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Being shot triggered Javen's genetic empathy. AS a result, he must adjust to losing his career as a police officer and the man he loved, as well as a unsuspected racial heritage. Born to privilege, his search for a new career brings him in repeated contact with the despised banis race, and he finds himself drawn towards the people and their concerns.[Complete Volume-Parts...more
ebook, 1st Edition, 491 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by Smashwords
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Lady*M
Second reading, December 2013 - I have very little to add to my previous review. This remains one of the best fictional books about racism, even if it is in the genre of speculative fiction. It has everything: from hatred, delusions and ignorance of the privileged to prejudices born from the experiences of disadvantaged. But the characters, especially Javen, are what truly shines in this book.

Original review:

It was always a mystery to me why Ann Somerville isn't more popular author, considering...more
Zuyuan
Great work, almost 500 pages and never bored me a sec. I like the way Javen and Shardul dance around each other, it's very real and cute. Best of best in this story is politic aspect which, to my surprise, even-though set in futuristic background it's mirror more of the real world we live in. Author really paid interest in the issue she wrote. Not something I expect from m/m romance but I'm very appreciate, made this more than typical.
Paul Jr.
A series of interconnected stories from Ann Somerville. Strong on plot and character with great tension between the two male leads and fascinating world building. As usual, Somerville works in social commentary that's a hallmark of good sci-fi. Incredibly entertaining, reminding me of the serials I used to watch on TV when I was a kid. Great fun with a bite to it as well.
Seregil
Jan 21, 2014 Seregil rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Seregil by: Luisana06
I can't really say anything bad about this book, it's just too well written :) It's pretty long and I was a bit upset when I realised it's a bit of a collection of stories, each one a case investigated by the main character - an ex cop that had to retire because he accidentaly developed a strong power of empathy (and it wasn't legal for him to be a policeman and an empath). The society was very interesting and the detective plot always kept me reading, so I was happy to find out that most of the...more
Deanna
Great scifi book filled to the brim with social commentary on race and class relations. Characters were well written & evolved since there is a span of 4 or 5 years.
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Jaya
SlashReaders: This was a good book. "Different Senses", is really a series of interconnected shorter works. All of the stories revolve around Javen, his family, his friends and his co-workers as he set himself up as a private investigator. The fallout from Javen's shooting and his developing empathy, is really only the beginning of things and most definitely not the end. Each new story revolves around one of Javen's cases; however, throughout the whole work there are interconnected plot lines an...more
Kukko
Main Characters: Javen Ythen & Shardul Hema Rishabh
Key Themes: UST, Interracial, Psychic Ability, Discrimination, Religion
Location: Planet Uterden

The Kelon are colonizers and the ruling race on Uterden. The Nihani are the disenfranchised indigenous people of the planet. Javen is a Kelon, and the son of the planet's Governor. Javen was a cop until he was injured, and subsequently fired for developing what was considered (by the Kelon) a degrading disability - because of it's association with...more
A.B. Gayle
I'd read "Javen and the Pretty Boy" as a freebie, but it didn't appeal to me as much as when I read it again as part of this collection of short stories. Although each stands alone, you get a much better appreciation of the underlying themes and the arc of the characters' relationships when read sequentially.

Dispossessed aboriginals (in the true sense of the word) is a famliar topic to everyone brought up in Australia. As is the concept of new immigrants not seeing how they can be held responsib...more
Anatheia
Oh, how I loved it.

First of all, if you expect PWP or sex scenes every two pages, don't ever start this book. The romance is very slow and it's perfect that way. It would have ruined everything otherwise. It is really consistent with the characters, their world and I loved how Ann Somerville tried to preserve that. It made sense.

Different Senses is a collection of short stories but they are all connected in a way and they all help you understand and learn about the setting.

All Javen's cases hav...more
Hc Lynn
‘Prologue’: Not enough intro into the world

‘ ‘Javen and the Ex’: Didn’t get the connection between ex at all. Javen and ex don’t seem like they’d be a good fit at ANY time.

‘Javen and the Lost Girl’: Javen’s attitude towards work is weird. If not wanting to really be an investigator and earning a living, then why bother? This particular was a repaid favor but it still applies after this case.

‘Javen and the Seeker’s Gift’: Shardul, brash rubbing wrong… Finally by the end of this case we see...more
Fehu
First half of the book was brilliant and would earn it 5 stars BUT in the second half the racial comments of one of the MC did get on my nerves!
The book is well written, has an interesting plot and well developed characters. In the world the story is set live two races and one is treated with quite a lot of prejudice, especially because of their emphatic abilities. The story is divided in cases with which Javen, an ex-cop, deals after his incident, which left him with a surprising and unwanted g...more
Qi
Heh, I had this rated four stars for a while before I realized that I was grading on a seriously steep curve.

I'm not sure that I can write a review which would do this book (set of short stories and novel) justice. This is a look at a segregated society from the perspective of one of its most privileged members and it's done in a realistic way. (view spoiler)...more
Mandy Beyers
This is a fantastic story. It is science-fiction only in that it is based on some other planet far in the future where people have colonized many different worlds and "evolved" and some people have empathic senses. Mainly it deals with racial differences and cultural/political divisions between the two groups on the planet - one is the indigenous people, who are downtrodden and poor, while the colonizers rule and are richer, although many do not understand the true history and how things have de...more
Katharina
4.5

Let me first say that this book isn't without faults.
For example, it took me a while to get used to the writing, because it seemed somehow short (not the book itself obviously, but the... phrasings and sentences and thoughts, for lack of a better description) and a little too simple and unsophisticated. The funny thing is that after a while I almost appreciated all that, because it emphasized the type of person the narrator and protagonist Javen Ythen was - it seemed fitting that his thought...more
Penelope Frost
Yet another amazing read from Somerville. I loooved how the story itself is seperated in two main parts. The first part is seperated in smaller stories each a case for Javen to solve (in the first ones he's alone, but gains friends along the way as he solves his cases), and how all these small ones get interwoven along the way and lead up to the second part which is the inevitable clash between two populations. I agree that I would have liked the romance to develop before those last 25-30 pages,...more
Ilona
I picked this one up because of the fact that it was a science fiction story that sounded interesting. I kept reading it because it was also a collection of stories about the main Character that were all tied together through detective cases. It was well written and I loved the way the world building was done. It took it's time growing the relationship between the main character and his love interest whilst keeping the reader focused on the political and racial issues of the people around him. I...more
Tamela
I do love a good slow romantic build up, but FOUR YEARS?? Okay, I loved the whole story, or rather collection of stories, but I do wish that (view spoiler). Since this is a review... not a rehash of the synopsis, I'll just state that the whole book was great. Wonderful...more
Len
This author continues to astound me with not just incredible characters & mesmerizing plots but emotional rollercoaster rides producing tears of both sorrow and immense joy as well. Each time I think she has shown me her very best she manages to expand the scale and show me new heights of talent!
Caro
I liked this in bits. v def more a detective story. two leads didn't get together until v end and no real tension between them. got pretty boring in bits but I did finish!
Gwendolyn
When i bought this book i was looking for a psy-cop romance kind of thing. It took me forever to get around to reading it and when I did, oops. This book isn't what I expected it to be but it was very good. It's not a romance at all its more a sociological study with a gay main character and set in a fictitious world. It drug a little around page 300 or so it picked back up quickly.
Nicole
Amazing story. I think I cried on three separate areas. Maybe more.

A sci-fi m/m romance filled with discrimination and prejudice. Character development is grows from this setting. Long story, but it's broken into short-story-like chapters.
Nicole
Wow. This was amazing.

The story (for me) was about Javen's journey and it was inspiring, emotional, enraging, fantastic. I couldn't put it down because I was so engaged in both the characters and the storylines.
 Sara
long, epic novel with little sex, but wonderful character development. Makes you really think about discrimination, too.
Ravyn
Just re-read, bumped up to 5 stars. Most definitely top quality work.
Oconel
9 Jul 2012 So far, this is a very interesting book about prejudice.
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Ann Somerville grew up in one of Australia’s prettiest small cities. In 1989, she left Australia with a BA and a burning ambition to see more of the world and its people, and to discover this ‘culture’ thing people kept telling her about. In 2006, she returned home to Southeast Queensland with two more degrees (this time in science and IT), an English husband and a staggering case of homesickness,...more
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