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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review: Swishy Pete Volume II by A. Scott Bodie

Conversations with Swishy Pete Volume IIConversations with Swishy Pete Volume II by A. Scott Boddie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Synopsis: In this second collection of stories, the fabulous Swishy Pete and his cohorts double the funny. Don't worry, dolls -- each episode is better than the last. Revisit Delicious, Minnie, and Char as they delve deeper into their lives and the unique friendship they share. Join them in celebrating Chars' birthday as wackiness ensues and the comical Aunt Bessie is introduced.

Conversations with Swishy Pete Volume II gathers together twelve flash fiction "episodes" featuring Swishy Pete and his friends as they dish on life in the Big Apple. Sometimes deep, often humorous, these short stories bring a fresh perspective that redefines GLBT stereotypes.

So, honey, come listen in as Pete tells it like it is.

My Thoughts:
This was my first bout with A. Scott Boddie and also the second volume. It was a very fast paced read, written like a soap opera, and I did not read the first edition of this. I was very excited to read this, loved the synopsis. It fell short to what I expected though. The entire story there is a lot of chatter back and forth between Pete and his friends Minnie, Char, and Delicious (whom it took me a bit to figure out that he too was a gay man.). The entire story reminded me of Welcome Back Kotter, a lot of useless chatter. I wasn't able to connect to the characters until the very end, I was actually starting to feel a little something towards them, but still no real connection. There was also a lot of times where I had no idea who was talking and found myself having to re-read the paragraph or entire "episode". The dialogue is from the ghetto, which I totally got, it was just the way it was presented. Just not what I was expecting at all.

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