- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Elegant Madness (30 Nov. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0974419524
- ISBN-13: 978-0974419527
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,707,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gadarene Paperback – 30 Nov 2007
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About the Author
Tina Anderson is an accomplished author of homoerotic comics; her works have been published by Class Comics, Yaoi Press, Dramaqueen and Iris Print. Her full-length works include the historical dramas Only Words and Games with Me, as well as the gay youth romance, Loud Snow. CB Potts is the author of Recovery, and Recovery Ranch, and is currently featured in Thunder of War, Lightning of Desire: Lesbian Military Historical Erotica. She writes from her home in the Adirondack mountains, splitting her time between fiction, marketing and therapeutic humor.
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The characters, main and secondary, the plot, the setting, all come together to provide an experience not to be missed by fans of horror. This is made even better by the gritty but poignantly resilient romantic story between the two main characters, men who have nothing but each other in this life, and no luxury of hope for the next.
Highly recommended, but not for those with a weak stomach or a faint heart.
Even more fascinating is that Wira, our transgendered character, is in no way a chick-with-a-dick character. Wira is Wira. There is no other way to put it. Wira's character is written so well, so perfectly, that even as she is referred to as a girl, as I refer to her as "she", never did I feel I was reading a hetero story. Not once. Wira is strong, loving, helpful, but has her faults, too. Wira is Wira. When you read this, you'll understand.
The setting and time played an integral part in this story. So many times, historical romances gloss over the not-so-great stuff. Not Gadarene. This book lays it out as smelly, dirty, hard, cramped, cold, and not so great. And the people are the same. Calling people by racial nicknames: a given. Cleanliness: maybe. Food: you hope. Struggle: you bet. Because of this, there is no whitewashing in order to keep modern sensibilities. Wira had to survive while Galen was gone, and she did it the best way she could. Galen never bats an eye at his lover's `profession'. Galen is a hired thug, an assassin. Wira worries, but can't stop it. The people in this story can't afford high-class morality.
Another thing I found spectacular is the gender roles played out in the story. Wira sees herself as a woman. Wira acts like a woman. Galen knows what Wira looks like under the dresses. Galen treats Wira like a woman. When he comes back home, he takes the role of the man. This doesn't mean Wira becomes an empty-headed doll. It does mean that Wira falls into the role of a woman in the rough side of town. I loved it and thought it absolutely brilliant. Again, never did I feel I was reading a hetero story. I salute the authors for this feat of genius.
When it came to the horror aspect, the authors didn't hesitate. It hits full-force without it being gory. Okay, maybe a tad bit. But mainly, it's just creepy and gave me a great scare. The way the story unfolds, with memories and dreams, it kept me on my toes and off-kilter.
The best part (I know! There's more?) is that this is a story I couldn't just put down after the end. It stayed with me. The mystery continued to get solved in my brain; the little details of the setting and characterization slowly slid into the light and made me gasp in delight while I was doing the dishes. It's a story that I had to tell others about, to talk it out, and make further discoveries. The story is still with me. It makes me greedy and demanding and hoping for a sequel of some sort, any sort. But, really, I couldn't be happier with the ending. I couldn't be happier with this book.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves excellent characterization, historicals, mysteries, or horrors. I would be shocked if those who read it didn't love it. If you don't "get it" after the last page, give your brain a couple of days. Let is set a while before making a firm decision. You'll be glad you did.
The cover art is perfect. It's gorgeous and so ambiguous. It couldn't have summed up this story any better.
Etymology: from the demon-possessed Gadarene swine in Matthew 8:28 that rushed into the sea
: headlong, precipitate
While I'll not argue that Gadarene is well written(I did find myself re-reading a sex scene or two several times), the horror aspect of the plot that dropped in seemingly out of nowhere was --for lack of sweeter phrasing--ridiculous and cliche, complete with the "parting shot" that we are left with on the final page which can be found at the end of just about every modern b-class horror movie. I wasn't particularly frightened by any of the "frightening" bits Gadarene had to offer, finding that rather than being frightening they were formulated just to disgust. There is a very big difference between being frightened and being grossed out.
Apparently, I'm the only one who didn't realize this was a viable portion of the plot. "Horror" is not mentioned on the back of the book or here in the official synopsis. It would certainly help sales if you're targeting a horror-inclined crowd to mention that the book is a horror novel. I thought I was looking at a mystery or a ghost story. Gadarene is neither of these.
In addition, the serial killer, who we are supposed to believe is evil enough to commit hundreds of child-murders(requiring every shred of my suspension of disbelief to allow for the multitude of bodies rotting in an uncovered pit in a basement without any smell permeating to the outside world) is a NON-ENTITY. He blunders around, says some obligatorily mean things and generally acts like a drunk father-figure. He's not frightening in the least nor is he interesting. He doesn't even seem particularly wicked or deranged.
I disdain the fact that one of the previous reviews implies that if you don't like the book, than you didn't "get it". I don't see what's not to get. Its pretty straight-forward. I can appreciate the research required for historical context but it wasn't, in my opinion, enough to save the book.