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Ann Somerville grew up in one of Australia’s prettiest small cities. In 1989, she left Australia with a BA and a burning ambition to see more of the world and its people, and to discover this ‘culture’ thing people kept telling her about. In 2006, she returned home to Southeast Queensland with two more degrees, an English husband, and a staggering case of homesickness, vowing never to leave Australia again.
Ann writes mostly science fiction and fantasy, and most stories feature LGBT characters.
on Feb. 19, 2011 :
My goodness I loved this book, not liked but really really loved. I would not say that the writing in this one is just as top notch as in my absolute favorites of this writer's works, but it is still tons better than so many books by other writers that I have read. Most importantly together with the sequel A fresh start it has one of the best "enemies turned friends and lovers" trope that I have read in the long time. Those characters just tugged at my heart strings, all five of them and to see them finally getting their chance at happiness in the sequel indeed pleased me greatly.
I think though that as much as I loved the guys, Luis' character was just superb. I mean, especially in the sequel I found her the least sympathetic, however very realistic and I found myself if not liking, at least understanding all her choices. What a breath of fresh air from so many female characters in m/m fiction, who are for the most part so very one dimensional and fall flat for me. I mean, I know Ann writes wonderful female characters, had known since Interstitual, but it was great to see the confirmation of it.
I also always like the spiritualism in her books, it is so, I don't know, I guess appealing to me would be the best word.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Feb. 17, 2011 :
As with all of Ann Somerville's work this story is very well written. Not her best work by any means, since it is rather short and does not get terribly detailed in its descriptions. There is a sequel (A Fresh Start) which I don't have time to read right now, but I'm sure it will flesh out the story some more. I generally don't believe in outlining a story in a review, however, Jesi, the narrator of the story is newly dead but he is a bridge, able to connect between the spirit world and his lover in the real world. In order to save the spirit world they have to stop the ‘Exalted’ from destroying the link between the worlds. The characters are interesting and I particularly enjoyed ‘Ajui’, a totally insecure flake and hit man. The story concept is totally silly, but it was a pleasant read. If you’ve read some of Ann’s work and enjoyed it, I think you’ll like this one.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)