Archive for May, 2005

Dynasty of Ghosts by PL Nunn – review

Title: Dynasty of Ghosts
Author: PL Nunn
Genre: Fantasy/romance
URL: bishonenworks.com
Ebook: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/11159
Other Information/warnings: non-con, violence, graphic content

Summary: A young ranger catches the eye of a spoilt prince, and then saves his life, getting himself entangled in the politics of his country and his prince’s affairs in doing so. Things are complicated by the fact he can see ghosts, and the things they tell him, don’t make for an easy existence….
My review: Continue reading →

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Kourt/Blaine stories by Layna – review

Title: Various (first is ‘Saga of the Spare Prince’)
Author: Layna (some co-written with Hiperbunny)
Genre: Original Character slash set in the Star Wars universe
URL: http://www.squidge.org/~foxsde
(follow link to Layna’s Lounge, then scroll down to the stories marked as ‘From the KCFC’)

Other Information/warnings: graphic content
NB – this is not strictly original slash, but no characters appear from the SW universe, and other than the reference to Kourt being a Jedi, there is no other interaction with that world. All characters are original creations by this author

Summary:
Kourt is a Jedi Knight sent to act as a bodyguard to Blaine a ‘spare’ prince whose brother (the ‘heir’) is suffering repeated assassination attempts. And…stuff happens :)My review:

First of all, I’ve been thinking hard whether this review belongs on this site, because of the use of a borrowed universe. The only real way to describe this is ‘original character slash’ but since there is no necessity to know the slightest thing about the SW universe, characters or plot, and the ‘canon’ never makes the least appearance, I read these and treat them as being so close to original writing as makes little difference (but feel free to tell me that I’m wrong – part of the reason I’m posting this is to get people’s opinions as to whether they want to see this kind of thing recced).

But now the stories – put simply, they’re just a delight. Kourt is your classic big strong silent repressed shape-changing alien, and Blaine is a happy little slut with a heart of gold and nary a trace of inhibition. There’s actually a decent plot about politics and assassination attempts, but the stories are about these two men becoming friends and… well, it’s *slash*, what do you think they’re going to become? I fell in love with both of them from the first story – the writing is mostly sharp and funny, the sex is hot, and the dialogue very witty. There’s a bit of unevenness that comes from the multiple authoring, and towards the end, a regrettable amount of sap, but the early stories are huge fun. Very often OC slash in other people’s universes means Mary Sues – this doesn’t, and what they have done is simply create their own world and characters and rules set in a galaxy far far away. And a very nice job they’ve done of it too

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Pleasure by Heather Elizabeth Peterson – review

Title: Pleasure
Author: Heather Elizabeth Peterson
Genre: Fantasy/sci-fi
URL: remyheart.slashcity….

Other Information/warnings: Part of Remy’s ‘Northern Corporate Dominion’ universe, so the same warnings apply – graphic content, non-con, slavery and violence

Summary:
Tell the story of two minor characters from the main ‘Norther Corporate Dominion’ stories:
"Egon had a position that won him respect, friends who raised his spirits, and lovers who gave him pleasure. Then a man came into his life who would take all that away from him. If Egon was lucky. "My review:

The author takes two of the least sympathetic characters from the main arc and makes us give a damn, without sentimentalising them or making them less loathsome than they already are. In other words, she’s a bloody genius. Again, not fluffy, not comfortable, but magnificent nonetheless.

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Northern Corporate Dominion by Remy – review

Title: Northern Corporate Dominion
Author: Remy
Genre: Fantasy/sci-fi
URL: remyheart.slashcity.org/
Other Information/warnings:
Graphic content, violence, blood, pain, sadness and angst

Summary (if relevant):
"As government became increasingly dependent on private industry to support society, the corporations began to assert more and more control, and eventually the two became indistinguishable. When the corporate government realized that slavery could be a viable economic solution to the costs of maintaining a workforce, many citizens found themselves reclassified as corporate assets.
Slaves were not taken from other civilizations through conquest, as in the past, but through more insidious means. Children, as property of their parents, could be sold to pay debts. Convicts became property of the state, and soon filled the factories and assembly lines of the private companies that bought them. Breeding farms, set up in the second generation after reinstitution, turned out enough product to meet an ever-more-voracious demand. "
My review:
I was reminded of these stories by Bellona’s rec site

(silversea.simplenet.com… )

And glad to be so. These are *not* warm and fluffy stories about cute slaves and implausibly kindly owners. The slaves are brutalised and broken, and used by their masters to break others of their kind. Long service is rewarded by death, and the only comfort to be found is in the rare solace of a fellow slave’s arms. Joran was born to privilege, but as the child of a slave who his father never got around to freeing, he finds out the hard way what his real position in this society is to be. It’s a cruel and traumatising process bringing him to heel, and makes for a difficult read.

That’s not because the writing is flawed – far from it. It’s powerful, rich and incredibly moving – even the fate of people you at first dislike, can make you weep – but there are no easy answers here, no soft options, and the final resolution, if such you can call it, is hopeful and hopeless at the same time. Brave, imaginative, and challenging writing, which rises above the genre and the expectations of the set up. A real masterpiece, but not for the faint of heart. Take the warnings very seriously.

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