Revelation and Other Stories, by Robert Taylor, by Ravigo Zomana, The Virginia GayZette, January 2003:
I picked up this unprepossessing book, expecting to, at best, perhaps be amused for an hour or two. I was wrong; this collection of eleven short stories and one novella is incredibly good. If this book hasn’t yet been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, it should be (are you paying attention, Nominating Committee members?).
The topic of each story varies widely, and lesbian relationships as well as those of gay and bisexual men and even a transgendered individual, are included in this tome. There are stories about gay-bashing and revenge, dealing with family issues following the death of a loved one, one’s own death with dignity, love, and more.
That Taylor creates such deep characters is wonderful; that he does so in such a concise manner is incredible. Within the space of a few paragraphs, we already know most of the characters well, although there are a few surprises along the way.
Okay, so it’s still a bit hectic in the after-holiday period. Take a few moments to refresh yourself. Relax and curl up with a good book; this would be a great one for that.