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on Oct. 23, 2010 :
This volume is nother wonderful addition to Dusk Peterson's collection. The theme of institutionalized Master/slave and Master/liegeman service gives a strong groundwork to the stories. While the theme itself is nothing new in this type of stories, the way the characters put their own spin on the service is what makes the story as good as it is. Compared to some of the author's other works, these stories are somewhat easier to read from a language stand point, which makes it easier for the reader to follow the flow of the plotline.
All in all, a wonderful read that will keep you thinking long after you put down the e-book reader.
(reviewed long after purchase)
C S McClellan
on Sep. 26, 2010 :
This volume contains an excerpt and two complete stories. The True Master is one of my favorite stories from this author, so I'm somewhat prejudiced in advance of reading the Omnibus. Unmarked takes place at a much later date (centuries) and is set in a boys boarding school. The underlying theme of the stories is inherited power relationships, the effect on individuals of being unable to fit into the established hierarchies, and the wisdom of learning from those below you. Unmarked is, on the surface, a typical boarding school story, complete with fagging and footer (football). The hierarchy of master/slave that was at the core of The True Master, is now master/liegeman, but the conflicts remain much the same.
Male/male sex is taken for granted, but handled very discretely, and focuses on hurt/comfort rather than hot man on man action.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)