I finished the book “Bob the Book” this past weekend. And I would like to recommend it to y’all as a nice, summer, gay novel.
It won best debut fiction in the Lambda Literary Awards, so it doesn’t suck. And I quite like the conceit of the book; it feels original.
Basically, Bob the Book anthropomorphises all books… everything from children’s books to textbooks. Every book in the world is alive and has a name (and each copy of the same book has the same name– like “other Bob”). And while all the copies of the books have the same name and similar personality traits (drawn from the authors), each book has unique life experiences.
They’ve all been on different shelves, had different friends, different owners, etc.
Bob the Book is the story of Bob, a scholarly examination of soft-core beefcake gay erotica. The book is all about his trials and tribulations of falling in love, being bought, sold, given away, etc. Bob’s journey encompasses the life stories of other books, friends, and owners he meets along the way.
If you’ve ever had stuffed animals or toys that you ascribed life to, they you will easily identify with the idea that books are alive and have personalities. They just want to be read and loved and to feel wanted.
In short, they just want a home.
Now, while some of the dialogue (and plot) in Bob the Book may sometimes feel a teensy bit forced, the overall concept is really good and it’s a nice, heartwarming, gay story. Perfect for summer.
And it’s available on Kindle (aka iPad).