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3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  158 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Michael, a young scientist suddenly finds himself the subject of a bizarre experiment. He sees Tony, a fitness instructor from his gym, on the same platform waiting for the subway. When Michael imagines Tony naked, a pleasant fantasy to spice up a dull jour-ney home, an extraordinary thing happens: Tony strips there and then on the platform and offers himself in front of a ...more
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Jan 02, 2009 Sus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Blake Fraina
Sep 10, 2011 Blake Fraina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 03, 2015 Chance Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 04, 2014 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fiction
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
Sep 20, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-chosen
Really interesting tale of a scientist who discovers he can create a duplicate of someone, have sex with them and there's no harm done. Right? Wrong. I especially liked that he analyses this power in a scientific manner for the first third, conducting little experiments (Can make someone who is dead appear? Will the real person know I did this? Can other people see them? etc.)
Nick Davies
Jan 13, 2016 Nick Davies rated it liked it
This was different to what I expected, which sorta reinforces the old adage about judging a book by the cover. In this case maybe I should have paid at least the tiniest bit of attention to the cover when I bought it, because I don't think I really looked at it enough. Anyhow, this gay fantasy novel was interesting, and kept me amused during breaks (and when my opponent was thinking about their next move) at a chess tournament I was playing in, and had picked this book up cheap en route to the s ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Evan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zen Cho
Aug 27, 2009 Zen Cho rated it liked it
Shelves: sff, lgbt
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Dec 03, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best ending of any book I've read, period!
May 09, 2010 Jenne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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?
Oct 20, 2009 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.
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 . . .
Mar 09, 2008 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 13, 2013 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexuality, fiction
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 it was amazing  ·  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.
Strange, almost tacky premise. I liked it's message though, it's never too late to live your life.
Sep 13, 2013 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little too weird for me and difficult to follow.
Oct 09, 2012 Ray added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buy
Excellent. Romantic in the way only gay tragi-comedy is.
Alain Dewitt
Dec 20, 2012 Alain Dewitt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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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