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Book Review: The End In All Beginnings by John F. D. Taff

December 11th, 2014 1 comment

51DbccRXT+LOoo, what’s that?

So a while back, M read a really good book with a few tiny quirks, and the author asked his readers for criticism.

I don’t think you’re understanding the magnitude of my statement, here. In an era where authors are accusing critical reviewers of bullying, the author asked for criticism. So M responded. The author was grateful! And the rest, as they say, is history.

Then this book came out, and it got way more press than I think anyone was expecting, and then we all realized it was totally worth it. Totally. So I planned to review it, and then M said I had to review it because John’s having a contest, and the winner will be written into his next story.

I could die happy as a character in one of John’s books. ~nods~

Anywho…my review: Read more…

Book Review: Quarter Past Midnight by CJ Asher

December 4th, 2014 3 comments

Book Cover: Quarter Past MidnightOoo, what’s that?

That is CJ Asher’s debut self-published novel Quarter Past Midnight.

What’s it about?

Kate (aka Taylor) is a small town girl who quit her accounting job and moved to Philly to escape personal tragedy. While searching for an accounting job in Philly, Kate took a part time job at a strip club to pay the bills. Her boss there tips her off to another job at a swanky lingerie store, and before long, Kate finds herself in the middle of a high class “fantasy fulfillment” service of the sexual sort. Read more…

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How The Kathleen Hale Stalking Situation Affects Sex Bloggers

October 24th, 2014 7 comments

Ian Sane / Flickr

Ian Sane / Flickr

I was going to ignore Kathleen Hale’s Guardian piece because it doesn’t affect me. I don’t do many book reviews (though I’m working on three, right now), I don’t often read young adult novels, and now that I know Kathleen Hale is a psycho, I’ll never read or review one of her books, so I have nothing to worry about, right?

You’d think so, except…we haven’t had an issue exactly like this (that I’m aware) in the adult reviewing community, but a few companies have come damn close.

A representative from Pipedream once attacked an EdenFantasys reviewer (I think on the EdenFantasys website, but I can’t remember) for giving their product a critical review. EdenFantasys response (against recommendations made by its community-members-turned-staff) was to instruct reviewers to be more objective in reviews of toys they didn’t like. A few years later, GoodVibes has taken the same stance, calling critical reviews “sex negative” because they don’t take into consideration other people’s bodies, which, to me, sounds more like “your experience only matters if it makes us money” than concern for a person who doesn’t cum like a critical reviewer, but that’s just me.

Shiri Zinn has threatened and harassed reviewers and non-reviewers for multiple reasons, most of which include (but are not limited to) making critical comments and/or writing critical reviews about her shitty Cupcake Vibrator. She’s managed to talk such a big game that even mainstream publications that reviewed the toy (which shall remain nameless) “kept it classy” in their reviews, and avoided words like “orgasm” and “masturbation” to pander to Shiri’s “brand” of…chaste female stimulation. With a cupcake. I’m really not sure how this makes sense to anyone. Read more…

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Book Review: Making the Hook-Up edited by Cole Riley

September 10th, 2010 Comments off

Ooo, what’s that?

With a picture like that, what else could it be but a compilation of steamy erotica?  It’s called Making the Hook-Up: Edgy Sex with Soul.  It’s written by black authors, and edited by Cole Riley, with the intention of doing away with black stereotypes, sexual and societal.

What’s it about?  Read more…

Book Review: Anal Pleasure and Health by Jack Morin, PhD

July 23rd, 2010 1 comment

Ooo, what’s that?

That’s Anal Pleasure and Health: A Guide for Men and Women by Jack Morin, PhD, and it’s probably the most overdue review in the history of reviews. My apologies and gratitude go out to the awesome people at Babeland Toys, who assigned me this review ages ago and haven’t lobbed my head off for not having it finished.

Table of Contents:

  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction: A Quarter Century of Anal Exploration
  • Ch. 1: A Brief History of Anal Pleasure
  • Ch. 2: Confronting the Anal Taboo
  • Ch. 3: How to Use This Book
  • Ch. 4: Looking and Touching
  • Ch. 5: Beneath the Skin
  • Ch. 6: Mind and Body
  • Ch. 7: Inside the Anus
  • Ch. 8: Anal Eroticism
  • Ch. 9: Discovering the Rectum
  • Ch. 10: Attitudes Toward Rectal Stimulation
  • Ch. 11: Mutual Exploration
  • Ch. 12: Anal Intercourse
  • Ch. 13: Realms of Power
  • Ch. 14: A Lifetime of Anal Pleasure
  • Appendix A Health Problems INvolving the Anus and Rectum
  • Appendix B Summary of Research and Findings
  • Bibliography
  • Index

What’s it about? Read more…

Book Review: Tasting Him edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

July 9th, 2010 Comments off

Ooo, what’s that?

So a month or so ago, I was asked if I do book reviews. And I said, “Well, I guess it really depends on the book.” Because I have a super short attention span, and reading anything even remotely resembling a textbook just doesn’t end well with me.

I was sort of surprised when I was told that for Oral Sex Month, the Naked Reader Book Club was reading oral sex books. I mean, whole books of nothing but oral sex? Won’t that eventually get… boring?

I decided I had to start somewhere, though, and chose Tasting Him: Oral Sex Stories, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, from the three books I was offered.  Read more…

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