Strange Fortune

Strange Fortune

by Josh Lanyon

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ISBN-13: 9781935560005
Publisher: Blind Eye Books
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 923,500
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A distinct voice in GLBT fiction, multi-award winning author Josh Lanyon has written numerous novels, novellas, and short stories. He is the author of the critically-praised Adrien English mystery series. Strange Fortune is his first foray into the realm of speculative fiction. Josh is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

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Chapter One



The bite of spade on stone rang hollowly in the excavation site. This was followed by an equally ringing silence-and then

shouts of dismay. From what Major Valentine Strange, late of the Emperor of Alba's 21st Regiment of Benhali Lancers,

discerned, a nest of baby cobras had been discovered in the bowels of the ancient temple. Just one of any number of unpleasant surprises that had been laid bare as the bones of the old building were picked clean.

The Great Temple was less than an hour's ride from the noise and bustle of the great capital city of Harappu to the eerie green silence of the jungle where the ruins of the ancient tombs had lain buried for centuries. Unsettling really, were Strange a fanciful man, to note how fast the jungle moved in to reclaim

its own once life had departed. Sometimes before life had departed.

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Strange Fortune 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lanyon's "Strange Fortune" is a fun romp through an alternate India. Think of it as a cross between "The Man Who Would Be King" and TLotR. I love the world-building, and it was a lot of fun to watch Aleister and Valentine's relationship evolve from prickly to grudging attraction to love. Recommended to anyone looking for a good fantasy romance. -- lyradora
pilgrimKG More than 1 year ago
I found myself resisting this book because I'm not really a fantasy fan, but it was Josh Lanyon, after all. I don't know why I waited. Mr. Lanyon paints the world of the White Mountains with an exquisite brush of language. And the characters--masterful. Valentine Strange puts Indy to shame. His quest to recover a sacred diadem with the help of Aleister, a half mad witch, makes you hold your breath and talk back to the pages. Their relationship evolves slowly, and the love scenes are extremely erotic without being graphic. This is what the atmosphere of the world seems to call for. I was sorry to see the book end, and I was half tempted to start it all over again. 
jshillingford on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really like Josh Lanyon¿s mystery series, and when I heard he was doing a fantasy novel for Blind Eye Books I immediately pre-ordered it. And he did not disappoint. Lanyon chose a tried and true format to base his fantasy on ¿ the quest. Quests pop up often in fantasy mainly because they work so well ¿ look at Dragonlance, or the Belgariad. Quests allow characters to build relationships over a period of time, provide a sense of adventure for the plot and introduce readers to the author¿s world quite literally as characters travel across it. Valentine Strange and Aleister Grimshaw are on a quest to find an artifact ¿ they must travel for weeks into the mountains to search. This provides an opportunity for them to get to know each other, begin to rely on one another and for the seeds of romance to be planted. And, it worked beautifully. I got to know the characters, and their relationship was realistic and believable because time was spent developing it. This is not an M/M romance. It is a fantasy story with an underlying romantic element ¿ there is a bit of sex (which worked for the story), but it is not explicit. The characters being gay is just another descriptive, like being a soldier, tall or blond. It was refreshing actually.Some of my favorite fantasies are those whose worlds reflect an ¿exotic¿ civilization in the real world (or at least exotic to a majority of readers). It makes the fantasy more real to a reader because of an underlying sense of familiarity. Here, I felt Lanyon drew ideas from ancient Persia, the Ottoman Empire, etc. The place names, like Harrapu for example, and caste system underlie this. There is plenty of detail for readers to get to know Lanyon¿s world without tedious amounts of description. Lanyon¿s magical and political systems are carefully thought out and directly influence the story. The fantasy element is subtle. This could have been a simple adventure novel, save for a few scenes and the ending.My only small criticism of the novel is that the middle part was very slow. Strange and Grimshaw spend a lot of time held prisoner in a monastery. Too much time. I read the first half of the book in a couple days and put it down for several more before picking it up and finishing. However, the conclusion was very action-packed, magic came front and center, and lots of plot threads were tied up. A very satisfying ending. A sequel could easily be done, but it not absolutely necessary (although I really, really, really want one!). Highly recommended.
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