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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  179 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
The ultimate fantasy? Or a nightmare of self-discovery? From the renowned author of 253 comes a dark, erotic fable for the modern age. David, a young scientist investigating what happens to the brain during the process of learning, suddenly finds himself the subject of a bizarre experiment. On the way home from the lab one night he spies Tony, a fitness instructor from his ...more
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Fenriz Angelo
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Idk what to say about this book, only that it left me quite satisfaced and i enjoyed every bit of it. From the blurb one might think it's a pornish book just for the hell of it, but when you start reading you realize it's more than that, this is a story of a scientist man, Michael, who feels his life has no meaning and one day he has the ability to sum up people he has lusted after, lust that those copies of those persons reciprocate, but such overwhelming lust is hindered by Michael's erectile ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fiction
Lust is a fascinating Sci Fi exploration of every man's dream - to call up clones of his fantasies who are hot for him.
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I agree with the reviewer who wrote, "The plot summary may make it look like porn but, if so, it's the most thoughtful, affecting porn I've ever read."

It is porn -- sort of. But not really, actually. For a book that's about sex, the proportion of actual graphic content is surprisingly low (although there is some; it wouldn't be like Geoff Ryman to write a book about sex and then not deliver). But it's not just a titillating bonk-fest, all fun and games. That would be porn, and more to the point
Blake Fraina
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirty-something scientist, Michael Blasco, is your typical all work/no play type. He is involved in a love affair that's gone well past its sell by date, mostly owing to his neglect, and his current research project involves the sort of animal testing that even he seems a bit squeamish, if not rueful, over. One day, on his way home from the gym, the personal trainer about whom he fantasizes appears to him on the tube platform and performs an ad hoc striptease seemingly as a result of Michael's ...more
Chance Lee
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At one point during "Lust," Michael, the protagonist, wonders "How is this any different from masturbation?" He's able to conjure up anyone he wants and have sex with them. Hot gym trainer. Tarzan. Alexander the Great. Anyone. Then he can send them away, and it's like they were never there. There are no consequences. He can't get HIV, he can't get his feelings hurt because they do whatever he wants, he can experiment without fear.

So how it any different from masturbation? The same could be said
I probably wouldn't have picked this up by its own description, but I loved Air so much i'll basically give anything by Ryman a shot, and in this instance, i'm glad I did.

Michael, a gay London scientist, gains a sudden ability to materialize copies of people - alive, dead, fictional - that he wants to have sex with. When he wants them to, they vanish back into the ether, no consequences.

Remarkably, Ryman manages to spin this out into an entire novel without it getting stale. Even more unusually
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-chosen
Really interesting tale of a scientist who discovers he can create a duplicate of someone, have sex with them and there's no harm done. Right? Wrong. I especially liked that he analyses this power in a scientific manner for the first third, conducting little experiments (Can make someone who is dead appear? Will the real person know I did this? Can other people see them? etc.)
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has a special place in my heart.

It was my first attempt at a m/m book and I instantly fell in love with it. There's no way I can objectivly say anything worthwhile here but for what it's worth: Awesome read!
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fiction
Living in London, Michael Blasco, good looking at 38, has been in a relationship for around twelve years, but things have not been going too well of late, and while they still share a bed, he and Philip otherwise seem to lead separate lives. Matters are not helped by Michaels impotence. He's a workaholic too, a research scientist and teacher just opening a new lad for his research project. It is then that he discovers he has a unique power, he is able to conjure out of nothing the attractive you ...more
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange, sexual, frustrating, over-written, lavishly contemplated and just odd fun; Ryman's Lust takes 30-something Brit-American scientist Michael on a strange erotic journey. After discovering that he can call up copies of people he desires, he goes on a quest to figure out what the sexually and usually compliant copy-people, dubbed Angels, can and cannot do.

Also a lengthy rumination on love, desire, loneliness and attraction, his real life desires are having problems, specifically with his lo
Nick Davies
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This was different to what I expected, which sorta reinforces the old adage about judging a book by the cover. In this case maybe I should have paid at least the tiniest bit of attention to the cover when I bought it, because I don't think I really looked at it enough. Anyhow, this gay fantasy novel was interesting, and kept me amused during breaks (and when my opponent was thinking about their next move) at a chess tournament I was playing in, and had picked this book up cheap en route to the s ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always keep thinking it's not that bad. But it is that bad. It's like I think it will clear up by itself if I leave it alone. Like a sock that loses its other half. You put it back in the drawer, hoping it'll find the other half by itself.

Always tell an intelligent person that they're beautiful. Always tell a beautiful person they're intelligent. Tell a cartoon that they're both.

Who would have thought miracles felt so terrible? You could feel them break the universe.

The dream was not of someon
Zen Cho
Aug 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sff, lgbt
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May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
So this guy discovers that he has the power to conjure up a copy of anyone he would like to have sex with, and they will want to sleep with him too, and then he can disappear them when he's done.
As you might imagine, this is kind of too good to be true.
And as you can probably guess from the title, there's a lot of sex in it, but the sex isn't usually very sexy. But that's okay!

I absolutely loved this book.
Mar 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY wanted to enjoy this one - having loved Was and enjoyed 253 - but feel that Ryman 'outclevered' himself with the concept behind this novel.

Ryman's ideas were interesting, the introduction of Picasso and Billie Holiday particularly amused me, but overall I didn't find myself emotionall engaged in Michael's exploration of his lusts.
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A lovely book. Disturbing, joyful, selfish, merciful -- all the things that touch us in life that we can hardly ever hold onto for more than a moment. It was a real pleasure to read a book about a man whose heart is opening up to the world without it being sickingly sweet or self-piting. The novel is humane, and it made me feel. A glorious read.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: changed-my-mind
Maybe I need to go back to this. I could not get into it. The character left me cold. Unlike the other Ryman books I've read, the writing lacked emotional depth. From the reviews I've read, I guess this changes. Other reviewers have said it's a rewarding book, so I will give it another chance, but right now there are other books waiting . . .
Avis Black
Jun 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tried to read it, but hated the prose style. It's simple and plain, which shouldn't be death to a book, but it was also boring. The subject matter is approached in a tasteless and sordid fashion, and a novel full of tastelessness is a godawful hardship to read. I gave up on it.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexuality, fiction
A lovely book, one that will require some thought. In some ways it was poorly-written; in others, it was intensely creative and meaningful. I might not be quick to recommend it, but I'm glad I read it!
Skyler White
This was my first encounter with Ryman, and I'm eager to read more. He's clever, and this is worth reading for the cartoon character sex alone.
Rehab Emam
I wish I throw it out of the window and a big truch comes to smash it into pieces, what does that book want?
The Sheila
Jun 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to read a really fucking good book (emphasis on the fucking).
The plot summary may make it look like porn but, if so, it's the most thoughtful, affecting porn I've ever read.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best ending of any book I've read, period!
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little too weird for me and difficult to follow.
Sep 27, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buy
Excellent. Romantic in the way only gay tragi-comedy is.
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Geoffrey Charles Ryman (born 1951) is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and slipstream fiction. He was born in Canada, and has lived most of his life in England.

His science fiction and fantasy works include The Warrior Who Carried Life (1985), the novella The Unconquered Country (1986) (winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the World Fantasy Award), and The Child Garden (1989) (winner
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