By NewlyKindled, Amazon.com: A gem that entertains, teaches and sparks the mind
I recommend this book wholeheartedly. The plot was genius. I particularily found the ancient history that was carefully embedded throughout this book to be fascenating. The references to an ancient war against homosexuals was plausible--The evil corporationg that was headed by the Yoshiyahu family caught my attention and a quick google search revealed that the name Yoshiyahu was a ancient dervivation of Josiah who was the King of Judah from 649 to 609 BC--a date relevent to this epic thriller--and a King who history tells us may well have initiated a religious movement against homosexual practices in the name of Yaweh...
The Disciples of Goedric Trilogy is a brilliant alternative history that may well me more than fiction.
Another aspect I particularily enjoyed was the careful look at "love" from an "immortals" standpoint where gender and reproduction would have no meaning--what would romatic love be then? How would a gay or lesbian soul differ from a heterosexual one. Is romantic love possible between a gay man and a straight one independently from its sexual component? Philosphical questions are effortlesly woven throughout the pages and they certainly made me thing about what real love and friendship actually mean to me.
The tagline on the book said... "prepare to remember what you should never have forgotten." One of Plato's dialogues begins with the premise that before our soul is embodied we are immortal beings with full knowledge. Once we are born, we forget all that we once knew and must learn it again in our mortal form. Socrates argues that we are merely remembering what we have forgotten. There are little gems of wisdom sprinkled in these pages that the child in us all has alwawys known... and the the adult would to well to remember.
Read, enjoy and remember... you will be glad you did.
Added note: I purchased the books separately. The entire trilogy is available in one volume as well
By Ranch Paz, Amazon.com: OMG This Could Really Happen!
When I was reading this book the only thing I kept thinking was Oh My God this could realy happen. It's on the book description so I am not giving anythign away.. but just imagine if they found the gay gene and a big company also developed a cure. With today's level of technology its totally possible.
Then a weird plague comes out of left field and kills only gay men! Can you say evil corporation! Gave me butterflies in my stomach.
Anyway great book! I won't get into the rest but the above is just the beginning. I thought it was going to be fantasy like lord of the rings, but I thought it was more like a cross between Raiders of the Lost Ark and Da Vinci Code in terms of book category... whatever you call that!
Lots of fun. I highly recommend. And I loved Alpha the wolf that gets introduced in the very first chapter. I can just picture his big tail slowly wagging back and forth. I think he was my favorite character!
Read, enjoy and remember... you will be glad you did.
By SciFi Wizzard, Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars Stars Stars and More Stars for the Remarkable Sues!
I ordinarily don't review books but I just have to say that I fell in love with the Sues in this unexpectedly enjoyable thriller! I suppose I shouldn't say unexpected, but you never know what to expect about a book that is written by an author you are not familiar with and so that's why I used the word.
This book has so many engaging characters but the Sues were among the most interesting and remarkable fictional people I have ever been introduced to. I wish they were real... amazing friends they would be
Sorry to ramble on. There is a lot going on in this book and I found myself working a bit to keep up with the first three chapters... but after that the pages turned themselves. It is a frightful premise and the author has a gift for both narative and dialogue (even poetry I should mention since there are a number of songs presented along the way--sung by young Nathan who is also a lovable sort!)
But again, I can't say enought about the Sues... who would have thought that two lesbians in their seventies (perhaps they were older I can't recall) would so capture my imagination!
Well done.. I can't wait to get to the second book in the trilogy!
By sista A, Amazon.com: Didn't love it...
This is not a terrible book. Quite clearly a lot of thought and a decent amount of skill went into its making. But I am sorry to say that is does not work for me at all. From the product description I expected a completely different kind of book (which is probably not the fault of the author). A scenario in which there is a gay gene and a gay cure is completely fascinating and what I expected was more of an exploration of what the consequences for society as well as individuals are. But this is not what the book is about. The keyword which I interpreted differently is "fantasy". I suppose in my mind I exchanged it for "science fiction". And that's where it doesn't work for me.
Instead of answering the question "What if..." the story is about a millenia old conspiracy (which gives me the metaphorical hives - too Dan-Brownish!) and the answers to spiritual questions I never had. Actually, the whole story about us (i.e. gay people) being descendants of benevolent mythical beings smacks way too much of a desperate attempt to justify our existence - and no, sir, not interested.
With regard to the writing I have to say that I don't feel, see or hear the characters (which is totally subjective) and I do have a problem with the book being a completely humour-free zone. But that is really just me. All in all, I wish I could read the book I imagined it to be.
By Roberta Mark, Amazon.com: I just love the characters in this book!
This series was recommended by a friend who has just gone up 2 stars on my list. I found this an easy read that kept me up nights reading to see what was next. If book 2 and 3 are anything like book 1 (and I am sure they will be) this one is a real winner.
Great characters, lots of suspense and intrigue and a heartwarming look at the human connections we make every day and how they can profoundly change our lives.
I just love the characters... from Michael and Christopher whose unconventional "romance" baffles the mind, to the amazing Sues (DeGault and Keller) who have shared body and soul for more than half a century, to young Etan and Nathan and a burgeoning love that is struggling to be free. Not to mention Alpha, Thunder and Lightning (real wolves not werewolves) who became some of my favorite characters in the book.
Terrific story. An engaging and thought provoking read.