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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 July 25, 2012 :
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It has all the elements I love in a book: It's a story about prejudice, friendship and racism (with a touch of detective stories) more than a romantic book and that shows from the beginning, so I'm a bit baffled about the 4 years complaining review, there's plenty of porn out there if that's what you're looking for (and I don't mean it in a negative way). I think is one of the best Ann Somerville books.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Dec. 14, 2011 :
Yet another amazing read from Somerville.
I loooved how the story itself is seperated in two main parts. The first part is seperated in smaller stories each a case for Javen to solve (in the first ones he's alone, but gains friends along the way as he solves cases), and how all these small ones get interwoven along the way and lead up to the second part which is the inevitable clash between two populations.
I agree that I would have liked the romance to develop before those last 25-30 pages, but I think it's a natural flow considering Shardul's character. You get hints here and there from Shardul and I found it really funny and intertaining how akward Shardul is at times towards Javen.
It's a unique story which I haven't seen the like of before. I can't say this is Somerville's best novel because she has written so many amazing novels but she is definitely one of my favorite writers of all time and this story is a perfect example of how brilliant an author she is.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
on Nov. 28, 2011 :
The story has a very, very good plot and solid characters (which I like best in a book). I enjoyed it very much and I read it within the first day of purchase. With all due respect, sex and overly emotional drama get too old, too fast. A good book needs good characters and well-thought plot like in this book in order to be read again and again by me.
So what if the romance is slow-pacing?! For me it's logical that well-founded, long-term feelings need time to be built and acknowledged by the characters and by the reader. So the confession is that much sweeter in the end.
The investigations are very entertaining for me and it's interesting to see what will be the result. AND the main character just happens to be gay and in search of himself and maybe love, which sometimes is secondary or parallel to the investigations. SO what? If you want a whirlwind romance and a love profession every 5 minutes... with the plot secondary to everything else... then your expectations will not be met.
If you want to read a well-put together book, then come on over and buy it. You won't regret it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 27, 2011 :
I do love a good slow romantic build up, but FOUR YEARS?? Okay, I loved the whole story, or rather collection of stories, but I do wish that Javen and Shardul had acknowledged their love for each other before the last 25-30 pages. So maybe I shouldn't rate this as a romance, but they are so much a part of each others lives for so long that it has to be. Since this is a review... not a rehash of the synopsis, I'll just state that the whole book was great. Wonderful world building, great characters and Javen is so real as a person that you really know him by the end of the book. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy a complex ongoing tale that works it's way through this collection of stories. It is a fascinating look at prejudice and how it overshadows all aspects of a persons life.
(reviewed 68 days after purchase)
on Sep. 23, 2011 :
This was a great story. I have read quite a few of Ann's stories and I have to say this was as good as the others. Likeable and believable characters, detailed and interesting 'verse development ... kept me very interested until the end. I would have like more interpersonal details between the protagonists but despite that I really like the book.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on March 24, 2011 :
Excellent story. I enjoy all of Ann Somerville's work, but this book is my favorite. From the structure- cases, to the rich world. The characters are all well developed as always and I'm very satisfied with the relationship of the two main characters.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on March 06, 2011 :
I finished this book this morning and like most of Ann Somerville's books, I thought there was a lot of bang for my buck. The thing I love the most about her verses is that it really sucks you in. I thoroughly enjoyed Javen's changes in person throughout the novel and the personalities of all the characters.
There is a lot of plot in this book, but I was a bit disappointed with the relationship-aspect of the characters. The ending especially, when it was a cut and dry explanation about how the characters did this and that and lived happily ever after.
I would rate it at about 3.5/5 overall.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on March 01, 2011 :
I read this book after buying (and loving) “Kei’s gift” and the other books related.
I found this one very good, with an excellent plot, a lot of suspense, the whole in a complex world created by the author.
Why I didn’t rate 5 stars (like for the author’s other books) ? I confess I would have liked a little more emphasis on the characters emotions. The story focuses on the plot (which is really well made) and the series of investigations the main character (a former policeman who ended as a private detective) whereas I found that the building of the main characters relationship deserved a little bit more focus…
Still, I spend a good time reading it !
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)