said, overall I thought the quality of the stories was quite good.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kassa

    I originally read the anthology when in electronic form and released by Torquere. Some of the stories stayed with me since then and others I forgot about entirely. So the chance to revisit this anthology was definitely welcome, but I came away with mixed feelings. Again, some of the stories stand out as fabulous and truly entertaining, whimsical delights. Others are forgettable (again) and ultimately the anthology finished considerably weaker than it starts. The actual score is indicative of the I originally read the anthology when in electronic form and released by Torquere. Some of the stories stayed with me since then and others I forgot about entirely. So the chance to revisit this anthology was definitely welcome, but I came away with mixed feelings. Again, some of the stories stand out as fabulous and truly entertaining, whimsical delights. Others are forgettable (again) and ultimately the anthology finished considerably weaker than it starts. The actual score is indicative of the anthology as a whole but the first 9 stories so far outshine the last few. There is sure to be something for every taste in this collection and even with a few less than great stories, the fabulous offerings make this incredibly worthwhile. The writing ranges from decent to fabulous and the settings tend to be more fantasy than modern, though as I’ve said there is something for everyone. The collection starts strong with the interesting and curious “Everlasting” about a human that becomes trapped in the park due to a passing wish. This highlights the old saying “be careful what you wish for” and shows a creepy, sad, but fascinating fae world. From there the sole f/f offering is an alternate reality where a war has occurred and changed life while keeping it remarkably similar. The haunting overtones of “The Steel Anniversary” will stay with readers for some time. From there the anthology really picks up with a delightful and whimsical offering in “Side Effects” where a young couple must deal with an unexpected effect from using magic. The characters, relationship, and story are very entertaining and sure to please. Similarly, “Path of Corruption” stands out for its dark tones and creepy setting. The depths the main character sinks is absorbing and gripping, challenging the reader on costs of love and life. Combined with the romantic and gritty “The Reflection of Love” about a young Seer and his helpless attraction to a prostitute, these three stories stand out as my favorites of the collection. Each is well written, engaging, and creates a great atmosphere in very few words. Must reads for lovers of great fiction. Highlights also include the funny and witty “Were” about a gay shapeshifter who is a bunny rabbit, not the most masculine of shifters yet he finds a common geeky thread with a younger man. “Lost” is a romantic and sweet tale showing the strength of love and overcoming fear and ingrained habits. “Underneath” is also humorous about a Seer and a Knight, with a lot of parallels between the men and their professions but is well written, engaging, and a quick treat. All of the above stories are worth reading and make the anthology fast to read and very enjoyable. Unfortunately the collection slows from there with stories that are decent and clean with good settings but ultimately lacked the connection between the story and the reader. These stories tended to involve extraneous detail or slight rambling and just didn’t offer the same engaging aspects as the previous stories. “Picture Perfect” has a touch of sweet supernatural to bring two lovers together and “Flight” is a sad but inspiring story about a boy wanting to fly with a partner. “Cedar,” “Love Potion,” and “The Token” each have a good premise and are decently written but never fully developed either the setting or the characters. They felt half finished as if parts were left out. Overall I’d very much recommend the anthology despite the star rating. I averaged the score of all the stories so that came out to be 3.75 but several of the stories are easily much higher than that. One of the best aspects if that you can pick and choose which stories to read and although you could easily read the entire collection in one sitting, you’ll want to revisit some I suspect. Take a chance and get this anthology, you won’t be disappointed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    BrittainX

    I'm not an erotica reader, but there's simply no plot to this, and most of the sex is between strangers who don't introduce themselves. I'm not an erotica reader, but there's simply no plot to this, and most of the sex is between strangers who don't introduce themselves.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cow

    Slightly amusing story behind me even reading this book: I had been hanging out with a friend at a festival all day, in the Ottawa summer sun; it was well over 30 degrees and humid, and we'd been out in it all day. We decided to go to a bookstore we both liked, both for books and air conditioning. My brain was so cooked from the heat I forgot that 'urban fantasy' is a genre that exists (and that I really, truly dislike and am bored by). I just thought, oh, the magic of the city applied to intere Slightly amusing story behind me even reading this book: I had been hanging out with a friend at a festival all day, in the Ottawa summer sun; it was well over 30 degrees and humid, and we'd been out in it all day. We decided to go to a bookstore we both liked, both for books and air conditioning. My brain was so cooked from the heat I forgot that 'urban fantasy' is a genre that exists (and that I really, truly dislike and am bored by). I just thought, oh, the magic of the city applied to interesting, ~alternative~ people and relationships; this could be neat! Not really. First: queer just means gay here, with maybe one or two instances of it meaning lesbian; anything else on the 'queer' spectrum is forgotten. Second: about 60% of the book is just generic porn, which really isn't my thing even when it's good. And third, it actually is urban fantasy. Which, yeah, my fault, but meh. There are a couple of good stories in here! Elspeth Potter's "The Token" and JoSelle Vanderhooft's "Were" were enjoyable, even if (in large part) in contrast to the rest of the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    Lost by Wendy Barnum, 3 stars Path of Corruption by Steve Berman, 1 star Side Effecs by M. Decker, 2 stars Everlasting by Rose Fox, 1 star Undermneath by A.J. Grant, 2 stars The Steel Anniversary by Vakry Z. Lewis, 1 star Picture Perfect by Sean Michael, 4 stars The Token by Elspeth Potter, 1 star Cedar by Ann Stoce, 1 star The Love Potion by Abbie Strehlow, 2 stars The Reflection of Love by Julia Talbot, 3 stars The Truth of Skinand Ink by B.A. Tortuga, 2 stars Were by Joselle Vanderhooft, 3 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    My favorite story by far was "The Reflection of Love" by Julia Talbot - I'm a sucker for the idea of sex making magical powers stronger, and I liked the edge of it. My least favorite, unfortunately, was the last story, which left me with the literary version of an aftertaste. My favorite story by far was "The Reflection of Love" by Julia Talbot - I'm a sucker for the idea of sex making magical powers stronger, and I liked the edge of it. My least favorite, unfortunately, was the last story, which left me with the literary version of an aftertaste.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gwengwel

    I didn't like the first three one. Did not finish. I didn't like the first three one. Did not finish.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    A few good stories, several great stories and a couple of outstanding stories. I love fantasy shorts.

  9. 5 out of 5

    S.J.D. Peterson

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lethe Press

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eija

  14. 4 out of 5

    The

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sterh

  16. 4 out of 5

    Harper

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

  18. 5 out of 5

    L

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carole-Ann

    Variable stories in this anthology. Most OK.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Parker

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vasean

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bookfreakazoid

  24. 4 out of 5

    Corrie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dragonhyde

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael Jones

  27. 4 out of 5

    Collette

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lady

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jacinda

  31. 5 out of 5

    Collette

  32. 5 out of 5

    Shin

  33. 4 out of 5

    Midnight

  34. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Treadway

  35. 5 out of 5

    Jason Bradley

  36. 4 out of 5

    Nikyta

  37. 4 out of 5

    adrienne

  38. 5 out of 5

    Angela Benedetti

  39. 4 out of 5

    Damian Serbu

  40. 4 out of 5

    Paul Michael

  41. 4 out of 5

    Cornelia Grey

  42. 4 out of 5

    Martin

  43. 5 out of 5

    Dash

  44. 5 out of 5

    Kt

  45. 4 out of 5

    Ronda

  46. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia

  47. 5 out of 5

    Emilie

  48. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  49. 4 out of 5

    Ellis Carrington

  50. 5 out of 5

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