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La Chanson de l'Observation (The Space Within These Lines Book 3) Kindle Edition
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From the Author
Other stories in the collection include:
The Memory of a Salt Shaker -- now available on Amazon.
The Space Within These Lines Is Not Dedicated -- now available on Amazon.
- ASIN : B00BEHE20M
- Publisher : Bernard M. Cox; 1st edition (January 13, 2014)
- Publication date : January 13, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 171 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 25 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,264,008 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It used to be that gay fiction often dealt with forbidden or doomed love simply because one or both of the would-be lovers were LGBTQ. That isn't the case for the lovers in this story, Javier Flores and Theo Zedek.
Their delightful love affair has to end because one of them isn't a human being but a "node" posing as one in order to observe what earthly humans do. His falling in love with a human renders him useless as an observer.
From the point of view of the observers, that does make sense. From the point of view of a human, though, it's also cold, hard, and cruel.
I can't give away the ending of this excellent story, but I can tell you it left this reader in tears.
(As originally reviewed on Rainbow Book Reviews. Please visit [...] for other reviews that may be of interest.)
(And yes, I will be buying his other stories and reading those, too.)
In an ordinary (while of course at the same time the most amazing thing in the world, as all love is) and very charming romance, one of the couple is actually an alien. Through dispassionate report, the alien tells the love story of the human being he's portraying. While this participant visiting our planet to observe its people in a purely scientific capacity, the researcher comes to question -- and the reader will find out to what extent -- the very core of his alien civilization and all his assumptions about community and individuality and the path to happiness. A surprising and compelling read, it read quick and left me wanting more.
Cox is truly marvelous. This story is truly marvelous. While this tale is currently second (to Memory of a Salt Shaker; I've also read The Space Between...) in my mind, it's a gorgeous work which deserves to be savored.
Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of La Chanson... it is wonderful, rich, and truly a pleasure.