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  1. Michael Michael says:

    A surreal sequel to the first volume of the series, More Tales of the City heightens the stakes of the original: mystery, romance, and drama now feature even more prominently in the intertwining storylines of the residents of 28 Barbary Lane. Maupin established his characters' personalities and their relationship to each other in Tales of the City, and he here has fun placing them in increasingly absurd and convoluted scenarios, be it a brush with a near fatal illness or the revelation of hidden parentage. The sheer amount of chaos makes the second entry of the series read as at once more thrilling and more tedious than the first.

  2. Fabian Fabian says:

    Armistead Maupin is one of the best summer read writers. His Tales of the City trilogy is part sitcom, part kitsch, melodramatic and historic, irreverent and yet o-so dated, & damn if you cannot recognize his influence in groundbreaking TV, like Sex and the City and Will & Grace. Things are explained, expanded, & the 4 or so separate strands of character destinies intertwine and repel each other at intervals that make the reader anticipate each and every episode. The ridiculousness will tickle you, the characters will stay with you. Finally, Michael Tolliver's contribution to gay lit. is made more clear, as is why Mrs. Anna Madrigal was my favorite character from the last installment in the first place. (Duh!)

  3. Heidi The Reader Heidi The Reader says:

    For all her trials, she loved it here in San Francisco, and she loved her makeshift family at Mrs. Madrigal's comfy old apartment house on Barbary Lane. pg 11, ebook

    All of the characters whom readers loved from the first book (Tales of the City) are back and mixing things up in San Francisco. This soap opera-ish fictional series remains as fast-paced in its second installation as it was from the start.

    Mary Ann is still working for Halcyon Communications, which is under new leadership, and has to face a new set of challenges. That's not even mentioning the dark memories she's trying to forget about a certain former boyfriend, or two.

    Michael Tolliver, called Mouse by his friends, is still on the look out for love after a disastrous semi-relationship in the last book.

    Mona Ramsey, the free spirit, is about to uncover another major secret about her past. She can add it all of the other ones she's picked up...

    And she was- she believed- the only one who knew Mrs. Madrigal's secret. That knowledge, moreover, formed a mystical bond between the two women, an unspoken sisterhood that fed Mona's soul on the bleakest of days. pg 18

    There's a pregnancy, romantic cruise, conspiracy, secret club and more in this installment. A must-read for any fan of the series.

    I want it too badly, Mary Ann. Any idiot can see that. When you want it too badly, no one wants you. No one is attracted to that... desperation. pg 129

    One criticism I had for this book, the same I had for the last one, is in the highly unlikely coincidences contained in many of the plot twists. It seems to me that in a city the size of San Francisco, the dozen or so main characters would be more likely to run into other people than each other.

    But, like most works of fiction, I suppose it's fine to suspend your disbelief on some points.

    As for the rest of the book, I would describe it as compulsively readable. It's almost like book candy, you can't stop at just reading one. I certainly couldn't.

    And, with that, it's on to the next one...

  4. da AL da AL says:

    This whole series is comprised of the few books I read multiple times & still love. Audiobook editions are great too!

  5. Ivonne Rovira Ivonne Rovira says:

    I didn’t realize how much I had missed Mrs. Madrigal, Mary Ann Singleton, Mona Ramsey, and Michael “Mouse” Tolliver until I began More Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin’s sequel to his spectacular Tales of the City. (Other books had gotten in the way.)

    In the sequel, Mary Ann finally meets the man of her dreams — although he has nightmares of his own. Mouse, too, finds love while he narrowly escapes death. And through a serendipitous encounter in the Nevada desert, Mona finds out more about Mrs. Madrigal — and herself — than she ever wanted to know. Lastly, Mary Ann and her new love investigate an unusual and intriguing mystery; to say any more about it would ruin the fun.

    But I also missed this San Francisco circa 1980 when young people could revel in life, before young college graduates became so burdened by college debt, venereal diseases, underemployment, and judgmental sniping from elders who should know better. And it didn’t hurt to see the loathsome Beauchamp Day get his long-deserved comeuppance.

    This second book in the series is not quite as delightful as the first, but it’s close and it’s still good enough to merit five stars. I promise it won’t take as long for me to revisit the fascinating tenants of 28 Barbary Lane and their sparkling and wise landlady.

  6. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    Armistead Maupin wrote nine volumes of this episodic series about a group of close-knit San Fransiscans in the 1970’s, but I may be stopping here at book #2. The story and characters continue to be quirky and charming, but Maupin wears his love for melodrama on his...typewriter ribbon sometimes: amnesia as narrative device, a life-threatening illness, a nasty side plot about someone hired to assault a pregnant woman, a silly storyline about a series of voyeuristic coincidences. As much as I love the residents of 28 Barbary Lane (a stand-in for the real Macondray Lane in the Russian Hill neighborhood), it got too be a little too ridiculous, a little too reliant on a domino-falling series of implausible coincidences, and soapy in a not fun way. I was ready to finish this book.

    As far as the cast of characters go: Mary Ann’s new boyfriend was bland and the amnesia mystery never really gelled, it just got sillier only to find that the cause was (view spoiler)[an Episcopalian cannibal cult. Seriously. (hide spoiler)]

  7. Emma Emma says:

    Really love all of Maupins’s work and I was nervous that on a reread this wouldn’t hold up to my memory of it. But it did.

  8. Miss Michael Miss Michael says:

    I read about 250 pages this afternoon after a got off work, bringing me to the end of the book. If that's not a testimonial, I don't know what is.

    Maupin is intensely readable. If you read from the Tales of the City series, his characters will become your friends. And, like me, you'll be glad he's written several books featuring them. I can't wait to read the next.

    With the first one, I felt intrigue took a back seat to plain old human interest. With this one, the mystery we were left with at the end of the first one ends, but a new enigma is presented, and it's much more in the foreground. Which I like. While the mysterious element is heavy, the base of the book is still the characters, and that includes the city.

    Further Tales, here I come!

  9. Mark Mark says:

    A cracking follow-up to the first Tales of the City book. Preposterous as ever, but just as addictive. Maupin manages to tread a fine line between sentimentality and humour. What comes across is the fact that these characters love each other and the reader loves them in turn, becoming a vicarious member of the Barbary Lane family.
    What really affected me when I first read these books, as a recently out Gay man, was the depiction and template they gave for Gay/Straight relationships. In the books, sex isn't something to be ashamed of; rather it is something to be cherished, as part of the remarkable human condition, in whatever form it is found. The characters are seen, and see each other, as people first and foremost and their sexuality is just part of their personality make-up. In the first book, Mona bursts in on Michael and John, with a breakfast tray and announces, Hi! I'm Nancy Drew! You must be the Hardy Boys! Prior to reading the Tales books, I was seeing a man, who was quite a bit older than me. It was my first real relationship after recently accepting my sexuality. One Saturday morning, we were in bed together and his straight housemate came breezily into the bedroom, carrying three mugs of coffee. His girlfriend had gone out to work and he thought he would wake us. He handed us two of the mugs and promptly sat on the edge of the bed with the third, chatting away to us, as if two, (obviously,) naked guys in bed together was the most natural thing in the world. I was absolutely mortified; we were obviously naked and it was equally obvious that we hadn't just shared a bed because of a lack of facilities! After reading the Tales books, I could see that this was just Barbary Lane in action in the real world; a world where prejudice didn't exist and where two people of the same sex sharing a bed, was as natural and uncomplicated as seeing your Mum and Dad in bed together, when you were a kid and took them breakfast in bed on Mother's Day.
    That is what is so endearing about these books; the innocence! Despite the talk and action around sexuality that goes on, it is essentially an innocent world, where differences are accepted and celebrated, in the name of the greater sameness. It is a wonderful world to escape to and always a pleasure to revisit these old friends. If only the real world WAS like that all the time; where even low-rent whorehouses and cannibals are taken in their stride!

  10. Kylan Kylan says:

    There is something so remarkable about the way Armistead Maupin writes. It's so gossipy and intimate and I can't help but want to know more about everyone on Barbary Lane. I said it before and I'll say it again, I feel like I've been given an invite to the biggest gossip session in town, and I've been thrilled with every minute of it.

    So great to read more about Mrs Madrigal, Michael, Mona, Brian and yes...Mary-Ann. Oh Mary-Ann, will you ever lose those ol' Connecticut ways?

    I can't fault this second volume. It's truly delicious and I laughed out loud so much.

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