This might just be my favorite, though Camp Hell really rates up there with it. I liked that we get a lot more insight into Jacob, not to mention VicThis might just be my favorite, though Camp Hell really rates up there with it. I liked that we get a lot more insight into Jacob, not to mention Vic really getting a clue into his powers. I can only hope that there are many more to come, because this one really leads in a new direction. I'm very much looking forward to where that pans out!...more
Haron and Wiskar are like two very different sides of the same coin. They both work in tandem to create a world, then they move on to another. Yet, foHaron and Wiskar are like two very different sides of the same coin. They both work in tandem to create a world, then they move on to another. Yet, for all that they can accomplish when they work together, they are very, very different. Wiskar, who is rough and often foul-tempered, likes to create the hunters and predators of the world — the wolf, the vulture, and other carnivorous animals. Haron, who is sweet-tempered and endlessly patient with Wiskar (often to the point of being dreamy), likes to create the gentle creatures of the world — the bunnies, the herbivores, as well as anything of beauty, like sweet-scented flowers. They have worked as a team creating worlds for Sky Holder for millions of years, and have fallen deeply, passionately in love. Or so Haron believes. Yet, getting Wiskar to admit to liking anything, even remotely tolerating anything without a hint of disdain, even himself, is toiling.
So, like any sweet and intelligent (though maybe slightly devious) man that he is, Haron decides that he will have to do something to get Wiskar to throw him down and ravish him, or they can not go on creating worlds, especially since Wiskar tends to create all of his animals in about the same amount of time Haron likes to lovingly craft a single flower. So, when Wiskar challenges him to a battle of creation, he knows that his wits can beat Wiskar’s strength any day. More than anything, however, Haron understands what this test of wills is all about, and the possible outcome if he can win.
This little story by G.R. Richards was, I admit, not what I expected it to be, and I was happy with the story as it turned out. I love the snarky voice it is told in. It is also told much like a fairy tale — short, sweet and to the point. That works well for a short story, especially one where there is world building. I often have trouble getting into short stories that aren’t contemporaries for that very reason. The voice in this story (which is mostly Haron’s POV, though it changes between Haron and Wiskar) is funny and led me to believe that the world-building wasn’t very important. The story is really all about Haron and Wiskar, who are two extremes that we know are meant for one another from the moment we see what they create. The way those extremes are described, Haron as a sort of doe-eyed, innocent princeling type, and Wiskar, the gruff, can’t bear to talk about emotions and ready to dunk his head into a barrel of beer, lumberjack type, are almost satirical of a typical fairy tale romance, especially between two men. It led to a light and funny read that I really enjoyed.
There were a few things that I didn’t really understand, specifically dealing with the corn and beans and the racks of elk (this is dealing with their duel), but it didn’t sour my enjoyment of the story. Though, I do think that if I had understood a lot of those little details I would have gotten more from the story. It could be just that those are references that I didn’t really understand. Still, I don’t think they lead to any great revelations, as this isn’t the sort of story that I feel is supposed to impart some sort of meaning other than the enjoyment of the story itself. It might be that I am wrong, but I enjoyed it for being light-hearted without trying to drive home any sort of message.
I really enjoyed the two loons, Susan and Bill, who share a similar relationship to Wiskar and Haron, yet also watch from the sidelines in bemused silence. I was a bit startled by the way the two men get to the different worlds by “Divine Vessel” (and you will be two, I think). It reminded me a bit of a scene in Pedro Almodovar’s film Talk to Her, where a character runs around in a giant re-creation of a vagina (that’s all I’ll tell you, I swear!).
This story was, however, quirky and with it’s own sense of humor. For that, I enjoyed it very much. Recommended for a quick, light read with lots of imagination.
In The Werewolf in Red, it is the five year anniversary to the night that Sylver and Hunter met at one of Sylver’s cancan performances at the Red BanaIn The Werewolf in Red, it is the five year anniversary to the night that Sylver and Hunter met at one of Sylver’s cancan performances at the Red Banana Revue in Philadelphia and Sylver wants both of them to take a trip to Philly to celebrate at the club. Yet, Hunter hasn’t told Sylver about the financial trouble he has fallen into as he secretly battles the ancient vampire Vlad for the world’s oil shares (which is the beginning of Vlad’s plan to take over Earth), after risking his fortune and losing it. Now, Hunter is broke, the company is falling into ruin, and he has been acting distant towards Sylver for weeks. Sylver can only imagine one reason for his despondancy and lack of interest — Hunter must be cheating on him again. In a sudden burst of temper (of which they both have many), Sylver leaves to visit Philly on his own deciding that two can play at infidelity (so what if his wolf is loyal to the core?), while unknowingly walking right into Vlad’s clutches. On top of that there is a crazy menagerie of supporting characters, each who have their own agenda, or need something from Sylver and Hunter. Sorting out everyone else’s messes is tough work (even though Sylver usually has a hand in creating them), but can they solve their own mess and stop Vlad? Maybe, if they get their priorities straight. In Sylver’s words, “If I don’t get rid of this boner, I won’t be able to walk, let alone fight!”, or more precisely, “Fuck first, then save the world.”
I loved both of the prior stories in this series, but this installment really took the cake. This series is quite different from most paranormals, mostly because the focus is on the humor and cheeky plot, instead of world-building. Usually incredibly campy and always ready with a comeback, Sylver is a great character who constantly seems to get himself in trouble, and relish doing so. An admitted exhibitionist (and wow, there is some hot public sex in this book) and a kick-ass alpha character no matter the number of frilly dresses he ruins having to shift on the fly, Sylver is the kind of character I love to read about — he defies stereotypes. He is a cross-dressing alpha male werewolf, he is fiercely loyal, and despite always poking his nose into everyone else’s business, truly wants to help people. His actions and voice perfectly suit Mimi Riser’s type of humor, because everything Sylver does (as well as the rest of the plot) is way over the top. Hunter is a character that you can’t help but love, even though he’s a cheater (well, a reformed cheater, anyway). This book showed the lengths Hunter goes to in order to please Sylver and abstain from sex with other partners (which, apparently, is almost impossible for a werecat in this world) much more than the previous books did. When you put Sylver and Hunter together, they are constantly at each other’s throats, trying to out-top the other, whether in bed or in a fight, though with their relationship there isn’t much difference between the two! At the same time, they are perfect for one another, as only they could hope to keep the other in line.
A smartly written werewolf paranormal about two very different characters with different lives, but without the knowledge of how to move in a4.5 stars
A smartly written werewolf paranormal about two very different characters with different lives, but without the knowledge of how to move in a werewolf relationship in common. I liked that the POV was from a good man triumphing over his baser urges with no knowledge of what it is to be a werewolf. The setting of Cambridge was like a main character, even to someone who has never visited. The choice to limit the knowledge of Julian's past was an interesting one and I thought, smart one. Deductive reasoning isn't difficult in this case, and serves to make Julian's sometimes strange behavior more stark against a regular 19 year old.
I've learned by now that I prefer JL Merrow's contemporaries, but her paranormals always surprise me, and certainly have until now served to give me a completely unique experience to count on.
Recommended to readers under the stipulation that they're not getting a typical paranormal m/m romance....more