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Wraeththu of Storm Constantine posted 05 Jul 2005, 05:07 by Ashmael, Candidate

In an alternate reality, something has happened to humanity. Nuclear war,pollution, degradation...and amid the waste a new mysterious terrific mutation:the Wraeththu. Pell has heard terrible things about them, but he doubts they'll come to his farm to take him away. Then, the unknown arrives, a traveler:"I am Cal", he says. So begins one of the most original, intriguing and fascinating fantasy series of all-times. Humanity evolves in the Wraeththu race, hermaphroditic beings of intriguing beauty, some cruel and savage, some enlightened and righteous. Storm Constantine unravel magnificently the history and the personalities of the main charachters (Pell the innocent whose inception has been pre-ordained by higher powers, Cal the har whit a past,fascinating trickster whit which everyone falls in love, Cobweb the strange intriguing sorcerous beauty married to the tyrant Terzian,Swift their ambiguous son) while describing the evolution of Wraeththu society from caos to civilization. Uncannily magic, the story revolves essentially around the love of Calanthe and Pell, separated dramatically to fulfill the plans of the shamanic Thiede.Cal shall return to Pell, after an initiatic voyage that will bring him in contact whit many Wraeththu tribes whose bizarre and diverse costumes and cities Storm describes whit the skill of a Jack Vance.Fantastic that his story is, there is in some moments an uncannily resemblance to recent history. The Hegemony of Immanion debating whether the righteous Gelaming should attack the cruel Varrs will ring some bell... In conclusion, this is one of the best literary achievement of the fantastic genre. It is at the same level of Asimov's Foundation (and the skirmish between Pellaz and Ashmael and the political debates have some Asimovian flavor), Tolkien's Lord of The Ring (the evil Ponclast's city Fulminir recalls vaguely Mordor, The Gelaming recall the High Elves) and Clive Barker's Imajica (where there is an androgyne tribe, the Eurhetemec, and their mystif Pie oh-Pah seems a Nahir-Nuri Wraeththu) Read it, it's worth it! view post

Wraeththu posted 18 Oct 2006, 06:10 by Moebius, Commoner

I borrowed this book from one of my college roommates. And frankly the entire novel reads like a gay porn/fantasy. The basic plot is that in a post-apocalyptic world, Earth is ruled by male/hermaphrodite meta-humans named Wraeththus. These Wraeththus also happen to have the ability to convert normal human males into fellow Wraeththus, which thematically is very much like Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles (which incidentally is also filled with supernatural homoeroticism). The fact that all the characters in Wraeththu are essentially very good looking and super-powered gay men doesn't bother me. But it seems like the lives of these Wraeththus are dominated entire by sex. Virtually all the drama in the novel invovles one main character having sex, wanting to have sex, or jealous that someone is having sex with another main character. All in all I'd have to say the book is merely mildly interesting, with a few cool characters and a mediocre plot. view post


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