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One Being - Millennia - Destinies Changed

Facilitator and felicitator, to have winsome young Felix step into a man's life is a transforming event: the course of destiny is altered. Emotions are unlocked, hidden longings are revealed, luck changes for the better… and sometimes for the worse. When Felix appears pleasurable fun and deserved pure, dreamed-of felicity or punishm
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Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published March 30th 2012 by Reckless Books
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I... I... I have no idea what to say about this book...

I honestly didn't know what this book was all about when I started it. I should have read what the author wrote about the book before I started it. Read it here. I didn't know that this was basically a collection of short stories. Maybe I'm too scatterbrained for this one but I had a hard time keeping all of the characters straight through all of the time jumps. It also isn't a romance book but a book about a bunch of different guys discover
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Goesta
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a heart and a joyous imagination
Recommended to Goesta by: LL - thank you for your gift!
"Felixitations" is a masterful, unforgettable celebration of the human heart expressing itself through its fleshly, sensuous vehicle. It is by far the most powerful thing of beauty I have had the honour to enjoy in recent memory.

I am not, by any account, a great fan of the short story-telling format. To me, it is best suited to exploring ideas rather than relationships. There is not enough contact, not enough time to immerse oneself, and just as one has made new friends they move away forever. E
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Monika
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing

5+++++Stars another story that deserves more than 5 stars.

I couldn’t immediately sit and write a review, I needed time to think about what I wanted to say. It was impossible to do it justice but I think I've done the best that I can.


It is by far the most fascinating story I have ever read I was totally captivated. It’s erotic with some explicit sex scenes, it has romance but it’s not M/M Romance. It’s Gay Fiction with a Scifi twist.

It’s a difficult book to explain so everyone will understand. I
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Hannah
Before I say anything else about this novel (or short story anthology, depending on how you choose to view it), I recommend that anyone interested in reading Felixitations start by looking at this article by the author. It is at least somewhat enlightening. Honestly, I think this information should have been included at the beginning of the book in an author's note. It is crucial to understanding what the heck this book is about and what exactly the author was trying to accomplish with it.

Felixi
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Zack Zack
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I must declare an interest: the author is my partner, but what he writes is a constant surprise, and none more so than this.

Strangely haunting, this unusually constructed novel leaves a trail of lasting impressions. Its many individual chapters careen through many timeframes and locations but are firmly connected by the ever-present Felix in his many guises, and subtly interwoven family and name connections create a mysterious sense of `meaning' which is difficult to shake off.

Make no mistake, t
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Fangtasia
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't know if it was because the real-life events going on in my life at the time I read this influenced my experience, but I really had a hard time keeping track of what was going on in this story.

Flashbacks are tricky, it's not easy to make them work. Some writers say there is no way to make them work. In this story? No way. Just couldn't keep the thread going clearly enough in my head from one incarnation to the next, with the in-betweens of the same characters a year later or earlier. All
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Adriana
Apr 10, 2012 marked it as to-read
The cover is great, and the blurb is intriguing.
Boyd
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a recent bog posting Roger keen wrote, "...Felix bears no hidden agenda, does not choose when or where he materializes - all happens by felicitous chance..." Readers and reviewers keep wanting to define the book. Is it a novel or a book of short stories? It is this "felicitous chance" that defines the book. The happenstances that occur throughout Feixitations changes the destinies of the lives of the gay men Felix touches. Felix is very good at one thing: sex. He uses his seductiveness as a t ...more
R.J.
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a stunning collection of stories that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys beautiful, lyrical, challenging writing. Felix pops up all over history and shows men what it is to be with a soul mate and to accept who they are, and who they can be.

The one I found myself skipping through, oddly enough, was the longest of the stories... because I was in the mindset of shorter stories it just appeared to be too long, so it took me a while to get to enjoy it

My favourite stories include:

The w
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Anna Kļaviņa
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anna by: M/M romance July BOM
Just finished reading and I feel for Felix. Reminds me a tiny bit of A.I. Artificial Intelligence (film starring Jude Law)

The writing is really good and different time periods are wonderfully shown.

These were my favourite stories: Once Upon A Time in Uruk (2700 BC), A Holiday Treat (1964), Two Little Boys (1955), Soldier of Fortune (1527), Avenging Angel (2012), The Western Front (1916), Roland and Olivier (788) and A Dog Called Sartre (2084)

The Persian Boy (2012), I had an inkling who myster
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Anthony McDonald
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a sheer delight As is its central character Felix, the pivot on which these interconnected tales all hang... By the end of the book you'll feel you've known Felix all your life. Actually, you probably have. The stories are set in many different times and places, throughout history and the present day. In addition to using his own voice, Roger Kean is a master of pastiching other styles, with delightful and entertaining results. From Mary Renault to... well, pretty well everybody els ...more
Brandon Fox
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a mosaic novel, displaying a dazzling array of settings and styles. Several threads run through it and keep all the elements building toward a fascinating and compelling conclusion.

Several things stood out as I savored this novel. There is a wealth of finely observed details, made all the more impressive by the diverse times and locations of the stories. The action scenes were truly outstanding, reminding me of the best adventure novels. Characters have very distinctive voices, and the w
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Averin
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Benjamin
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Felix, young, slim, blonde, blue-eyed and beautiful if the felicitator, helping to bring people together - namely men seeking men, even if in some cases they do not know they should be seeking another man. He sometimes goes a bit further and acts as the facilitator, aiding in the revenge of those who have been mistreated. Felix's services cover a great span in time from 2700 BC to 2184 Ad, but Felix is always young, he just seems to appear when and where he is needed. He seems to know just what ...more
scavola scavola
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Felixitations is a collection of short stories with a central, spritely character intervening throughout. Mr. Kean's writing is masterful, and all the stories have depth and vivid imagery. There were a couple I didn't care for, both were well-written, they just didn't strike a chord with me. A problem I had, not with the book itself but, reading on kindle, it’s hard to flip back and forth throughout the book to recall characters mentioned later. Also, the unifying theme could have been more pron ...more
Tamela
I enjoyed this story, though I often had to flip back to see where I was or to try and link up characters that had appeared before. I liked the premise, but the actual reason for what Felix was doing was often very vague.

I enjoyed the chapters as short stories and as in any anthology, there were some I liked and some I didn't.
Rick
This book got me all worked up, made me giggle, made me cry and made me laugh. I love this book! I just wish I'd written it.
Julesmarie
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This felt much more like an anthology, with the short stories all connected by the presence of Felix to help events happen.

At first it reminded me of a gay yenta version of the old tv show Quantum Leap. But not all of the stories are happy, and not all of the men are destined for love.

Some of the stories got a little trippy with repeating characters, and implications of reincarnation. But some of them were just lovely, happy, smutty fun.

I was all set to happily give this 4 stars, as I was enjoyi
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Cryselle
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book is unique—not a romance, not even one linear story, Felixitations is a series of vignettes whose only constant is Felix, an enigmatic character who materializes for as long as he is needed.

The stories range in time from the days of Gilgamesh to a future we haven’t seen yet, clustering in the early sixties and more or less current times, but with ventures to other eras where historical figures might interact.

The author has a reputation as a historian, which serves him well here—his know
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Preston
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Felixitations takes us to the miraculous world of Felix who knows no boundaries, especially not time. There is great fun of jumping around back and forth in time as these tales of Felix go where the fates see his talents are needed. His travels and purpose is serendipitous. The destiny of the gay men he appears to is changed, mostly for the better… much better by Felix. He provides a chance for happiness (or at least really good times in bed and elsewhere) as his presence moves life in a directi
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Tj
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Wow! How to describe this book. I struggled with it and didn't always love it but man it is good. The author has a way of weaving in history with his characters that is fascinating. The book really highlights the talents of the author. It isn't a romance. It is more a collection of stories that are all interconnected with the main character Felix being in each in some way. Not all the stories end well, Felix doesn't always help but he does provide change in the life of the men in the story. I en ...more
BhaktiM
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexy-books
I just finished this one and it is a bit of a conundrum for me. I loved Felix, he is so beautiful and so sexy, how could I not. He is sweet as well as beautiful. Besides Felix, the sex was way hot, and kept me constantly excited about the book. However, I don't think I ever understood all of the characters. I realized they were coming and going all of the time, but I could not follow that line. At times, it seemed like a lot of short stories instead of a novel. I don't know how to turn on a spoi ...more
Laura Miller
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved the stories in this book and the overall theme running through it. Felix is the catalyst for all of the stories characters some of them at different points in their live and other connected in different ways. The stories run the gamete of emotions and not only entertain but make you stop to really think about what is being said in each story. Felix shows many men the way to happiness and some to their deserved doom.

Truly wonderful writing and not typical of MM romance. I would actually lis
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Martin
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay
There's a lot of sex in Felixitations, which is never a bad thing. Felix pops up (no pun intended) in many parts of the world at many times through history and the future. And what Felix does is bring people together through the power of sex.

I like the concept and there are some good ideas in the book but I am afraid the sex just left me cold. A big dose of eroticism would have helped.

And some of the sex scenes were unpleasant. I am sure some people enjoy the glorification of abuse, but not me.

I
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World of Diversity Fiction
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 stars. Monika's favorite book.

Title: Felixitations
Author: Roger Kean
Cover Artist: Oliver Frey
Publisher: Reckless Books
Reviewer: Monika
Genre: Sci-Fi
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨♨
Rating:★★★★★

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Matthew
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
A very nice series of short stories about various Felixes throughout time, bringing happiness and love through Gay sexual encounters, young, blonde, and blue-eyed.

His character isn't always consistent and there's not always great descriptions of the sex but things are written in a very sophisticated, literary style.
Douglas
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I both loved and hated Felix depending on his manifestation but when all is said and done who can resist a cupid character who helps you to guide your love life? Send Felix to me now!
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Film maker, journalist, magazine and book publisher, Roger M. Kean settled down to pen gay fiction. To date he has written Felixitations, Thunderbolt:Torn Enemy of Rome, and the “Empire Trilogy” of late Victorian action-adventure novels A Life Apart, Gregory's Story, and Harry's Great Trek. In between battling through the deserts of Sudan, he wrote the 30,000-word novel
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