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Triptych Paperback – March 21, 2011
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A stirring adventure, and a tender love story, from a first-time author who truly embraces the limitless possibilities the future may bring. J.M. Frey's Triptych satisfies any sci-fi reader looking for a different take on the first contact motif, or anyone looking to explore the possible evolution of human sexuality and love. - Lambda Literary
Not only is this a wonderful story, but it's a wonderfully told story. (...) Beneath all the action and the drama, there are some big questions asked within the novel - the answers to which we're guided, but have to realise for ourselves. That's what makes a good science fiction novel memorable. -Bibary Book Lust
Debut author Frey knocks it out of the park with a remarkable tale of alien refugees, time travel, intrigue, the pervasive madness of grief, and love that transcends culture, gender, and species. Classic science fiction elements are smoothly updated for a modern audience. - Publishers Weekly, Best Books of 2011
Wonderful Canadian sci-fi about bisexual alien refugees on Earth, queer family structures, identity, and murder. -- The Advocate, Best Overlooked Books of 2011
From the Back Cover
Part District 9, part Lost in Translation, part Stranger in a Strange Land, Triptych is a poignant, character-driven science fiction story about tolerance, love and loss.
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Kalp is one of the few survivors of a destroyed planet who manage to make their way to Earth seeking asylum. A near-future earth takes in the shattered survivors and quarantines them in the Institute, where they learn earth customs from watching reruns of television programs. Kalp is assigned to work with Gwen and Basil and when they discover that he is forced to sleep in the sterile “barracks” of the Institute, they offer him the spare bedroom in their home.
On Kalp’s world, adults join in triads, one to bear children, one to work, and one to protect the others. To him, it is normal and eminently practical. One of the most endearing parts of this novel is how Kalp reacts to earth culture and to his human companions who have already formed an intimate bond. Frey brings great wisdom and humor to Kalp’s reactions to everyday human experiences.
It was easy to care about Kalp as he struggles to understand and be accepted in the alien human culture. Still mourning the loss of his former partners who were killed when his planet exploded, Kalp gradually falls in love with both Gwen and Basil, and they form the first human-alien triptych. It is a mark of the writer’s skill how all the relationships work and seem natural.
This book works on many levels. As a gripping sci-fi adventure, as a mystery, and as an exploration of gender roles and prejudice.Read more ›
When a previously unknown race of aliens arrives on Earth - the few remaining survivors from a distant destroyed planet - humanity has to learn to adapt and adjust to the inclusion of a foreign species. As humans and aliens interact and learn the ways of each others' civilizations, both slowly begin to change unexpectedly. Each must come to terms with their own collective culture shock and confront their own assumptions and embedded social beliefs.
Specialist Gwen Pierson and Specialist Doctor Basil Grey are members of the Institute, formed by the United Nations when the alien refugees initially appear, nearly dead and desperately seeking a new home. Recognizing the complexities of how humans would react to the inclusion of aliens into the global community, the Institute is created to help the two cultures learn from one another, and more specifically, to assist the aliens in adapting to human customs and traditions. Kalp, an alien engineer, is assigned to work with Gwen and Basil and over time, an intimate loving relationship develops between them in new and unexpected ways. Frey keeps the reader constantly and consistently on edge as the story unfolds, moving back and forth in time/space, across countries, and between three differing character perspectives. Nothing is by chance, nothing is trivial, and even the most innocent seeming of background events has significance and meaning.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the next chapter was a bit problematic with Basil seeming to suddenly develop a British accent and affectations, too much focus on the inside jokes that result when people from the future visit the past, and far too much time spent with the use of parentheses mid-sentence to redundantly point out the actual (obvious) intent and emotion of a particular character's thoughts. Fortunately, while annoying, I could get used to Basil's poor British representation as time passed, and the parenthesized thoughts were confined to that one section.
The next section introduces Kalp and is the highlight of the book. The few remaining aliens of Kalp's world who escaped its destruction have arrived on earth, welcomed by the Institute (formed by the UN or such) with integration as the goal. Kalp is teamed with Gwen and the brilliant science-type, Basil. I enjoyed reading about Kalp's awkwardness and seeing humans and humanity through his eyes. Frey did an excellent job with this and with the creation of this alien race and their physiology and customs. This part of the book clearly defines it as a bittersweet love story.
There is some tension created in the knowledge that triptych is fated to fall apart and the knowledge that perhaps it could be saved with some convenient time travelling, but I felt the conclusion of the book fell a bit flat.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wasn't going to read this book, but then I thought what the hell, so I read it. I enjoyed it. The texture of the book was very dimensional. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brenda's Book Beat
This book was tough to get into at first. I had a hard time keeping track of the characters. However, once I got past the initial confusion I fell in love with Basil and Kalp! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pam Spurrell
Wonderfully written science fiction novel about tolerance, acceptance, bigotry, betrayal and most of all, love. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Amazon Customer
A great and original story. I love the relationship aspects and the realism of it. The unknown and the fear and the love and the loss they all experience was a fresh take on the... Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by J. Cornell
At first glance, Triptych engages alot of familiar themes and tropes for sci-fan fans. Yes, it's a love story. Yes, it's a time travel story. Yes, there are aliens. Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by -J
I'm sorry, I just couldn't embrace this trio. Cross-species and time travel? The sex scenes were somehow erotic and at the same time disturbing. I applaud the effort. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Hickory Nut
this book was so enjoyable that
i had a hard time putting it down.
it was such an easy read. ty
I don't read very much genre fiction that involves aliens or time travel, and I'm judgmentally wary of low-cost sci-fi/fantasy Kindle books from tiny presses, especially debut... Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by exalt80
I really enjoyed how different the world JM Frey created was compared to our own world. I feel like the ending could be a little different and we should have gotten difinitive... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Pen Name