Thursday, February 23, 2012

Penance, by Poppet and Camael

Here's the blurb on Poppet's new compilation with Camael:

By the author of Darkroom, Quislings, Dusan and Djinn...
Win Cummings is a man conflicted; how much is too much, how far is too far?
He's yet to be a real player in this game where there are more losers than winners.
Living in Penance is like living in a Hell without heat, that is until Ava sets her sights on him.
The battle of the sexes is about to be begin, the stakes are for life, who will fall first, the King or the Queen...remains to be seen.

You already know I'm a fan of this very independent writer, and Penance continues it.  It's different than Poppet's others.  Maybe that has to do with the nature of collaboration.  There is something remarkable in the slow buildup of emotional power that ends up frenzied by the end of it.

One of the very interesting things about this particular book is the rapid fire shift of POV from Ava to Win and back.  Sometimes, it's a little confusing, but I think that has to do with the format of my copy.  Still, you see through Win's eyes and then through Ava's.  I went through a hell of a lot of emotions in regards to the characters, from anger to disgust to pity to joy.  Poppet has a skill at getting you to join the emotional roller coasters her characters ride.

It's another winner.  It's not as obviously dark as most of her books, but if you like Poppet, you'll love this one.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

For the Heart of Phillip by S L Danielson

I don't really read much gay erotica, and I have to admit I was a little bit afraid to start.  Maybe that makes me a middle aged homophobic, I don't know.  What I do know is that the book was well written with characters I alternately wanted to get to know, scream at, worry about, and smack.

The characters are all extraordinary self-centered.  Then, they're remarkably empathetic.  You think you understand them and Danielson changes direction with them and you're thrown for a loop.  It's crazy.  She creates believable characters that are undeniably stupid and then completely astute.  That's the mark of a skilled writer.

This is a good book, and the sexuality of the characters doesn't really matter.  They're interesting and engaging and irritating and...well, I guess the word for it is "realistic."  Great book, and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.