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Changing Pitches While not as fantastic as Almost Like Being in Love this still bears the Halmark of a Steve Kluger book The narration of his characters is brilliant The conversations are so realistic and funny I admit to feeling a little lost due to my complete lack of knowledge to any and all things baseball, but even so I was interested and amused enough to not really care.Scotty is going through a kinda mid life crisis I guess you could say Along the way we get to meet a few characters that are importan While not as fantastic as Almost Like Being in Love this still bears the Halmark of a Steve Kluger book The narration of his characters is brilliant The conversations are so realistic and funny I admit to feeling a little lost due to my complete lack of knowledge to any and all things baseball, but even so I was interested and amused enough to not really care.Scotty is going through a kinda mid life crisis I guess you could say Along the way we get to meet a few characters that are important to him, and learn of his mixed feelings for said characters I would not class this as a romantic story,a look at one guys thoughts and feelings about life love and baseball, just as the cover says lol But if you are a fan of Steve Kluger you will enjoy this, just maybe not as much as his otherpopular titles 1.7 Washington Senators star Scotty MacKay is a left handed pitcher whose fastball isn t what it used to be His team is in last place His girlfriend just got an acting job as a pitcher of Kool Aid on a TV commercial And if that isn t enough, he s just been teamed up with a catcher he detests Jason Cornell Jason is twenty eight, has lots of teeth, and poses for underwear ads He s blond and has blue eyes Scotty s favorite color is blueBy August, Scotty s got a major league problem on his hands This book s key demographic islikely baseball fans than readers of LGBT lit yeah, I know, there s overlap but we have here a wonderful, wonderful baseball book for baseball fans especially the ones that lived through the seventies and eighties Warning if you re interested in lots and lots of hot gay sex, this may not be what you re expecting, but if you want a sports story that deals w an LGBT presence in sports, you ve probably come to the right place. Not as wonderful as Kluger s other,recent books I believe this is Kluger s first novel, and it shows Characters don t seem quite as developed in this book as they are in his other books, though they are still likeable I didn t laugh out loud or cry, I just turned each page waiting for the end If I d read this one before his other books, I m not sure I would have read the others I won t be buying this one, but I still suggest that if you like Kluger s books, you might as well read this Not as wonderful as Kluger s other,recent books I believe this is Kluger s first novel, and it shows Characters don t seem quite as developed in this book as they are in his other books, though they are still likeable I didn t laugh out loud or cry, I just turned each page waiting for the end If I d read this one before his other books, I m not sure I would have read the others I won t be buying this one, but I still suggest that if you like Kluger s books, you might as well read this one too.The following is a portion of a review on , by Moustapha Sene, that I agree with True, Changing Pitches only hints at the unique narrative style that Kluger would developfully in his future novels but in some ways, the actual writing is tighter, crisper, andto the point than it is in hispopular books This may be because he hadn t yet stumbled upon the device of telling his story through the points of view of a variety of different people and their respective speech patterns, but is able to concentrate almost entirely on the wry and acerbic left handed fastballer Scotty MacKay sort of a Henry Wiggen with a college degree Not my favorite of the books I ve read by Kluger A little disappointed in this one honestly I ll never be able to work up to the rant that the Phoenix airport was graced with after I finished this book and called Katie to sympathize That was a cathartic layover But I m sure I can come up with a few of the reasons this book is out of print For starters, it s pretty much a fraud to call this a gay romance it s not very romantic and is rather offensively not gay I m not sure I ever got a sense of what any of the characters looked like or why they liked each other There s a lot of b I ll never be able to work up to the rant that the Phoenix airport was graced with after I finished this book and called Katie to sympathize That was a cathartic layover But I m sure I can come up with a few of the reasons this book is out of print For starters, it s pretty much a fraud to call this a gay romance it s not very romantic and is rather offensively not gay I m not sure I ever got a sense of what any of the characters looked like or why they liked each other There s a lot of bad baseball and bad health food and bad psychotherapy Oh, and THEN there s the bit where the love interest tells some off color jokes about Japanese ball players and midgets, if I recall and THAT s the moment the narrator falls for him Dude, the 80s Shudder.Steve, you ve come a looooooooong way No wonder My Most Excellent Year is so overcompensatingly clever and progressive Found this while working my way through Kluger s bibliography I so loved My Most Excellent Year, Last Days of Summer, and Almost Like Being in Love that I had to see what else he wrote Changing Pitches was his first novel and it shows Kluger uses a similar narrative device of notes, newspaper clippings, letters, journal entries, etc no emails, online chats, faxes, yet While I still like the book, the characters weren t as well developed and I couldn t connect with them as well A Found this while working my way through Kluger s bibliography I so loved My Most Excellent Year, Last Days of Summer, and Almost Like Being in Love that I had to see what else he wrote Changing Pitches was his first novel and it shows Kluger uses a similar narrative device of notes, newspaper clippings, letters, journal entries, etc no emails, online chats, faxes, yet While I still like the book, the characters weren t as well developed and I couldn t connect with them as well Also, the story s pacing was a little on the slow side And the if you haven t read Kluger s work before, the twist towards the end of the book comes out of left field pardon the baseball pun The resolution was unsatisfying, maybe due to the year it was written and published there really wasn t any other acceptable ending Regardless, it still made me laugh, but not as heard as with the other 3 aforementioned books 3.5I liked this story, especially the emotional issues the narrator has and how he deals with them His voice is also sweet and funny.The baseball talk lost me most of the time.I also think the theme that plagues Scotty, the main character, thought most of the book wasn t done in a very rewarding manner, things could have been done better I understand the whys, this was a book published originally in 1984 but at the same time, some steps taken by the author didn t add up and feel just like an 3.5I liked this story, especially the emotional issues the narrator has and how he deals with them His voice is also sweet and funny.The baseball talk lost me most of the time.I also think the theme that plagues Scotty, the main character, thought most of the book wasn t done in a very rewarding manner, things could have been done better I understand the whys, this was a book published originally in 1984 but at the same time, some steps taken by the author didn t add up and feel just like an excuse Very good novel about a major league baseball pitcher who, at 36, is heading the last place team in the league as he slowly realizes he needs to make some changes in his personal and professional lives.


About the Author: Steve Kluger

Steve Kluger is an author and playwright, born in Balti, Maryland, in 1952, who grew up with only two heroes Tom Seaver and Ethel Merman Few were able to grasp the concept A veteran of Casablanca and a graduate of The Graduate, he has written extensively on subjects as far ranging as World War II, rock and roll, and the Titanic, and as close to the heart as baseball and the Boston Red Sox which frequently have nothing to do with one another Doubtless due to the fact that he s a card carrying Baby Boomer whose entire existence was shaped by the lyrics to Abbey Road, Workingman s Dead, and Annie Get Your Gun his first spoken words, in fact, were actually stolen from The Pajama Game , he s also forged a somewhat singular path as a civil rights advocate, campaigning for a Save Fenway Park initiative which qualifies as a civil right if you re a Red Sox fan , counseling gay teenagers, and on behalf of Japanese American internment redress lobbying the Department of the Interior to restore the baseball diamond at he Manzanar National Historic Site Meanwhile, he donates half of his spare time to organizations such as Lambda Legal Defense, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network GLSEN , and Models of Pride, and gives the rest of it to his nieces and nephews the nine kids who own his heart.


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