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Triptych Paperback – Mar 10 2011

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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Dragon Moon Pr (March 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897492138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897492130
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 435 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Brayton on March 29 2011
Format: Paperback
JM Frey's Triptych is an outstanding debut novel and a welcome and refreshing addition to the genre of Canadian science fiction. Brimming with richly detailed characters and a complex nuanced plot, the narrative universe contained with Triptych is captivating and engaging from the intensely vivid first opening sentences through to the stunning conclusion.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fan of Belle on March 23 2011
Format: Paperback
Triptych is an emotional literary science-fiction novel that will leave your heart aching. I laughed, I cried, and everything in-between. The characters are ordinary people doing their best to cope and adjust to the extra-ordinary events they are faced with. There are so many layers to this story that a second and third read will definitely reveal more to its depth in characterization, plot, and undertones.

J.M. Frey challenges the science-fiction genera and bridges the line into literature by presenting a refreshing and intelligent look at the typically over done 'aliens come to earth' plot. The wit, social commentary, and pop culture references keep the reader present in this very real look at our not so distant future. Nothing in this novel is without reason. There are no cheap shots or tricks, if it is written it is important and it will have you guessing right up to the end.

Triptych is a complete story that should be added to the list of Canadian classics and your bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Allen Montgomery on April 11 2011
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Triptych has everything you could want from a good sci-fi story - and more. Engaging characters created with care and respect and a healthy dollop of humour; a plotline riddled with twists and turns (through the fabric of time and space, no less); and yes, strange but true in a science fiction novel, love, romance, even sex... and galactic interspecies genderflexible at that. (Did that make sense? it will). There are even chickens... but not in the sex scenes; that's kinky. And yes, there's a big red button. You'll need it. That and a good cuppa tea.

Seriously... a fine read. Compelling, thought provoking, grin inducing and yet able to reduce me to sniffles too - but I'm a sucker for a good story, and Triptych provides.
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