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The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit

(Wraeththu #1)

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,328 ratings  ·  73 reviews

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

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Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 28th 1989 by Tom Doherty Assoc Llc (first published 1987)
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Aimee ~is busy sleeping~
Apr 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-2stars
I waited for so long to receive my paperback copy with all three volumes. I was excited and expected to spend a pleasant time immersed in it during my spring break (yes, my spring break is so crazy and exciting this year). I had really high expectations, expecting to love this as I did The Merro Tree, another really old lgbt sci-fi that turned out to be such a great find. And I was very fascinated with the premise for this series, which essentially is about how the human population is dying off ...more
Bookwatcher
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all fantasy or sci-fi readers
Wraeththu are self-sufficient energy organisms. We never fall in love, because love does not exist for us in the same way as it does for lower life forms. In essence, we are love, expressions of the source of creation.
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
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Jason Bradley
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, m-m, ebook, fantasy
The author has created a world in this book that is beyond compare. I am impressed by her boldness in this piece especially for the time period in which it was written. The characters are amazingly vivid and although there are anatomy questions that are left unanswered, plot points were connected so that by the end of the book I felt sure of the reasoning and explanation of all the events. I am eager to continue this series!
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Dark fantasy has a great deal in common with the original faerie tales. Not the iron-jawed heroes/cheerrful doormat heroines type cartoons as pushed by Disney, but the older, scarier stories told to children around the fire by the wise ones of the village, warning them of dangers in the forests and enchantments in the lakes and streams. Dark fantasy brings our deepest fears and our forbidden fantasies to life. Storm Constantine has been one of the authors at the forefront of dark fantasy and her ...more
Paul
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
5 STARS
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
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Victoria
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read books out of a series... I literally stay away from them because I must have a fear of commitment. However, this book has long intrigued me and sat on my shelf for a long period of time. I couldn't find it at the library or any book stores, I eventually found it through Thriftbooks. SCORE! Why isn't this book more well known? Shame on you people! lol
I have completely savored this intricate plot, enjoyed the rich deep language, awestruck at the vivid imagery, loved the
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Chy
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I would like to start with the final lines of my A Writer's Gotta Read review from the first time I read this, over two years ago:

"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
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Richard Derus
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating: 3* of five

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.
Tess Manicki
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I REALLY wanted to like this book. The premise is awesome. The world is awesome. The characters have the potential to be awesome. Unfortunately for me, the writing is so horrendously poor that I can't give it more than two stars. I wish I could love it more, and I really did try.
Kirt
Jan 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Kira-Richelle
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book and all I can say is WOW. I had been facing a conundrum of "which book should I read on the plane?" and my friend picked out this book from my shelf. I had picked it up some time ago, but hadn't yet taken the time to read it. I had been missing out on an amazing story!

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
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Bri
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book. I've never read anything more beautifully written. The entire book reads and flows together like an elegant poem. The amount of thought and heart that went into creating this story is not lost on me. I love the overall statement that she makes about the human race and how beautifully she has pieced together this "evolved" race of beings. The characters are intriguing and the plot never let's up. She has a real talent for easily introducing strange new ideas and plot twists ...more
Carrie Clevenger
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was different than most fantasies I've read. The author sucked me into the story much like Elizabeth Chadwick. The use of sexual connotations without actually using them was ingenious (as were the terms). The characters were better than most I've seen in a lengthy jog such as this one. It wasn't disgusting or even really weird. She removed me so far from reality that I was able to embrace her universe and leave mine for a little while. On the other hand, the plot plods along. It's very much ...more
Spider the Doof Warrior
May 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-love-this-book
I'm reading this book again. It's just so enjoyable. I love the way her characters develop. Metamorphosis, after all, is a theme of the book. A race of people metamorphoses from the ashes of men who must adapt to being both male and female with mystical powers. So, through the eyes of her characters you get to see this process. You get to see how a race matures and evolves and becomes better.



2015
So I read this one again. It's my favourite in the series. Cal is a bad boy(?) done right. I felt
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Anna
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nexus Redsnow
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
(This review consists of my raw thoughts right after finishing this book within three days. Really finished reading just a moment ago. I might edit it later to be more coherent, or to fix up errors. Excuse my poor choice of formulation sometimes, English is my third language.
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
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David
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I found this unsettling. It posed all manner of questions, some of them simultaneously although they seemed mutually exclusive. Like Matheson’s I Am Legend it explores the difference between ‘mutation’ and ‘evolution’, and does so in an innovative way. Unlike the new creatures in Matheson’s classic, or Cronin’s The Passage (or evening Atwood’s Oryx and Crake) these are highly intelligent, individual, sensual beings capable of complex interactions and culture. Here is my first ...more
Kenya Starflight
Aug 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I tried, I really did.

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.
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Aricia Gavriel
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's impossible to believe that it's around 40 years since this came out. It was the first of a trilogy ... and a debut novel ... and created quite a stir in the late 1980s. Even today it's one of the "weird ones," but also the best of the frst Wraethu Trilogy. The second one (The Bewitchment of Love and Hate) was good too, then the story somehow trailed away, didn't end with the wallop we'd all expected from The Fulfillments of Fate and Desire. You can actually ready this first one as a ...more
Alicia Gutierrez
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I read this like 7-8 years ago and I felt like rereading it because I couldn't remember anything! And it's been like reading it for the first time ever, which is awesome!

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
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Laura
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
It's been a little while since I read this book, but I remember finishing it and thinking 'wow, that was really cool' and also 'wtf did I just read?' The latter not in a good way. The book has some really amazing ideas in it, and it's definitely worth a read for anyone interested in non-binary gender/sex. It is one of the books that dared me to try thinking even more outside of the box when I wrote. but the story line was really disjointed and confusing, and I did feel like things always fell a ...more
Mona
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book read this many many years ago and about to do a reread.

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.
Esther
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Read this from a Tor list of post apocalyptic fantasies. Reads like an older classic. Fun with interesting concepts. But probably won’t stick with the series.
Melanie Colquhoun
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesomeness
I have now read this 28 times... I read it pretty much every year. This is my family!
Lijadora del Prado
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A different sort of fantasy then I'm used to. Also the writer is skilled - atmosphere and tension are sometimes almost tangible.
Regina
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Really hard to finish and the characters didn't interest me or draw me in.
A'Llyn
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting take on vampire legends, but I got very annoyed with the main character by the end, and just can't face another 10 books or whatever about this world right now.
Jai
4.5 Stars.
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.
Nerine Dorman
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2009: Finally able to get hold of the first of the Wraeththu series. I think for its time, Storm was very daring to suggest such a creature and I enjoyed the sexual ambiguity very much. Am definitely going to go read the others in this series, which are currently available on Smashwords... Instant gratification, yay!

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
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Gerard Villegas
The sad part with the Wraethuthu series is that I would have loved this back in the early 90's where I was going through this emo-goth period in my life and just about anything transgressive and nonsensical would have some sense of meaning in my already depressing world. Reading this as an adult, I can't believe this is what makes for literary high fantasy where Storm Constantine is trying too hard to build a post-apocalyptic world of magic, mysticism, and un-PC gender bending LGBT characters. ...more
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Storm Constantine (b. 1956) is a British science fiction and fantasy author, primarily known for her Wraeththu series.

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
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Other books in the series

Wraeththu (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Bewitchments of Love and Hate (Wraeththu, #2)
  • The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire (Wraeththu, #3)
  • The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure (Wraeththu Histories, #1)
  • The Shades of Time and Memory (Wraeththu Histories, #2)
  • The Ghosts of Blood and Innocence (Wraeththu Histories, #3)
  • Breeding Discontent (Storm Constantine's Wraeththu Mythos)
  • Paragenesis: Stories from the Dawn of Wraeththu
  • Para Imminence: Stories of the Future of Wraeththu (Wraeththu Mythos)
  • Para Kindred: Enigmas of Wraeththu
  • Wraeththu: From Enchantment to Fulfilment
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