This is going to be the thread for a story that is currently being written, based on ideas and concepts from Altered Carbon, the Sci-Fi series on Netflix (in the US).
The Methuselahs are removed from humanity by their age, I feel. They have become, at the very least, amoral. In the Altered Carbon series, one of them puts on a piece of entertainment with a fight to the death, with the winner being awarded a new sleeve with enhancements, and the loser getting a lesser sleeve. Even more disturbing, the fighters are husband and wife.Interesting delve into a bit of psychology, as well as a lot of eroticism.
It sounds a bit lonely to live in an eyrie. The Great Sand Sea, will you explain it? Global warming?
I like the technical descriptions, even though it may take me a few reads to fully visualize them, especially if it involves a slight twist or modification of an old reliable device or restraint technique that makes it particularly cruel (e.g. the whipping bench at the Ludwigsburg Museum, or in this story, J's bondage on the cross bars) and is something I'd never seen or thought of before. So for me, The Limey is delivering on that score, as well as developing an intriguing character and cultural milieu. I've never watched "Altered Carbon," but I may have to take a look.I'm afraid I began to drift away in the middle of part 6. Perhaps the complicated technical descriptions of where all the chains and rings go impairs the flow of the read? I found myself reading those bits several times to make sure I understood how all the apparatus works instead of being excited by the drama. The trouble is, if you can simply have a new body if the old one gets thrashed to ribbons it's not much of a problem if it does. J seems to be as hard as nails and completely detached from her own emotions. Would there be more erotic power in ruthlessly tormenting a sweet and delicate flower of a girl, a frail and feminine foil for vicious, twisted Roberts to really get his whip into? One who didn't want to die?
Don't mind me, I don't know! As you were gentlemen, carry on..............
I actually like your version better! I was going with the Marquis DeSade reference.BTW, I finally "got" the name of the legal firm, Reage, Clery, and Sade. I'm sure everyone else has already figured it out, but as I mentioned, it can take me a few reads. So Pauline Reage, pen name of Anne Desclos, writer of "Story Of O." Then Corrine Clery, the actor who starred as O in the movie version. The third name was a bit more of a puzzle until I recalled Sade (Helen Folasade Adu) an influential and popular English singer-songwriter of the 1980's through the 2000's who had many chart topping singles and albums including "Smooth Operator," "Soldier of Love," and "The Sweetest Taboo," which I think musically encapsulates J's personality.