Being that the title is the first thing a reader encounters of a story, it can be an important cue as to what a story might be about. In the present case, the second half of the title might bring to mind sterile images of white-coated researchers using sensors and probes to analyze dispassionate sex for a BBC documentary. Or it might be a gimmick used by a reproductive biology student to bed lab partners all in the name of good scholarship. Either way, one might expect to find something clichéd or tedious.
In life, though, it’s a good thing not to have expectations. The Art and Science of Love is a well-written tale of artistic rebirth, conveyed in a style that is laid-back but nevertheless demands your attention. Author aroslav is skilled with words, and it’s worth taking the time to slow down and enjoy the prose rather than rush through to hurry the plot along. Main character Doc is fleshed out in the first few chapters through a series of plot-seeding scenes that are beautifully written. The passage in Chapter 2 where Doc poses his subject is superb, eliciting a stream of artistic images that allows the reader to access the painter’s eye. Subsequent scenes are just as sensually rich, as Doc is subjected to the ‘experiments’ of Rita, the sexy scientist in the story. And it’s not just a visual feast: textures, tastes and more get whirled into the sensory mix. You may even find yourself getting cold feet towards the end--in a good way!
The supporting cast makes for entertaining and often hot encounters that give the plot a steady drive but also subtly reveal details of Doc’s character. Indeed, his transformation ends up being the star of the show. The seasoned confidence and life-savvy that are so clear in the beginning are slowly turned on their head as the lines between art, science, and love are blurred.
The ‘Art’ in the story is written with detailed authority. Clearly aroslav has a solid knowledge of artistic techniques. However, while the reader may gain an appreciation of some of the technical skills a portraitist might use to develop a work, the primary function of the art here is to paint parts of the story using an uncommon perspective. Doc relates the tale in a way that the reader might feel that they are watching brushstrokes applied to a canvas. Revealed in this fashion, the story is a wonderfully creative journey that is well worth reading.
And what about the ‘Science’? There’s no reason to spoil the fun with details, but suffice it to say that the important word in the title is the last one.