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A Book of Tongues
- Hexslinger, Book 1
- By: Gemma Files
- Narrated by: Gordon Mackenzie
- Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
Two years after the Civil War, Pinkerton agent Ed Morrow has gone undercover with one of the weird West's most dangerous outlaw gangs - the troop led by "Reverend" Asher Rook, ex-Confederate chaplain turned "hexslinger," and his notorious lieutenant (and lover) Chess Pargeter. Morrow's task: get close enough to map the extent of Rook's power, then bring that knowledge back to help Professor Joachim Asbury unlock the secrets of magic itself.
Good book but way too explicit.
- By Cliff on 08-29-13
What would have made A Book of Tongues better?
I read the reviews before purchasing this. I thought the idea of a magician in cowboy times was unique and interesting. I saw that there was some "objectionable material", but as a liberal pro-gay rights guy, I figured it was homophobes who couldn't get past a few squeamish (for them) parts. I was very wrong. The love scenes in this book are explicit, and seemingly pointless. We get that the lead character is gay, but even if he were heterosexual, I wouldnt need explicit blow-by-blow accounts of their positions and orgasms to understand their sexuality. The sex in this book becomes a distraction from the story, and whole Gordon Mackenzie's enthusiastic narration is a credit to him as a voice actor, it made it even more uncomfortable. If you're looking for a great story with fantasy and western themes, I'm not qualified to judge, because I couldnt get through it. However, if you're looking for steamy sex (in this case homosexual sex), download away. Ms Files, stick to story elements and move away from shocking sex for shock's sake.
What was most disappointing about Gemma Files’s story?
Sex distracts from what, on the surface seems to be a good idea.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The idea is unique.
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