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3.0 out of 5 stars Two stories so-so, one brilliant, 18 April 2009
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This review is from: Trilogy No. 111: Speak Its Name (Paperback)
This volume brings together three very different writers with three very different stories.

'Aftermath' is a tender budding romance between a shy guy and the 'jock' for want of a better word. The two characters declare their feeling a lot, and personally I found that fairly tedious, so I was leafing through that story looking for something to happen. Unless I missed it, it didn't, so I was quite relieved when the story was done. It had some good ideas and some fair writing in there, but it didn't really grab me.

'Gentleman's Gentleman' has the somewhat unfortunately named Lord Robert Scoville (hearkening back to the Scoville scale that measures the spicyness of food) and his personal servant fall in love during an espionage mission. The two storylines - the love story and the espionage - need a long time to get going, and it felt a bit like the author couldn't make up her or his mind as to where the story should go. The story found its rhythm after about halfway through, and then I enjoyed it, for the most part, if not for some bits I found quite a bit more 'soppy' than I strictly liked.

'Hard and Fast' is the true gem in the collection. Told by Major Geoffrey Chaloner, it is a very convincing, atmospheric regency tale of a man's sexual awakening. The fact that he is awakened by the cousin of the wife that he is dutybound to woo creates a nice quandary that the author explores with great knowledge of the time and great writing that is guaranteed to suck you into the story and not let you go until you've reached the final page.

For me, the short story collection was a very mixed bag, but the last story by Erastes made it well worth buying.
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