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World Turned Upside Down

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  24 reviews
After three winters in Antarctica, Simon Bancroft is an old hand on the ice. The harsh weather and extreme isolation aren’t for everyone, but he enjoys the tight-knit community at McMurdo Station… and lately he’s enjoyed watching the hot new researcher, Asher Delaney, who’s recently arrived to study the aurora. But Simon’s just a janitor. Asher doesn’t even know he exists. ...more
ebook, 105 pages
Published August 9th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
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☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
Aug 06, 2019 marked it as out-of-print-and-or-mega-expensive
m/m romance in antarctica!! sign me UP
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

A sweet short story with likable characters. A bit predictable, but enjoyable overall.
First of all, I am incredibly impressed the author lived and worked in Antarctica at both the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and at McMurdo Station on-and-off for three years and gives us an authentic insider's view to life on the ice in "World Turned Upside Down."

Simon has lived and worked on the ice for three seasons, working as a janitor. A new scientist / researcher Asher catches his eye, and Simon immediately falls in lust (Simon doesn't do love or relationships) with the tall, muscular
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
From a story that takes place in Antarctica, I expected more. I feel the author barely touched the surface, and could have gone deeper. That place must be beautiful, and not just that, but there's probably lots of regulations due to the conditions, and life out there isn't easy. I wanted to know more. So much more.

As for the romance, it was cliché. MC makes a bet with his friends, and of course Mr. 'I-don't-wan't-a-relationship' falls in love, but then the guy finds out about the bet an
Joyfully Jay
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

I have always found life in Antarctica fascinating and so I was drawn to this book right away. I was excited to learn that author Elyse Springer actually lived and worked in Antarctica, including spending time at McMurdo Station, so she has the experience to really give the story authenticity. I definitely appreciated the little details she was able to provide about day-to-day life at the station and I think it really enhanced the overall story. Everything from the
4.5 Stars

I powered through World Upside Down in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down once I got started as I was hooked on the geography and the characters right from the start. “Power through” is probably a little dramatic as the book is 105 pages, but still.

This is my first book by this author and I’m a big fan of her writing style and the way she writes conversations between her characters. Simon is a treat, I felt like I got to know him pretty quickly and organically, I wanted to hang out wi
True Loveislovereview
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, lgbtq
What a delightful read this was. The in Antarctica located, isolated McMurdo Station has a close community and Simon works there, as a janitor, for his third winter. He has all the time to dream and fantasize. And fantasize he does! The most delicious daydreams about the new hot researcher Asher. He wants this tall, rugged man badly, it’s been a while. Simon made himself some rules: no strings, certainly not dating, only enjoy the warmth and sexiness of each other’s body in his bed. But with a h ...more
3.75 stars rounded up

I really liked the idea to read romance in a place so completely different than my own country. When I read the blurb for this one, where the romance would-be set-in ANTARCTICA, I knew I had to ask for the advanced copy. It’s always a plus point for me because the South Pole is not a common location for romance.

Written solely from the POV of Simon Bancroft, who works at McMurdo Station as a janitor, we are with him from the first time Simon sees Asher Delaney, a new research
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a solid read and the bonus was Antarctica! So very cool and interesting.

Simon works at the base in Antarctica as a dishwasher and janitor. He's on his third year and loves the Ice. But he's lonely and dreaming of one of the scientists that's also stationed there.

When his friends make a bet with him to get him to talk to the guy, Asher, they bet he'll end up having sex with him. But Asher is every man's wet dream and there's no way he'd ever want a guy like Simon.

But when they start talk
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This is not a long story, but it’s a feel-good romance and one I enjoyed and recommend.

May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-the-heart
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Rebecca Wheeler
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - this was all kinds of Cute, enjoyed it so much that I finished it in one day. Lol, it’s Novella length made that possible.
N/A (New Adult) M/M - and these guys were the sweetest Cinnamon rolls. Loved the Antarctic setting, the geek/science talk. Sex positive, gay positive. Slow burn, friends to lovers. Sexy sex written on page.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, hoopla
3.5 stars? Sweet, low conflict mm romance set in Antarctica.
HEChapter -Tina J
POV > Third-person
Setting: Antarctica

A darker, frosty, and frozen atmosphere with the aurora lighting up in the sky and a man bundled up but keeping his full face exposed. Looks mysterious and suspenseful but the synopsis does not support that theory. The blurb sounds quite sweet, in fact!
Shy kitchen and janitorial worker, Simon, has been crushing on Asher, one of the scientists, since Asher first entered the McMurdo Station. It’s Simon’s third season and he knows just about everyone.
Asher may
Sheryl Beesley
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so much... it was fascinating to read what is like to live in Antarctica during the winter months. Must be wonderful but super difficult at the same time.
and bonus.. a super sweet romance to go with it.. :)
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, queer, m-m, romance
Nice twist on the idea of meeting one's fantasy person. Could see the crisis coming a mile away but it was done well too. Happy for these characters. ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I would rate this 3.5 stars.

Set at the McMurdo station in Antarctica, this story is told through the first person POV of a janitor named Simon. It follows his crush on Asher, a new researcher. With them stuck there for four months to over winter, Simon is afraid of rejection and making it awkward in an enclosed space where they can't avoid each other, even if they want to. What starts out as a harmless bet, made in jest to get Simon to talk to Asher, ends up being the albatross around his neck a
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the Antarctic issues, wanted to know even more about life in the dark. Especially as the author has lived through there.
Asher and Simon - well Simon had unfounded expectations of Asher and it was interesting to see him change his approach to dating. Asher is much quieter than Simon expected.
Whilst the side bet is made in all best jest, it was always the sword hanging over. Though I did like that Asher didn’t hold too long a grudge.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This was a sweet, very cute, and interesting story. Despite the predictable moments, I found myself really invested in Simon and Asher. A good portion of the story is informative since I've never been to Antartica. I mean, not many people have, right? Knowing that this story is told by someone who's actually been there and experienced what it is like, it made the story more authentic and interesting.

Asher and Simon were too cute. I found them simply adorable, and while it
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've come across that is set in Antarctica and it was a very interesting setting, though the thought of how cold it was kinda had me diving under my 87F weather!

Simon was so infatuated with the thought of being with Asher, and I loved how once he had the chance to be around Asher he didn’t just rush into it. It was great seeing these two men who are so different find out who they could be together.

Asher was so different than what I expected; he was smart and
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 stars. Gets points for the unusual setting and the sweet romance between the MCs as Simon realizes that the fantasy version of Asher he was crushing on is very different from and altogether inferior to the real Asher he gets to know. But ugh, do we really need another romance that involves a bet? So predictable and an artificial obstacle that could have been avoided with a simple conversation.

Quick, cute read, but frustrating because it could have been better if the author hadn't resorted
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes it's difficult to bond to the MCs in a novella format. No such problems here. I just wish I had more of these two which at the end s a good thing. And the Antartica ambiance was super interesting! ...more
Cathy Brockman
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a sweet romance set in another world. It is interesting and I learned a lot about living in a place I hear little about with a job I had never heard of. The story is sweet and predictable with interesting side characters as well.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
enjoyed reading about the location. story was sweet.
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