A MelanieM Review: A Book of Revelations by A.C. Burch

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

“Drag performers, detectives, and community moguls meet in Burch’s (The Homeport Journals, 2015, etc.) collection, which features coming-out stories with a twist.” – Kirkus Reviews

We all keep secrets. Even from ourselves. A Book of Revelations explores the tipping point—when the truth offers liberation and continued self-deception perpetuates the status quo.

-Private Quarters: A coming of age story. With cocktails.
-Curtain Call: A spurned “mistress” crashes a memorial for her ex-lover’s wife.
-Götterdämmerung: The complex relationship between a maestro and his protégé.
-Convergence: An aging artist and would-be socialite hosts a disastrous dinner party.
-The Honoree: A local saint’s past unexpectedly threatens her future.
-Last Chance: A gay detective investigates a murder case where nothing is at it seems.
-The Midnight Suitor: A nephew unearths an old family secret–with a modern-day twist.
-Even In Death: Mourners who are strangers “bond” at a charlatan’s wake.

A Book of Revelations by A.C. Burch is truly a mixed collection of stories about passion and love of all types. Of all the stories I read, only four are ones I absolutely enjoyed, one I even laughed out loud at.  The others?  I admired them for their writing, and their characters but bittersweet themes or storylines of outright tragedy have never been ones that I have particularly liked to read.  And those I would put into either or both of those categories.

So let’s take a closer look at the ones I adored:

♦︎Götterdämmerung: The complex relationship between a maestro and his protégé.  As I said not every story is about romantic passion.  This is an amazing story about a maestro, hisprotégé, and their shared passion and love for music.  Burch makes the music, the power of the conductor and his connection to the orchestra so real and vibrant.  We are immersed in their world and the brilliance of the music and the muse.  And the agony once the muse had left.  No romance, just an unforgettable story.  5 stars

♦︎Last Chance: A gay detective investigates a murder case where nothing is at it seems.  Talk about a convoluted storyline!  This one has an actual romance but it’s at the end.  It’s a mystery, it’s a romance, and so much more.  The setting is amazing, the characters are layered and surprising and has a ton of twists and turns.  And I can say nothing because it has to be read.  Probably more than once.  5 Stars

♦︎The Midnight Suitor: A nephew unearths an old family secret–with a modern-day twist.  Another surprising short story full of twists, great characters and scenes involving a ladder that have staying power.  A.C. Burch has a wonderful way with words and the pictures the author creates with their vivid descriptions make this story lively and poignant. 4.5 stars

♦︎Even In Death: Mourners who are strangers “bond” at a charlatan’s wake.  That one sentence description doesn’t even begin to do this wildly funny story justice.  One word Berta!  I’ll say no more.   Yes, there’s a M/M romance here too.  But also other characters too that will involve you in this strange but hilarious journey into investigating who a dead man really was.  Yes, I really laughed out loud!  5 stars plus!!!!

Those are the stories I loved.  About the others?  It’s not that they are bad, they aren’t.  They are well written but just about themes I don’t enjoy.  You might feel entirely different.  Based on the stories above, I would definitely recommend this collection, they are that good.  And if you aren’t familiar with A.C. Burch it’s a wonderful way to get acquainted with this author’s stories and their style of writing.

Cover art by Madeline Sorel.  I like this cover.  Dark and its tone speaks to several of the stories.

Sales Links:  Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

Book Details:

eBook, and Paperback, Alternate Cover Edition, 299 pages
Published March 22nd 2017 by HomePort Press (first published June 13th 2016)
Edition LanguageEnglish
Literary AwardsUnderground Book Reviews

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