Best Gay Love Stories 2005
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Later: Lots of enjoyable stories here, some quite sad, others heartwarming. (The editor's introduction may explain his personal bias in this selection!) Among my favorites:
J. A. Deveaux' "Passing", in which a young man playing a Frisbee game with friends in a graveyard meets a solemn stranger who disapproves; they strike up a friendship, but things take a poignant turn.
Gavin Austen's "Tokens to Tomorrow," with a grieving man meeting an unexpected matchmaker.
Scott D. Pomfret's "Magi," which opens with a Unitarian-Universalist take on a non-sectarian creche (!) and segues into a relationship-of-sorts.
Rhysenn S.' "The Law of Love" actually presents two men who meet in the course of prosecuting a legal claim, not the most romantic setting, yet the story works very well.
For a change of pace, there's Schuyler Bishop's "Rearview Mirror," a modern spin on the tale of Narcissus.
On the humorous side, Lawrence Schimel's "Märchen to a Different Beat" takes the Hansel and Gretel story into new and fabulous territory.
"A Man's Man" by Steve Atwood is set in a senior citizens' home, and presents a charming friendship between an unlikely pair.
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