Double Whammy!

An ENE Review of the novels
The Midnight Moon & The White Sun by Stobie Piel


Reviewed by JZ Sharpe

I must confess to a guilty pleasure -- I've become addicted to futuristic romances. They seem to satisfy my need for passion and the fantastic all in one fell swoop. Of course, as is often the case with romance, they're never quite explicit enough for me, but I take that as a characteristic of the genre. Someday, somebody will write something more to my taste, although I suspect that somebody's going to have to be me.
In the meantime, I'm sucking up as many of these books as I can, and that's what led me to two novels by Stobie Piel, The Midnight Moon and The White Sun. Not aware of the books' "birth order", I actually read The White Sun first, although in the scheme of things, The Midnight Moon comes first. They share characters, although both books stand very nicely on their own, so if you read one but not the other, you won't feel like you've missed anything. Both take place on faraway worlds, both involve a romance between lovers from different groups.
The Midnight Moon is the story of easy-going Dane Calydon and a woman of mystery, Aiyana. At first she hides herself from him by wrapping herself up and claiming to be an amphibious creature from another world, but he doesn't fall for that. Although they must put aside past prejudices and learn to trust each other, they build a strong relationship, which they will need as they battle common enemies. The same could be said for The White Sun, except the characters in this novel, the dour, scarred Arnoth of Valenwood and the passionate Sierra, are completely different personalities. Could these two books be the same stories, but with a different cast? Not necessarily.
If you must choose between them, choose The Midnight Moon. The plot is stronger, the pacing is smoother. The White Sun, as the second of the pair, seems to have been rushed in its creation, and the plot shows it. Rather than being a smooth transition between events, it seems to have more of a jerky feel, like a series of events have just been chained together, but with very little thought as to what came before, or what comes after. I really had to push myself to finish The White Sun; on the other hand, The Midnight Moon finished itself. Real science fiction aficionados will find some of the fantastical elements cliched (clones and talking winged creatures called "lingbats").
However, I still enjoyed both these books, for one simple reason -- the sex scenes. When it comes to passion, Stobie Piel doesn't wimp out (unlike many romance writers). No gauze curtain here! Sex is dealt with honestly, the activities are well described and the characters actually enjoy themselves. I've taken to bookmarking sex scenes when I read, and I've got plenty of little slips sticking out of both The Midnight Moon and The White Sun.
So, with a grain of salt, I'd recommend both these titles, if for nothing more than the sex. But there is more -- a pretty good story, likeable characters, and a nice escape from reality. What more could you want?
The Midnight Moon

The White Sun

Stobie Piel books are available for purchase through

For the past five years, JZ Sharpe has been making up for the time she lost in a 20-year writer's block. She lives in the Pennsylvania mountains, where most of her friends and coworkers would be shocked and amazed by her secret life as a writer of erotica and science fiction. JZ Sharpe is a regular contributor to ENE. You can also find her work at About's Amateur Erotica, Adult Story Corner, Biblio Eroticus, Blood Moon Zine , Dare , Erotica Readers Association, HotErotica.Com and Scarlet Letters . Get lashed by the Sharpe Tongue.

Other ENE Features
All Text, Codes, Graphics © 2001 ENE. All Rights Reserved.