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Irresistible Force: Fate, Felix and Felixitations
on 3 April 2013
In a recent bog posting Roger keen wrote, "... Felix bears no hidden agenda, does not choose when or where he materializes - all happens by felicitous chance..." Readers and reviewers keep wanting to define the book. Is it a novel or a book of short stories? It is this "felicitous chance" or serendipity that defines the book. The serendipitous happenstances that occur throughout Feixitations changes the destinies of the lives of the gay men Felix touches. Felix is very good at one thing: sex. He uses his seductiveness as a tool to change destinies and it is this factor which unifies the book. The universal nature of serendipity or life changing luck is emphasized by the stories taking place throughout history from the period B.C. to modern times and on into the future. I got the impression that the author might have experienced a fleeting encounter that altered the course of his life and he was showing us how this may be so in many if not all our lives so lets examine them. And examine them he did with great mastery of language and storytelling all tied together by a universal element of destiny (or doom) in our lives that he has personified by creating Felix. I didn't read this book as simply sexy short stories but as the workings of a universal power of fortune, karma, kismet in the lives of gay men specifically and people in general. It is an irresistible force just as Felix is an irresistible character and Felixitations is an irresistible book.