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review 2016-09-13 15:59
Short and hot
Quid Pro Quo - Aleksandr Voinov,L.A. Witt

This was hot.

Jared and Tristan are rentboys. Jared wants Tristan since the fist day he put his eyes on him. One day a rich john wants them to make out together. Jared can't believe the great chance he is given...

The world of high-class whores is crazily expensive and a little ridiculous.

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text 2016-09-03 12:12
Quo Vadis : powieść z czasów Nerona - Henryk Sienkiewicz
W 1894 roku Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916) postanowił ponownie sięgnąć do tematyki historycznej, co zaowocowało tym, iż rozpoczął przygotowania zmierzające do napisania powieści Quo vadis, za którą rzekomo – jak błędnie twierdzą niektórzy – w 1905 roku otrzymał Nagrodę Nobla. Jest to mylne przekonanie, które należałoby sprostować. W rzeczywistości Henryk Sienkiewicz został uhonorowany Nagrodą Nobla za całokształt swojej pracy twórczej, a dokładnie za wybitne osiągnięcia pisarskie w literaturze epickiej. Oczywiście, przystępując do pisania Quo vadis, pisarz nie miał pojęcia, że ta książka wywrze tak ogromny wpływ na czytelnikach i stanie się kiedyś klasyką literatury polskiej, którą będą przekładać na wiele języków obcych. Zanim Henryk Sienkiewicz rozpoczął pracę nad Quo vadis, miał już na swoim koncie takie powieści, jak: Na marne (1872), historyczną trylogię składającą się z takich tytułów, jak: Ogniem i mieczem (1884), Potop(1886) oraz Pan Wołodyjowski (1888), jak również książki osadzone w realiach XIX wieku: Bez dogmatu (1891) i Rodzina Połanieckich (1894).
 
W odróżnieniu od wspomnianej wyżej Trylogii, w której opisał wydarzenia mające związek z historią Polski, Henryk Sienkiewicz akcję swojej nowej powieści osadził w Rzymie za panowania cesarza Nerona (37-68). Inspiracją do napisania Quo vadis stały się annały Publiusza Korneliusza Tacyta (ok. 55-120), który był jednym z najbardziej cenionych przez Sienkiewicza pisarzy. Annały Tacyta trafiły do rąk Henryka Sienkiewicza podczas jego pobytu w Rzymie. W trakcie tej podróży towarzyszył pisarzowi polski malarz Henryk Siemiradzki (1843-1902), który w tamtym czasie mieszkał w Rzymie. Któregoś dnia w momencie spaceru po Wiecznym Mieście, malarz pokazał Sienkiewiczowi pewną kapliczkę i wtedy autor postanowił, że podejmie się napisania powieści, której tematyka będzie dotyczyć owej epoki. Pomocna była też znajomość faktów odnoszących się do początków Kościoła oraz prześladowania Polaków żyjących pod zaborami.
 

 

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review 2016-07-08 00:00
Quid Pro Quo
Quid Pro Quo - Manna Francis Three years after I've read the free stories online, I thought it about time to finally catch up with the infamous Selman Case. It turned out to be one of the best "plotty" stories in this series - and I've always been more interested in the plot-focused instalments than in the relationship-focused ones.
Quid Pro Quo is a very solid police procedural about kidnapping, corporate sabotage, and the usual Administration politics. Watching Toreth at work is always fun, and I kind of wish I'd read this sooner, then I wouldn't have doubted his intelligence for as long as I did.
This story also shows some classic Warrick moments of opportunistic hypocrisy and... wilful ignorance is too soft an expression for his behaviour. I mean, he undergoes great effort to not see what is right before his eyes. „I'm fucking you, not your job“, my ass! There are very, very few authors who manage to write characters that make me so angry – until I get these characters' POV and fall in love with them all over again. That's brilliant writing, no less.
And frankly, I always have to laugh a bit when I read the reviews fretting about Toreth's chronic infidelity and his (alledged) sociopathic tendencies, culminating in a chorus of „Warrick deserves better“ - because seriously, dear Keir might not be a torturing rapist, but he's by far the worst of the whole lot.
Anyhow, brilliant Manna Francis is brilliant. I just hope to see book #9 sometime soon this year.
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text 2016-03-26 16:27
Seven things about The Administration series
Mind Fuck - Manna Francis
Quid Pro Quo - Manna Francis
Games & Players - Manna Francis
Control - Manna Francis
Quis Custodiet - Manna Francis
First Against the Wall - Manna Francis
For Certain Values of Family - Manna Francis
Blood & Circuses - Manna Francis

1. Mind Fuck: A brilliant, stand alone book. Dystopian, erotica, gay and bisexual. Introduces Toreth (my favourite) and Warrick (the very near runner up).

 

2. Quid Pro Quo: Oh, look it's a series now, and maybe somewhat a misstep considering the rest of the series, but it and the shorts after are important for the characters and their development. Really, you need to read this in order to get to...

 

3. Games & Players: Hey, we're back to what really matters, that is to say there's more Warrick and Torreth. And then there's Carnac, who you love to hate except when you forget the love part. But honestly, we all end up thanking Carnac in the end. Truly.

 

4. Control: Oh, look we're back to character development and it's weighty in substance. Try counting the ways the title could reference to the content.

 

5. Quis Custodiet: This is the one that fades from memory, mostly because Control was so much better. At 33 I understand the characters a bit better than I did at 31, and so the ending isn't *as* bad as it was the first time I read it.

 

6. First Against the Wall: My. Favourite. It's all about showing the love, and suffering, but mostly all about the love. And suffering. Carnac's back. And you'll thank him again. I promise. Sort of.

 

7. For Certain Values of Family: It's in the top three with Mind Fuck and First Against the Wall. The series just keeps getting better and it's lovely to know that all those earlier books actually lead up to a payoff. Of sorts. Because this is not the end...

 

+ Book 8: Blood & Circuses. I need to start that.

 

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review 2016-03-05 00:00
Ravel: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story
Ravel: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story - R. Phoenix A free copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars (but let's round up)

Ashton is a human from the slums. He decides its a great idea to break and enter a supes mansion to steal stuff.

Reese is an alpha male werewolf. He doesn't take kindly to Ashton invading his home. But when he find out why Ashton did it. Reese decides he'll help the human out.

I always enjoyed dystopia/cacotopia stories. There's a clear definite line drawn between humans and supes in the world of Status Quo; where they stand in hierarchy and their roles in society. It was entertaining picking up tidbits about the world. I haven't read a story before in which supernatural beings ruled over humans so I found this story gripping in that aspect.

There was nice character and relationship building. In such a short story we really got to know the characters and their thoughts concerning their roles in society. We got that both sides weren't completely satisfied with their lives and the things that were expected of them in the world they lived in. But together they found some measure of happiness.
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