I couldn’t be happier. I am very proud of my book and the first reviews are amazing. Here’s what Debbie McGowan had to say on Goodreads:
“This novel is a young man’s journey through life. It’s not smooth; it’s absolutely not pain-free, but it is a wondrous journey of self-discovery and hard lessons.
It begins when main character Haakon is in his teens. He’s not ambitious, nor competitive, but he is determined and clear in his mind what he wants to do with his life, and that is to travel the world, come hell or high water. Indeed, it takes hell and high water to stop him in his tracks.
This is not your run-of-the-mill M/M romance. It’s a narrative that tramples boundaries few authors of gay fiction are brave enough to even tentatively approach, because society at large (by which I mean heteronormative society) often opts for the easy, lazy route in distinguishing and defining difference. That we should accept diversity in heterosexuality and yet attempt to impose a one-size-fits-all on homosexuality is a nonsense. But part of the fight for equality, rights and freedom has always been just that: to present the oppressed minority as universally good and pure. However, evil has no respect for gender, class, or sexuality.
At once shocking and challenging how one might think about some of the West’s greatest sexual taboos, The Fallen Angels of Karnataka is in a class of its own. I can’t say more than this without spoiling the story.
Incidentally, this author is “the queen” of unconventional happy endings. You can expect a rocky ride, but you will get the resolution you require.”
And Dennie Patterson from Vital VOICE says:
“A remarkable story that will have readers hooked until the end“
Both give the book a 5-star rating. I’m most grateful! 🙂
Today is also the “day after” for us Swedes. We’ve had general elections last night. I’m not going to comment the result here, but after the fact that our Prime Minister announced his resignation, despite the fact that he could’ve tried to cling to power, makes me proud of our democracy. This becomes particularly obvious when you look at other countries, e.g. the Ivory Coast, where our foster son comes from, where President Laurent Gbagbo refused to leave office after having lost the elections to Alassanne Ouattara. The fact that the elections were disputed only should make us more proud of what we have. Now, we do have issues with our elections here, too. The fact that nazis attacked polling centers and the fact that we cannot guarantee that voters have access to ballots of all official parties are very serious and a shame for our country. Yet still.
Our democracy, the fact that I am allowed to publish a book which is very critical to much of what is going on in our society is another sign of what we have and what we could lose, very easily.
Think about just how valuable our democracy is. If you live in a country without democracy, never give up the struggle. It may not be the best system, but it’s the best one out there, because the things that come attached to democracy, like freedom of speech, freedom of religion, human rights, a rich cultural life etc are things to be cherished!
Have a great week.