Love and Romanpunk
(It included more monsters than you might think.)
Hundreds of years ago, Fanny and Mary ran away from London with a debauched poet and his sister.
(If it was the poet you are thinking of, the story would have ended far more happily, and with fewer people having their throats bitten out.)
Sometime in the near future, a community will live in a replica Roman city built in the Australian bush. It’s a sight to behold.
(Shame about the manticores.)
Further in the future, the last man who guards the secret history of the world will discover that the past has a way of coming around to bite you.
(He didn’t even know she had a thing for pointy teeth.)
The world is in greater danger than you ever suspected. Women named Julia are stronger than they appear. Don’t let your little brother make out with silver-eyed blondes. Immortal heroes really don’t fancy teenage girls. When love dies, there’s still opera. Family is everything. Monsters are everywhere. Yes, you do have to wear the damned toga.
History is not what you think it is.
by Tansy Rayner Roberts
available from Twelfth Planet Press
ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK FROM TWELFTH PLANET PRESS
a boutique short story collection, as part of the Twelve Planets series
“Julia Agrippina’s Secret Family Bestiary”
“Last of the Romanpunks”
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“Ever wondered why pretty-boy Caligula was such an unmitigated horror in private life? Or why Nero was finally forced to kill his mother? Refreshingly, unlike Buffy, the mortal girlfriend is not allergic to education and actually has a life… These Australians give me hope for the future of female, and even feminist, writers in sf.”
“I can easily imagine Suetonius’s (contemporary) readers delighting in this first tale. (English male aristocrats, among the core of Suetonius’s later readers, would probably have loathed it.) I imagine Robert Graves, though, would probably have been charmed by it… All great, witty fun. Recommended.”
L. Timmel Duchamp, Ambling Along the Aqueduct (Aqueduct Press blog)
“The obvious comparison for Rayner Roberts’ work here is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They both have vampires, slayers, and meaty relationships. But Love and Romanpunk is its own, self-contained vision, one that turns the wit and heart up as much as any story could sustain. Rayner Roberts’ lean prose draws you in from the first few paragraphs and keeps that pace going straight through.”
Adrienne Martini, Locus.
“I absolutely adore what Roberts has done with Ancient Rome. It’s a unique blend (as only Roberts can do) of mythology, history and humour that has me wanting to read more. She’s included a massive variety of mythical creatures and some uniquely Roman to spin Ancient Rome into an entirely new world I want to spend more time in.”
Alex Pierce, Australian Spec Fic in Focus
“What’s not often talked about, with Tansy’s writing, is the fact that there is a real emotional courage to her best works, a sense that she is ready to get into her gumboots and rubber gloves and muck about in the messiest, ugliest, most confusing of human emotions and relationships, and to try to find a path through them. It’s that depth of emotion, sometimes sweet, but just as often brutal and painful, that drives the best of these stories into being something a cut above the majority of works out there. The fact that they are also smart, and fun, is just the icing on the cake.”
“Love and Romanpunk is an engaging read and a great bite-sized introduction to Rayner Roberts’ work.”
Liz Gryzb, Ticon4