Read Strange Little Band by Nancy Brauer Free Online
Book Title: Strange Little Band|
The author of the book: Nancy Brauer
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 397 KB
Edition: Triptych LLC
Date of issue: October 30th 2010
ISBN: No data
ISBN 13: No data
Read full description of the books Strange Little Band:Actually a 3.9 More Than a 4.00
Strange Little Band is one strange little love story, in a good way. This isn't a traditional romance by any means, so anyone looking for hearts and flowers and declarations of eternal fidelity, look elsewhere. None of that hero and heroine meet, fall madly and deeply in love and walk hand in hand into the sunset together jazz. Practically no one in this novel is a very nice person, but that's the beauty of this very unconventional romance novel. Bear in mind that the couple in question are, for lack of a better term, the bad guys. Believe the by-line All Around Bad Behavior because there's plenty of it, and not just the sex (though there's plenty of that too)!
Doctors Addison Harris and Shane Meyers work for the totalitarian Triptych Corporation, a company that makes Resident Evil's Umbrella Corp. look like The Salvation Army. It's not quite clear exactly what Triptych does since the book contains both science and magic as the primary focus of their research. Be that as it may, working for Triptych and its mysterious Chairmen would make working for The Donald seem like a piece of cake. One of the things that really stood out for me was the fact that the authors populated their world with characters of different ethnicities. It might seem like a small thing, but nothing annoys me as much when I read a book set in a cosmopolitan city like New York or San Francisco, and there's no diversity. That's fine if the book is set in Fargo, but completely lame when set in a large city (that was also one of my big reasons for hating Sex in the City).
Into this maelstrom of backstabbing and manipulation which for the employees of Triptych is just another day at the office, are cut-throat adversaries who just so happen to share the creation of a child. These two remind me of that old joke, "why don't sharks eat lawyers? Professional respect". They respect (barely) the abilities of the other. Outside of that, Addison and Shane cannot stand the sight of each other, although sexually they can't keep their hands off the other. Addison, who is obviously black and British, calls the half-human/half-alien Shane a prat (amongst other things) at various given times while Shane's name for her starts with a b and rhymes with "witch". These two really put the "fun" back into "dysfunctional".
Addison is supposed too serve as an incubator for the child and she's under orders from the top not to inform Shane that he's the father. Well, Addison, being a powerful psychic with a tendancy for over-the-line diva behavior (in some scenes, she comes off as a bully) corners Shane in a hallway and springs the news on him. The resulting encounter is more than unexpected (all I can say is 'get a room'). From that point, Addison and Shane, selfish and self-centered both, find themselves at odds with the fact that they're going to be parents together and have to make the best of an unwanted situation. Shane especially is torn--his cold, alien side has no interest in being a father and his human side only sees Addison as a way to get his rocks off on occasion.
Here's one place where Strange Little Band gleefully deviates from the norm. Even though Shane and Addison are obviously attracted to each other, and are willing for the sake of the children to make the best of a bad situation (since Addison has a daughter from a previous relationship), they actually have sex with other people due to a very twisted bit of manipulation on the part of the corporation. If this isn't your cuppa, then I'd advise you to give Strange Little Band a pass. No instant monogamy here, folks...but it's really not their fault. In the midst of all the insanity and yes, bad behavior, somehow they manage to create a strange little band of their own, and it works.
While I really wanted to rate this novel higher because I love books that don't adhere to standard romance tropes, as reached the final quarter of the book, too much seemed to be happening far too fast. Characters came in and out with no introduction as to who or why they were even a part of the narrative. Something about overthrowing the leaders of the corporation. A shapeshifter who seemed to change identities in the middle of the action with no warning. And I'm not one who thinks children don't belong in romance, but Jacob (Shane and Addison's son) and Ashlynn (Addison's daughter by the head of Triptych...see, they really DO own you body and soul) were just too perfect to be true. Granted, both are gifted psychics and near-geniuses, but I just wanted more Shane and Addison trying to deal with the huge mess they found themselves in once they discovered they actually LOVED each other. To be honest, Strange Little Band needed more than 366 pages because there was just so much information. Also, I wasn't certain when (or even where) the action took place. Mentions of modern films like The Emperor's New Groove jarred me out of where I'd been assuming the action was taking place in the near-future.
Having said all of that, both Ms. Brauer and Ms. Brooks deserve major kudos for attempting and for a huge part succeeding with a romance that really breaks new ground. Strange Little Band is edgy and dark. They took two pretty unlikeable characters and managed to make me like them and actually want to see them together. It's a huge risk, considering how romance readers like their "rules". For me though, Mission Accomplished!
I really and truly hope to see more from this talented duo, and soon!
Read information about the authorA geologist turned web programmer turned writer and graphic artist, Nancy Brauer has yet to decide what she wants to be when she grows up. She's been writing, drawing, and cracking open rocks for as long as she can remember. Nancy divides her time between freelance web and graphic design, writing, and overly ambitious DIY projects. Her latest works are a short story in the anthology Other Sides , the sci-fi/paranormal romance Strange Little Band , and the sci-fi/action serial Strandline .
Nancy lives in southwestern Virginia with a dog who's allergic to nearly everything and two allergy-free cats.
Add a comment to Strange Little Band
Read EBOOK Strange Little Band by Nancy Brauer Online free