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The Art Of Dying

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    A Mysterious and Thrilling Journey!

    Being a fan of Josh Lanyon and Jordan Castillo Price, I wasn't surprised to have fallen in love with both of their wonderful stories and characters. The Art of Dying is filled with drama, mystery, emotion, and irresistible attraction. It's the beginning of a collaboration that I hope will continue for a long time. Josh and Jordan are paired wonderfully; their writing styles complimenting each other in a way that will entice and satisfy any reader who is in the mood for not one but two thrilling rides full of hot guys and plots that make sense and enthrall the mind. The Art of Dying is one of the most refreshing reads I've come across and is recommended wholeheartedly!!

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

    Another Lanyon story for the Keeper Collection

    Finn is a talented artist in a long line of renowned painters. He was raised on a very close-knit island in the middle of no place, but rather abruptly leaves for Manhattan when he discovers his lover in the arms of his twin brother. Bastages. After a horrific accident that leaves him scarred and weakened, Finn returns to Seal Island for to recover, only to find out that his twin hadn't been heard from in the three years since Finn left.

    As upset as Finn still is with his brother, he's concerned that neither their mutual friends in Manhattan nor family on Seal Island have seen Fitch since that terrible day when the little bastage banged his boyfriend. Finn was understandably still upset with Fitch, and was absolutely sure he could never forgive his twin, but he's a bit puzzled that nobody seems to care that Fitch has been missing for such a long period of time, or even bothered to look for the guy.

    Fitch had a habit of leaving the island for months at a time, but never for so long before, and not without contacting any of his friends. To make things more interesting, who should pop up on the island again but Con, the ex-lover who thought sexing up a set of twins would be twice as nice.

    With the help of Paul, Finn's good friend and one of Fitch's ex-playtoys, he does a little investigating. However, the response from the island's inhabitants is a bit perplexing. The general consensus is that Finn should just let sleeping dogs lie. Not even family was interested in finding out if Fitch was dead.

    The more digging Finn and Paul did, the more Finn learned about his twin. Finn is shocked to learn after all this time that Fitch was pretty much despised by the townspeople, and that his twin was cruel to people when Finn wasn't around to see it. So we have a whole island of possible suspects, including Finn himself, who likely had the best reason to want Fitch dead.

    I loved the way the story started out with vivid descriptions of color and light and ambiance. The writing here was lyrically lovely and very textured, almost touchable. Everything was lush and brilliantly picturesque. I was very much emotionally invested in the story, and with Finn, although I didn't always agree with his choices. That surprised me some, because there was a fair amount of angst here, and anyone who's read my reviews before knows I do NOT do emo stories. At all.

    One bit that made no good sense to me was when Finn got to making out with Con. Ok, this is the guy who very likely last saw his twin alive, and that was because the bastage was boinking his brother behind his back. Con did apologize profusely, but readily admitted that part of that regret was because he got caught. Or, as Con put it, "I didn't mean for you to see that." Uh, yeah. So Con is a cheater, a liar, and quite possibly a murderer, yet here Finn is sucking face with the dude. Does not compute. There were also some typos where Finn and Fitch's names got switched around, causing mass confusion til I read a few times and got it straightened out.

    I also loved the mystery element here. I never saw the ending coming, which was a delightful surprise. Overall, the gracefully alluring phrasing here completely sucked me in and turned Lovers and Other Strangers into a magical read that will be front and center on my keeper self. Can't wait for the print version of this. And I *really* like that title. Makes me giggle. MUST READ THIS BOOK!!

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