Welcome to COOL GAY STUFF ! It's a pin-board round-up of Internet snippets which provide a succinct foretaste of new gay-friendly media. This gay 'sampler' also offers pathways to purchase the highly-readable 500-page paperback or Kindle e-book copy from Amazon-USA or Amazon-UK of your host - - fiction-author George Gardiner's - - highly-regarded sensual novel of Ancient Rome titled THE HADRIAN ENIGMA: A Forbidden History.

Cool Gay Stuff prioritizes readers & reading. It's a pointer to today's literary culture via brief excerpts from print articles, literary crits, movie crits, & online news etc, while also pointing you to material & sites of particular gay appeal. They're selected by your host, George Gardiner, author of "THE HADRIAN ENIGMA".

As a recently-published historical novel, THE HADRIAN ENIGMA is a highly-praised, erotically-charged, 'good read' Roman Era crime-thriller and sensual m/m romance. It is based on the real-life relationship of ancient Rome's dynamic emperor Hadrian ("... one of the five good emperors ...") with his handsome beau, Antinous of Bithynia, whose over-120 surviving ancient sculptures attest to his muscular good looks. Nevertheless, during an imperial tour of Rome's Mediterranean provinces in 130CE, Antinous drowned under questionable circumstances in Egypt's River Nile. This tragedy prompted an Imperial whodunit investigation whose (fictional) details have encouraged many readers of the paperback or Kindle e-book editions to endow this book a very favorable topmost 5-Star rating by more than half of its 25 Amazon online reviewers (56%, to be precise). This rating also adds the 24% of Amazon readers who awarded the novel 4-Stars. Combined, these figures deliver an Amazon purchaser's appreciation score of 4.1 points out of a possible ceiling of 5.

Cool Gay Stuff also provides direct links to Amazon-USA or Amazon-UK's book-sales sites for you to easily purchase a copy of the paperback (adding a modest delivery fee to the mail address of your choice). Alternatively, you may prefer to immediately download the thrifty Kindle e-book version of the same text? If so, click on the choice offered below. Please note :- the paperback edition of THE HADRIAN ENIGMA is NOT available at other public book-stores ... its sole purchase option is online via Amazon-USA or Amazon-UK (direct links displayed below). A 500-page paperback copy will be mailed to your preferred postal address after credit-card payment via Amazon.

Then follows this month's regularly-updated Cool Gay Stuff snippet-sampler of notable GLBTQ articles, essays, news, videos, movie trailers & reviews, plus direct links to the original Net sources. Please note :- this site avoids displaying NSFW images or overt porn so as "not to frighten the horses" (Oscar Wilde's cheery 1890's advice). This site's formal Fair Dealing/Non-Profit copyright criteria are posted at its conclusion, plus a full catalog of The Hadrian Enigma's research resources. So, welcome everyone wherever you are!
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A FRESH ITALIAN EXPRESSION OF A CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE ...


.... and now for something subtle ...

Plot : Summer of 1983, Northern Italy. An American-Italian (Timothee Chalamet) is enamored by an American student (Arnie Hammer) who comes to study and live with his family. Together they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them.

Watch the official trailer for this Italian (English-language) romantic drama "Call Me by Your Name," starring Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Victoire Du Bois, Vanda Capriolo, and Antonio Rimoldi. Directed by Luca Guadagnino.

The movie had its debut at the Sundance Film Festival (USA) in January, where it received rave reviews. It will play the Toronto Film Festival in August before it's release in the USA on November 24. The 2'10" trailer (above) tells it all in a very compact way ... (See too the related promotional story at : http://www.ontopmag.com/article/32702/Armie_Hammer_Timothee_Chalamet_On_Important_Gay_Drama_Call_Me_By_Your_Name

(Video trailers courtesy of YouTube, with many thanks.)

NEXT : DISCOVER ONE OF HISTORY'S MOST-CELEBRATED REAL-LIFE ROMANCES ...


ONE OF THE EARLIEST RECORDED SAME-SEX ROMANCES OF HISTORY : Hadrian Caesar and his very-fit paramour Antinous of Bithynia, set amid the Roman Empire (circa 125-130CE) two centuries before Rome legalized Christian beliefs.

The two-line blue web-address (below) is an invitation from your host, author George Gardiner, to explore his 498-page romance/crime/historical erotica/m-m romance "THE HADRIAN ENIGMA: A Forbidden History" at Amazon USA.

Alternatively, a click on the actual book cover-pics (below) will also deliver you to Amazon (USA) to explore purchase details via its Amazon Online link :-


HADRIAN & ANTINOUS - recorded history's first real-life 'out' lovers ...

HADRIAN & ANTINOUS - recorded history's first real-life 'out' lovers ...
... back & front covers of THE HADRIAN ENIGMA. To reach Amazon book sales: CLICK ON THE PICS for direct link to its Amazon USA page to check reviews, prices, & airmail-purchase of a paperback or instant Kindle ebook download.

OPINIONS OF "THE HADRIAN ENIGMA" - genuine online quotes from 25 Amazon purchasers ...



"Five stars .. A wonderful insight into Roman life ... fantastic, well-researched ..."
Amazon Customer, USA (March 2017)

"Five stars ... a good read."
Viola Noll at Amazon USA

"Nobody will ever know what, exactly, happened to Antinoos. But this is IMHO the best yet story about what might have been. ...."
David Woodworth (USA) at Amazon's USA sales site

"Five stars ... This is a good & fast read."
Fr Mike Mangoian (USA) at Amazon USA

"Five Stars ... I loved this book ... If you like mysteries, try this book. ... Lots of fun ... "
Eric Sootin, Asheville, NC (USA) at Amazon USA

"Five Stars ... Excellent ... couldn't put the book down ... one of the most enjoyable novels I've ever read ..."
Lloyd F Adams (USA), at Amazon USA

"Five Stars ... The best book I've read on Hadrian and Antinous."
JANE (Canada), at Amazon USA

"I recommend it to any historical fiction fan, especially any fan of the redoubtable Mary Renault. ..."
J.R. Tomlin, author of historical fiction, at :- http://jeannetomlin.blogspot.com/

"Five stars ... a tour de force ..."
Elisa Rolle, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer, USA & UK, & at : http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1092070.html

" ... an absorbing new book ... compelling writing ... action sequences that are brilliantly staged & paced ... on a higher plane than mere homoerotic titillation ... courageous & convincing ..."
Reader Down Under (Australia), at Amazon USA

"... extensively researched picture of life in the Roman Empire ... a mix of mystery, comedy, gay & straight romance - is an entertaining read ..."
Laura Staley, Historical Novels Review, USA, at :-
http://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/the-hadrian-enigma-a-forbidden-history/

"... an age-old love story with a twist ... an unexpected delight ... his storyline hooked me immediately ..."
Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson of READER VIEWS, Austin TX, USA
http://www.readerviews.com/ReviewGardinerTheHadrianEnigma.html

"... You will feel engaged and challenged ..."
Nan Hawthorne, author Beloved Pilgrim, at Amazon USA

"... extremely readable ... it's a page turner ... Gardiner has written an interesting & gripping story ..."
Kim at http://www.desicritics.org/ India

"... Five Stars ... a compelling crime mystery ... a hard book to put down ..."
Terence Charters, Hobart, Australia, at Amazon USA

"... An adventure through Hadrian's world. The story is easy to read and full of the homoeroticism that we love about this era. ..."
P. Novotny, London, at Amazon UK

"... a definitive Five Star read for me ..."
Aleksandr Voinov, UK, reviewer at Speak Its Name
http://speakitsname.com/2010/04/22/review-the-hadrian-enigma-by-george-gardiner/

"Five Stars ... A masterful recreation of Ancient Rome ... the historical details are a delight ... characters are outlined in a vivid way which is like meeting old friends ... "
Ernest Gill, Hamburg, at Amazon USA & UK

"Five Stars ... as a reimagining of the Hadrian-Antinous relationship in the context of the age it is fascinating."
Muriel Perkins, Texas, at Amazon USA

" ... this is a novel about the nature of love ... but this is far from just being a gay romance. ..." Kit Moss, historical author, at :- http://kitmossreviews.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/the-hadrian-enigma-forbidden-history-by.html

"A truly exceptional book on 'What Greek Love" is all about ..."
John R. Shelton at Amazon USA

"Five Stars. I so enjoyed this book. Highly recommend it ... "
Stephen Forte, Birmingham, Alabama at Amazon USA

" ... I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the Hadrian/Antinous relationship"
Harrison Sheppard at Amazon USA

NOTE: Amazon USA's &
UK's online book & ebook purchase sites with their 25 independent reader's reviews (fourteen awarding Five Stars for excellence!) can be read in full by clicking on :- http://www.amazon.com/Hadrian-Enigma-Forbidden-History/product-reviews/0980746906/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1



SYNOPSIS :

LUST, LOVE, INTRIGUE, & MURDEROUS REVENGE: challenging suspense fiction suggested by real events in history's most unusual true love story ...

THE HADRIAN ENIGMA: A Forbidden History
A novel
(C) George Gardiner
ISBN13: 978-0-9807469-1-4 (at Amazon USA, UK, Europe, Australia etc) in 498-page paperback or Kindle ebook.
Also iBookstore, iPad, Nook & ePub ebook formats available via online sources. (Not available in street stores.)

The scene: ancient Rome, 130 years after Christ yet two centuries prior to Christianity being legal. Caesar Hadrian is the popular ruler of a vast pagan empire at the height of its power & wealth.

Hadrian, one of Rome's "five good emperors" searches for & eventually locates the love of his life .. Antinous, an elite Greek athlete, huntsman, & cavalry cadet. They become 'companions' under the ancient Greco-Roman mentoring tradition of an erastes (mentor) & his eromenos (student).

During an imperial pleasure tour of Egypt Antinous is discovered dead in the River Nile. Hadrian is distraught. Is the death a drunken prank gone wrong, suicide, murder, or something far more sinister? Hadrian assigns historian playboy Suetonius Tranquillus to investigate.

THE HADRIAN ENIGMA is the outlawed record of Caesar's investigation into one of history's most suspicious fatalities. It reveals more than Hadrian may want to know, or wants others to know. Set in a society increasingly reflecting facets of our own times, it portrays an era of torrid relationships, raging ambition, wealth inequalities, & uninhibited morals within a severely macho culture of honor, shame, pride & prejudice.

BUY ONLINE ONLY (not available in street stores). CLICK NOW ON A LINK BELOW to select or compare your preferred purchase & delivery options ...

For an Amazon-USA delivered (or air-freighted overseas) paperback :
www.amazon.com/HADRIAN-ENIGMA-Forbidden-History/dp/0980746906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269738721&sr=1-1

for Amazon's Kindle ebook or Kindle-For-PC's download :
http://www.amazon.com/HADRIAN-ENIGMA-Forbidden-History-ebook/dp/B003LSSEQA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&m=A24IB90LPZJ0BS&s=books&qid=1273695704&sr=1-2

[If you buy a new print edition of THE HADRIAN ENIGMA, or have purchased one in the past, you can buy a Kindle ebook edition for only $1.99 - saving 80%. Print edition must have been sold by Amazon.]

for Amazon UK :
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hadrian-Enigma-Forbidden-History/dp/0980746906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271810088&sr=1-1

COOL GAY STUFF now introduces current news & opinion in both columns ...


With many thanks to the originating sources, this left-side column offers "
Mobile First" news excerpts ... a 'text-only' stream for mobile devices to identify & promote teaser-snippets of LGBTQ-news, relevant text selections, plus trailer details of likely gay-interest .... culminating in independent readers' reviews of
THE HADRIAN ENIGMA ...

... meanwhile, the right-hand column (viewable only via full-frame PC's, laptops, & notebooks etc), displays pics, graphics, cinema trailers, or short videos relevant to the main column's subject .....

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Monday, July 31, 2017

GAY SOLDIERS WHO RISKED DEATH FROM THEIR OWN SIDE ...

As  brave as any: Letters reveal untold stories of gay soldiers who risked being shot for 'gross indecency' during two world wars
----  selected opening pars from an historical report by Rory Tingle at the Daily Mail'Mail Online (UK), 28 July 2017 :-

      'They dedicated their youth to defending a country that was often reluctant to accept the way they lived their lives - even at the risk of getting shot.
      And now the incredible stories of the gay men who fought in the two world wars has been revealed in a new book on the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
      These include the love letters of First World War sweethearts, working-class Ralph Hall and middle-class soldier Montague Glover, who began a long-term relationship in the 1930s. 
      Both men served in the Army from 1914-18, while Hall joined in the RAF during World War Two, and the couple reunited during peacetime and risked imprisonment for their relationship up until 1967.
      Due to manpower shortages, gay men were unofficially allowed to serve in the armed forces, and around 250,000 of some 5 million British men who during the Second World War are estimated to have been gay or bisexual.
      This is despite the law saying gay recruits could be dismissed with a dishonourable discharge for the mere fact of being gay, and imprisoned or even shot for 'gross indecency' if they engaged in homosexual acts ... ' 
----  see more of this revealing extended article at www.dailymail.co.uk at :- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4735232/Letters-reveal-stories-gay-soldiers-world-wars.html 

NOW, in this column : SELECTED TRAILERS OF RECENT GAY-THEMED OR GAY-INTEREST CINEMA ....



.... here are a dozen movie trailers from recent international sources (click on center-frame arrows, below, to activate). They are updated regularly ... with thanks to
YouTube & the movies' international distributors ...



ARGENTINA'S 'ESTEROS" / A new movie .... click on the center arrow ...

When someone becomes the CENTER OF MY WORLD (Germany) 2016 ...

A classic movie returns in 2017 ... now on enhanced dvd

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SUPER-TWINK "BRENT CORRIGAN" LIVES AGAIN ...

ASIAN GAY ROMANCE fights stigma in Hollywood ...

"THE PASS" ... its 2017 movie trailer

"BEING 17" / Young love finds a way ...

Twenty-two year old David has it all – he’s young, hot, and he’s just got into the prestigious dance school of his dreams. But he has a secret: for two years he’s been sleeping with his sister’s husband, Jules.

SOFT LAD is the directorial debut from Leon Lopez, an examination of lust, jealousy and their consequences in contemporary Liverpool. Starring UK artists Daniel Brocklebank (Coronation Street) and Jonny Labey (EastEnders).


Passions ignite and hidden secrets are revealed when a graphic designer in Los Angeles reconnects with an ex-boyfriend he hasn’t seen or heard from in 15 years. LAZY EYE is a story about roads not taken, unfinished business, and the struggle to adjust to progressive lenses. Written and directed by Tim Kirkman (LOGGERHEADS, DEAR JESSE, THE NIGHT LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME), LAZY EYE stars Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Aaron Costa Ganis and Michaela Watkins.

BEING GAY IN CUBA .. "VIVA"

"LILTING' - British actor Ben Wishaw tests his range again ...

LILTING ...

"What is like to live in a world where you have no grasp of its language, and your only lifeline to that is lost." In "LILTING" Ben Wishaw, wide ranging UK character actor from Shakespeare to James Bond movies, tests his range even further.

"Best gay-themed movie ever!" ... ?

STONEWALL | The birth of a Movement ...

FREEHELD - A subtle gay rights challenge ...

VENICE FESTIVAL ENTRY: "From Afar" (Venezuela 2015)

Peter Greenaway's EISENSTEIN, Stalin's eccentric filmmaker ...

FRENCH MOVIE ABOUT FRENCH FASHION ICON ...

BISEXUAL WOMEN | How to be oneself? ...

CONTROVERSIAL FRENCH MOVIE ...

ONE OF THE TOP TEN FOR 2014 ...

GAY LIFE in Switzerland in the '50's ...

COOL LGBT MOVIE | "CONCUSSION" (USA 2013)

HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY (USA) review of "THE HADRIAN ENIGMA" ...

A fair-haired young man, dressed in rich ceremonial armor, is found dead in the Nile River. When he is identified, everyone realizes the dangerous political implications of this death, because Antinous was the eromenos—the lover and protégé—of the Roman Emperor Hadrian.

A grief-stricken Hadrian appoints two members of the court, Suetonius and his patron Clarus, to find out how and why Antinous died. They have two days to find the answer, permission to interrogate anyone except the Emperor and Empress, and the promise that they may forfeit their lives if they fail to satisfy Hadrian.

Failure is a distinct possibility. While Antinous was well-liked and respected, the circle of suspects is wide, as it often will be when the victim is the confidant of an absolute ruler. The two sleuths quickly draft unlikely but able assistants to help them, including a scribe and an observant, multilingual prostitute.

The book offers an extensively researched picture of life in the Roman Empire of 130 AD. Gardiner is equally convincing when writing about imperial politics and succession laws, marriage and sexual customs, philosophy and the theater.

But The Hadrian Enigma—a mix of mystery, comedy, gay and straight romance—is an entertaining read.

(See more at :-http://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/the-hadrian-enigma-a-forbidden-history/

THE HADRIAN ENIGMA | A review by historical fiction author J.R. Tomlin ...

An excerpt from a review of August 15, 2011

" .... In 130 AD, while accompanying the Emperor Hadrian on a tour up the Nile, the beautiful youth Antinous plunges into the Nile and drowns. Hadrian, near maddened with grief, declares Antinous a god. However, Suetonius just happens to be along on this imperial tour. Already the author of juicy books on contemporary Roman life, he is perfectly placed to investigate this mysterious death, so Emperor Hadrian commands him to investigate and find the murderer within 48 hours or suffer the consequences.

In the imperial compound on the Nile, Suetonius searches for clues. Here, semi-isolated, the bubbling cauldron of the Roman court has been transplanted to a fabulous tent city. Yet, the mystery of Egypt is an ever present backdrop to this baffling death. .... Why was Antinous clad in heavy ceremonial parade armor and weapons when he died? How did he come by a slit on his left wrist and strange marks on his throat? And how can Suetonius unravel all this when the Emperor refuses to let Suetonius even touch the body to examine it? The characterization is vivid and the historicity meticulous in this novel. I enjoyed savoring the characters and setting as Suetonius unraveled the imperial goings on. .... "

See more of J.R. Tomlin's review at her author's blogsite "Writing & More" at : http://jeannetomlin.blogspot.com/


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GEORGE