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Carnal Sacraments, A Historical Novel of the Future
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on April 14, 2015
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There are some good ideas here, but the book was poorly written and the ideas not well executed. One issue I had with the writing was that the author kept stopping the story to explain and editorialize. So there might be one paragraph where something starts to happen, and then two pages of tangential background before picking up the story again. A good writer should be able to supply most of this background from within the story rather than keep interrupting it. It's like those "deleted scenes" in a dvd--here none of the scenes got deleted that should have.

I also found the main character unconvincing; on the one hand, he is described as super competent and expert, and on the other he goes through all this hand-wringing and self doubt. It didn't really fit together, as so many things with this book.

This book was badly in need of an editor.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Perry Brass has come out with some of the best and most unusual Gay Science Fiction books I've read. He definately has an interesting way of looking at the present and setting events in a future time line that really get you thinking. There is always a sexual intrigue element to Perry's work that I enjoy. Definately worth your time and money.
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on June 3, 2014
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I enjoyed the future perspective - heartless globalization. Character development that caught and held my interest. A couple of twists that made the story different and interesting. I would read something else by this accomplished author.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Once you can past the author's muscular, rich writing style -- it takes a few pages for the awe of his pure talent to recede -- the plot envelopes you entirely and you're thrust into a utterly convincing, complete world that is futuristic, sexy, and ultimately spiritual.

Gay-themed art can too often be disappointing, as if gay artists resist their own stereotyping. Brass is a bold, intriguing exception. Enjoy this!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2008
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Absolutely loved this fourth book I've read of Perry Brass! The characters were all so well-developed and added to the story of Jeffrey Cooper,for whom the future seemed at once bleak, hopeful and unending. His oasis was his counsellor/psychiatrist/stress-relief guru, Tony, whom he had feelings for, but could never reveal. Another trade-off for his eternal youth, his firm body,his quality of living from 'the system'.NO relationships! Stress is his only enemy.
Jeffrey's gay friends, Chris and Len. Perry Brass juxtaposed this flamboyant couple so aptly with Jeffrey's gray, monotone life of work.
Using Germany as the country for this story was a stroke of genius. I feels it lends itself to need 'the system' imposes on those who trade their own life to serve only the corporation. To me Germany IS discipline, IS the hard line. It's history steeped in the tough training of individuals for the greater good,at any cost.
I loved the way Perry Brass introduced Jeffrey to John. A seemingly sweet man that captured Jeffrey's heart and Ashok, the man who wanted Jeffrey's job.Both of these things were very bad for Jeffrey.
Wonderful writing,capturing the bright colours,smells,textures of India after leaving the cold steel of Germany.
The ending was once again a Perry Brass page turner!Exciting, thrilling and left me breathless.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Perry Brass has written a book that hits on just about every facet of Gay life in the future and the past. The world he has created is magic to the senses- sexual or otherwise. He has combined years of writing novels and poetry into a perfct statement on issues facing us all- straight or gay.
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