Beauty Secrets of The Martyrs

by Verity Holloway | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 1910857009 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 12/22/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, December 22, 2017
I've wanted this strange little book for some time, and finally decided to give myself a copy for Christmas. It's about the "incorruptibles", usually saints whose bodies have resisted corruption - or so it is claimed. But this story takes that concept and runs with it, off into a very strange plot: in a flooding, near-apocalyptic world, the beautiful and two-thousand-years-dead Saint Silvan is spending his off-display hours magically roaming the world of the similarly-preserved, offering beauty products...

Turns out there really is a shrine to Saint Silvan, complete with a beautiful effigy of the dead youth - complete with the gashed throat from his alleged martyrdom. Whether actual relics of Silvan are present is unknown, as is whether the tale of his life and martyrdom are even true - but that effigy is definitely evocative, and I loved the way it inspired this book.

The novel itself goes into some delightfully unexpected places, all on the theme that the preserved dead have some kind of existence, whether it's the jewel-encrusted Saint Valerius or the preserved body of Lenin. And it seems that other lifelike replicas have a similar kind of life, even if they were only modeled after real people and never were associated with their physical remains: one amusing interview is between Silvan and a detailed anatomical model, whose opened abdomen leads him to exclaim "You must have been martyred most terribly!"

But it's not all quips about different saints and effigies. There are growing clues that the current-day world is ending slowly and terribly, with Silvan taking time to fret over the few humans he's observed recently. And something's happening to the incorruptibles, too, with hints that perhaps Silvan's own long existence is due to end...

Very unusual and enjoyable story!

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, May 03, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (5/4/2018 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I'm adding this to the Otherworldly bookbox, which will be on its way to its next stop soon. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Taken out of the Otherworldly box.

Journal Entry 4 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, September 01, 2018
Interesting concept, but not what I was expecting. To be shared.

Journal Entry 5 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, September 02, 2018
Reserved for HI77

Journal Entry 6 by wingHI77wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Monday, November 12, 2018
It's only polite to be social,

and what good is etiquette
without a well turned face?

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