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Gorgeously written story of love, murder, and ghostly contact,
This review is from: Triads (Hardcover)
I hate spoiler reviews which divulge the entirety of the book in question, so expect none of that here. Let me simply say that Triads is a gorgeously written, haunting, and moving story. Told in three parts, Triads is a collaboration between Christa Faust and Poppy Z. Brite, originally conceived as a novella for the anthology Revelations. In fact, the first part of the story, taking place in 1930's China, is the original novella. Parts 2 (set in 1940's Hollywood) and 3 (set in the present day) expand upon the story, continuing the themes of ill-fated love and the miseries of living as an outsider in a world intolerant of difference. Of course, the small-minded, racist, insecure, and those suffering severe religious mania will find nothing to enjoy in a story which so sensitively and beautifully handles the subjects of love, compassion, and the fragility of human life. Though this is no soft-focus historical drama, for all the lush detail and bittersweet romance, this is also a tale of gruesome murder, passionate sex, and contact with the supernatural. Fans of Poppy Z. Brite will find much to enjoy, and hopefully Christa Faust will find new fans in those who accept the challenges of this stunning work.