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Monday, June 21, 2010

Jaime Samms - Spinning ... Another winner!

I've been a fan of Jaime Samms' work since oh heck... last fall? I first *met* up with her on one of Ethan Day's Gay Days and when she provided us with a couple of excerpts I went straight to the bookstore.  No TBB list for me!  Needless to say I was an instant fan and that's not abated one bit. Each and every story always opens up for me another facet of human nature, what it is that makes us tick, makes us unique. Her stories are some that I will never tire of because there is always something new to be found in the pages.

Spinning is just such a story.  Even with only 62 pages, Jaime's able to give us enough background to explain the new, and definitely not so wonderful, world in which the story is based. Earth of the future is quite bleak, but for Ken it's nothing more than a reflection of the sense of aloneness and loss that he's experiencing.  Losing the man he loved has torn his heart apart and left him floundering. He has no goals, no desire and no reason to keep on. Except for Mikko.
Out of a sense of...what exactly I'm not sure...Ken's contacted his one-time lover and constant, Mikko.

Mikko, wow!  He knows Ken inside out and far better than Ken knows himself.  And it's fascinating how Mikko takes control; and the more I read the more I admire and respect him.  He's not trying to *fix* Ken's problem, he's working to give Ken his life back and there were a few times where I found myself sniffing back tears... or at least trying to.

Spinning is a beautiful tale of love - lost and found again. We're also given a peek at a life that would, on the face of it, be horrifying. But with the right person at your side and something to work for, it can be an oasis.

Not your run-of-the-mill story, and you have to go with the flow, but it's a Spinning will reward you over and over. I've read this short story at least three times already and when I need a little pick-me-up it's one of those that I'll turn to.  Definitely goes a long way to showing just why Jaime Samms is among my favourite authors! 

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Spinning by Jaime Samms
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Genre: Gay Male, Urban Fantasy
Length: 62 pages (pdf)
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Summary:  Ken has fallen in love twice in his unnaturally long life. He's spent the rest of it trying to forget what falling out of it feels like. Not even the end of civilization has distracted him from his own misery, and now, desperate and achingly lonely, he calls the one person who's never hung up on him.
Mikko lost Ken once, letting life get in the way of love, and ever since the day Ken ran, he's been trying to track him down. He's honed his skills over the years, tracking Ken through the morass of men and ugly affairs, waiting for the chance to make things right.

Ken thinks his messy past is a secret from Mikko, and is too ashamed to admit any of it. Mikko has secrets of his own, things he's discovered about their very nature he's sure Ken's not ready to hear. Back together, after years of cat and mouse, Ken has to learn to trust a man he knows isn't telling him everything, and Mikko has to figure out how to fix something his own negligence might have destroyed beyond hope of repair.


  1. Kathy. Wow. I've never really thought of Ken and Mikko's story as a pick-me-up, exactly. I wanted it to end with hope, so I guess I got that part right, but so much of the story is a little bit of bleak and depressing, I was bracing myself for much more mixed reviews. I'm overwhelmed by your praise of it. Thank you.

  2. Hey Jaime! I know, when I first started reading it it was somewhat bleak. But there was so much hope at the end and I've read it twice and each time I really feel... content and hopeful.

    Any plans in the works for more of Ken and Mikko? I'd LOVE to see more of them sometime... at least maybe it'd work. Hmmm...

  3. Not a big fan of futuristic stuff, but I have really enjoyed the other things I've read by Jaime.... Hmm.

  4. Hey Chris... stretch your comfort zone! *grin*

    If you've liked Jaime's other books, then I really can't see this disappointing.
    And what's really great is that the more I read it the more I pick up from it.