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Field Journal of Jonathan Orms, 1893

En route to polite exile in the Galapagos Islands (field work, to quote the dean of my university), I have found myself marooned on a deserted tropical paradise. Deserted, that is, except for my savior, a mysterious American called Marcus. He is an inventor—and the proof of his greatness is the marvelous new clockwork arm he has created
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Kindle Edition, 88 pages
Published November 29th 2010 by Carina Press
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Nikki
Island of Icarus is a steampunk novella, involving two men who come together by chance -- both ship wrecked -- and turn out to be perfect for one another. Jon has a prosthetic arm, and what's more was struggling with his sexuality and the loss of his fiancée. Marcus is an inventor, who saves him from a shipwreck, nurses him to health, and falls in love with him.

For such a short novella, it did well in making me care about the characters. The sex scenes are really well written, and the romance is
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Mona
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
Island of Icarus, a bit of gay steampunk by Christine Danse, takes place in the 1800s and is the first GLBT (Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender) book I've read. I was unsure what to expect. Was it going to be trashy and exploitative? Have gratuitous sex or be nauseating? It was none of the above.

The protagonist, Jonathan Orms went through life the same as any other healthy young male. He taught at University and was engaged to be married – both completely normal events – until he lost his arm i
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Ranting Dragon
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Island of Icarus by Christine Danse is a gay romance with a bit of steampunk mixed in. The novella follows Jonathan, a man who recently lost a portion of his arm and most of his previous life with it. Jonathan is sent by the dean of his university to recuperate on the Galápagos Islands, as Jonathan hasn’t been himself since the accident. On the boat to the Galápagos, Jonathan falls overboard in a storm and wakes up on the shore of a small island with an un
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Edina Rose
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk


It is the story of two men, Jon and Marcus, who find they HEA in a little island lost in the Pacific Ocean. Both are English scientists, though Marcus is a genius inventor and Jon is simply a competent academic.

Jon is an interesting character. He lost his hand in a stupid accident after breaking up with his fiancée. Now he has a huge, heavy, noisy and unreliable prosthetic (metallic) hand. He is of course a bit depressed because he lost everything at the same time. So, in order give him time and
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Ayanna
It was actually quite good. I quite liked it.

The whole setting creates this interesting atmosphere of mystique.

Anyways, it was just a nice change of pace for me. It was sweet.

I was a bit leery because it's steampunk and I'm generally not such a big fan, but the mechanical aspects were actually quite fascinating.
Alex
Oct 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Stars: 3.5/5

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Our story opens in clutter as Jonathan sorts through the things in his office that he hasn't gotten around to putting away, even a year after being in his position at the university. With it, Danse shows the reader the life Jonathan is living, disorganized mentally as he struggles to overcome the shadows of his past while dealing with his new limitations, mainly that of a mangled arm that has a clockwork replacement. Although this is a first person perspective, we are not over
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Chimney

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Island of Icarus by Christine Danse may be a quick read, but that doesn’t make it any less delightful. The pacing is a bit fast and the relationship between John and Marcus matures nearly overnight, some people may refer to this as insta-love, however; it makes it no less sweet. If you are looking for a story with large cast of character and really in-depth character development this may not be for you, but if you are looking f
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Darcy Drake
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Yvonne
Jun 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ashleyalexis
This is a sweet story of two men who both through different circumstances involving shipwrecks, end up on the same deserted islands and find themselves getting involved in a romance. It's nicely written and definitely has some steampunk elements. I was just expecting it to be more of a fantasy/steampunk novel and this was not that. It felt more like a historical novel. The fact that it was only two characters throughout most of the book also made it hard to stay engaged. It's a nice enough story ...more
Eli Easton
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story has an old-fashioned prose style, rather 19th century, which is the period in which it's set. A man is lost at sea and lands on a desert island where one man, a scientist, lives alone working on (steampunkish) inventions. I enjoyed the story through the pairing of the two MCs, especially the denial and surprise of the ship-wrecked MC regarding his feelings for the scientist. The sub-plot of the wings was rather anti-climatic. Still, it isn't a long read, and if you enjoy historical m/ ...more
Simsala
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, steampunk, td-teaser
4,5 stars.
Amazing steampunk novella written with loving attention to details and vivid imagination.
And the romance...awwwwwwwwww...that was the kind of sweet I like.
Gentle,heartwarming,affectionate but 100 % sugar free.

Thanks,Edina!
Melyna
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Interesting historical m/m romance with a bit of steampunk. Sweet romance,tropical islands and clever inventions. Overall an enjoyable story. I enjoyed the narration too.
Gaa-chan
Audible Edition:

Story - 3.5 stars
Performance - 4.5 stars
Overall - 4 stars
James
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Island of Icarus by Christine Danse is a gay romance with a bit of steampunk mixed in. The novella follows Jonathan, a man who recently lost a portion of his arm and most of his previous life with it. He is sent by the Dean of his University to recuperate on the Galápagos Islands, as he hasn't been himself since the accident. On the boat to the Galápagos, Jonathan falls overboard in a storm and wakes up on the shore of a small island with an unknown man tending to him. Soon he learns that this m ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Take two Victorian era gentleman scholars -- one a mechanical genius and the other wounded physically, mentally, and emotionally when his fiancee left him after an accident took one of his arms -- put them together on a lush tropical paradise of a deserted island, and what you get is an exciting yarn full of passion, adventure, and unexpected tenderness.

Jonathan tells the story in first person about his wonderment when, after being sure he was going down with the ship in a storm, he awakes in an
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Kimberly Be
Take two Victorian era gentleman scholars -- one a mechanical genius and the other wounded physically, mentally, and emotionally when his fiancee left him after an accident took one of his arms -- put them together on a lush tropical paradise of a deserted island, and what you get is an exciting yarn full of passion, adventure, and unexpected tenderness. Jonathan tells the story in first person about his wonderment when, after being sure he was going down with the ship in a storm, he awakes in a ...more
Cid Tyer
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Christine kindly gave me an advance copy of this novella to read. I’ve never read a book that featured a m/m romance before so this book was something entirely new for me. For people who are uncomfortable reading a story about two men falling in love I’m sorry, but this story is not for you. I thought I might be a little uncomfortable reading the more sensual and erotic scenes, but it seemed a natural progression of the characters stories.

Island of Icarus is a novella, so it is a brief recanting
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Hart
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. There were a few really beautiful moments in this book. I thought Jon's breakdown was very well-written and believable. The first sex scene was great. The plot (the wings, I mean) was okay, not good or bad, really. The question of whether Jon would stay on the island was not really compelling. Both characters were likeable. I rarely mind an overemotional MC, but I would advise anyone who doesn't like that kind of thing to steer clear of this one.

I was afraid I had accidentally stumbl
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Calathea
Jun 10, 2011 marked it as did-not-finish
2.75* for the first 40%, after that I didn't care enough to read on.

Jonathan, biologist and on his way to the Galapagos Islands, falls over board in a storm and is saved by Marcus, a strange inventor. After 15% of the book Jonathan's problem is solved. The bulgy, ugly prosthetic he got to replace the lost right arm and which made him a paria in polite society is substituted by a way better, sleak, bronze, steal tipped arm, that Marcus invented for him.
The feel of the setting is like a bit clumsy
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Sineala
The tale of two men in a steampunk universe shipwrecked on an island -- one has a mechanical arm, the other is trying to build mechanical wings. (From the title I had been thinking he would want to use the wings to leave the island, but no.) Also it's m/m romance. It's an interesting premise, and well-written; my main complaint is that I wish it had been longer! The worldbuilding is such that it could easily have been fleshed out into an entire novel, and then that would have given the romance s ...more
Kathy
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Island of Icarus was a very different sort of steampunk and one I liked very much. The story is told in first person and the voice is very true to the character. It's easy to picture the person telling us the story. There was also no author intrusion. Never once was I reminded I was reading a story. Really, just a very sweet love story with some steam thrown in. Very nicely done and one I'll be keeping to reread later.
Tamela
I enjoyed the story, though it was a bit predictable towards the end. I like the characters very much, especially Jonathan. He seems so innocent, I just love him. Marcus is a little too devil may care for someone who used to live alone on the island. I'm surprised he didn't get himself into more trouble before Jonathan came along to save him from his escapades. Enjoyable read.
The Fog Witch (Nikki)

I needed a cold shower after this one.

I finished this in one go because I couldn't tear myself away from it. It has everything: adorable British narrator, hot American-gentleman doctor, believable romance, sweltering sex scenes and steampunk to boot.

I loved everything about it and it makes my heart happy.
Lucy
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiodick
It's a very soft story of awakening, with a steampunk backdrop and a shipwreck on a remote island. I read it and then listened to it and I liked it even more listening to it. The awakening of Jonathan is lovely and a little heart breaking
Julie
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you're going to buy this, it's important to note it's a short novel at 100 pages. But it's good, with a steampunk (more clockworkpunk) element that steampunk fans will like, but non-fans shouldn't mind.
Secretly Reading
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, mm, 2012-reads
Lovely MM romance with two good leads and a light and fun plot. The first-person narration isn't my favorite but even that worked well here as it showed the narrator's character development. Highly recommend.
Katie(babs)
Nov 22, 2010 added it
Shelves: dnf-award
DNF. By page 3 I was bored. Nothing to really recommend.
Fatesocruel
Aug 12, 2011 marked it as to-read
A definite maybe. I'm very wary about it but I'm reading good things, so perhaps I shall read it.
Antonella
Oct 17, 2011 rated it liked it
A sweet romance (I said sweet, not sappy!). Still, I couldn't connect that much with the MCs.
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