The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit
In this powerful and elegant story set in a future Earth very different from our own, a new kind of human has evolved to challenge the dominion of Homo sapiens. This new breed is stronger, smarter, and far more beautiful than their parent race, and are endowed with psychic as well as physical gifts. They are destined to supplant humanity as we know it, but humanity won't...more
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Thiede's speech, telling Pellaz what is a Wraeththu
What can I say? I just finish this book and I must write some words, convincing you to read it too?
No, better say, why you shouldn't read it.
It's not a romance
As you may see in the quotation I added, no, it's not a romance. Pellaz ...more
Considering this was first written in 1980 and then expanded and re-edited in 1987, it's one excellent M/M, dystopian, sci-fi and fantasy novel aimed at the much darker side of those genres, I loved it and encourage fellow lovers of darker books to read this trilogy, I bought book 2&3 without a thought but I know outside of Australia you can get all three novels as a single volume.
Yes there is mpeg BUT for once it is NOTHING like you'd expect at all.
It's M/M status for a book written ...more
I have completely savored this intricate plot, enjoyed the rich deep language, awestruck at the vivid imagery, loved the ...more
"The novel is interesting, if nothing else. I’m glad I read it. But I’ll never read it again."
Apparently, I was full of shit. 'Cause now I've read it again, and didn't even remember those lines until I decided to reread that review before coming here.
And I'm glad I reread it. Very, very glad. Being prepared for the things that frustrated me so much last time, I was ...more
Wraeththu burst onto the barren LGBT science fiction scene in the late 1980s with a blaze of attention. It was unique! Hermaphroditic men who fucked each other and made babies (somehow, I never really got with that part of the program)! They look like human men because they were human men until It Happened.
This book was the introduction of It Happening. In hindsight, it feels more like vampire fiction than gay men's fiction, but then I ate. it. up.
As I read it, I figured that this book must've been written rather recently. This assumption came largely from the depictions of gender and sexual fluidity; this was new to me in a book, and thus I ...more
So I read this one again. It's my favourite in the series. Cal is a bad boy(?) done right. I felt ...more
Please be aware that the review might contain spoilers in the later parts where I talk about the events of the book. It is also EXTENSIVELY LONG and I have not betaread it yet because of this sole reason, so if you find some ...more
I actually first heard about this book when I came across a thread on the RPG.Net forums bashing the (admittedly horrible) tabletop RPG adaptation of this book, "Wraeththu: From Enchantment to Fulfillment." Naturally, me being big on train-wreck curiosity, I decided I should read the original source material. After waffling with myself over whether to inter-library loan it or not (our local library doesn't carry it), I finally stumbled across a copy in a used bookstore. ...more
While it is true that there are some punctuation mistakes that sometimes bothered me (who edited this!?), the story is far too compelling and interesting, and what's more important for me... the characters!
This book has made me think a lot, the premise is so fascinating. It's true, the author could do more in explaining ...more
If you like Urban Fantasy crossed with post-apocalyptic future type novels then this is the one for you. These books were written before Urban Fantasy became a genre in itself.
Great storyline, great Characters who you can invest in.
only reason not 5, is it took time to decipher and absorb, but in a good way. Still, would have preferred just a little less fancy explanations and details, and a little more clarity.
Feb 22, 2014: Possibly one of my biggest sins so far is the fact that I keep meaning to read all Storm Constantine’s Wraeththu Mythos stories but don’t ever quite get round to doing ...more
Since the late 1980s she has written more than 20 novels, plus several non-fiction books. She is featured in the Goth Bible and is often included in discussions of alternative sexuality and gender in science fiction and fantasy; many of her novels include same-sex relationships or ...more