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Every future has dirty roots.

Marooned in the galactic backwaters of the HardCell company, colonist Runt struggles to eke out an existence on a newly-terraformed tropical planetoid. Since his clone-wife died on entry, he’s been doing the work of two on his failing protein farm. Overworked and undersized, Runt’s dwindling hope of earning corporate citizenship has turned to f...more
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Published October 30th 2011 by Riptide Publishing (first published October 27th 2011)
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Lauraadriana
This first part of this book started off with a seriously good foot, the world was intriguing, the imagery was awesome, it was moving fast. I wanted that big thing that was going to happen, to happen NOW NOW NOW! It did...And then not much else happened for like a third of the book.

Runt lives in some sort of far off island, he is working the land that he will eventually partly own. One day he received a provisions box and inside he gets not only a ton of stuff for his daily life. He also gets an...more
MandyM
4.5 stars I only started reading romance a few years ago and prior to that I read mostly scifi/fantasy. So it's great to find a scifi romance for Science Fiction fans. DS does a great job with the terra-forming and with the futuristic lingo and artifacts/weapons he has created. His 'science' is very plausible in this HardCell 'verse.

The author has created two memorable characters in Runt and Ox. Runt's loneliness and Ox's simple pleasure in the ocean and open spaces are just a couple of the ende...more
Amy
So I set on this journey of reading Seedy Business & Grown Men when the free read came out before Gayromlit. I had to read seedy business because Damon had written it and I adored hothead. It is only natural to want to read other work from him.
What I read made me sit and have to actually think after reading it. It was so different from things that I normally read. I realized after about 20 minutes how much I enjoyed not only the different world, but that it wasn’t a cliché story. That is wa...more
T.A. Webb
Runnan (Runt) is a terraformer - sharecropper/indentured servant/corporate slave to a galactic mega-corporation that transforms uninhabitable planets into new frontiers. In exchange for his 7+ year commitment, Runt will spend his life hammering out an existence while assisting the newly formed planet into growth. At his side, his cloned mate...only she didn't make it to the planet alive, and the corporation has left him alone to struggle.

When Runt's supply shipment lands unexpectedly, he is surp...more
Emme
Well, Damon Suede is now on my must-read list. Grown Men was exquisitely descriptive. I was totally drawn into the world Suede has created-- it felt both highly inventive and plausible, and that doesn't always come together in works like this. The world-building seemed effortless.

What really got me on board, though, was the use of language. I love when authors create their own lexicon to support a work-- and you kinda need to take that liberty when you are created alternative worlds, right? Sued...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I read the short Seedy Business first, which centers around something which happened to Ox - one of the protagonist - before we meet him in this book, even if he is just mentioned,and I still don't know if I was happy for having read it or not, so I can't give you any meaningful advice. On one hand it helped me understand a little bit of Ox's mystery, but on the other hand I would have enjoyed to discover Ox's secrets little by little like Runt does.

I also agree with other reviewers which felt t...more
Cherie Noel
Aug 11, 2011 Cherie Noel marked it as to-read
Another book by Damon? Oh, hell yeah, sign me up now!!
Violetta Vane
After reading Hot Head, I was excited to read more of Damon Suede. I read "Seedy Business", the free short that serves as a sort of prequel to Grown Men, and I really enjoyed it, even though most of it was gross (on purpose). I mean, SPERM PIRATES. The sense of humor and the language-play were absolutely fantastic, and the cyberpunk-type world it took place in was fascinating. Have you ever seen that section of Ice Pirates where the heroes get strapped to an assembly line and animated dentures a...more
Jess
Re-Read Jan 2012

I will now rate this 4.5 Stars after rereading the story. I enjoyed it even more then the first time and I didnt think that possible. While I stand by my original review I can now state that this is a story that you can keep reading over again and finding more to love.


This book is hard to review.

In some ways I really love it but in other ways I thought it didnt live up to full potential.

I loved the world building, at first it was a little slow and confusing but it soon develop...more
Audrey
Really really good sci-fi m/m story between a highly unlikely duo. I absolutely loved Ox and his gentle giant ways. Runt, who is the narrator of the story, also grew on me and was endearing in his insecurities and doubt over the motives of his oversized partner. Although Ox is mute, his actions are so sweet and loving, and I just wanted to give him a huge bear hug because he was so adorable. He just goes to show that you really don't need words to show your love - actions speak clearly enough.

T...more
Mandy Anne
The newest addition to the HardCell world really took me by surprise. I think I expected something gritty and slightly twisted (see Seedy Business). Instead, Grown Men is a tender, moving love story about two very different men who slowly learn to depend on one another, become friends, and eventually realize that their true home is with each other.

One of the aspects of the novella that I truly enjoyed is how well Runt develops over the course of the narrative. Runt initially comes off as very s...more
Breann
This book starts out with Runt living on a planet in Andromeda. He was originally sent there to make the planet habitable and but has been basically stranded. He is sent some provisions every so often and has been awaiting his wife that was supposed to be sent to him. When he receives his latest shipment there is a man that lands on the planet, Ox.

The story basically follows their relationship together and how they go from being wary co-inhabitants to friends to lovers. There wasn't any sort of...more
Poppy Dennison
I'm kind of at a loss for words. I'd like to gush about how wonderful this story is, but I can't figure out where to start. The world building is some of the most clever and dynamic I've ever read, and how you can take a book with only two characters and have one of them mute, and make it work...boggles my mind. But it did work. Beautifully.

It was interesting seeing the HardCell world from Runt's point of view. In fact, I liked Runt more and more as the story progressed. And Ox, the big lug, was...more
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
Runt is a small and scrappy terraformer toiling away on a corporately owned island. After seven years he'll own part of the place and be a stockholder. When a shipment of provisions drops onto Runt's island there's a big surprise hiding inside. Ox is a mysterious giant. Runt is left to find out why he's been sent a mute behemoth of a man instead of a clone wife.

This book starts out strong. Damon Suede writes some amazing imagery. 3D movies and holovids, double suns in the sky, sweaty work in a...more
Jenre
Before I read this book I read the freebie short Seedy Businesswhich is a prequel to this story. I'm glad I did because it gave me a lot of much needed information about the character of Ox. If I hadn't read Seedy Business then I think I would have found this story a whole lot more frustrating than I did.

Grown Men is afuturistic sci fi story set on a far away planet. It tells of Runt who's a farmer/pioneer on the planet having been placed there by the intergalactic company HardCell. His job is t...more
Saritza
I've always enjoyed sci-fi and when there's a chance to read it in the m/m world, I consider it an indulgent treat. There's just not enough of it with a romance attached to it. I had a few issues with this one in that I should have finished it rather quickly but found myself re-reading passages to better understand what was being said. When the writing is good without being overly clinical, it makes for a more enjoyable read for me (especially since I read for pleasure not insight). Found myself...more
Jane Stewart
It was cute, fun, and different - as long as you are ok with extremely explicit erotic gay male sex.

This is a short novel - maybe a third of the length of a regular novel. I believe sequels are coming. The prequel is “Seedy Business” a free download from Goodreads and the author’s website. It’s not necessary to read both together, but it did provide a little back story. I gave 4 stars to “Seedy Business.”

Runt is a short man alone on a planetoid, overseeing terraforming transformation. He works f...more
Ren Thompson
Terrafarmer Runt is working off a seven year contract on a newly-formed planet. Alone and desperate, he is eagerly awaiting a long over-due cargo package. When the crate finally arrives, Runt is beyond thankful at the amount of provisions inside. Where he had hoped to find his new clone-wife (the previous Mrs. Runt disintegrated enroute) he is astonished to find a rather overly-large male, staring up at him.

What got me was the first smile the new arrival offered Runt. Not a sinister, yeah-its-ga...more
Jayhjay
This review was originally posted on my blog Joyfully Jay

Runt has been alone on a deserted island for over a year, sent there by the HardCell conglomerate to terraform a remote planet. If he successfully completes his seven years of servitude, Runt will one day own a piece of the farm and become a HardCell shareholder, a hard won victory in a difficult world. Runt was supposed to have a partner, a clone wife who would help him work the farm and start a family. However, the clone wife was destroy...more
Elisa Rolle
Upon finishing this novel, is someone is wondering like me why it was so short, well you can console yourself with that “first transmission” in the title, meaning that I think the author has more in storage for these “grown men” of his.

Runt is already wondering if he did the right choice when he signed for being a colonist on Andromeda; there is nothing resembling home in this land and the promised cloned wife didn’t survive the landing. So Runt is not only hungry of food he is also starving fro...more
Fangtasia
Fans of author Damon Suede’s wild and luscious creativity are in for another wonderful experience with this novella.

The world building is excellent, the real-life setting accurate within the science fiction one. I live in a tropical island, have bathed in a soupy warm ocean, sat on the cool sand at night and gazed at the starry sky, enjoyed falling asleep to the lullaby of the warm breeze rustling the palm trees and the ocean waves washing onto the shore in the inexorable rhythm of the tides. Y...more
Kari Gregg
Wonderful slow, sexy ride and the world is so damn intriguing. I usually skip descriptions, skimming for details to hang my mental picture on, but no way, not with this story. Quite lyrical here. Lovely. Adored Ox and the easy glide of the building romance.

Looking forward to more in the HardCell universe!
Daisy Harris
I really, really enjoyed this book. Damon Suede is a master of worldbuilding, and does a fantastic job with science fiction. I know we scifi romance readers are a small group compared to the contemporary fans out there, but I hope Mr. Suede keeps bringing it with the scifi.
Hannah
3.5 stars. Rounded up for Goodreads.

I really enjoyed Damon Suede's debut m/m romance novel, Hot Head. It wasn't my favorite m/m novel, but it definitely stuck with me because Suede's writing style is so individual. But as much as I liked Hot Head, it doesn't compare to the fantastic sci-fi world building and unique, memorable characters in Suede's HardCell series. The free short Seedy Business is delightfully f-ed up fun, and Grown Men is even better.

It takes a reasonable amount of skill to writ...more
Alan
Due to my ignorance, I read Grown Men before reading Seedy Business... Thankfully, it worked out for the best as I was forced to see Ox through Runt's eyes. Not having any background info on Ox made me appreciate Runt's thoughts and questions regarding the gentle behemoth.

I really recommend reading Grown Men, before Seedy Business. I think it really affects the feel of the series for the better.

Now for the Review.

Despite it's short length, Grown Men gives a surprisingly slow and drawn-out feeli...more
Nicole
Excellent! A novella with exceptional world-building and some pretty steamy sex. I loved that his men, though not exactly regular guys, are not sterile either, and neither is the sex. No hairless yaoi men here, thank goodness! Not that I expect yaoi boys from gay writers. But I digress.

This was solid world-building (he created a fascinating world I am very interested in reading more about, and he did it without resorting to boring info-dumps.) It was subtle and engrossing. Also, while some have...more
Dee Wy
One of the things I love about sci-fi is you can always expect the unexpected. It's a grand stage for something new and different. And that's what I liked most about this story.

The world-building is nicely done, and the characters grow on you quickly with Runt named for his small stature and Ox his enormous height and brawn. And if you're curious about Ox, yes THAT too is enormous.

The relationship builds slowly as Runt was expecting a wife to be provided not a giant man who is mute. But as they...more
Mandi
I bought this late last night and stayed up until my eyes were (literally) closing on me. Then I woke up and finished it before work!

Amazing sci-fi world (I think the 'advertainers' were the most fascinating thing to me for some reason). I read the free story, Seedy Business' right before, and while you don't need to read it, I think it definitely enhanced it.

My only issue was it was too short! I wanted to see more of Ox and Runt together and read how they manage to overcome more obstacles (li...more
CJ
Nov 06, 2011 CJ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to CJ by: Damon Suede
I love the world Damon has created. I love that he gave such in depth detail about it. I love Runt and Ox. And I'm really hoping that this isn't the last we see of them and their part of that world either. LOVE this book!!
Kate Aaron
Loved the characters, esp. the silent gentle giant. Writing without much dialogue isn't easy, but Suede makes it seem effortless.
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Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over and along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director... but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for

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