Homo Superiors

review masterTitle: Homo Superiors
Author: L.A. Fields
Publisher: Lethe Press
Release Date: June 1st, 2016
Genre(s): Literary Gay Fiction, Gay Mystery
Page Count: 176
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Two college seniors: Noah, frail like the hollow-boned birds he enjoys watching, caged by his intellect, and by his sense that the only boy as smart as himself is his best friend; Ray who has spent years aping leading men so that his every gesture is suave, but who has become bored with petty cheats and tricks, and now, during summer break in Chicago, needs something momentous to occupy himself.

Noah’s text says, I’ve found some candidates for murder. Ray chuckles and knows that Noah sent the message to cheer him. Both boys realize they stand apart from others their age. One lacks social graces, the other has perfected being charming. Both are too willing to embark on a true challenge of their superiority but neither realizes what such a crime will do because no matter how they see themselves, how they need one another, they still possess the same emotions of H. sapiens.

29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalist – Gay Mystery

Initial thoughts:

THAT is not your usual mystery.
THAT is hardly a mystery at all! IMO.
I’m wondering what this novel is doing in this category….But it doesn’t make it less brilliant.

Well…it is good to have GR friends who can contribute to cultural enhancement and learning

I can save myself the effort of writing an enigmatic review, trying not to give away the details of the story. It looks like everyone knows THIS story except moi.

But I know now too – these two guys DID really exist. This fact made this novel though even more fascinating, because you HAVE to be a VERY good writer to deliver such an ingenious character-driven plot. The ending in this context has even MORE meaning for me now. I found it brilliant when I finished it without having a clue, but now I think it was pretty spectacular.

I can though admit that some of you can find it VERY abrupt. But honestly, DO YOU REALLY want to know HOW they did it?! I was afraid to turn to the next page while reading the LAST 10%, so I was relieved that the author didn’t go further.

If you have never heard about Leopold and Loeb case, I would recommend you to read about it AFTER reading this book. I am the one who knew nothing about this case– even if it doesn’t cast me in a positive light – I’m glad I read this book BEFORE I studied this article on Wikipedia.

As I’ve already said, you have to be a REAL character-junkie to understand and appreciate all fine nuances of the inner conflict of the characters here, to enjoy this great psychological spectacle and the writing style that exposes multiple layers of THESE characters as the story develops.
But be warned: The mystery aspect won’t appear until the very end, it is blur and hidden, but when it comes into the light, its impact is even more impressive.

This case has inspired many works of film, theater, and fiction. Now I now why I had a feeling, I’m afraid, I know where the story is going on. But even for those who know it, I’d highly recommend this novel.
The author put them in the present, and of course made her own interpretation of the story.

And even if I haven’t still totally got, what this novel is doing among the LAMBDA finalists in the category Gay Mystery (the real case is one thing, the written novel is a different thing) – for me it belongs in the category Gay Fiction. (hmm…besides, it is not necessarilygay IMO), but nevertheless this book deserves some awards, and I have no a tiny doubt it will get some…

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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I'm sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I'm a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.