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Lander (The Oberon Cycle) Paperback – 13 Feb 2018
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Scott spends his time between the here and now and the what could be. Ushered into fantasy and sci-fi at the tender age of nine by his mother, he devoured her library of Asimovs, Clarkes, and McCaffreys. But as he grew up, he wondered where the gay people were in speculative fiction. He decided it was time to create the kinds of stories he couldn't find at Waldenbooks. If there weren't queer characters in his favorite genres, he would write them himself. His friends say Scott's brain works a little differently-he sees relationships between things that others miss, and often gets more done in a day than most folks manage in a week. He transforms traditional sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something unexpected. He also runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that bring LGBTIQA communities together to celebrate fiction that reflects queer life and love.
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This is book 2 in the Oberon Cycle, and you really REALLY must read book one, Skythane, first. These are NOT stand alones!
What they are though, is brilliant!
Reeling from their discoveries that they are not who they thought they were, Xander and Jameson thought they had fulfilled their prophecy, but it seems there is more in store for these two, as joining the worlds of Oberon and Titania has bought them more than they expected!
Told from both Xander and Jameson AND a whole host of other characters who I don't recall having a say in book one, we get the whole picture of what is happening on this little planet that was put back together. There are some things laid out for book three, some things that I'm not sure how will play out, but that's not an issue here, because I loved this book!
What made it, for me, *and please don't fall off your chair when I say this* is how very CLEAN this book is! Xander and Jameson shut you down, right at the good bits and they do it so well, its brilliantly written! Their love, even when faced with the possibility that it might be chemically induced, is evident, even when they take time apart get to the bottom of what they are really feeling, and it comes across in all the right places. Also, Quince and Robyn, while they don't get to their "good bits" yet, I expect they will shut me down just as good.
The general world *and I mean this quite LITERALLY* building is amazing, and you still don't get a massive info dump, its comes in dribs and drabs, but I again stress, you NEED book one first. The world building here is not the same as book one because, you know, they joined this world and everything is different, and not recapped the same way as it comes across in book one.
I cannot wait to see how this pans out, I'd love everyone, and I mean each and every member of this massive cast, to get their own happy ever after, I just don't see how that might play out. I have hopes for some people, I really do!
Coatsworth skill continues to grow, and I look forward to reading the final part to this series, even if I do have to wait another year!
5 amazing stars!
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After the physical coming together of the half-worlds, Titania and Oberon, (in Skythane, book one), there are adjustments to the weather systems, causing widespread disruption. The joining also brings the Skythane and Lander people into further conflict, with Landers intent on eradicating the Skythanes. Heading up the Lander assault is OberCorp. Leading the Skythanes are Xander and Jameson, whose relationship was established in book one. However, was the chemical, pith, responsible for their romance or not? This detail, has them wondering what is real between them, causing strain. Regardless of their personal situation, they must soldier on to save their people.
Characters who had minor roles in book one have considerably larger ones in Lander. Events surrounding Xander and Jameson remain the main arc, but the script splits more between the others. In one way, following each group of characters made reading intricate. In another, it was nice as it gave the worlds a broader perspective. But, it also took airtime away from Xander and Jameson, who I became vested in while reading book one. As such, my interest significantly increased, during their scenes. The boys are lovely together. While I advocate story over sex in a novel, as with book one, I still felt cheated of a sex scene. Thus far, over both books, the intimacy has been fade out.
Since kissing in the house of moon, memories from somewhere have been flitting through the boys’ minds. It affects Jameson more than Xander. This aspect added another dimension to the story, which I liked. The plot is further thickened by the addition of Alix and Jessa - the boys’ exes, OberCorp wanting world domination, other romantic couplings, and the carrot linking book two to book three. There’s also the odd, weird action, like someone who decided to nibble on some bread and cheese while being rescued from under a felled tree in a superstorm. That type of detail, much like the previous sentence, seeming out of place and brought me up short.
Overall there is lovely imagery, and the technical aspects are good. There is a glossary of terms and people at the end of the novel, which may be better being brought to the front or read first. It is a significant advantage to read/re-read Skythane before tackling Lander. Ultimately, this is turning into a series that I would think is best suited to totally immersing oneself in with only breaks for food and pit stops. Anything else would require some recapping. The reason I say that is because it is almost twelve months since I read Skythane and it took me a while to get back into the characters. Concurrent reading would also work.
If you are looking for a science fiction book that gives you a 360 view of a system to lose yourself in, one that has some delightfully likeable characters, and a good dose of evil too, then this book/series, could be right up your street.
Lander is book two in the series and is not a standalone. There is so much going on in this story, with multiple story lines between the various characters. Those lines twist and turn, becoming so involved with each other. The main story line continues here, with the split worlds of Oberon and Titania having been brought back together. This causes a world of problems on its own. Can Xander and Jameson, both princes of their separate worlds, bring peace to this new world?
Jameson and Xander start to question their love for each other. How much of their love for each other is a lie? Added into the mix here is Xander’s ex, Alix. As we learned in book one, he’s been missing for over a year. Now we need to find out is he a good guy or one of the bad. And do he and Xander still have any feeling for each other? Also, Jameson is still trying to reconcile the life he’s lead with who he truly is.
Quince is back, as strong and feisty as ever. She is going to see the prophesy fulfilled, even at the cost most dear to her. She’s reunited with her lover Robyn. They are a strong and inspiring pair. Morgan is back as well. Obercorp and the Blacks are back as well.
There is so much I want to say there, but I won’t give any spoilers. This ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, in that the story isn’t complete. Which means I am now anxiously waiting for book three.