September 22, 2010
Hi A.B. Gayle here again!
As said in an earlier blog, although the subject matter underlying “Caught” is serious, I’ve tried to inject some humor or at least lightness into the story.
It’s not as easy as it may seem.
What makes us laugh? For some, it’s slapstick humor, the “Funniest Home Videos” where a person or animal comes a cropper. For some it’s witty word play. Some people hate one and love the other. Some don’t like any, but that’s another story.
My first short story “Reversal” appeared in a Science Fiction anthology “Echoes of the Future” which is available from the publisher, Noble Romance and Amazon.
Reviewers reacted with comments like:
Reversal by A.B.Gayle was absolutely hilarious. Watch how everything can go wrong when wealthy and hardworking computer programmer who is bored while working on the space station gets a Christmas present from his caring mother and watch how a lot of things can go right too.
Reversal (Gayle): My favorite of the bunch. A sci fi story involving a bored young man doing solo duty on the family station. His mother sends him a discounted model of a cyborg maid and hilarity ensues. This is an enjoyable romp as Sebastian tries to figure out how to train and improve his cyborg, and finds himself being trained and improved in the process. One is left without a clear picture of who is the master and who is the servant in this arrangement. Lots of funny moments. I read it twice. 5 stars
On the other hand, one of the reviewers at Three Dollar Bill Reviews said:
The last story, “Reversal” by A.B. Gayle, concerns a bored young man and a robot. Um. It’s…it’s not very good. I kept rolling my eyes at both boy and robot and really hoped that at some point one of them would develop some interesting quirk or facet that would draw me in and distract from the stilted mechanics and bog-standard space setting.
You win some, you lose some.
My follow-up short story, “Initiation”, was actually a female/male romance with the same cyborg. In that, the heroine was anything but feminine, being genetically engineered to do the fighting in a tribe that had managed to eliminate males. I thought she had some funny scenes. No-one’s complained yet.
“Caught” can’t by any means be seen as a comedy, but it does contain lighter moments. I’d love to include the scene I’m referring to, but that would spoil the surprise.
If any of you do read it. I’d love to get feedback on what you thought.
There aren’t many humorous m/m romances out there.
“Fluffers, Inc” by Hank Edwards and its follow up “A Carnal Cruise” are two that come to mind as his hero, Charlie Heggensford, keeps being too successful as he preps porn stars prior to their takes.
There are also some amusing moments in Laney Cairo’s “Bad Case of Loving You”. These mostly occur because of the sardonic personality of the characters.
Then there are the light hearted tales like “Goldilocks” by A.M. Riley and its follow up “A Man, a Jersey and a Tight End”.
While they’re not really romances, some of Ken Shakin’s stories in “Love Sucks” and “Real Men like Cowboys” make you laugh and say “Oh, dear” at the same time. They’re more like slapstick, where you find yourself laughing at other people’s misfortunes even though you know you shouldn’t be.
Some of William Maltese’s stories have their humorous bits.
I really enjoyed the humor in Josh Lanyon’s “Someone Killed His Editor”. This was more from the bitchy inner voice his main character had.
What other m/m romances have you read where either the “voice” of the character or the situation makes you laugh or at least walk away with a smile after reading it?