The average rating for How the Stepfather Sins: Fables and Fairy Tales of Shameful Incest based on 2 reviews is 3 stars.
|Review # 1 was written on 2016-09-21 00:00:00|
It's a lovely story: sweet, earnest, nicely paced and steadily developed. Personally: it's somewhat too staid, too placid, too stiff-upper-lippy for me (sex scenes included). I adore British writing so that's not entirely it...it's just that this one felt like having a pleasant evening taking one's tea out in the Shakespeare garden. It's well-written but a bit saccharine for my tastes. The author says he writes about the man he'd like to one day meet. This story sounds a bit as much: the way one would imagine love to be, all romance and roses. There's not a bit wrong with it, I just prefer more pulp in my orange juice. Ps: the cricket references were excellent. It was also great to read an m/m with no female villain, well not overly villainous anyway.
|Review # 2 was written on 2010-10-04 00:00:00|
2.5 stars. The story was cute and I really liked Trevor, because I could see both his strength and fragility. Paul seemed more naive and less solid at the same time. The beginning was very good: Paul is slightly homophobic, but he accepts Trevor's invitation to share a room while Paul is renovating his house. He begins to like and care for Trevor, to see behind his flamboyant attitude, and realize that his own previous behavior was wrong and prejudiced. It was nice to see their friendship develop. Then, when the story began to move in gay-for-you territory, the narration became more erratic, the point-of-view inconsistent and the timeline moved back and forth. I became disconnected from the story and I felt like I was missing parts of the story. I felt that Paul's story was moving in leaps, it became less believable. At the end it was as if the author was rushing to the conclusion. So. I'm sorry I can't give more. It was a quick and entertaining read, but it was a missed opportunity. The story develops in the right length of time, but the most important part - seeing Paul realize and embrace he's in love with a man - was more told than shown.
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