Lusus Naturae

  • by Tom Adams
  • Narrated by Tom G.H. Adams
  • 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lusus Naturae is Beauty and the Beast in reverse. Charles Renshaw, an aristocrat, purchases a monster called Cyprian - a member of the rare species, Lamia. At first, Cyprian fulfils the role of a collector's whimsy, then becomes an object of passion as Renshaw's obsession with her leads him on a path to ruin. Within a short time, he sees his monster's feral nature emerge and understands that she cannot be controlled as easily as he first imagined. As Renshaw tries to limit the damage he comes to realize that ownership of this exotic creature brings great responsibility.


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The lovechild of H. P. Lovecraft and Neil Gaiman

Charles Renshaw is a washed out aristocrat with a failing fortune, and too much time on his hands. What does he do? He purchases a monster, of course. As you can well imagine, Charles gets more than he bargained for. But not in quite the ways you would have thought.

This was my first experience of Tom Adams' work, and I was pleasantly surprised. The story was crisp, both in its pacing and in its narration. The characters were well-delineated (I loved the monster seller), and the central premise was original and more than clever. I laughed out loud regularly. The plot had me guessing incorrectly often enough to make this a very satisfying read. It's a testament to the author's skill that he squeezed so much content into a two-hour story. Excellent.

I thoroughly enjoyed this recording, and recommend it. I'll be keeping an eye out for more work by this author.
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- Jason Werbeloff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2016
  • Publisher: Rivendell Publications