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Unspeakable

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    A beautiful story of forbidden love

    The author paints a complex alien society that leads a critical reader to examine their own conceptions about gender and love. (Not a graphic or homosexual story.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

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    Experience an alien mind - and love

    Unspeakable sets itself a hard goal: to draw the human reader into an alien race enough to see the horror and revulsion (and fascination) for things that, to most humans, would elicit a "...that was supposed to be shocking?"

    For me, it does not *quite* succeed; I do not have a visceral frisson of the illicit, of the forbidden, upon discovering the stories of Ke Pedina, the clay-keeper of naughty stories. (Which is what would've gotten a fifth star from me.) However, I am drawn in and intrigued by trying to understand the culture that deems certain of Ke Pedina's stories to be not just naughty, but outright forbidden.

    In the end, it's revealed *why* some of those stories were so very disquieting to Tanel, and both the individual motivations, and the racial/cultural ones become more clear.

    (There is one itty-bitty jarring note; the use of "okay," which seems far too human as it slides past alien fangs. I am sure that it's a translation of a similar Jokkad word, of course, but the Jokka are so very different from humans that it tweaked me. So, out of all the words in this, about two of them bug me.)

    I'd have dropped a buck for this one, easy -- but it's free! Quick, come and see before the clay-keeper realizes the story's been left out where anyone can read it... =)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

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    Interesting...

    This was an intersting book...

    The storyline seemed to have lost something in the translation as it seemed as if the characters' physical surroundings and their culture directly affected how the characters interacted. By not giving more background regarding with their physical surroundings the story sometimes seemed disjointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Short, but Sweet

    The only thing I would change is to make it longer. 51 pages.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Interesting storyline and characters.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Great approach to love with a twist

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Reccomend

    A beautiful, enthralling story!

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