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{June 8, 2010}   Porn! Or rather, erotica review

Q says I’m not talking about my sex life enough. I told her she was just looking for porn. She said if she wanted that, she’d buy my books (which she already does!). This made me laugh really hard. ;-D (She is, of course, right. Lots of soft porn in my books.)

Speaking of books, I bought Sometimes She Lets Me, which is a book of butch-femme erotic short stories. Some of the stories were really good, and worth buying the book for them. But too many of the hit my anti-kinks.Β  “Anti-kink?” I hear you cry. Yes, you know, the things that turn you off and make you twitch?

Now, I admit, I have a lot of anti-kinks. The SM aspect of BDSM is an anti-kink for me. Anybody cheating on anybody else is an anti-character-kink. The sex might be hot, but I despise the characters and so can’t identify with them or get into it. Girl/Daddy stuff is a borderline anti-kink; I’ve read it and been mostly okay with it, and I’ve read it and been really not okay with it. Depends on how it’s handled. Rape is definitely an anti-kink, though rape games I can deal with — they’re half a step from power games, and I like those. As long as everything is clearly fun and dandy (and non-bloody…), I can handle that.

So, as you can see, I have quite a list of anti-kinks — and a lot of them are common kinks for other people. It means any book of erotica I buy I know there’s going to be some I’m not interested in. That’s fine.Β  It’s true of everyone, after all. πŸ˜‰

All that said, I’ll probablyΒ  hand this book off to someone else. The cheating thing, specifically, was a problem for me. I’ll cut before reviewing to avoid any spoilers… πŸ˜‰

The stories I liked, I really quite liked. The quality of writing was much higher than I expected overall, so that was nice. The fact that it varied from butch/butch to femme/femme to butch/femme was also nice. πŸ˜€

The first story was super short, but really sweet. It made me sniffle and ‘awww,’ which admittedly isn’t hard. *laughs* The second one was fun — a first time story of sorts, which isn’t my big kink, but it was still a good story. Very vanilla (about a baker… and it was vanilla. I crack myself up.), and there really wasn’t a lot that totally hooked me, but it was still a nice way to spent fifteen or twentyΒ  minutes.

The third was a story by S. Bear Bergman, and again, I really liked it. Nothing wild, but not vanilla, either. Plus, two butches together is like two men together in my opinion: very hot. ;-D

The fourth one, Anonymous, was completely hilarious and one of my favorites! It’s the exploits of a femme who’s trying to find anonymous sex. She does eventually succeed, and it’s pretty damn hot. *grins* Also, hilarious.

The fifth one looks like it was probably pretty hot, but as you’re likely guessing from my typing, I didn’t read it. There were no capital letters. Seems like a minor thing, I know, but that kind of “My style of writing is to ignore grammar” drives me crazy — and for good reason. Reading is already difficult for me: take away the grammar that gives my eyes an anchor, and I’m left trying so hard to make sense out of what I’m reading that I’m not really absorbing the story. 😦

Cop-Out was the first story told from the third person (“She walked into a bar” instead of “I walked into a bar”) and I noticed it because it was so jarring! That’s an editing problem. If they’d put it closer to the front of the book, it wouldn’t have been so noticeable. Again, a pretty good story — though I found myself kind of wincing for the hero, and I don’t think I was supposed to. I also was wincing at the names — Troi and Staci. One “i” would have been plenty, really. Still, at the end of the night the hero had picked up a straight woman and eventually sent her home, and I kept thinking, “I feel so bad for our hero, who can’t even admit to being butch and therefore finding a relationship.” Now, it’s been a bit since I read it — possibly our hero was getting off on picking up and banging straight girls. But somehow I walked away with the feeling that our hero had to hide the fact that he was a she, which just makes me sad.

The next story was the first of the ones that really made me reel back and go, “Whoa, wait. Anti-kink.” I mean — I almost put the book down and didn’t pick it up again.Β  Night Crawler is about a femme who rapes butches. I kept thinking — “…No. Rough sex. They’re talking rough sex.” But it’s all first-person, and at one point she’s talking about what she’s planning/what she’s done:

I let her[the butch she’s picked up] push me up against the wall, but only so I can get a tight grasp on her wrists and lock them behind her back with one hand. I push my pelvis into her and with her newfound awareness of my bulge against her crotch the struggle of forces begins.

“What the fu–” she begins to say as I grab hold of the top of her head and forcefully push her down to her knees. My heart is beating fast as I remember the thrill of fishing, when you first feel your line taut with the thrashing of desperation. She resists until I reach down and pull the shaft from my boot, flicking open its cool silver blade and resting it lightly against the side of her throat.

This is followed up by theΒ  butch struggling consistently — not in a fun way, but with really violent language and no indication, ever, that the femme is playing or the butch is enjoying it. And then rape with a strap-on. I thought, at first, that it was a badly-written rough-sex story. (Badly written, because if you want it to be hot you don’t use all violent words– ‘forcefully push,’ ‘thrashing of desperation,’ ‘lock them behind’ — and you don’t use long sentences, which forces people to breathe shallowly as they read and makes their flight-or-fight response kick in.) But — it’s not. It’s a rape story, clearly about hurting people (“showing them their place” is a phrase frequently used) and it really made my skin crawl.

The next story, Does She Look Like A Boy? was a D/s story — and actually really good. I’m not a big fan of D/s, but this story was written really well, and was quite hot. I found the characters interesting, there was enough plot and question to hold my interest, and the sex was good! It kind of repaired me from the last one. πŸ˜‰

Tag was cute, and Homecoming Queen was short and smutty (though a little surreal, since the heroine’s name was my name! Mine is not a common name.) There was some power play stuff in HQ, some mild Daddy/girl stuff, and some sneaking around. I like sneaking around. πŸ˜‰

Roulette was hot, but the “heroine” was A. kind of a bitch who was manipulating and using her butch for crash space while B. cheating on her butch. At the end there was some question as to whether the butch (who also wasn’t the most sterling of characters) might have been aware of it. Overall, very hot — but I didn’t like the characters.

Angie’s Daddy was another one that left me with the creeps. It’s a Daddy/girl story, and I didn’t actually read all of it. The funny thing is, it wasn’t the content that turned me off, but the writing style. It’s written first person, very simplistically — as if the person narrating actually is a young girl. An adult playing a young girl I can deal with, even if it’s not my thing. But this read as a young girl. No playing involved. Lots of semi-consensual sex (having sex with Angie’s Daddy, even though she doesn’t really want to, she wants to be having sex with Angie and she’s pretending like it’s not Angie’s Daddy).Β  Now, I’ve written fanfic with semi-consensual sex, but never with someone who’s mentally a child. If you really like Daddy/girl stuff, this might be right up your alley — because it was very well written on a technical level, in that it came across as young without being cloying. Just… definitely not my thing.

Voodoo and Tattoos was really hot. πŸ˜€ It’s about a young butch who gets picked up by a femme, taken to a hotel room, and then watches while the femme and her butch have hot sex. Then the butches get together briefly. I liked it. πŸ˜€ I have such a voyeuristic/exhibitionist streak. *laughs*

Look But Don’t Touch is about a butch going to a peep show — naked girls behind glass. It’s adorable. I kind of want to pinch the butch’s cheeks and get hir laid. It’s also really prettily written, with lots of lovely lines that make me purr. There’s no sex in this one, which actually made me sad — with writing that lovely, I wanted to have lovely porn, too. It was good despite the lack of sex. πŸ˜‰

The next was Fee Fi Foe Femme, about two femmes. I’m not really attracted to femmes, so it had that against it, but I quite liked the characters and the story was deliciously evil. One femme won’t let the other kiss her all night because their lipsticks clash, so when they end up in bed the second femme gets sexy retribution. *grins*

The Bridge has no plot, but is one giant orgy. Seriously. It starts out with two people, and then adds a cop, and a couple in a car a little ways away. It was really good sex, and really hot. I probably wouldn’t read it again, because I do like some story with my sex, but if you just want sex? This is it. There’s LOTS of sex.

Gravity Sucks had hot sex, and awesome plot! Most short story plots are funny; they’re easier to write short than most other things. I like funny. πŸ˜€ It was about a butch half under a car she’s fixing, who basically gets sex-jumped by her girlfriend. This one had a hilariously, slightly evil, twist ending. And hot sex.

You Can Write a Story About It was an interesting look at the evolution of a relationship (with sex). I liked it, but in a wincing sort of way — not everything was smooth. I think it’d make a good novel.

I didn’t read Grand Jete. I skimmed it — it’s one big sex scene, no plot, which bores me to start with. It’s also practically poetry, which I only like in small doses. This was too word-heavy; before, I said one the author of Look But Don’t Touch had a lovely way with words, but it still wasn’t word-heavy. This is more like reading Dickens, if Dickens wrote lesbian porn. Pretty, yes. Descriptive, yes. Too much, though.

I didn’t do more than skim either Butches Don’t or Peggy Munson. The first was about two butches cheating on their respective femmes — femmes portrayed as nice people (so I hated the butches to start out with) — and the second was a Daddy/girl — and after that other Daddy/girl, I was wary. This seemed more adult-playing-girl, so that worked, but I didn’t particularly like the characters and since it’s already an anti-kink… *shrugs* The next, Becoming Stone, was so stylistic that I got about half a page through before I was lost. 😦 That’s mostly due to my reading problems — possibly someone else would understand and love it.

The final story was The Diner on the Corner by Sinclair Sexsmith, and it was awesome. It totally hit my kinks. Butch/femme, public sneaky sex, talking about gender identities — they actually have a conversation about gender identity while sitting in a diner having sneaky sex with their hands under the table. Oh, Mr. Sexsmith, you’re awesome.Β  And it was well written, the characters were likable, there was a mini-plot, smut, and I just love stuff like this.

You know what? This book might have been worth it for the few stories I really liked. I take it back. I’m not giving it away. Or maybe I’ll copy the bits I liked and THEN give it away… πŸ˜‰

There’s definitely something for everybody, and even the things I didn’t like were often well written on a technical level. I know that my ability to deal with characters who cheat is FAR LESS than most other peoples’ ability. I have no tolerance for that, whereas I know a lot of people who can shrug it off as fiction, so those stories might have been really good, too. Just… I can’t shrug it off. Overall… I don’t know if I’d recommend it. If your interests vary, then yes. The writing is good, most of the stories are pretty strong, and while I can see improvements that could be made, it surpasses some of the other stuff I’ve read. πŸ˜‰ On the other hand, if you have a lot of anti-kinks like me, or your interests are limited, you’re only going to find a few stories you like. Buy with knowledge. πŸ˜‰

Hey — and check it out. I just wrote an entire post on what sex things I like, and I didn’t get embarrassed once. ;-D

J

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meloha says:

Love the anti-kink idea. x



JB says:

*grins* It’s appropriate, sometimes. πŸ˜‰

J



Q says:

You make me so proud with all your accomplishments…next on our educational-get-over-your-issues agenda is sneaky, public sex — in day light. I know we’ve had our romps in dark corners or while driving at night, but i’m thinking more like an afternoon stroll in Golden Gate Park, and then tackling you behind some random shrubbery. Oh wait — there was that the time on the motorcycle going to the movie — that was in the day time, and rush hour. Woot! I was anti-skirt until that day. And I’m glad to see that our anti-kinks are quite similar, while our pro-kinks line up nicely. Damn! You’re hot! And naughty! I’ll work on the power play stuff; there’s a delicate balance there. And you can work on your verbal stuff (homework for you…or, more appropriately, bedwork. Hah!).



JB says:

*LAUGHS!* GGP sounds like fun… as long as that shrubbery isn’t poison ivy or something. ;-D *snerks* And I’m glad to see that our public sex has turned you over to the pro-skirt crowd. See, there’s good things about them. *grins*

Kinks — I was thinking that not too long ago, actually, that our anti- and pro-kinks line up pretty well. There are some we haven’t talked about, even casually, but for the most part they seem pretty together. πŸ˜€ *cracks UP* I love how you keep being all exclamation-pointy over hot and naughtiness. *grins*

Power play stuff — there is! And now that I can communicate better, we can do stuff like that without worrying so much about pushing too much. *grins* Just watch me get more and more verbal… ;-D

J



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