Free eBook Better Than Easy download

by Nick Alexander

Free eBook Better Than Easy download ISBN: 2952489971
Author: Nick Alexander
Publisher: BIGfib Books (March 5, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 296
Category: Transgenders, Gays, Lesbians
Subcategory: Literature and Fiction
Size MP3: 1816 mb
Size FLAC: 1513 mb
Rating: 4.3
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Good Thing, Bad Thing. The Case of the Missing Boyfriend. First published in Great Britain in 2009 by BIGfib Books.

Good Thing, Bad Thing.

Now Nick Alexander has written a fourth novel around the life of his protagonist Mark, along with his lover Tom and his best friend Jenny. BETTER THAN EASY takes up where Mark's story left off although you do not have to have read the three previous novels since this one stands on its own.

Lit only by the bars of orange light from the streetlamps outside, the place looks strange and alien, yet at the same time, the difference is refreshing. It feels for some reason like it’s been ages. since I really saw the place and the unusual darkness enables me to do that. It’s my flat, and I love it. And of course if the gîte works out I will have to leave it. I have barely thought about that. The street outside is silent, and with the exception of Paloma purring – she has jumped on my lap immediately – and the humming of the fridge, the world is silent.

Funny, perceptive and heartfelt, Better Than Easy is both a tense tale of betrayal, and an incisive . Nick Alexander was born in Margate, and has lived and worked in the UK, the USA and France.

Funny, perceptive and heartfelt, Better Than Easy is both a tense tale of betrayal, and an incisive dissection of the mix of courage and naivety required if we are to choose love and happiness - if we are to continue to believe against all odds that we will live happily ever after.

Funny, perceptive and heartfelt, Better Than Easy is both a tense tale of betrayal, and an incisive dissection of the mix of courage and naivety required if we are to choose love and happiness – if we are to continue to believe.

Funny, perceptive and heartfelt, Better Than Easy is both a tense tale of betrayal, and an incisive dissection of the mix of courage and naivety required if we are to choose love and happiness – if we are to continue to believe against all odds that we will live happily ever after. Romance Fiction Contemporary. One fee. Stacks of books.

Better Than Easy book. Ready to read and see what happens to Mark next. Then I'll check out what else Nick Alexander has written.

Better Than Easy - Nick Alexander. Thanks to Richard Labonte and to Rosemary, Allan and Giovanni for their help with the final manuscript. Thanks to Apple computer for making such wonderful reliable work tools, and to BIGfib for making this book a reality. Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.

Praise for Nick Alexander's Writing Endearingly funny, bang up to date .

Praise for Nick Alexander's Writing Endearingly funny, bang up to date and spot on the truth - Red. Honest, moving, witty and really rather wise - Time Out. Wonderfully compelling with a high standard of writing - Liz Loves Books A truly riveting read - Crooks on Books. On holiday with new boyfriend Tom, Mark heads off to rural Italy for a spot of camping. Funny, perceptive and heartfelt, Better Than Easy is both a tense tale of betrayal, and an incisive dissection of the mix of courage and naivety required if we are to choose love and happiness - if we are to continue to believe against all odds that we will live happily ever after.

Funny, perceptive and heartfelt, Better Than Easy is both a tense tale of betrayal, and an incisive dissection of the mix of courage and naivety required if we are to choose love and happiness - if we are to continue to believe.

Paul Burston - Time Out "Better Than Easy is my favourite of Nick Alexander's novels so far. It's sweet, sexy, funny and tender, and I'm not ashamed to say I laughed and cried. It's touching, funny, and damn sexy at times, causing a stir in more ways that one. I loved 13:55 Eastern Standard Time, I loved the last three volumes of the 50 Reasons series, and I loved this book "

Better Than Easy - the fourth volume in the bestselling 50 Reasons series - finds Mark about to embark on the project of a lifetime, the purchase of a hilltop gîte in a remote French village with partner Tom...
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Abandoned Electrical
I can't say enough good about Better Than Easy. It was a don't-move-until-I-finish-reading kind of novel, one that resonated on many levels with my own experiences. I hate to classify it as a gay novel, as the writing is polished enough to stand up next to other contemporary fiction. But when it comes to particularly gay issues, Alexander hits the themes right on, never oversimplifying or exaggerating for effect. While it is the fourth novel in a series, I don't think it is necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy this one.

Other reviewers have done a good job of highlighting its themes and plot elements, so let me just add my ringing endorsement and five-star review of this wonderful novel.
Qiahmagha
First there was 50 REASONS TO SAY GOODBYE; then SOTTOPASSAGGIO and GOOD THING, BAD THING. Now Nick Alexander has written a fourth novel around the life of his protagonist Mark, along with his lover Tom and his best friend Jenny. BETTER THAN EASY takes up where Mark's story left off although you do not have to have read the three previous novels since this one stands on its own. Mr. Alexander introduces a new character Ricardo, a Columbian full-time physician/part-time French policeman with a dazzling smile that cracks his face and threatens to play havoc with the lives of these three individuals-- although Mark's beloved cat Paloma remains unaffected, at least in the beginning, by Ricardo's charms.

BETTER THAN EASY is simply Alexander's best novel yet; and with it, he takes his place among the very best of contemporary writers of gay-themed literature, whatever that means. All the earmarks of the his novels are here: artless, transparent prose, wry humor, an adroit turn of phrase--a half-baked apology is "sorry-lite"; airline sandwiches are rubber-themed"-- and emotionally charged dialogue that often goes to the bone.

No one writes with more perception about the gay experience. Mr. Alexander's characters and their life experiences come frightening close to home and have universal appeal. While their names are Mark and Tom and Jenny, they sound like David and Bill M. and Carolyn, none of whom, to my knowledge, have ever been to Brighton or Nice: the friend who cannot say "I'm sorry," the inevitability of being cruised in a bar if you are one-half of a couple, the elusive chance of finding Mr. Right, the thrill of the chase, not being satisfied with the one you are with, the difficulty of remaining faithful, betraying best friends, whether to be honest about an indiscretion or not-- the list goes on and on.

Then there is what Mr. Alexander does so well, what I call the "aha" moment when once again he writes a sentence or paragraph that touches on the universal. His definition of coupledom is one such example and deserves to be quoted: "We've been together a while now, of course. But when we lived apart, though there were moments when we formed an "us" ultimately we still had very individual identities, habits: the books I read, the TV Tom watches, the friends Tom sees, the shopping that goes with each refrigerator. . . Now we're living together we're slowly whittling way at the individualities to get to a common core. It's not less. . . for every friend I stop seeing because Tom doesn't seem to like them much, I usually gain one from his side, and for every meal I stop cooking, something else replaces it. But it is different. And that process of negotiating common ground isn't dull, and it's not entirely without pain."

Mark's life philosophy makes a lot of sense. "You have to live in hope. We know that we will die yet we somehow manage to pretend that we won't. And we do it because it's the only way to live. The only sensible choice is to believe happiness is just around the corner, that Mister Right does exist, and that we will all live forever."

I thought of the novelist John Irving's thoughtful commentary when I finished this novel that I raced through: "Good novels and films are not like the news or what passes for the news. . . They are comprised of the whole range of moods you are in when you read them or see them." Perhaps I read this book at the wrong time or at just the right moment. Maybe I had seen one-too-many "news" story about the death of Michael Jackson or was having what I call a "Dover Beach" moment for, upon finishing BETTER THAN EASY, I found myself in a fit of melancholy and am not exactly sure why. After all, the novel ends as I had hoped that it would, or did it?

Mr. Alexander's latest is a very fine novel indeed. Highly recommended.