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Ask the Fire

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  4 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Ask the Fire blends the high tech culture of modern espionage and the highly politicized social culture of Washington, D.C., the capital of the world, with the secret of the Knights Templar, Freemasonry in the architecture of the D.C. streets. Add a dash of 60s hippiedom, and plenty of urban gay and post-gay culture, and readers will discover the birth of a new trans-mytho ...more
Published June 6th 2010 by Lethe Press (first published June 5th 2010)
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Jason Bradley
Nov 06, 2010 Jason Bradley marked it as unfinished
Shelves: m-m, ebook
So, I struggled with wordy, rambling, pointlessness until I really couldn't take it anymore. As I read further, I grew more confused, with more characters being introduced when I still had no idea about the ones already being mentioned. Timothy Leary would have totally understood this book. I am totally not Timothy Leary.
Dec 02, 2012 Feliz added it
Shelves: dnf, jw
This book refused to be read. Confusing, convoluted, no actual plot, preachy, heavy-handed---you name it. Is this supposed to be literarily valuable? One thing for sure, this book is not for me.
Nov 10, 2010 Chris added it
Shelves: dnf, gay, 2010, fiction, ebook
I THINK this was spy thriller with delusions of literary grandeur... Trying to read it hurt my brain - I made it through the Prologue and a chunk of the first chapter, but I just couldn't wade through the byzantine language and plot any more.
Tejas Janet
Sep 27, 2014 Tejas Janet rated it really liked it
My initial impetus for reading Ask the Fire by long-time Austinite Dennis Paddie was because the author is a personal friend, whose creativity, intellect, and congenial nature always make for an entertaining and refreshing time whenever we meet socially.

I was pleased to discover that Ask the Fire likewise possesses many of these same attributes. That said, do not approach this expecting an easy book to read or instantly comprehend. Rather, it is one to unwrap slowly and appreciate as a puzzle t
Mar 20, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok
I liked the storyline, the characters interesting enough, however I was disappointed with the writing. In my opinion, it was as if the author was trying to impress the reader with his command of vocabulary. The prologue was confusing and so were many of the chapters. It was if the draft went right to publishing; never rewritten. A good editor would have made a world of difference.
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