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Gravity (Entropy) (Volume 3) Paperback – March 10, 2017
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Joshua Edward Smith pens the Entropy series with a beauty and grace unlike others in the genre. While initially his diction and structure choices appear simplistic, the connotative derivatives underneath are far more sophisticated and complex. His thematic developments of communication, compromise, and willingness to hold a partner to a specific set of standards by which they both crave and desire is the glue which holds this final installment together. Gravity is the perfect ending to finding one’s ultimate path to true love and respect.
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The novel opens with Sir and Lisa being reunited through a chance encounter at a wedding. Time has built a dam between them, but the passion of their previous relationship continues to swirl and swell beyond the barrier. Dealing with those feelings proves challenging (Sir is dating a very bouncy twenty year old and Lisa is… well, Lisa is going through some things), but the two eventually settle into a casual friendship. Well, as casual as a friendship can be between a Dom and a former sub. A Dom and his former sub who effed like it was a religion and the messiah was returning. Did I mention their tryst began on Twitter? While they were still married to other people? Lisa was also his live-in girlfriend for awhile—cooked, cleaned, helped out with his kids. She was sooo good with those kids. And they didn’t break up on bad terms, so much as agree it was time to move on. So yeah, as casual as a relationship with that sort of history can be. It’s more than a little complicated. Both are at a place in their lives of deep personal reflection, including a reexamination of what they want in a mate. Without the structure and stability of a BDSM “contract”, Lisa and Sir are forced to confront the fears and insecurities that stand in the way of true intimacy, a journey that is both freeing and frightening.
The detached observer is by far my favorite type of narrative, and Joshua Edward Smith wields the technique masterfully to accentuate his smart, sophisticated writing style. The quintessential Author as Deity-- breathing life into his creation, then disappearing into the heavens to observe. You never see his hands, nor hear his voice. He does not tell us what to think or how to feel. This is part of what lends Smith’s work a remarkable fluidity and adaptability, leaving boundless room to be shaped by the reader’s imagination. For example, Smith never gives a detailed physical description of Sir, nor is it necessary. The reader naturally fills in the gaps of his physiognomy based on the emotional response to his behavior. This makes the story incredibly personal, as it will continuously transform with our own ever-fluctuating perceptions. (Robert Downey Jr. has been playing the part in my head as of late. Don’t judge me.)
No matter how many slogans we come up with (40 is the new 30! Wrinkles are the new black!), or how good Suzie Celebrity looks at 60, our society is not ok with ageing, and it shows in the disappointing way books and media continue to treat the subject. The older the character, the more likely he/she is to be stuffed into one of three caricatures: the Curmudgeon, the Sage, and the Youth Chaser, who only serve as narrative coat racks from which to hang easy moral lessons, overly sentimental dialogue, and old people jokes (“I learned it on the Googler”). I applaud Smith for writing about older characters with the freshness and tingling excitement usually reserved for 20 somethings. His characters are familiar without being cliché, raw and flawed without manufactured melodrama, and as real as you or I. Gravity transcends being a book about middle aged people, and is simply a book about people, struggling to reconcile their wants and needs with the world around them. Anyone can relate to that, and everyone will.
I cannot recommend this series enough. I have read it in its entirety at least three times, and it is a new experience each time. Joshua Edward Smith is at the forefront of something new and necessary in modern fiction and must not be missed. Five stars, two thongs, and a dram of good scotch.
In Gravity—the third part of the magical circus act that is the tale of Sir and Lisa—something interesting happens to the reader: we finally root for these two very broken, absurdly eccentric personalities. If our attitude before was, "Yeah, these two are good together" then now we're at "Uh... *only* these two people belong together and everyone should stay far, far away." It's like combing a train wreck with a mid-air collision and making the best of it.
It seems that a lot of the writing style has changed to match its new subject matter. Quiet, introspective perversion has been swapped for grand romantic gestures and desperation. Control and manipulation have been swapped for rage and jealousy. These fascinating people start acting the way we'd expect them to (mostly) and it becomes a better read for it. The pace is now faster and more linear, driving us right to the very satisfying ending sequence that will leave a grin on your face. The mystique of middle-aged romance is presented beautifully here, as both Sir and Lisa's lives run parallel until they break out of their routines (and stubborn pride) to finally intersect like those homework equations you have to do with a graphing calculator.
Expertly narrated and soaked in twisted intellect, Gravity is both rewarding and a high point to close the series out on.
Taking place years after the previous installment, it was interesting to come in and see just how much the main characters had changed and grown. They're older, wiser, and even more sensual. This is the beauty of everything written by Mr. Smith. His writing style has a fluidity, yet at the same time it is commanding and it grabs you in all the right places at all the right times. He's written a heartbreaking, sexy, profound love story about two characters and over the course of three books we've seen them mature, but they never read as old. He shows just how much passion and romance people can exhibit when love is real and reciprocated.
By the end of Gravity, I was left feeling very sated with the way Sir and Lisa's story turned out, but perhaps a little sad with the feeling of finality--you know what they say about good things. Luckily, while Sir and Lisa's story may have wrapped up, I am looking forward to getting my hands on anything else Mr. Smith writes. Every time one finishes reading one of his novels, undoubtedly they, as I do, come away feeling more intelligent and cultured through his delightful brand of entertainment.
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