Book Review: TAD
Good Afternoon Angels and Time Travelers,
I just finished another book, and I’m so excited to share my experience with you! The book I’m reviewing today is TAD by M.D. Neu.
I’ve read nearly everything by M.D. Neu and am a hardcore follower of his. We met long ago on Scribophile and have been writer besties ever since.
When he told me about this novella, I simply had to get my hands on it!
Tad bounces around in time and watches mankind grow and change. He loves humanity and helping when he can. However, his job isn’t conducive to helping people—he’s an Angel of Death.
Doug is a fun-loving drama queen. He’s an amazing drag queen and hairstylist with big dreams, but despite his witty exterior, he has a dark history and is prone to self-destruction.
When Tad pushes the boundaries of his duties too far, his wings are stripped away from him, and he is sent to New York City to live as a human. Lost and alone he ends up meeting Doug, and they start a friendship that shapes them both and may last a lifetime. But nothing is simple when you’re dealing with a former Angel of Death and a Drag Queen. Could these two cause the fabric of our world to collapse or will they manage to keep the future as it should?
I gave this novella four angelic stars!
Tad is an angel of death, tasked with the impossible responsibility of guiding departed souls and altering events in history. But for quite some time he’s been going back to certain dates and lessening the casualties. When his superiors catch wind of this, they clip his wings, punishing him by forcing him to walk the world as a human.
Over the next year, Tad has barely gotten by on the streets. That is, until he crosses paths with Doug. Due to Doug’s kindness, Tad learns what it is to be human and the ramifications of his actions on others.
This book was really great!
Tad’s character immediately pulled me in. I mean, that opening was amazing. I loved how he mentioned other worlds relating to some of Neu’s other works. It really tied everything together and intrigued me. Tad himself is a bit naive, but he really progressed throughout the novel and became more aware of his impact on others as well as learning that he can’t just save everyone.
The other characters were really great. Doug and Minx’s interactions specifically reminded me of some conversations I’ve had with my gay friends and it had me laughing in spots.
The plot was interesting and I couldn’t tell where things were going, which was great. Not a lot of cliches in this book! I also liked the time travel aspect as well as the other timelines that are referenced. I almost wish we got to spend more time experiencing that concept.
But most of all, I think this book really had heart to it. Neu painted an accurate picture of the issues some of us face in the LGBT community, and I think he did a great job in this novella.
If I had to pick at anything, I would say that in certain spots around the middle things kind of slowed down and I wanted things to pick up a little faster. The ending was a little sentimental for my taste, but then again I’m more of a horror guy so I’m not going to hold that against Neu at all.
Ultimately, TAD is a great scifi LGBT novella that shows us what it means to be human and punctuates that with great power comes great responsibility.
Great read, definitely bingeworthy!
That’s a Wrap!
Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!
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Have a great day!
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