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Journey Round a Darker Sun Paperback – May 3, 2010
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From the Publisher
From the Back Cover:
"Fascinating, beautifully sensuous, and enjoyable to read."
(Lizbeth Dusseau, best-selling erotica writer and publisher)
"The most erotic thing I've read in years... the way the tension builds is simply amazing... a lovely spiral into the depths of submission."
(The Portfolio Editor, Erotica Readers Association) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Simon Lowrie is the pen name of a quiet and retiring Englishman who sometimes feels the need to write erotica-though his friends and family would all be most surprised if they knew! His first novel, A Journey Round a Darker Sun, came out to much critical aclaim in 2001, with the Editor of the Erotica Readers Association calling it "A lovely spiral into the depths of submission. Better than Story of O." Lowrie's second novel Marianne!-a Journey Round a Golden Sun was published in 2009, with noted author and publisher Jean Marie Stine hailing it as, "One of the best books I have read in years." Although Marianne! is a much happier story than his first, Marianne! carries the same trademark of alpha male dominance and feminine submission in an entirely plausible and everyday setting. Visit him online at simonlowrie.com
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There's no way around it. Claire is a spoiled girl, who thinks she can get her way by whining, screaming and throwing temper tantrums. This petulance was typical of her behavior for greater than two-thirds of the story, making her incredibly difficult to like. There are two young men in her life, Gary and Tristan, who treat her like a queen and in turn she speaks to them condescendingly all under the guise of being loving. It's clear she needs a dominant to put her in her place. Either that, or a good spanking. The latter is what Paul provides.
Paul seems to be more into Domestic Discipline rather than BDSM. It's clear that he is dominant, but whether he should be considered as A Dominant may be debatable among some readers, even though BDSM is said to contain many behaviors along the kink spectrum. If readers are seeking toys, bondage or dungeons, this story does not provide such accessories. Instead, Paul concerns himself with liberal corporal punishment sprinkled with a heavy dose of sex. Keeping the upper hand in the relationship seems to be more his goal than a true romantic pursuit.
To be honest, it may not even be appropriate to consider this an erotic romance novel, for the HEA of the story is rather cloudy. I had such high hopes for this story and was left a bit disappointed. Some readers may revel in Mr. Lowrie's storytelling. Unfortunately, Journey Round A Darker Sun did not deliver for me.
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Part of me wants him to spend the time, because Volume 1 is so well-written. Another part of me wants Volume 2 NOW! Even so, I'll wait. Mr. Lowrie's patience shows in the novel. Unlike many authors, he doesn't rush through the mundane to get to the action. And the mundane is anything but mundane.
This is the first book I've read in a long time that made me reluctant to put it down and sorry to finish it. This is partly because the story is so compelling, but the biggest reason I wanted to keep reading was that the writing was so good.
Simon Lowrie tells us a story of a bright, beautiful, self-assured but still uncertain young woman named Claire, and the beginnings of her infatuation with a mysterious man named Paul, who has been taught by his father that women are to submit to men. Yes, the theme of this book is of a D/s relationship, but there is so much more in it than that.
There is Tristan, a young man who is so infatuated with Claire that, as one reader said, "he just makes you want to slap him." Tristan seems so hopelessly smitten that it's easy to understand why he does all the things he does -- essentially anything Claire wants him to do -- to help her comply with Paul's demands of her. However, you will need to watch Tristan carefully. There's more to him than you might at first suspect. A lot more.
There are other, more shadowy, characters in this tale, and they are nearly as compelling as Paul, Claire and Tristan. Indeed, one should watch them carefully as well.
I might try to summarize the novel for you, but the author does it so much better: "DarkSun, though black as pitch, is not a bdsm novel in the tired old sense; one of those books where 'the plot' consists of a string of implausible excuses to be sadistic. It is about love and hate and hope and fear and feelings that do not have names. It is the only story I will ever write, because it is the only one inside me."
Yes indeed. You should read this book, even if the D/s theme isn't your "thing."
And I sincerely hope there are more stories inside Simon, stories he just hasn't found yet.
Like several other people, my biggest problem by far was with the character called Tristan, who is just too feeble and gutless to belong in a novel that is meant to be sexy, though I suppose if you like pitifully weak men walked all over by women you might not see it that way. What makes everything more than worthwhile is the incredible relationship that takes off between the other two characters, Claire and Paul. The chapters between these two are some of the best erotica I have ever read in my life, and I just wish they hadn't been interrupted all the time by other things. This is a real shame because it could have turned out a much better book than it is, but it still knocks spots off most others of this kind that I have read.