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‘Centuries Ago and Very Fast’ by Rebecca Ore

‘Centuries Ago and Very Fast’ by Rebecca Ore

Author: Meredith Schwartz

July 7, 2010

By Rebecca Ore
Aqueduct Press
ISBN: 9781933500256
Trade Paperback, $16, 158p
Lambda Award Finalist

Centuries Ago and Very Fast, by Rebecca Ore, brings the plight of the immortal in love with a short-lived human into the light of day by removing the common vampiric explanation and instead making the longevity of her main character, time-traveling, once-caveman Vel, as much a mystery to him as everyone else. Vel’s romance with queer British policeman Thomas is believably hot, complicated, solid and imperfect. Unfortunately Thomas’ choice to leave Vel over his self-destructive behavior, though understandable, too-conveniently avoids the question of how Vel’s youth survives a romance with an aging partner. It is Vel’s relationship with the generations of his mortal family that is Ore’s most original and charming departure. Her focus on exposition through sex scenes plus Vel’s time-jumping abilities leads to some disconcerting skipping over with only the briefest exposition, but Vel’s emotional development provides a strong enough continuity to carry the reader through.

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About: Meredith Schwartz

Meredith Schwartz reviews science fiction and fantasy for Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal and Icarus, a magazine of gay speculative fiction. She edited Alleys and Doorways, an anthology of homoerotic urban fantasy, which was shortlisted for the Gaylactic Spectrum awards in 2008. Her own short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Reflection's Edge magazines, and in the lesbian fairy tale anthology Sleeping Beautiy, Indeed.

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