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Wraeththu Paperback – Bargain Price, October 15, 1993
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Her influences include myth, magic and ancient history and the foibles of human nature. She uses writing and fiction to bridge the gap between mundane reality and the unseen realms of imagination and magic. She strives to awaken perception of these inner realms and the unexplored territory of the human psyche.
Aside from writing, Storm runs the Lady of the Flame Iseum, a group affiliated to the Fellowship of Isis, and is known to conduct group members on tours of ancient sites in the English landscape, in her husband's beat up old army Land Rover. She is also a Reiki Master/Teacher, has recently set up her own publishing company, Immanion Press, to publish esoteric books, and teaches creative writing when she gets the time.
Neil Gaiman, author of the Sandman series, once said: 'Storm Constantine is a mythmaking, Gothic queen, whose lush tales are compulsive reading. Her stories are poetic, involving, delightful, and depraved. I wouldn't swap her for a dozen Anne Rices!'
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What was really disappoint was how central it was to 'male' homosexuality - women are basically nothing in this book. It makes me wonder if the author is a misogynistic. One thing I liked and wish Constantine had worked on more was the science and genetics portion. The evolution of a new species is intriguing and a nice touch. The development of the Wraeththu was quicker than one would honestly expect. The species is *completely* unrealistic which is too bad because Constantine could have made the reality of the book amazing. Given that this was written in the '80s it's not surprising.
- first of all the idea of confronting a declining but still resisting human race with the new mutant one (wraeththu)
- the choice of males as basic source of the new race instead of the much more common (in SF literature) choice of women who are said to be biologically much stronger than males
- the division between mutated wraeththu and pure born ones: the pure ones are BORN hermaphrodite and cannot conceive themselves otherwise; the mutated used to be young, immature males and have to confront their all male mind with their new body
- the issue of mutated wraeththu who used to be homosexual before being hermaphrodites
- the evolution and splitting of the new race in multiple cultures
- the possibility for an accomplished writer to discuss interesting issues of gender in an entertaining way
- the hybridation of sf and fantasy, the first one being dominant; the setting in a future milieu, a welcome novelty.
It takes a lot of hard work to spoil all these interesting premises but Ms Constantine was really successful at it.
The plot of the three parts is not only painfully slow, but also contrived, dull, boring, the second part being the worst.
One can never understand the chain of events, the plot twists seem to have been devised to serve more the whims of the author than the progressing of the story.
The characters are commonplace, inconsistent, uselessly violent, often incredibly stupid, greedy and with an undisputable proneness to alcohol and smoking: in the third part chain smoking really seems to be the main activity.
Only Cal, the main character, is sometimes different from a blubbering, unmoving, uninteresting idiot.
There is a lot of sex, not graphic but explicit enough: I do love good sensual scenes but I really cannot remember the last time I was as much bored.
The last part introduces a new female mutant race as kind of a silly deus ex machina to conclude the novel.
To all these flaws one is also compelled to add the rather dull writing, the impressive number of inconsistencies (AND typos...) and that the philosophical issues are treated just as a not too clever 13 year old teen would.