Nigel Gordon

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About Nigel Gordon

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  • Birthday 08/17/1948

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    Leicester England
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    Bookbinding, Cooking, Theatrical Magic, Aikido, Kijuryu Atemi Jutsu, Mathematics, Science, Computers, Politics, History, Paganism, Environmentalism and Gaia

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  1. Sex in novels

    There is a place for sex in novels, there is even a place for nasty sex in novels, however, that place is limited. It must be contextual within the story, not pushed in for the gratification of the reader. It should also be reasonable in both the level of its description, remember the reader probably has a better imagination than you have descriptive powers, and in length. Unfortunately, too many gay-themed novels fail on both these counts, especially on Kindle. Well written sex can improve a novel, badly written sex can destroy it.
  2. Brass Balls

    This was definitely one of the first Chris James stories that I ever read. It is certainly one of those that got me hooked on his writing. The only thing I can say about it now is that the 'tweaked' version for AD is a lot better than the original. Am really enjoying it, even though I know what is going to happen.
  3. Mark Foster, world champion swimmer, comes out

    I was surprised to read that Mark Foster had just come out as gay. I thought this had been known for some years.
  4. Australia votes YES for same sex marriage

    All you will have to do now is have a campaign to stop establishments charging more for a gay marriage than they do for a straight marriage. This has happened over here recently. Went to a wedding in August and the brides mother told me that the £15K they had forked out for the wedding had left them somewhat financially strapped. I was surprised because I had been there a few weeks earlier for the wedding of a gay couple I know, and they had basically the same wedding package but were charged £22K.
  5. The Frost Covered Marker

    This story by Geron Kees is set in Norway towards the end of the second world war. It is about two boys who one afternoon find themselves deciding to take action to help the resistance and the events that come from that decision. It is extremely well written and evokes a feeling of Norway in its description of things. I had the privilege to meeting and knowing a number of members of the Norwegian resistance when I was working in Scandinavia and this story has the touch of somebody who knows or has know those people. It is published on IOMFATS and you can find it here: http://iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/geron-kees/shorts/the-frost-covered-marker.html
  6. Novels by JF Smith

    Unfortunately they do not appear to be available on the Amazon UK Kindle Store.
  7. Notes

    There are some stories which are good, there are some which are great. Then there are some like Notes which can only be called sublime. They work perfectly, capturing the feeling of time, place and events. To write such a story takes great skill and in Notes Cole has demonstrated that skill perfectly. Probably one of the best short stories I have ever read and certainly the best I have read on the internet.
  8. Another Summer in Georgia

    Cole, the absolute facts stated in Dodger are correct. Pratchett did a lot of research to make sure he got the details right. Even the positioning of the sewers is correct for the period when it is set. Pratchett is following the same rule that Ian Fleming set out. Whenever you have a checkable fact make sure it is right, then when you make a fictional statement it will be believed. I met Fleming on a couple of occasions and he always emphasised getting the facts right. Once they were in place you could mix in fiction to your hearts content.
  9. Another Summer in Georgia

    May be a long wait. Tied down in a lot or research. Learning that writing a linked series of novel where the key novel is set around real events gives rise to all sorts of problems.
  10. The Lavender Song

    Came across this when doing some research into the Berlin Cabaret scene in the 1920s. Maybe it should be revived big time: I am putting two links up for it in English and one in German, there are plenty more on YouTube. Personally I think the English words are better than the original German - they fit better. And here is the original German recording from 1921: This is the original German version from 1921 sung by Marek Weber:
  11. The Lavender Song

    Came across this when doing some research into the Berlin Cabaret scene in the 1920s. Maybe it should be revived big time: I am putting two links up for it in English and one in German, there are plenty more on YouTube. Personally I think the English words are better than the original German - they fit better. And here is the original German recording from 1921:
  12. Release of the new Haywood's Journey

    Just arrived on my Kindle, will enjoy reading it.
  13. Another Summer in Georgia

    Well it's come to an end. Just have to hope we hear more about the boys in the future. I am sure they are going to have an eventful life one way or another. Sequels are hard to do and more often than not don't work. This one did and I throughly enjoyed it. Thanks Cole.
  14. Article of interest to all writers

    I agree with Cynus.
  15. Another Summer in Georgia

    I am just enjoying this, will leave comments till the end.