First I would liket to thank Firstreads and Mr. Snyder for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
I must say that overall that I did like the...moreFirst I would liket to thank Firstreads and Mr. Snyder for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
I must say that overall that I did like the book. Its a collection of 12 short stories that can either be read from cover to cover or each story can stand alone. If you decide to pick a story in the middle it will sumarize important points from previous stories. This collection of stories is based on the relationship of Matt and Vic, the weird part is that when they have sex Vic obtains some kind of superpower such as teleporting, super static electricity, etc. Matt buys Vic a copy of The Kama Sutra for gay men for a Christmas present in an attempt to figure out which position causes which power. Matt is concerned about Vic getting harmed by some of these effects (my thought here was if he wore a condom wouldn't that solve everything? but of course thats not the point of the story) I also wondered why this was happening and if any of Matt's siblings had similar things to happen. But again I'm thinking too much while reading. These stories are not for you to wonder why, just enjoy the story. They are full of passionate sex scenes between these two. You can tell that Matt and Vic love each other very much and that they are still in the honeymoon phase of their relationship. This is enhanced by the telepathy that is shared between them. They always know each others thoughts wherever they are. One thing that makes things so steamy is that its not just rough sex, there is much tenderness at times, alot of foreplay, which really enhanced the feeling that these two were very much in love. (less)
This is certainly not a read for everybody, but I really liked it. This is the first steampunk novel that I...moreI received a free copy of this for review.
This is certainly not a read for everybody, but I really liked it. This is the first steampunk novel that I have read and I found it very different than what I am used to. Its a completely different world set in Victorian times, full of fantastical machines.
This story is told from Cedo's point of view. He's a local storyteller that is discovered by the wealthy, mysterious Erus. Erus takes him in and tells him that he sees great potential in his talent. Theirs is a complicated relationship that makes you wonder why Cedo stays or even why he loves Erus. But often there is no explanation as to why one loves another, after all there is a saying that love has no reason why. The character of Billy is at the other end of the spectrum from Erus, and one that I would love to see more of.
There are some very relevant issues woven into this story: war and peace and the impact it has on economy, domestic violence, and also poverty and the differences between the economic classes. All of these issues have been carefully woven in, each one bringing the story to life.
Overall, I really liked this story. Its certainly not for everone, there are some scenes of M/M that are definitely steamy and there are also some pretty violent parts as well which makes me say this is for those over 18. But these scenes definitely enhance the story and not detract from it. (less)
This is a difficult one for me to wrap my brain around for a review. Its generally not my genra of choice, never really been into spy novels. But actu...moreThis is a difficult one for me to wrap my brain around for a review. Its generally not my genra of choice, never really been into spy novels. But actually it was more than that, it was a love story not only of a couple but of their country. I would really give this one 3.5 stars because it really was very well written.
Bruno Salvo is a very talented interpreter of obscure African languages that happens to be trapped in a loveless marriage. He is drawn in to the life of a spy and uncovers a conspiracy against is beloved Congo. In the meantime he falls in love with a wonderful woman that is also from Africa. Salvo is very naive being very new to the life of a spy and his conscious won't let him sit back and do nothing. In difficult situations its often not easy to do what is right and even then sometimes its impossible to make any difference against such odds as wealthy high ranking conspirators.
The problem that I had with this novel was that it would have helped if I had more of a knowledge of African politics (ok, I'll be honest I have no knowledge of African politcs, I don't really care for any politics regardless of geography). I felt kinda lost in the middle of all that was going on at the conference. What I did enjoy was the way it was told from the point of view of the interpreter. Not only was his knowledge of different languages interesting but also the way he picked up sounds in general. Every tone or inflection of speach was picked up and had meaning. Background noises also had meaning in the way he interpreted what was going on.
Overall, I enjoyed alot about this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good spy novel. (less)
This is a book that I enjoyed altho in many aspects it was full of sadness. I thought it was intersting right from the begining where we find that Emi...moreThis is a book that I enjoyed altho in many aspects it was full of sadness. I thought it was intersting right from the begining where we find that Emile has been raised alone by her aging father. Her mother died while giving birth to her in a time when women often died during childbirth. Her father raises her to be a natural philosopher when women weren't often taught such things. He kept her secluded however and taught her nothing about life. When she became a young woman and fell in love she was suddenly on here own, thrust out into life without any experience with it. Thru heartache and heartbreak she learns to live and comes to know the real man that her father was but only after his death. This book is full of characters that are very much brought to life and a story that draws you in from the begining. I would recommend this book for anyone that loves historical fiction. (less)
This is an awesome read for a variety of reasons. This read is not only a precursor for Dracula (having predated it by about 25 years) it is also quit...moreThis is an awesome read for a variety of reasons. This read is not only a precursor for Dracula (having predated it by about 25 years) it is also quite the opposite. Carmilla is a short, melodramatic gothic read where Dracula is quite masculine and harsh.
Carmilla comes into the life of the narrator, Laura, quite suddenly. There is a carriage accident at the schloss where Laura lives and Carmilla comes to stay with them for a short time. The relationship between Laura and Carmilla, while very subtle is also very obvious there is more than friendship here. And the horror is that the face of love is also the face of evil.
This well written gothic tale is a must read for those who enjoy vampire lore. I enjoyed it much more than Dracula.(less)