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 theFirst 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. ...more
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In a word: Awesome! The series of Ginecea is one of the best that I have read inI received a free copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
In a word: Awesome! The series of Ginecea is one of the best that I have read in a long time. If it wasn't for minor things like work, or eating and sleeping, I would have devoured this book in one sitting.
La Porta has created a world where men are slaves and women are in power. The religion has women believing that men aren't necessary for conception and that women should only marry women. They have facilitated this myth with strategically placed fertility clinics around Ginecea that keep only good male specimes for sperm donors. Pure bred women have two mothers and the lower class of fathered women are kept around for maids and such. The author has done a wonderful job of bringing this world to life along with its characters. Pax, the granddaughter of Rosie from the first novel The Priest, who has been rich and spoiled, has her eyes opened to the real world when she is sent to a work farm for the summer. Here she realizes the truth about how workers are treated and falls in love with Prince. After escaping to the desert and the City of Men she learns the truth about her existence.
The series of Ginecea covers so many burning topics that our own society deals with. And seeing them from an opposite perspective brings so much to light. The world could definitely do with more love regardless of the sexual preferences of those that are in love. Who are we to say what is right for someone else. Not to mention how easy it is for those in power to be corrupt in order to not only remain in power but to force their views on others.
Slavery of any race or gender for any reason is brutal and degrading. Even if those being enslaved are provided for it is still demeaning. But it is so hard to fight against a system that insists on keeping the public ignorant of the truth.
Overall, I loved this book as well as the first one in this series. This book had so much to offer: love, fear, hate, and friendship just to begin. I cried in several places and I rarely find a book good enough to make me cry. The love between Rosie and Mauricio was just heartbreaking. There was also the relationship between Pax and her mothers. It was so complicated and you could tell they were all torn about what was best for each other. The relationships between the characters was such an important part of this story and you could definitely understand how they felt. I would recommend it to anyone with an open mind that loves a good alternate universe/dystopia. Awesome!...more
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 actuThis 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. ...more
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 EmiThis 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. ...more
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 quitThis 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....more