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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"Striking in its bold depictions of both pleasure and pain; a fresh angle on familiar themes of love and death, and manifesting greater insight in its musings about living."-"Publishers Weekly"

"Incredibly rich and densely textured; highly recommended."-"Library Journal"

Three men. Two gay; one straight.

Two searching for meaning in the face of loss, one searching for the
Kindle Edition, 419 pages
Published August 30th 2019 by ReQueered Tales (first published 2001)
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Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Polished to a gleam

ONYX is an amazingly fine novel from a writer who seems to grow with each published work. Though many may overlook this latest book as merely another Violet Quill opus chronicling gay life, this book is more than a solid story, more than a beautifully written novel, more than many other books in this genre. This novel is an elegantly written exploration of the quest of the individual in the 21st Century - the immediacy and inexplicable choices that death makes, how individuals
Jeff Golomb
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Onyx" was a wonderful read, bold, and with no holds barred. It became a horror story with delicious characters. I started to read in small bites towards the end because I wanted the characters to stay around for a while. One character's death killed me and I ached to see the evil Adele die, but it's satisfying to know she's spending Eternity burning in Hell. And we know what that looks like from reading the harrowing cremation scene.
Dieter Moitzi
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: This book was provided by ReQueered Tales for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

I wonder who wrote the blurb for this novel, which unfortunately makes it sound as if it told the story of the final showdown between a Cruella-like mother and the gay man she hates for living with her son and blames for anything that goes wrong on this planet. That is not what “Onyx” is about. To be honest, it is rather hard to describe what it is indeed about. To name but a few themes: love, for
Mary Slowik
There are so many things wrong with this book-- where do I begin? It's unfortunate that this was my first Felice Picano choice, because I'm sure he's normally a very talented writer. This did have some great moments, now and again, but there are just too many flaws. Too many tiresome scenes written at the perspective of Jesse's hideous mother, for instance, and just too much perspective-hopping in general. Normally I enjoy a book full of pain and sorrow, but this became an excruciating read. ...more
Sep 14, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: most people
This book was a little dark for my taste.I am not saying it wasnt an excellent book just not my cup of tea. Didnt stop me from reading Felices books. He has also been a frequent guest at Saints and Sinners. He has been a member of the Violet Quill for many years and has been honored with many awards.
Oct 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
not a bad story, although I felt like I wanted a "happier" ending...but I think that is more a result of the schlock I've been reading lately that wraps up in neat tidy morsels. This is a good read, would def recommend it.
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