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Sebastian is an enigma. Everyone likes him, but no one knows anything about him. He wears clothes only under protest, but no one seems to mind. To say his home life is unusual would be like saying the Amazon is a stream. Bizarre doesn’t even begin to describe his upbringing. He doesn’t know who his father was, he’s used as a therapist for broken youths, and yet he’s managed to remain a ‘normal’ and thoroughly nice guy… if one is prepared to see beyond his penchant for nudity.
In this fast paced tale of criminal intrigue, abductions and mayhem, Sebastian and his boyfriend, Reginald fight for their lives against the big moneyed bad boys.
Sebastian is an intelligent look at alternative ways to live and love, presented as a thriller about the most horrific of the twenty-first century’s most lucrative human enterprises. If you’re the sort of person who becomes upset when reading about alternative ways to live and love, then this book isn’t for you. If, however, you are open to difference and enjoy a fast-paced thriller, then read and enjoy.
At 10% I anticipated the first line of this review would be an outraged: What the fuck was that?!
Instead, I sit here with the biggest shit eating grin on my face thinking about all the negative reviews that describe this book with words like: “nonsense”, “far-fetched”, “disturbing”, “unbelievable” and my personal favourite: “Why……… why was this written?”
God! I want to throw my head back and laugh like a lunatic. Yes, Sebastian is all of those undesirable things but it’s more! So much more than single star ratings. OH I’m not going to jump up and down and say ‘How dare they?’ even though I’d like to (and possibly just did) because Sebastian is most certainly an acquired taste …
This is a crazy theatrical story written in a matter of fact sing-song style that reads like a dark but humorous children’s story book. It’s weird! And perhaps that’s why I love it so much. The moral example is as thought provoking as it is questionable and unconventional – based on the author’s idealistic fantasy I’m sure. Eccentric characters with alternative lifestyle ideas are what drive this cracked story of wickedly delicious social corruption and the doings of very evil people. I relished it.
If someone told me that the author had been licking funky toads in his Queensland rainforest when he executed this premise I wouldn’t have blinked – I’d have said ‘have another lick mate!’ Ha! I have never, in my life read this kind of original fiction. At first I was bemused, then I was titillated and wholly amused – the obsessive nudity clearly won me over. Then I was utterly gob-smacked! The author had the balls to actually write that. OMG is he nuts!? You can’t say that! But why not? Who says you can’t? At that point it was either toss it and hold onto my 30 years of carefully moulded socially acceptable ideals or embrace what the author was offering: escapism, freedom from the shackles of our boring ethical culture and lots of dark silliness to lighten the experience which, funnily enough makes it okay … safe!
The author had so much fun abandoning the constraints of polite society to campaign for nudism, free love, anti-racism and sexuality that’s devoid of labels and the acceptance of those ideals. It doesn’t matter to me that the reaction is not realistic – so what? It’s fiction! It made me feel alive, spontaneous, liberated and reminded me of the freedoms of childhood where I would run around naked in the rain and everyone would just laugh affectionately. Hell! Just hold that thought while I strip off to write the rest of this in the buff :D
So what about the actual plot then? Yes, there is one. It’s dark and deeply creepy especially when learning about Sebastian’s sinister mother and her acquaintances. Fantastical? Yes! But it’s still highly entertaining and a little angsty too. The character development is interesting … (I smirk) unconventional to say the least. Sebastian is extraordinary whether you love him or hate him – you won’t forget him. The love and relationships don’t come with long winded justifications (for which I am eternally grateful) they are what they, and you can believe it if you want to.
Honestly? This book made me laugh my arse off, and when I wasn’t, I was smirking with my eyebrows raised up to my hairline. I was so deliciously appalled and suitable shocked, my morals scattered to the wind and the urge to leave the house with nothing but a hanky still overwhelms me. No wonder this has so many single star ratings; it’s simply not acceptable reading you know (<- sarcasm, in case you missed it) I just wish the sex had been written to completion and a few bits weren’t left dangling – pun intended.
Do I recommend it?
I most certainly do NOT! I refuse to be held responsible for contributing to a new age wave of nude radical hippy extremists with a penchant for vigilantism. Alright if they look like Sebastian and his god-like friends but … they’ll look like me! Ha! So no worries, I’m bottling the rebellion and getting dressed now. But seriously, read this only if you want some truly original fiction, are prepared to suspend your disbelief to the max and possess a liberal open mind. A dark sense of humour wouldn’t go amiss either. Do this and you’ll have a great time. For me, this book was an unforgettable experience. I loved it and will always think of it fondly.
I forgot to mention that this is currently a free read.