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Entropy Paperback – August 19, 2015
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Lisa is definitely a flawed heroine. Her life, while seemingly perfect from the outside, is anything but. Loneliness and longing send her looking for something she didn't really know she wanted. What starts out as innocent fun and excitement quickly turns into something much deeper. When she is hit with a series of sometimes improbable trials and tribulations she seems to deal with her pain by exploring a side of her sexuality that excites her and scares her and brings meaning to her life. She seeks comfort through sexual release in a world of BDSM and a dominant submissive relationship.
The subject matter is at times uncomfortable. How far would you go to satisfy your desires? What truly makes you happy? Is it possible to live happily outside of societal norms? Where is that line between pain and desire? Love and fear?
Knowing that this was the author's first novel, I honestly went in with low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing and the depth of the storytelling. Not only does he do a fabulous job at accurately portraying complicated relationships and deeply intimate encounters, the writing is also intelligent and witty. I'm already looking forward to reading what else he has to share.
To get the basic praise out of the way, it's well written and well edited. I do a lot of editing for a living, both for newspapers and the odd book, and this is increasingly rare. I also have a working knowledge of quantum theory and the scientific parts about particles and anti-matter are succint and accurate. They're also briliantly woven into the story - an integral part of it, in fact - which deeply appeals to the nerd/geek side of me. It was very satisfying to read a book that uses these concepts as metaphors for relationahips rather than a hobbyhorse shoe-horned into the plot.
Smith is an excellent storyteller, too, which is something I admire. From Homer through Dickens to Stephen King, those are the tales we remember. It's an art too often scorned by the literary elite, for they do not have the talent themselves.
Getting to the story itself, what rocked my on first and second reading was how well he captured the complexity and intensity of an online D/s affair. My circumstances were similar to Lisa's - stuck in a loveless long-term relationship - though there were some significant differences such as that I had dabbled in the BDSM world before. What I couldn't get over, however, was how well Smith described the inner conflict of getting to know - and then falling in love with - someone you've never actually met. And the sheer hopelessness of knowing that the person you love and who loves you is simply unattainable.
I also had my walls torn down and am utterly bereft without him. I've spoken to friends, to shrinks, to strangers on the net and Entropy is the only time I've come across someone who actually understands that it is more than a little affair that's gone wrong (get over it, woman), but something life-changing that is impossible to forget. To submit totally to my Dom was something that surprised me more than anyone can imagine. I don't want another Dom, I want him. I'm old enough and bright enough to know that this was something - this quantum entanglement, as Smith put it - I've never had before and never will again.
Entropy is erotic, but not Erotica - a label its subject matter is likely to attract. It's much more than a little thrill and a bit of kink. It's a bloody good book and a rare insight into what attracts women to the submissive side. My sincere congratulations to Smith.