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 d...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 WAY ...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 ab ...more
I have completely savored this intricate plot, enjoyed the rich deep language, awestruck at the vivid imagery, loved the memor ...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. ...more
There is a lot of anticipation and tension leading up to the ceremony and initiation into the beyond-human Wraeththu cult. It's written from the point of view of the main character Pellaz reflecting on his journey getting acqu ...more
Or that's what I'd say if I was being facetious about TEoFaS, but I'm not, because it doesn't deserve it.
Constantine has put a lot of thought into her Wraeththu (though, it has to be said, her love for 80s fashions is blaring), their exotic otherworldliness, their fractured society, their essentially hermaphrodite psychology and physicality, but especially their sexuality. She also knows how to keep a re ...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. An ...more
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 sym ...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
This is an old series, first published in the late 1980s. The first trilogy is available on e-book, as is the extended series. I would class this as LGBTQ+, and Dystopian Fantasy too, possibly YA 😊
The lead character, Pellaz, would likely be gay but in the world created by Constantine encounters the enigmatic, broken and undependable Cal, the on-off love interest. Cal wanders into Pellaz’s life and fundamentally changes it. Cal is not gay, but i ...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 ho ...more
This has been sitting on my to read list for the better part of 30 years, and now that I have read the first book, I'm excited to dive into the second. In a way, I'm glad that I waited so long to read it. I can only imagine how the reception to some of the concepts of the book at the time of it's release were rece ...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