Title: ALBERT J. STERNE – FUTURE BRIGHT, PAST IMPERFECT
Author: Julie Bozza
Publisher: Manifold Press
Sub-Genre: Gay, Mystery, Romance, Contemporary
Three young boys on a collision course: Albert Sterne – isolated, driven and fiercely intellectual; Fletcher Ash – bright, dedicated and with a strong sense of justice; John Garrett – hurt, marginalized and determined to do to the world exactly what the world has done to him. The eleven short stories in this companion volume continue and expand on the lives of the characters from the same author’s outstandingly popular THE DEFINITIVE ALBERT J. STERNE, which should preferably be read first.
A second book to the series of The Definitive Albert J. Sterne; Albert J. Sterne- Future Bright, Past Imperfect is an interesting book combined with Albert’s past, in “The Rending of Cloth and Faith”, and relationship with Fletcher Ash, in “Truths”. In “Island”, the short story tells how he felt during his teenage years and explains how he got into forensic pathology.
In “Life Being What It Is…”, is the story of the past about John Garrett with his mother and himself and how he became a killer. In “The Best Present Ever”, both Albert and Ash visit The Ashes house, in this part we see how the family tries to deal with the sexual preference of Ash, also Albert starts opening up to Ash and Ash’s father. We also discover why Albert and Ash are truly there for. In “Something You Do”, Albert realizes, while speaking to Ash’s father, his abstain to his sexual hunger for the past eleven years and how he surrendered to Ash’s demands. Albert surrenders to his needs and Ash finds it hard to believe since Albert doesn’t display much affection (which you will see when you read the book ~_<).
All in all, this book was magnificent and you’ll want to read more.
Reviewed By: Jen