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Sebastian by Anne Bishop
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Feb 29, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: didn-t_finish, fantasy, paranormal_romance
Recommended for: no one!

This was really terrible. Anne Bishop is known for writing id-fulfillment in fantasy novels, complete with as many abused Mary Sues as possible. I expected lots of fluffy titilation with very little substance (no real plot or cohesive world building, I mean), but I was annoyed at how boring and dull the would-be-titilation was. Sebastion is an incubus living in a world created specifically to cater to "dark desires", and yet all he does is have bland sex with women. No kinks, no gender-play, certainly nothing homoerotic (dammit)--the most depraved thing he does is eat cheesy bread shaped like sexual organs. The Den of Iniquity is supposedly terribly shameless and lascivious, yet all that apparently happens there is lame het sex. A single murder sends all the residents into a tizzy. And no one worries about money! Everything is provided by Gloriana Belladonna, a beautiful, abused-as-a-child enchantress. (Note: In Anne Bishop stories, *everyone* is abused as a child.) There's no tension or grit to this book. Even the big terrible monster is A)not scary in the least and B)clearly going to lose, undoubtedly due to some deus ex machina. Ugh.
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Started Reading
February 27, 2008 – Finished Reading
February 29, 2008 – Shelved
February 29, 2008 – Shelved as: didn-t_finish
February 29, 2008 – Shelved as: fantasy
February 29, 2008 – Shelved as: paranormal_romance

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Elegant Elbow Hi! Fancy meeting you here.

I recently watched a CBS special on the making of porn. One porn movie had so much plot in it, that they re-cut it and issued it as a children's movie in Japan.

Maybe we got the PG version of the book. Maybe there's a secret R-rated or X-rated version out there.

Wealhtheow Hey--do we know each other irl?

I am constantly amazed at Bishop's inability to write sex scenes, let alone ACTUALLY kinky sex. But she's clearly tapped into a market, and I can't fault her for writing what her readers want!

Elegant Elbow I think we know each other through LJ. And brunch with O. when you were in town.

Writing sex scenes is hard. But! If you're a professional writer pitching sexy books -- you've just got to do it. And write 100 bad sex scenes, 'til you get something that works.

Cheesy bread is just *not* the height of eroticism.

Elegant Elbow I should add -- I was amused to see that some of the comments here on goodreads thought that Sebastian was too spicy!

message 5: by The_axolotl (new)

The_axolotl Cheesy bread? That doesn't sound too kinky (Though I am a little hungry now).

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