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i bought this as m/m, but it isn't really. i still view m/m as primarily erotica, and while this has some sex, it's not particularly erotic. i am trying to be fair to it even though it wasn't what i expected, especially not coming from extasy books, and described on the author's site as "sizzling and action packed" -- i guess he was being sarcastic, but not knowing him it just felt seriously misleading.

so that's what it is not. what is it then? it's an quiet little story about a boy's coming of age and growing up, with a wee bit of what could be seen as paranormal from his loving mother. but it's not a real coming of age story either, because it feels too light, too short; i remained at too much of a distance from the main character to feel his anguish. it's got more of a vignette feel even though it covers a much greater time span than a vignette usually does. it is well-written, and there was definitely an attraction there for me. i liked the depiction of both the mother and the father, and especially the quiet interplay between the mother and the main character. i sort of enjoyed it overall, but i'm unlikely to reread it.

oh, and warning: character death. it didn't hit me particularly hard because i stayed remote from the characters, looking into their lives from the frame of the vignette, but still.

on 2009-11-24 15:47 (UTC)
alex_beecroft: Woman's face with harlequin makeup. She has an amused smile. (Harlequin)
Posted by [personal profile] alex_beecroft
Thanks for the review! It sounds like it wouldn't be my thing either. I tend to be looking for big 'real novel' type novels in the m/m genre rather than erotica, so the lack of sex wouldn't bother me, but the too light and too short would.

on 2009-11-24 17:20 (UTC)
alex_beecroft: A blue octopus in an armchair, reading a book (SG1 - out of chocolate)
Posted by [personal profile] alex_beecroft
I've found that I've become pretty saturated with m/m as erotica, and I largely don't find it all that sexy any more - which is an enormous change for me. I suppose I see the growth of the genre into other areas as a good thing, and I very much agree that labeling something as erotica just because it's m/m is objectionable in lots of ways as well as being disappointing for the reader.

LOL! Yes, the Lambda awards thing was an eyeopener. RWA to the left of me, LLA to the right, into the valley of obscurity rode the female writers of m/m fiction :)

on 2009-11-25 09:30 (UTC)
alex_beecroft: A blue octopus in an armchair, reading a book (blessed isle)
Posted by [personal profile] alex_beecroft
Well there are now [personal profile] elisa_rolle's Rainbow awards, which she put together in record time and has managed to get some impressive judges for. And I think that the RWA Rainbow Writers chapter are thinking of doing their own too.

I agree with you about the artificial distinction between literary and genre fiction. I'm an out and out genre fan (whether that's SF/F, Mystery, Age of Sail or Romance) and don't tend to read literary fiction, and the idea that there's something lesser about someone like Ursula LeGuin because she writes genre is a bit laughable to me.

on 2009-11-24 20:58 (UTC)
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Hey, thanks for the review.

It's always interesting to see what other people think of my writing, good or bad.

I hope you give some of my other stories a go. Then again, maybe they may not be what you're looking for either. I don't mean to mislead in anything I write, so sorry you felt that way.

*hugs*

Mark.

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