oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
oracne - Victoria Janssen
oracne

Zane, AFTERBURN

I chose Afterburn as my first foray into Zane's writing, having been curious since I received some calls for submissions a while back, to anthologies she edited.

I was expecting Afterburn to be erotica, but to my eyes it was a mainstream novel, albeit one with some explicit language and activities focusing on the difficulties of courtship. It was also not a Romance. .

Romance novels end in happily-ever-after. This novel ends with the senseless death of the heroine, after she's become engaged to the hero. It looks like he'll have more adventures in the sequel, but her journey is over. I didn't find this ending satisfying. I am a softy.

Up until that point, though, I was enjoying the book a lot. It's alternating first person between hero and heroine, beginning with scenes set in their teenage years and continuing through their various sexual misadventures until they finally meet and begin their relationship. The misadventures were pretty funny in places, if usually with an edge of pain; the heroine's disastrous date with her hairdresser's brother, for example.

So now I want to know if Zane's written any happy endings. I would happily read more, if there are some. Otherwise, it's too depressing for me.

Tags: books, reviews
Subscribe

  • NT: Hamlet, 2015

    ETA: This post from tempestsarekind on the production is interesting. I saw the livestream of the Benedict Cumberbatch Hamlet last night. I…

  • Awesome Choral Event Alert!

    For choral music fans, and early music fans, in the Philly area and environs, this is an event not to be missed. Bach's Christmas Oratorio on New…

  • Weekend Work

    On the new story, I wrote 1500 words on Saturday and 1000 on Sunday - the draft isn't quite complete, but it's close to being done and ready for…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 2 comments