on June 13, 2012 :
This is a fantastic book, what more can I say?
It's brutal, harsh, and so exquisitely penned. It's stunning, the way the author captures the emotions, anguish and torment are spot on. The story itself is one of human nature, love and far more. It's gripping and I had to read it all in one sitting, I just could not put it down.
While I agree it is not a soft read nor to everyone's tastes I am so glad I chose to read it. It will remain with me for a long time to come, a masterpiece.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
C. R. Smith
on April 5, 2012 :
While admittedly not my preferred genre, Fragile Bones is an enthralling - and at times disturbing - descent into darkness while also examining what is required to leave it. FB is a raw and challenging work (not least because it contains rather a fair amount of gay erotica) that doesn't shy away the topics it is trying to tackle nor does the author take the easy way out and allow the work to devolve into an endless description of sexual acts. The writing remains taut and manages to convey both deeply unpleasant descriptions and moments of genuine tenderness between the characters.
Fragile Bones is will certainly not be to everyone's tastes but those who make the effort to make it through to the end will be rewarded with a work that will remain with them long after they turn off their tablet.
(reviewed 76 days after purchase)
on Jan. 7, 2012 :
Fragile Bones, though listed under general gay fiction, is not what I would call gay fiction. This is a story of human nature set in a creation-hell mythos, a story of the darkest sorts of human nature, and in one very important aspect, that two men undergo this dark journey together makes sense and is perfect for the story. In Fragile Bones, men have hurt men. Sure, a woman may have been responsible for abandoning the protagonist, Nathan, when he was a child, but ultimately, men are doing the hurting and it is men (a pair of them) who must heal each other. I find that very appropriate.
This is a very yin yang story. It’s about depression and self-loathing and the desire to be better, do better, despite it. It’s about how difficult it is to rise above the bad and how easy it is to succumb or worsen, or to give into anger and acts of violence rather than suffer further as a victim. The most wonderful thing about this story is how the author wove the plot together in a manner that makes the grim aspects of human nature bearable enough to read about.
At first, the narrative is somewhat disjointed because of incomplete sentences, but this suits the incoherent nature of the main character. Later on, the wording gets smoother, just as the protagonist becomes more aware and thoughtful. There is a lot of internal conflict in the narrative, but it’s balanced with the continuation of the plot. Every once in a while, the author throws in a bit of wry humour, which I liked. There is sexual tension exactly where it needs to be, but this isn’t a story about sex, not really.
I had a number of surprises while reading. Nathan and the partner in his journey aren’t easy on each other, and that’s as it should be. Overall, very worth reading. Kudos to the author for nailing the nuances of depression and self-loathing of a person mired in the history of his victimisation. More kudos for making this dark subject matter so readable.
Just in case you’re worried, Fragile Bones ends on a good note. This is a story of redemption, after all. :-)
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)