Grown Men (HardCell #1)
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
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
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
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
When Runt's supply shipment lands unexpectedly, he is surp...more
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
I also agree with other reviewers which felt t...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What got me was the first smile the new arrival offered Runt. Not a sinister, yeah-its-ga...more
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
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
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
Looking forward to more in the HardCell universe!
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
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
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
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
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
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...more