Marcial was everything that Carsten had desired handsome, young, serious, helpful and kind A real Spanish little Elf His only drawback The ravenous platypus living with him, the Georgian mobster decided to turn Marcial into his new boyfriend and Pelayo, his meddlesome childhood friend For the hyper rational middle aged programmer nothing makes sense any longer as he finds himself plunged into a world where reality and fantasy merge and sanity is scarceFantasy Homoerotic content


10 thoughts on “Do Not Feed the Platypus Please

  1. Lilia Ford Lilia Ford says:

    Another yaoi inflected story of a sweet, naive guy getting bossed around and manipulated by various domineering personalities I found it addictive and in many ways a tighter,enjoyable read than The Substitute, but it is not without its problems The story bears some resemblance to one of my favorite books, Ethan, Who Loved Carter, in that the hero, Marcial, has been brain damaged in a way that at times makes him seem much younger than his actual age he is unable to perceive irony and dec Another yaoi inflected story of a sweet, naive guy getting bossed around and manipulated by various domineering personalities I found it addictive and in many ways a tighter,enjoyable read than The Substitute, but it is not without its problems The story bears some resemblance to one of my favorite books, Ethan, Who Loved Carter, in that the hero, Marcial, has been brain damaged in a way that at times makes him seem much younger than his actual age he is unable to perceive irony and deceit, and is generally compliant to other people s demands Fartroubling, he is also the victim of severe sexual abuse starting at age 14 long before the story starts but because of his mental issues, he isn t able to even understand the concept of abuse This is all laid out very early in the story Unlike Ethan, Who Loved Carter, the author isn t particularly interested in exploring what might constitute actual, informed consent for a person with that history This is the typical yaoi world where normal responsible morality doesn t exist And like The Substitute or most yaoi stories, it bears only the most tenuous relationship to reality That being said, Marcial is an unexpectedly strong, wise, lovable character, who consistently transcends his sad circumstances and the far less lovable people who prey on him, and without being overly sentimentalized, which would have ruined it for me Moreover, without giving too much away, the bizarre title and confusing blurb arerelevant than they at first seem, and hint at some wild and unexpected developments that I found completely fascinating and original Pulayo was a favorite character, and his relationship to Marcial was in the best domineering protector tradition but without the sexual components that make Marcial s other relationships so problematic Otherwise, the story has the same language issues of Rogers other works, not as bad as PDF version of the Substitute, but also not attempting anything like idiomatic English.Bottom line definitely not for everyone, but if you liked Rogers other books, and aren t bothered by the kind of consent problems inherent to the subject matter, then maybe


  2. Yblees Yblees says:

    Currently on my fourth reading, and Tionne Rogers lovely and eccentric turns of phrase still make me laugh every time.Random highlights Marcial asks for dinner at Burger King on their first date Millionaire Carston calles it afixed price menu place , but he goes anyway.The eccentric genius employees at Carston s software company use the Imperial March ringtone for their boss.Pelayo has a black face like his moorish enemies as punishment for spilling blood on sacred ground Marcial says the Currently on my fourth reading, and Tionne Rogers lovely and eccentric turns of phrase still make me laugh every time.Random highlights Marcial asks for dinner at Burger King on their first date Millionaire Carston calles it afixed price menu place , but he goes anyway.The eccentric genius employees at Carston s software company use the Imperial March ringtone for their boss.Pelayo has a black face like his moorish enemies as punishment for spilling blood on sacred ground Marcial says the goddessDiana was very territorial Pelayo displaying subtlety by leaving the roomYou don t reach the status of royal advisor in the Visigoth Court on your hot looks


  3. Patdbooks Patdbooks says:

    What a great read The storyline strange and disturbing at times and very hard to like some of the main characters at times Bit of an abrupt ending makes me wonder is thereexpected from Carson, plays and marciel.


  4. Emanuela ~plastic duck~ Emanuela ~plastic duck~ says:

    Tionne Rogers always manages to write stories which are mildly morbid and disturbing.In this story Marcial is an incredibly beautiful 22 year old guy He had a terrible car accident when he was 10, where his mother died and he stayed in a coma for a long time This caused brain damage, a short term amnesia and learning difficulties Marcial lived with his grandmother, who gave him to a pedophile, who took advantage of the not so bright Marcial and almost killed him later As a consequence of thi Tionne Rogers always manages to write stories which are mildly morbid and disturbing.In this story Marcial is an incredibly beautiful 22 year old guy He had a terrible car accident when he was 10, where his mother died and he stayed in a coma for a long time This caused brain damage, a short term amnesia and learning difficulties Marcial lived with his grandmother, who gave him to a pedophile, who took advantage of the not so bright Marcial and almost killed him later As a consequence of this, he was sent in an institute where doctors tried to cure him of his damage and hallucinations, but then Marcial went back home After the death of his grand mother, he went to live to Madrid with his stuffed platypus, the only gift he received from his mother This platypus, Pelayo, is not a simple stuffed toy, it is a vessel for the real Pelayo, a house demon, an ancient warrior from the 12th century, who guards over Marcial Is Pelayo a coping mechanism A useful hallucination who helped Marcial overcome his difficulties Or is it the real thing It takes a while to understand.Carsten, a 40 year old Dutch software tycoon living in London, sees Marcial wrapping Christmas gifts and falls in lust with the young men He understands Marcial is very special, he is baffled by the platypus, but he wants to save his beautiful elf and try to cure him as much as possible The problem is that Marcial is the object of the love lust of Slobodan, a Georgian mobster, whose life was saved by Marcial and who regarded Marcial as his angel from that time on.Marcial s brain damage prevents him from being sure of his feelings and of his interaction of the people around him, also because he can t name those feelings He is like a small child, innocent, with no malice, eager to please and be of help Everyone takes advantage of him, treat him as a moron and make fun of him It s Pelayo who warns him and protects him, interfering with the most malicious people.Slobodan is a bad man, but in a sense he isaccepting of Marcial than Carsten, Marcial s supposed saviour Carsten is incredibly immature, insensitive, childish I couldn t stand him, really The basics of Carsten and Marcial s relationship is similar to the relationship of the main couple of The Substitute, but it lacks the same intensity, because Pelayo s presence provides a lighter and funnier mood I had the impression that both Pelayo s entire presence and Marcial s gifts entered the story only later, as an afterthought, so it was as if new information was attached to the characters later in the story.The Asturian lore is woven into the story and it was interesting, even if it became a sort of info dumping here and there The book is clearly written by a non native speaker, so be warned, the spelling and grammar is not always correct.The book dragged a bit in places and it was frustrating sometimes, because, I repeat, Carsten was a true asshole, undeserving of Marcial Marcial collects all the pity of the reader and his situation was so bad that really, I had to stop reading for a while, because I had the impression he was being used and abused all the time, even by those who claimed they loved him This unsettling feeling prevented me from really enjoying the lighter moments of the book


  5. Maggie Simms Maggie Simms says:

    Tionne Rogers is surely one of my favorite authors She sure knows how to do the twink older man romance like nobody else I also love how she incorporates history, art, and contemporary affairs into her books without making them feel stuffy or boring.I don t typically read fantasy books but this one I enjoyed It was also surprisingly funny.I can t wait until she comes out with another book in the Substitute series.


  6. adrienne adrienne says:

    somewhat difficult to read i don t think the author is a native english speaker at least i hope not would benefit from editing carsten reads like a character from a harlequin romance from 1981 he s a chauvinistic self absorbed bully almost entirely unlikeable.


  7. Joe Joe says:

    Not as good as the other Tionne s books.


  8. evergreencrime evergreencrime says:

    Stopped at 10%