Author: Charles Stoll

Publisher: Gatekeeper Press (July 1, 2016)

ISBN: 9781619844865

Sorry and Morticum is something of a fairy tale for adults, as the cast of magical beings often do things you wouldn’t want the youngsters to read. Inter-species mating has never been so imaginative.

Imaginative is also the best term to describe the characters who do all the “ramming” in this often comic tale. First, there’s Sorry, a 468 year old gay wizard. His partner is Morticum, a much younger man, er, werewolf. He’s only 257 years old. For a hundred years, they have lived together in a castle with many chambers and underground secrets.

Now, it’s the year 3022 when most of the water on earth has become the airborne Seafog, an entity that can penetrate most anything and has its own consciousness and a mischievous nature. There’s Busy, an armless mutant with long and skinny breasts that act like erotic tentacles. There’s Oceana, the sprite who’s difficult to see and usually lives deep in the ocean. There’s Strugglejay, Sorry’s son, a disappointing chip off the old wizard’s genetic block. And there are two twelve-foot cockroaches who can communicate with humans when they wear special blue helmets.

And these are just the major players in a future that will take place after a worldwide peace has come for the human minority, the robot wars, the insect wars, and the climate wars. Now Sorry, who has seen it all, hopes to restore the world to what it was like during the Second Renaissance and needs a cooperative army of farmers and construction workers made up of mutants, freemonkeys, the untrustworthy Mutmuts along with his other willing compatriots.

Author Charles Stoll takes his time to set up his tableau and introduce us to his vividly described characters. So it takes quite a few pages before any sort of plot begins to kick in. When the jeopardies and complications do start to interfere with the best-laid plans of the old wizard, the surprises and twists and turns continue until the last paragraph.

Stoll’s previous novels include Enigma (2014) and The Time Thief (2015). According to publicity for the author, all his books portray “philosophy, spirituality, and sexuality as they actually exist in the present day.” Hmm. I can’t speak for his previous works, but you’ll have to dig very deep beneath the surface of Sorry and Morticum to recognize anything from the present day.

True, in between all the wild and outlandish character descriptions and events, you’ll read insightful discussions on philosophical and especially spiritual points. The sex is often very unlikely coupling, but it’s all part of the fun. This is a very entertaining adventure with no small bounty of laughs. Sorry and Morticum defies all expectations and genre definitions, which is rarer than you might think in today’s glutted climate of sci fi novels.