Angel by Sebastian Michael

Damion is a boy so beautiful that everyone falls in love with him. As he grows up, this great gift turns into a heavy burden.

Damion is a boy so beautiful that everybody falls in love with him. This, his greatest advantage in life, gradually turns into his heaviest burden and so as he reaches adulthood, Damion, in an act half wanton, half heroic, destroys what for most people - but not for him - has come to define his essence. - A classic tale of a young man seeking his destiny.

"A delight to read. So delicate, casually cruel, wickedly funny and wildly alluring."
- Stephen Fry

The chapters here on Authonomy are the opening section of the book. The novel is complete and comes in at just under 105,000 words.

The following URLs to full versions by fellow user request; apologies for the absence of hyperlinks, the system doesn't seem to allow them. There is a direct link to all available sources on my profile page; it's the second one of the two listed websites. Thanks for reading and please do let me know if you find anything amiss.)

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  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted July 4, 2012
  • Last updated July 4, 2012
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  • Charlotte12's avatar
    Charlotte12 wrote 2 years, 11 months ago

    Very original! I especially liked the italicized sections.


  • David Price's avatar
    David Price wrote 3 years ago

    Sebastian, I've enjoyed chapter 1 immensely. You have such a distinctive voice, and the tongue-in-cheek humour is a delight. In fact, there were so many delicious moments, it's difficult to choose one, but Caroline's 'erreur' is pretty hard to beat. I will carry on with the rest as soon as I can. Very high stars for now.
    MASTER ACT: a memoir

  • Lenny Banks's avatar
    Lenny Banks wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    Hi Sebastian, I read chapter 3. Wow, I was amazed at the story line unfolding, this is fantastic. The writing is very good, its easy to follow, the characters are well drawn and very easy to warm to. You emotionally attach to the characters during the incidents that occur and you feel how they might feel. Well Done. This is going to do very well. Kindest Regards and Best Wishes Lenny Banks - Tide and Time: At The Rock If ...
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    Katie Ridley [Retired] wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    Wow. I can understand why you've already had success with this online and look forward to buying it in hard copy when it comes out, which it will. Absolutely charming, fantastically well written (genuinely - not just saying that), unique, humerous and a future classic. Seriously, well done. I will rate very highly, and back it - not that you need it backed. If you find the time, please take a look at my book, 'The Last Message' I would ...
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  • Eponymous Rox's avatar
    Eponymous Rox wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    Apologies fer the delay--a promo fer 'Angel' is live on my webbie @, and filed in the fiction section (Authonomy's newest tweaks have slooooowed everything down to a crawl or I would've sent you notice sooner.)

    Doing good, though, Sebastian. Best of luck with your excellent tome--

  • Mumsie 1's avatar
    Mumsie 1 wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    Sebastian, well done!!! I read all three chapters and was highly intrigued and impressed by your work. You write fluently without any flaws and the story moves along at a good pace.
    Loved the character development and description. Nice cliffhanger at the end of chapter 3, I for one hope there is more to come.
    High marks from me and will remain on my WL until I move things around.
    "Ella In Between"

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    whoster [Retired] wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    I've just read your first chapter Sebastian, and this really is splendid stuff. A fabulously simple idea for a story, and you never try too hard with the comedy. It all flows naturally as the by-product of your lavish narrative. The episode of the scaffolder's tragic accident was well painted. I especially liked the little bracketed aside about the young lover's eventual misfortune at opportunistically making off with the expensive trinket. Damion's parents were superbly described also, and this opening ...
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  • Eponymous Rox's avatar
    Eponymous Rox wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    Cruel and beautiful prose, that's for sure. Methinks the tortured spirits of Wilde and Poe must be yer inspiration, or yer muses.

    *Was perplexed a bit by some of the apparent paragraph breaks where they didn't quite *feel* appropriate--are these just formatting issues or intentional?

    Shelved now. Very best of luck with it!


  • Tillerman's avatar
    Tillerman wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    I have just finished reading chapter two and will start on the last chapter posted here in a while. For what I have read, I cannot understand why a publisher has not picked up on this piece of literature. It is so well written and constructed it should be sitting in bookshops. ‘Everybody go to their places and we will sing Happy Birthday for Burbara.’ (Miss Haggett frequently stumbled over Burp’s nickname.) She looks like an egg wearing goggles… These ...
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  • Juliet Blaxland's avatar
    Juliet Blaxland wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Angel is a deadpan delight. The dispassionate delivery of this really quite eccentric tale adds an airy arrogance which only exaggerates the comic effect. There are many wince-inducing moments which could stray dangerously close to wanton cruelty, but judicious use of the wry aside, the inverted comma or the sudden swerve, rescues those with a kindly conscience just in the nick of time. The gentle but sustained prodding at the fey foibles of Brett the Architect, for whom buying a ...
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  • Kenneth Edward Lim's avatar
    Kenneth Edward Lim wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Sebastian, This introspective book centered about a beautiful boy slowly developing from ambivalent youthfulness to full-blown homosexuality is an intriguing study of human nature. You have such an artisan's eye for minutae that if each of your sentences were parsed down to the individual word, the power of your choices becomes startingly obvious as they come together with the exactness of jigsaw pieces. Even your expressive dialogue betrays the artist in you. Thank you so much for sharing. Kenneth Edward ...
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  • leelah's avatar
    leelah wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    I only read part of the first chapter - and noticed that I was thinking about the movie "Jules et Jim" with Oskar Werner and Jeanne Moreau. : there was a narrator-voice describing what was going on, but it was devoid of feelings - it kept us at a distance. It was not possible for me to identity with any of the characters. Just my first impression - but it was so strong that I thought i would share it ...
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  • Tod Schneider's avatar
    Tod Schneider wrote 3 years, 2 months ago

    Just a couple sentences in chapter 1 caught my eye that I'd consider tinkering with:
    the opening line has two "hims" in it, which makes it a little clunky. Maybe try something like "Anyone who met Damion fell instantly in love with him."
    and the sentence "Damion to Damion looked..." runs on a bit with too many "ands". Might chop that one into a few.
    Best of luck!

  • Tod Schneider's avatar
    Tod Schneider wrote 3 years, 2 months ago

    This is such a curious tale! Refreshing, witty, definitely quirky. Your writing is excellent overall, with great descriptions. You paint clear and vivid pictures. The balance of narrative and dialog works well.
    High marks, this should do well!
    The Lost Wink

  • Lena M. Pate's avatar
    Lena M. Pate wrote 3 years, 2 months ago

    Very well written. Nearly poetic in the manner in which it is presented. It is hypnotic in nature and holds the audience spellbound reading it. Normally this is not my type of reading but I couldn't put it down. Definitely a winner.

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    Velveteve [Retired] wrote 3 years, 2 months ago

    Compulsive reading. Got caught up in your prose and had to remind myself I was meant to be working, so I'm going to put it down now and be a productive member of the horde for another little bit. Without being gushy - because I feel like gushing - you have a lovely style, witty and darkly humorous, and you will do so very well.

  • Sly80's avatar
    Sly80 wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    I can see why Stephen Fry would admire this. It has the same dry, clever wit that he wields with such panache, and an almost sing-song rhythm. I don't think I've ever used the word 'insouciance' before, but it seems to fit both the MC and the narrative. There is a slight tendency to use names too often (e.g. Damion often foresaw … but Damion never trusted) though that's a very minor point. Some great lines throughout: Often remained confused ...
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  • Inqusitive Agie's avatar
    Inqusitive Agie wrote 3 years, 2 months ago

    Gosh Sebastian, I don't understand why a publisher hasn't taken you on. Are they out of their mind? You have written a piece of literature not just a novel. It is clear you are a well read man. I am glad to have found you. I will download Angel and start reading and learn.