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Personally, I am not often fan of first person stories, I understand the unique opportunities they offer and their strength is often their weakness. When the inner monologue stops moving the story forward and stops in loops inside the character's mind it can be bothersome, tiring. Here, can't complain at all, the first person brings a unique perspective for each story, keeping secrets and revealing them just in the right time.
I will try to tell you a little about them without giving too many spoilers, anyway the stories need to be truly experienced, and nothing I can say here will encompass all their dark beauty. I can only say that the notes at the end of the book explaining a little bit about the writing process of each of the stories is both priceless and enlightening for those of us who like to write.
*Trill* has a dark magic of its own, enticing and terrifying the reader into discovering the truth behind the musician and the power of his flutes.
*Seed* is simply a window into a very different society, where what is pleasure, what is privacy and taboo is completely different of our own, a view of the experience of said society as it compares with our own, or something akin to our own.
All the seven stories has a beauty of their own, still *Seeing stars* is my favorite for many reasons. It shows a dystopic society where hedonism has reached a point where some practices have become so common than straight sex is the uncommon, and where for safety of those who are able to pay there are new services for those who want to experience things so exotic and so drastic that lives are at stake, and the perspective of one of the meds dedicated to keep them alive as she travels steps into a situation that might be too much above her head. But mostly I think I could see every scene in my mind and marvel at it, watching like a voyeur without guilt.
*Animal Instinct* is too personal and sensible, this in, many ways eludes me to describe; I can only say you need to read it and you will see and feel each scene as easily as I if you were there.
*One-Woman Town* is my second favorite, mostly because of its elements of so bizarre fantasy that I can do nothing else than to love this place and creatures, envying Shanna as how she as inspired in such marvel and terrors as she webs the story toward a conclusion that while you can try to guess it will still jump at you.
In *Forced-Expiration* Shanna captures her characters and the situation with a deep knowledge of the sensation, you can see it clearly as the life of one is escaping and you can only follow the main character as she tries to bring him back of the edge, her work absolutely necessary, but everyone around disliking the need of it. I have tried to write about this but Shanna captures it so easily that I can only admire her work.
*The Lure of Dangerous Women*... I have been there, and I have felt what the character felt, either seeing someone that was so brilliant than everyone blurred around her, or listening to something so beautiful or enticing that I needed to posses it. They are the lure of sirens, so powerful that make us forget about ourselves or others. And while others might be my favorites because of topic, this one I can feel connected completely.
I am only recommend you to read each story, tasting every character and every part and enjoy them for what they are. If they were chocolate they will be a dark one, with strong scene and so inviting in their flavor that you won't want to stop eating.
But the one I need to rave about is "One-Woman Town". I'm not sure who I could compare it to: Cherie Priest? China Mieville? Fritz Leiber? Ray Bradbury?
If David Lynch had directed Firefly, you might end up with something like this.
Everything I've read by Shanna Germain has been top-shelf, impressive, fun to read. But this story is why I read. Atmospheric, intense, with characters that lash out of the ePage and rip your face off.
It's kind of a cocktail made of a classic Western showdown, betrayal, lust, robots, and spiders. I want more. And I never want it to stop.
Enough of "One-Woman Town," you'll want to know about the rest.
"Trill" is a dark and twisted take on a well know fairy tale.
"Seed" may be the best treatment of sexual violence I've ever read. The best use of Speculative Fiction is to say what can't be said well in the real world. By transposing eating and sex we can look at a subject up close without the weight of our experience smothering the story.
"Seeing Stars" was hard for me to read. It conflates sex and death in a terrible way. And it's great.
"Animal Instincts" takes a more mythic, yet grounded, look at death. It contains observations such as "There is the wet sound that the dead make when they slide from the living..."
"One-Woman Town" comes next, but I've gushed enough for one day.
"Forced Expiration" brings sex and death together again, but this time in a wonderful way. A somber, healing story.
"The Lure of Dangerous Women" is a magical mix of music, lust, and dark things that inhabit both. Spooky and yummy.
Looking at the book, it's easy to fool yourself into thinking that you could read through it all in a single sitting on a quiet afternoon. However, like a incredible meal or album, it's best to enjoy one section at a time. The stories are too good not to savor, to let them sink down into your being.
'Trill' was probably my favorite of the collection. Since I started reading the book some time ago, very few days go by where I'm not thinking about it. Maybe it's because I'm a musician who secretly wishes to have a level of sway...but I think it's really because it's just a damn good story. 'The Lure of Dangerous Women' captures the siren-call of New Orleans perfectly and reminds me of the food, the music, the spirit of the place.
This book is highly recommended.
I can't comment on individual stories without giving away spoilers so I will say that the mix of themes is very well done. The lyrical nature of some of the stories fits the content very well while others have a more prose style that suits that setting.
If you are wavering on should you buy this book or if you will like it take the plunge. You will find something to your taste here.
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