Work is one of the principal causes of human misery, the other is love.
- Mammals by Pierre Mérot, pg. 91.
Work is one of the principal causes of human misery, the other is love.
And for a moment she imagined that she saw a giraffe peering down through the trees, its strange, stilt-borne body camouflaged among the leaves; and its moist velvet cheeks and liquid eyes; and she thought of all the beauty that there was in Africa, and of the laughter, and the love.
I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.
I think this book suffered a little because I judged it by its cover and it’s predecessor. It’s hard to tell from the thumbnail, but the cover picture is a gorgeous half-naked woman, covered in tattoos, seemingly flying with an umbrella like a modern-day Marry Poppins. When I saw it in one of my fave bookstores Oxford St Books in Leederville I instantly wanted it – initially because of the cover and then even more because I saw it was another collection of erotic stories by Tobsha Learner, author of The Witch of Cologne (a book that I haven’t read yet, but do own) Soul (which was a very memorable book) and two other collections of erotic stories, Quiver (which I haven’t read yet) and Tremble (which I loved). I didn’t buy it that day at Oxford St Books because I had just been to see Black Swan with my mum and brother and hadn’t a cent to my name, but I later saw it in the list of new books on my book club’s website and promptly ordered it :).
I thought, based on the kind of stories in Tremble (erotica but with a twist of fantasy, horror, or just plain strangeness) and the fanciful cover I was in for a series of odd and interesting erotic stories that would make great blog fodder, but as anyone who has been following my ramblings will see, I haven’t written a word about the stories in Yearn since I reviewed the first story Ink. I thought Ink was a very interesting story (despite being so long) but not many of the others lived up to it. All of them were well-written and interesting in their own way, but most of them were missing that added quirk that made Tremble such a memorable read. To her credit, Tobsha Learner can turn a sexy phrase wonderfully, and I like that all of her stories have real plot and don’t just read like a corny porno, but what I liked about Tremble was that each story was stranger than the next, while a lot of the ones in Yearn were sadly run of the mill. I was also disappointed that there was no story based on the tattooed Marry Poppins on the cover, as I was really looking forward to that one :(.
One thing I did find quite interesting is that all of the stories had some reference to a previous story, Ink being the main reference, so I had a bit of fun waiting for the link to pop up. These are the ones I noticed (although there may be ones I missed):
So overall there was a few great stories, as well as some pretty average ones, and I did enjoy Yearn ….but just not as much as I thought I would. I also am still interested in reading all of Tobsha Learner’s work because I think she’s a very talented author.
I give Yearn : Tales of Lust and Longing by Tobsha Learner:
Welcome all to my first blog review 🙂
On the surface Beatle meets Destiny is a pretty simple story : boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy already has girlfriend, *YAWN* but once you get into the meat of the story, it is so much more than that.
The book centres on a boy, John “Beatle” Lennon and a girl he meets at the bus station on Friday the 13th, Destiny McCartney. Beatle and Destiny are pretty ordinary teenagers in year 12: Beatle has a twin sister, Winsome (that was actually born 6 weeks after him because he was born premature due to an accident his mother had), a kooky superstitious hippie mother, a couple of close friends, a girlfriend called Cilla (which happens to be his sisters best friend), he walks with a limp and is wanting to get into film school; Destiny is one of nine kids all with names that “mean” something (Grace, Prudence, Patience, Frank, Faith, Charity, Hope, Destiny of course and Ernest), the daughter of stylish parents, she also has a couple of close friends, writes a regular “joke” horoscope column and excels at Art. They both live in Melbourne, Australia but Beatle’s family is in a poor-middle class area and Destiny’s live in a huge grand house in Kew.
The narrative swaps between the two lives, broken up occasionally with documentary interviews with twins which makes sense at the end of the story (I’m not giving it away 😉 ). The pages involving Beatle and Destiny are printed with the occasional coffee ring or spot, which makes for a very quirky and casual look, and the pages on the twin interviews are printed with bold stripes on the corners, somewhat like the cover, which gives the different parts distinction.
The differing families of the two as well as Beatle’s guilt over already having a girlfriend gives the story a satisfying “star-crossed lovers” feel, but it’s not just about their relationship. The book explores themes of friendship and family, “accidental” relationships, superstitions and destiny, being a twin, and being young and getting into trouble. It is a simple story but with plenty happening, so it soon becomes addictive and enjoyable reading. it also has an effortless, young humor to it that I really enjoyed. I think it would be a great book for teens, especially those of a similar age, and it could easily be a lighthearted addition to an English curriculum.
I give Beatle meets Destiny By Gabrielle Williams:
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