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Lust: or No Harm Done

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  144 ratings  ·  19 reviews
What if you could have sex with anyone in the world?

The ultimate fantasy? Or a nightmare of self-discovery? Michael Blasco, a young scientist investigating what happens to the brain during the process of learning, suddenly finds himself on the other end of experimentation. On the way home from his lab one night he runs into Tony, a fitness instructor from his gym who he ha
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ebook, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 1st 2003)
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Sus
I agree with the reviewer who wrote, "The plot summary may make it look like porn but, if so, it's the most thoughtful, affecting porn I've ever read."

It is porn -- sort of. But not really, actually. For a book that's about sex, the proportion of actual graphic content is surprisingly low (although there is some; it wouldn't be like Geoff Ryman to write a book about sex and then not deliver). But it's not just a titillating bonk-fest, all fun and games. That would be porn, and more to the point
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Blake Fraina
Thirty-something scientist, Michael Blasco, is your typical all work/no play type. He is involved in a love affair that's gone well past its sell by date, mostly owing to his neglect, and his current research project involves the sort of animal testing that even he seems a bit squeamish, if not rueful, over. One day, on his way home from the gym, the personal trainer about whom he fantasizes appears to him on the tube platform and performs an ad hoc striptease seemingly as a result of Michael's ...more
Chance Lee
At one point during "Lust," Michael, the protagonist, wonders "How is this any different from masturbation?" He's able to conjure up anyone he wants and have sex with them. Hot gym trainer. Tarzan. Alexander the Great. Anyone. Then he can send them away, and it's like they were never there. There are no consequences. He can't get HIV, he can't get his feelings hurt because they do whatever he wants, he can experiment without fear.

So how it any different from masturbation? The same could be said
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Tamara
I probably wouldn't have picked this up by its own description, but I loved Air so much i'll basically give anything by Ryman a shot, and in this instance, i'm glad I did.

Michael, a gay London scientist, gains a sudden ability to materialize copies of people - alive, dead, fictional - that he wants to have sex with. When he wants them to, they vanish back into the ether, no consequences.

Remarkably, Ryman manages to spin this out into an entire novel without it getting stale. Even more unusually
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Benjamin
Living in London, Michael Blasco, good looking at 38, has been in a relationship for around twelve years, but things have not been going too well of late, and while they still share a bed, he and Philip otherwise seem to lead separate lives. Matters are not helped by Michaels impotence. He's a workaholic too, a research scientist and teacher just opening a new lad for his research project. It is then that he discovers he has a unique power, he is able to conjure out of nothing the attractive you ...more
Evan
I always keep thinking it's not that bad. But it is that bad. It's like I think it will clear up by itself if I leave it alone. Like a sock that loses its other half. You put it back in the drawer, hoping it'll find the other half by itself.

Always tell an intelligent person that they're beautiful. Always tell a beautiful person they're intelligent. Tell a cartoon that they're both.

Who would have thought miracles felt so terrible? You could feel them break the universe.

The dream was not of someon
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Zen Cho
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Jenne
So this guy discovers that he has the power to conjure up a copy of anyone he would like to have sex with, and they will want to sleep with him too, and then he can disappear them when he's done.
As you might imagine, this is kind of too good to be true.
And as you can probably guess from the title, there's a lot of sex in it, but the sex isn't usually very sexy. But that's okay!

I absolutely loved this book.
Rehab Emam
I wish I throw it out of the window and a big truch comes to smash it into pieces, what does that book want?
Travis
A lovely book. Disturbing, joyful, selfish, merciful -- all the things that touch us in life that we can hardly ever hold onto for more than a moment. It was a real pleasure to read a book about a man whose heart is opening up to the world without it being sickingly sweet or self-piting. The novel is humane, and it made me feel. A glorious read.
Richard
Maybe I need to go back to this. I could not get into it. The character left me cold. Unlike the other Ryman books I've read, the writing lacked emotional depth. From the reviews I've read, I guess this changes. Other reviewers have said it's a rewarding book, so I will give it another chance, but right now there are other books waiting . . .
Lynn
I REALLY wanted to enjoy this one - having loved Was and enjoyed 253 - but feel that Ryman 'outclevered' himself with the concept behind this novel.

Ryman's ideas were interesting, the introduction of Picasso and Billie Holiday particularly amused me, but overall I didn't find myself emotionall engaged in Michael's exploration of his lusts.
Aaron
A lovely book, one that will require some thought. In some ways it was poorly-written; in others, it was intensely creative and meaningful. I might not be quick to recommend it, but I'm glad I read it!
Skyler White
This was my first encounter with Ryman, and I'm eager to read more. He's clever, and this is worth reading for the cartoon character sex alone.
The Sheila
Jun 22, 2008 The Sheila rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to read a really fucking good book (emphasis on the fucking).
The plot summary may make it look like porn but, if so, it's the most thoughtful, affecting porn I've ever read.
Allister
Strange, almost tacky premise. I liked it's message though, it's never too late to live your life.
Jill
This book was a little too weird for me and difficult to follow.
Ray
Oct 09, 2012 Ray added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buy
Excellent. Romantic in the way only gay tragi-comedy is.
Alain Dewitt
Review forthcoming.
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Geoffrey Charles Ryman (born 1951) is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and slipstream fiction. He was born in Canada, and has lived most of his life in England.

His science fiction and fantasy works include The Warrior Who Carried Life (1985), the novella The Unconquered Country (1986) (winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the World Fantasy Award), and The Child Garden (1989) (winner
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