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- Print Length: 347 pages
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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (September 18, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 18, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B015L6UF2U
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What sets this group of seven works apart is that they are in chronological order from the 1930s to the present day, and for the first time the author establishes a backstory for the emergence of beings – all those magical creatures we assumed were imaginary. It seems that World War I, the first human war that truly threatened to destroy the world, forced beings to come out of hiding. Initially the fairies, then the others, from werewolf to shapeshifters to trolls and dragons and all the rest. All the creatures of the world’s fairy tales were suddenly in the real world.
Once the Great War was over, the humans had to deal with it. Beings became a grudgingly tolerated minority in the human world, isolated into ghettos and restricted as to their rights and activities. Their safe places became havens for queer folk as well, and their destinies become intertwined.
But, unlike the human victims of prejudice, the beings couldn’t really be destroyed, because their magic made them powerful, and humans were afraid to go too far.
If you’ve already read the first four “Beings in Love” books, you’ll eat this up. If this is your first foray into Cooper’s passionately written fictions, it will introduce you to a world unlike any other in contemporary gay fiction.
The Firebird, set in 1934, focuses on the intellectual Parisian salon of Kazimir – a Russian born Firebird and celebrated opera singer. We see young aristocratic French fascists, who decry both beings and homosexuals, try to seduce the Firebird because of his ethereal voice. But we also see the courage of a young Jewish American journalist covering the darkening political world. Jacob doesn’t want anything from Kazimir, but can’t seem to stay away from him. For the first time in his long life, much of it captive, the Firebird can’t stifle his emotional response to this outspoken outcast.
With each story we move ahead in history, and to different places in the world, although several of the stories are set in or near Los Cerros, a fictional town that seems to be in California (this is never made clear and I suppose it doesn’t matter). There is a were-jaguar, whose family descended from an ancient Aztec god; a fairy named Hyacinth who is a DJ in an early 1960s top-40 radio station; a gentle giant of a troll called Tank, who falls for a dark-skinned elf in the early 1980s, when beings and gays are both being blamed for a mysterious plague all too familiar.
Fascinatingly, along with the troll, we meet a human policeman, who’s married to a female fairy – and whose infant son grows up to be the hero of another of Cooper’s novels. In “The Imp and Mr. Sunshine” (my favorite title), we revisit a character who appears as an infant being who was rescued by the Firebird in the 1930s. The firebird himself reappears in the 21st century as the housemate and confidante of a scarred young man who tends a witch’s garden and trembles at the sight of a widowed werewolf. Finally, in a story that made me teary-eyed and nostalgic, we are in the present, revisiting the characters from Cooper’s novel “A Boy and his Dragon.” An unexpected surprise not only reminds us that Cooper’s world is one of emotion and not logic, but also that beings, as well as gay folk, are forever tied to each other by the things that separate them from the normal world.
As I always say, Cooper’s stories are not for everyone. But if this kind of thing suits your particular emotional makeup, they’re fabulous.
The romance is hot, sweet, sometimes bittersweet, about falling in love, living in love, and dying in love. Ms. Cooper delineates characters and interactions with subtly and wit. I highly recommend this work.
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