Saturday, September 14, 2013
Reviewing A Stranger in Skoria by John Tristan
A Stranger in Skoria (Skoria #1)by John Tristan 3*
BLURB: Jason Vale has just been unceremoniously dumped by his long-time boyfriend, and decides he could use a change of scenery; what he gets instead is a change of world. After setting out on a road trip to 'find himself', he barely gets a mile before a freakish storm sets him down on a tundra of silver grass with a alien sky overhead. This world is called Skoria, and it soon turns hungry eyes toward him, most keenly in the form of Aedar Rictus, the cyborg pirate who covets him as a pet.
Collared and chained to Aedar's will, Jason slowly comes to realise two uncomfortable truths: first, he is not entirely unhappy as Aedar's property, and second, the chains that bind him to his new owner go both ways. An unexpected mind-link between cyborg and human throws the certainties of brutal Skorian law into disarray. With pleasure and pain linking them in a feedback loop of sensations, the boundaries between owner and property--machine and man--begin to blur.
My Review: Although this had a lot of things that attract me to a story it just didn't seem to deliver what I was looking for. Yes there were aliens, mostly all very nicely described. Yes there was an alien world, also very nicely described. There was a touch of BDSM, almost vanilla in essence and yes there was an unusual method of arriving on the new world. So why didn't it hit the spot as it were? I have no idea. The writing was good, the Characters were well developed but somehow it just didn't make the grade. I think the first problem was when the main Character (from Earth) starts to use a very alien terminology about another character that has no male or female gender. Then there was the rather overly rapid way he accepted being made into a pet. Unfortunately these two and a few other small niggles dropped my rating to three instead of the four it would otherwise have received.