REVIEW (of sorts): Sunset by Arshad Ahsanuddin

(This is the long version, you’ve been warned.)

Hello there darlings, it’s me, the insidious little voice inside Ginny’s mind. The one she calls “Paranoia” thanks to an episode of Red Dwarf. It’s been awhile, I know, but Ginny’s been keeping a tight leash on me.

Until today.

See, she just finished “Sunset” by Arshad Ahsanuddin and it was so intense she passed out. Fear not, my lovelys, I’ll review it in her stead.

Why? Why am I being such a good person? Well because “Sunset” is about gay vampires in space.

*throat clearing, the camera pans out and we see Ginny standing in the doorway, in jammies, eating a pudding cup* I don’t think that’s what it’s about …

P: Well it is.

G: Just because something is in the “science fiction” genre doesn’t automatically mean it takes place in space.

P: Pretty sure it does.

G: Pretty sure this is why I don’t let you talk to people.

P: Well I …

*They scuffle, before Ginny shoves Paranoia back into her cage*

*the cage looks like this*

Just like this, but without Kirk ... or Khan ... God can you imagine my paranoia hanging out with Khan? *shudder*
Just like this, but without Kirk … or Khan … God can you imagine my paranoia hanging out with Khan? *shudder*

Now that she’s gone …

P: I’LL BE BACK! THIS CAGE CAN’T HOLD ME FOREVER

*Ginny glares*

Now that she’s gone, let me tell you about “Sunset.”

Told in a series of current events (set in the near future) and flash backs, “Sunset” has a kind of “Watchmen” feel to it. (The movie, since I still haven’t gotten around to reading the book.) I know flashbacks irk some people, but trust me it’s worth it. (And not just because it prevents obnoxious info dumps from bogging down the story.) You have this sense that if you only knew all the details, everything would make so much more sense. You’d know who the bad guy was and how Nicholas was going to stop it.

And then you get most of the details and you’re positive that in just a few pages you’ll know who the bad guy is and how Nicholas is going to stop him.

And then you get to the end and cry for hours, to the point where you have to let Paranoia start your review for you since you’re too busy contacting the author to tell him how brilliant he is before going to Amazon and buying every other book in the series.

Seriously ... shut up and take my money.
Seriously … shut up and take my money.

But that’s just the overlying plot of the book. Which, yes, is a big deal, but a book is so much more than the overlying plot. There are also characters and the writing itself.

Both are wonderful.

Seriously, I’m almost sick with jealousy over here.

Mr. Ahsanuddin (I copied and pasted that, and I’m still 99% positive I spelled it wrong) managed to create about three hundred characters who are all A) believable B) unique and C) well developed. Even if they’re only in the story for a page, you get this sense of depth about them. It’s amazing and I have no idea how he managed it.

Probably by being a brilliant writer.

Like so good that when I forced my husband to read the beginning of the book (romances aren’t his thing) he grudgingly had to admit that it was written well.

That’s another thing. Even though Nick’s love life is a large part of this book, I don’t think it would stop a non-romance reader from enjoying it. Really, the focus is on Nick’s interpersonal relationships because of how beautifully broken he is and what he has to do to overcome it. So while there is romance, and it’s right there in the foreground, it’s less about the “oh my god I love you so much” and more about the “how does this relationship change who Nick is.”

And if it bothers you that the romance aspect of this book is MM … well first let me say phooey on you. Love between two souls is beautiful, regardless of gender. But if it still bothers you, just … I dunno … imagine Nick as a super hot chick named Nicola.

Actually … don’t do that. I have an aunt Nicola and that thought is going to creep me out for the rest of the month.

At least.

Even so, I still give this book all the stars AND recommend this book to everyone. EVERY-DAMN-ONE.

(For those of you who haven’t figured it out, this is a dramatic interpretation of what happened.)

(There really was no pudding cup)

(I’m not allowed to buy pudding cups anymore)

(Since I eat the entire package in one sitting)

What isn’t a dramatic interpretation though, is that you can still get Sunset via Story Cartel. But only for another day. THIS IS SERIOUSLY CUTTING IT CLOSE PEOPLE! Read it by Saturday, March 1st and leave a review and you’ll be entered to win a free eReader from the author.

And that should tell you more about the book than any review I can write. I’m lessening my odds to win a free eReader because I loved the book that much.

Go. Get it. Now.

For more on the story cartel experience from a reader’s perspective, check out my post. Be warned, I cuss a lot in it.

P: Uh … Ginny … I don’t mean to be rude.

*Ginny snorts*

P: But what is that?

G: What is what?

P: That. Right there. In the story.

G: Where?

P: Right here … the part with Icarus.

G: Uhm …

P: Yes …

G: Well I think it might be a …

P: Yes …

G: A spaceship.

*Paranoia grins*

I can't even hold that one against her.
I can’t even hold that one against her.
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