Child of the Sun

Child of the Sun[Read] ➪ Child of the Sun Author Kyle Onstott – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk This brilliant and brutally intimate novel accurately captures the depravity and intrigue of Ancient Rome It tells the story of the youth Varius Avitus Bassianus, destined to become Emperor of the Rom This brilliant and brutally intimate novel accurately captures the depravity and intrigue of Ancient Rome It tells the story of the youth Varius Avitus Bassianus, destined to become Emperor of the Roman empire Varius spurned women His erotic longings searched out a very different kind of love Whatever or whomever he fancied was quickly offered to him And no man, be he soldier or citizen, dared refuse him Child of MOBI :¿ As his perverted passions grew and bizarre, even the voluptuaries of Rome recoiled in horror. 3.75 stars I am definitely not crying surreptitiously wipes eye Behold The book for my 20th Century Queer project, a project where I read 100 books, one published in each year of the 20th century Perhaps it wasn t super well suited, because although it was written in 1974, it was set in Ancient Rome But, in my defense, this particular one was recommended to me by Marlon James This was literary trash with a capital T Lazy, ridiculous, preposterous and so smutty that plot was pretty much using and to bridge sex scene after scene But here s the secret t Behold The book for my 20th Century Queer project, a project where I read 100 books, one published in each year of the 20th century Perhaps it wasn t super well suited, because although it was written in 1974, it was set in Ancient Rome But, in my defense, this particular one was recommended to me by Marlon James This was literary trash with a capital T Lazy, ridiculous, preposterous and so smutty that plot was pretty much using and to bridge sex scene after scene But here s the secret to Gay Trash it was about the only kind of literature that dared to propose that man man lust could just be fun without the sense that one day you would pay for it with your life Well, heck, sign me up I love smut I love pulp I love low brow fiction I love the idea of shunning a bestseller or award list just for a little while, just to read something for fun, for shits and giggles I especially like it if it s bad I expected something like the 1979 Caligula film Lots of wine, nudity, atmosphere, pointless plot surrounded by characters I found irritating but adored anyway and I got something, uh, just weird The smut wasn t really smutty, it was justof a X and Y person fell into each other s arms , and scene It was like a cross between Game of Thrones and Monty Python, which makes it sound great, but really it was nonsense and I couldn t follow or remember anyone s names The author had this odd way of writing that really interfered with how I read and reacted to the story The author would write pages and pages of like, Julia thought she should do this thing She did the thing She thought about this person while she did the thing Here are her motivations motivation one , spurned on by motivation two and of course we mustn t forget motivation 3 So Julia went and talked to this person, and this person said I won t do the thing because reasons Now Julia was incensed How dare this person refuse her Who were these people Why was everyone just talking secretly about each other Why couldn t they have an actual conversation But I kept on reading, because the parts that the author was good at writing some of theromantic aspects of the book How the main character, Varius, then Antonius, fell in love with a man as soon as their eyes met I was swooning And then it happened 17 times, lmao AND THEN I realised he was a baby He was 14 when all of this was happening which means he was being groomed to have sex with all types of men and wow underaged sex ok Alright But I suddenly understood a lot of his behavioursand felt very compassionately towards him AND THEN Antonius, then Ceasar, met the love of his life and suddenly it was good I m a big romantic Heart on my sleeve LOVE when people meet and fall in love Ugh Perfection.Antonius, as a character, matured He was smart, clever, thoughtful He was quick and resourceful and adapted to his environment It was like a historical fiction thriller Who was trying to kill Cesar And how would we outwit them Who s lying Who s telling the truth That part of the book, from about 44% of the way in, till 75% of the way into the book, is the best part Onstott writes a great, pulpy, addictive, if slightly camp and over the top, dramatic historical fiction novel And then it just got weird We had an Oedipus moment Everything started to feel contrived again It felt like the author lost his momentum I was really tired I skim read the last quarter of the novel because I felt a lot of it didn t really have any value There were also just hastily abandoned plot points where the author was like Oh, Antonius decided not to kill this person like, ok Then why did you just spend 6 chapters having him plan the whole murder Just for him to abandon it I don t understand I came into this book wanting pomp and drama and sex and instead I got an overwritten, nonsensical and tired book I wanted weddings, and coronations, and divine settings I wanted gods, goddesses and champions I wanted a chariot races, and courtly intrigue and mysterious oracles I wanted prophecies and hauntings and sex and instead I got the author telling me how the book would end, halfway through, for no particular reason at all I m a big fan of pulp But not this book The Frank Frazetta cover warrants an extra star. Story 3 What story Oh, you mean the gaps between sex scenes Characters 4 Varius is oddly likable, but a caricature Accuracy 2 Accurate in the sense that Ivanhoe is accurate I don t know quite what to make of this book At first I thought it d be a sort of point and stare and oh, look at how horrid those depraved Romans were and fin But it s not that at all Then I thought, no wait, it s actually an early example of pro LGBT lit But while that s closer to the mark it s not really that ei Story 3 What story Oh, you mean the gaps between sex scenes Characters 4 Varius is oddly likable, but a caricature Accuracy 2 Accurate in the sense that Ivanhoe is accurate I don t know quite what to make of this book At first I thought it d be a sort of point and stare and oh, look at how horrid those depraved Romans were and fin But it s not that at all Then I thought, no wait, it s actually an early example of pro LGBT lit But while that s closer to the mark it s not really that either And then I realized oh wait, this is what people read in the days before they could browse erotic slash fic on Tumblr It s softcore porn So yeah, these are the erotic adventures of Varius Avitus Bassianus, also known as Elagabalus If you ever had some sort of homosexual sadomasochistic erotic fantasy about life in the Roman Empire this is probably the book for you Submissive sex slaves, whippings, crossdressing, temple prostitution, the worship of stone phalluses, etc It s all here Those to whom that doesn t sound appealing should back away slowly now There are also some interesting takes on Roman society, but such details are strictly secondary to the massive orgies and other fantasies It s a somewhat odd companion piece to the much betterFamily Favouriteswhich I recall being rather tame from the sexual angle, probably because it was written in the 1950s I mean, perversion is what Elagabalus is known for he was said to have hired men due to the size of their penises and rented himself out in brothels so it only makes sense for it to be there.As befitting erotic lit the story is told almost entirely in the present tense It keeps the action immediate I guess The prose is about as clumsy as you might expect This happens and this happens and this happens, and oh by the way this happened as well It probably deserves an award for the most uses of the expression moon drenched in a single novel I include this sample sentence as a typical example of the prose style Macrinus utter stupidity was the main reason why he was the only Roman Emperor never to rule in Rome It s mundane and noteworthy only for the extreme childishness of the phrasing utter stupidity as a narrative explanation for a character s action and factual inaccuracy of the statement the next three alone didn t manage it.The political elements of the plot feel lazy and equally exploitative in a different sense Everyone s very stabby stabby Although now that I say it maybe that s not really so different from the rest of the book It s also very silly Messengers get regularly strangled for reasons of secrecy, yet the same people discuss treason against the emperor openly at a dinner party The novel does haveof these narrative scenes as the book goes on and attempts to become the biographical treatment it claims to be While the politics remain simplistic and immature, there is rathereffort put into a heartfelt love story that feels at least somewhat real The fact that the final chapters actually try to be a genuine coming of age story, complete with character development, alone brings this up from one to two stars I was surprised to see a couple of people liking that I d read this, and now I feel obliged to actually say something about the book So here goesFull disclosure I read this in 1974 I d forgotten the title and author until someone here on GR mentioned it a few days ago But I did not forget the book In fact, I vividly remember standing in the bookstore in Terre Haute, Indiana, and being thunderstruck when I realized what I had in my hands It was the perviest, porniest thing my little te I was surprised to see a couple of people liking that I d read this, and now I feel obliged to actually say something about the book So here goesFull disclosure I read this in 1974 I d forgotten the title and author until someone here on GR mentioned it a few days ago But I did not forget the book In fact, I vividly remember standing in the bookstore in Terre Haute, Indiana, and being thunderstruck when I realized what I had in my hands It was the perviest, porniest thing my little teenaged self had ever encountered And I had to have it.I don t recall it making much sense or having a coherent story Which was a disappointment, because it turns out I like a little plot with my porn Even back then I recommend you read Ozymandias s excellent review if you re interested in somethingsubstantial than my remembrances from 40 years ago This is, by far, my favourite historical novel There is no reason for that, to be honest, but I adore it above all else. Convincing portrayal of Heliogabalus, the most sexually bizarre of all the Emperors It leaves out the accusations of human sacrifice, but otherwise follows the ancient sources You see the Empire as it was, sliding into the grip of its third century military and fiscal crisis The book has a low reputation, and I admit that I read it when I was a boy largely as porn It is, even so, one of the best of its kind. the most interesting aspect of this book is that it was written in the 1960s by an almost 80 year old dude and is intense, corny, largely effective gay eroticathe second most interesting part is that it s about Elagabalus, definitely the best Roman emperor bar noneBut money was not a necessity at the Temple of Elah ga baal The god was voracious, requiring and demanding all the strength he could obtain Those who had no money but were desirous of earning some would be paid These were the men wh the most interesting aspect of this book is that it was written in the 1960s by an almost 80 year old dude and is intense, corny, largely effective gay eroticathe second most interesting part is that it s about Elagabalus, definitely the best Roman emperor bar noneBut money was not a necessity at the Temple of Elah ga baal The god was voracious, requiring and demanding all the strength he could obtain Those who had no money but were desirous of earning some would be paid These were the men who each night mounted the raised gallery around the sacred black stone and spent thereon their own libation, so that by morning the stone would be wet and glistening with the vital fluids of hundreds of men This, as well as the services of the priests outside in the great hall, insured the sun s morning resurrection.lol I was expecting sleaze but for a book written in 1966, it is a surprisingly gay positive novel about the reviled Roman emperor Elagabalus It clearly gives him a positive gay relationship which is quite respectful for the times in which it was written I found it in the same spirit of Mary Renault s The Persian Boy Elagabalus was no saint but the acts that he committed seem justified in the context of the story and the research seemed to be backed by first hand accounts If you like Roman his I was expecting sleaze but for a book written in 1966, it is a surprisingly gay positive novel about the reviled Roman emperor Elagabalus It clearly gives him a positive gay relationship which is quite respectful for the times in which it was written I found it in the same spirit of Mary Renault s The Persian Boy Elagabalus was no saint but the acts that he committed seem justified in the context of the story and the research seemed to be backed by first hand accounts If you like Roman history, try to find this book which has been out of print for many years I bought my copy on EBAY for 5.99 with free shipping I have this in paperback Lance Horner, one of the authors, had written the only Plantation novel I ever liked Now he was invovled with this book, which was set in ancient Rome, a time that intersted me Still, the book wasn t much of a read Horner shared writing duties with Kyle Onstott so I don t know who was primarily responsible.

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Child of the Sun
  • Kyle Onstott
  • English
  • 03 February 2017
  • 0856171174