I Do Paperback – Jan 1 2009
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This is a gem of a short story.
If you are familiar at all with Marquesate's work you will recognize the style immediately - writing that is passionate, meticulous in detail, rich, textured and multi-hued. You will also recognize her ability to write and communicate a multi-dimensional character (Sgt. Roux) all the while ascribing an economy of dialogue to him and through the point of view of another (Joe). Sgt. Roux is a man of few words, yet he is not hidden from the reader.Read more ›
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It's a fantastic collection of stories, though - something for everyone who supports marriage equality in the US and the world.
Particular favourites include Outed by Clare London (a witty tale of an unexpected coming out moment which includes a brother/sister conversation that made me laugh out loud. It's my joint favourite and a classy read), Lust in Translation by Storm Grant (where a hooker isn't entirely what he seems and a cop gets rather more than he bargained for), Making Memory by Lisabet Sarai (a moving encounter between two very different women) and Code of Honour by Marquesate (my other joint favourite in the collection - a short story with considerable depth set in the Foreign Legion with two very strong leads. I couldn't put it down, in a virtual sense).
And special mention has to go to gay fiction stalwarts, Alex Beecroft, Sharon Maria Bidwell, Fiona Glass and Erastes (whose story of grief relived actually had me crying at the start), all of whom can always be relied on to produce a good solid tale well told. Worth a read for sure and of course it's a very good cause.
This is a gem of a short story.
If you are familiar at all with Marquesate's work you will recognize the style immediately - writing that is passionate, meticulous in detail, rich, textured and multi-hued. You will also recognize her ability to write and communicate a multi-dimensional character (Sgt. Roux) all the while ascribing an economy of dialogue to him and through the point of view of another (Joe). Sgt. Roux is a man of few words, yet he is not hidden from the reader. He jumps off the page and the words he does speak deliver a powerful punch.
Joe: "I wanted to be someone."
Roux: "Someone who was tough and an elite soldier, or someone who wasn't a fag?"
If we are using gem stones as an analogy for the quality of this story, then enigmatic Sgt. Henri Roux is a sapphire - deeply rich in colour, exuding elegance and demanding respect. Despite his taciturn exterior he houses a wealth of emotional depth that is slowly revealed to us.
The character of Joe is not in the least overshadowed by Roux - he is a diamond-in-the-rough. The most precious of gems. He does not chip or break easily and holds his own in this story. He may be young and inexperienced on many fronts, but he is also intelligent, courageous and is willing to take chances in order to experience, learn and grow. As a reader, it is very easy and natural to feel compassion for Joe. It is also not difficult to want Joe to have everything he needs and deserves in life - and this most definitely includes his Sgt. Roux.
Marquesate has done it yet once again!!! A wonderful short story that has a richness and depth usually found in a full-length novel, yet masterfully achieved in some 30 pages that, without doubt, leave the reader wanting more!!! Thank you Marquesate!
Twenty-one authors, including Marquesate, have donated their works through 20 stories to the I Do anthology and I plan on reading all of them. If you haven't purchased this anthology, I encourage you to do so NOW.
ALL profits from the sale of I Do will be donated to the Lambda Legal Defense to fight Proposition 8 in the California Supreme Court in support of marriage equality for all. The added bonus is that you'll be treated to some great writing and stories by some equally great authors.
From this brainstorm came this book and we as readers are the happy beneficiaries. This is a wonderful collection of stories, by turns happy, poignant, funny, sweet, and sexy that is full of interesting and intriguing characters. Several of the authors were familiar to me while others were new. You can be sure I'll be seeking out their other books to read now that we've been introduced! Most importantly, this collection achieved a rare goal: there isn't a dud in the bunch. Of course I have a few personal favorites but I know I will be be happily re-reading the entire collection in months and years to come.
The Kindle version is nicely formatted. You can switch between left and full justification and there are links to move back and forth between the table of contents and the stories, a particularly important feature in a collection such as this.
In sum, highly recommended. As a bonus, all proceeds will be donated to the Lambda Legal Defense Fund to support their efforts to fight Proposition 8. I can't think of a better win-win for anyone who buys this book: money for a great cause and several hours of very entertaining reading.
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