Monday, May 2, 2011

Emerald Mountain

Title: Emerald Mountain
Author: Victor J. Banis
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-33-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

A reporter for The Weekly Banner, a gay newspaper located in San Francisco, travels to Ohio to gather facts about the mysterious Peter Simon.

Emerald Mountain is a fascinating psychological quick read with religious overtones. The story, or memories, of Simon is narrated by the reporter. Simon is hailed as a gay messiah, performing miracles. However, Simon’s only memory is of the asylum in Ohio. After the reporter returns to San Francisco, he and Simon become lovers until happenings lead to Simon’s disappearance. Now here is where the mystery comes in; was Simon an illusion conjured up by a burned-out reporter or was Simon real because the reporter chose to believe Simon was real?

Victor J. Banis has created an intriguing teaser that inspires reflections on moral reality versus pious illusion. Emerald Mountain is an intellectual reminder of society’s obstinate burden continues to be what we don’t identify with we fear, what we fear, we try to destroy.


Victor J. Banis said...

Thanks for an intriguing review - it gave me some new thoughts about my little tale, always a plus.


Chocolate Minx said...

Victor you are a Master at brain teasers! great story