Book Reviews

The Wishing Book of Barnaby Sloan by Jenna Jones at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 25-September-2012

Book Blurb

Nothing exciting happens to Barnaby Sloane. He has a crush on the director of the museum where he volunteers, Liam Morrison, but has never allowed himself to believe it could become anything more.

For his twenty-fifth birthday, Barnaby is given a leather-bound journal. Since it's his birthday and people expect him to have wishes, Barnaby writes his wishes in the journal: that he could go to Egypt with his archaeologist aunt, that he could work at the museum permanently, and that he could share his life with Liam. It's just a game until his wishes start coming true.

Book Review

On Barnaby Sloan’s 25th birthday, he’s a graduate student hoping to become an Egyptologist, working at a part-time job to pay his bills, and volunteering as a docent at a museum of natural history and science. He also has a thing for Liam Morrison, the executive director of the museum, who is only a few years older than Barnaby.


Barnaby receives an unusual gift from his aunt Violet Sloan, an Egyptologist digging in the sand and writing scholarly books. Her gift is a leather-bound journal featuring in hieroglyphics on its cover a prayer to Osiris asking for wishes to be granted. Barnaby, who can translate the hieroglyphics, promptly writes down his wishes in the journal.


Barnaby doesn’t believe in magic or miracles, but when his wishes start to come true, he wonders if the journal has some special power. Liam, who surprisingly accepts Barnaby’s invitation to the beer-and-pizza birthday party his friends are throwing for him, has a different view of the matter. The “magic” or “miracle” is Barnaby’s getting what he deserves.


Liam’s magic is my magic. Thank you, Jenna Jones, for writing such an enjoyable story telling it to the world. Thank you also for something one doesn’t often see but I’ve loved longer than Barnaby has loved Old Egypt: a delightful description of that apotheosis of human equality, a simultaneous sixty-nine.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 32 pages/7900 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2012
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