Sci-fi is supposed to have a timeless quality but this book felt extremely dated, both in language and themes. None of the characters had any redeeming qualities, and evidently in this author's world, no one has genuine feelings for anyone else, not even their own children.
While it did have one or two interesting concepts, I had to force myself to finish it. (I'm not a quitter - I'll finish all but the most desperately awful books.) I really don't recommend it unless you owe penance for something really naughty.
Yuck! Bodice ripper secreted away inside the book jacket of a sci-fi story. Probably a fine romance novel if one goes in for that sort of thing, but I don't and feel cheated out of a credit! I like a chick flick as much as the next chick, but this was downright embarrassing.
It wasted so much narrative to romantic/sexual scenes that the story got lost for what felt like hours in an incongruous mishmash of dream sequences of dirty sex in public places blended with a not at all plausible instant love connection unlike anything the world had ever seen blah blah blah. If it had been an actual paper-bound book, I could have torn whole chapters out and thrown them away. As it was I had to lay on the fast-forward on my iPod to find the sections of the ACTUAL story.
Want a sci-fi flavored, sexed-up harlequin? This is your story. The rest of you, don't get duped.
If you don't like bad language, avoid this book. If you don't like hilariously, irreverently, ridiculously convoluted sexual situations, don't read this book.
If you're ok with some major naughtyness and are willing to be transported to a fictional time and place ever-so-loosely based on a number of Shakespearean works, jump in and be prepared to laugh as I did. I got an extra added bonus from this fine piece of "literature" - I now know a few new dog-snoggingly wicked phrases to use in impolite society!
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