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Aiden Truss is a forty one year-old geek who still thinks that he’s twenty-one. Despite never having grown up, he’s now been married for twenty four years and has two sons who have grown up against all odds to be strangely well adjusted.
Aiden spends his time flitting between high and low culture: he holds an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies and can often be seen stalking the galleries and museums of London, but also likes watching WWE, listening to heavy metal music, collecting comic books and playing classic video games.
Aiden lives in Kent, England and Gape is his first novel.
on Jan. 22, 2014 :
*Book source ~ Many thanks to Sirens Call for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Rose, a human, and Priest, a demon, are two unlikely companions, but Priest is having some sort of mid-life crisis even though he’s thousands of years old and Rose intrigues him. When she dies homeless in a shop doorway he takes her to his hideaway between places and that’s when things get really interesting.
I’m not sure exactly what I thought when I picked up this book, maybe an interesting new paranormal adventure or something along those lines. While it was that, it was also more. This is a book that is a bit beyond me in terms of philosophical and existential viewpoints and really big words that made me get out a dictionary, something I haven’t had to do in donkey’s years. Not necessarily a bad thing, but at this point in my life I just want to be entertained and not think too hard. This story made my head hurt at times. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s very well-written and the main characters, for the most part, are complex and intriguing even if their actions are sometimes not so complex. And once I got past the heavy reading the underlying story is a suspenseful and often times humorous read. The ending is left a bit up in the air, but I would definitely read the next installment to see what happens to Rose and Priest. But I’d take ibuprofen first, just in case of imminent headache. *winks*
(reviewed long after purchase)