Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Some Smut for a Change

by Daddy X

I seldom read erotica strictly for my own enjoyment. These days, I’m usually critiquing under my editor’s hat on The Erotica Readers and Writers Association. That’s enough erotica for any one person.

The following are reciprocal reviews for those who are doing reviews of Flash Daddy for its mass media blitz on June 16th.

Thanks to editors Lisabet Sarai and Jean Roberta for doing a hell of a job on a massive project. Imagine cutting 127 flashers down to 55 for the book.

Belinda, Ian and Sam are the other editors at ERWA. See below.

These reviews are also posted (with some possible truncation) on Amazon.





Broken Vows   by Belinda La Page

Ms. La Page hit some personal buttons in Broken Vows. Given my Catholic school background (knuckles still sore) I don't mind liberties being taken with religious themes in the name of art. And "Broken Vows " is most certainly a work of art.

The techniques the author employs to present her unorthodox characters and situations allow the reader to appreciate the lovable yet feckless slacker who finds a release for his proclivities in this well-rendered tale of good-natured transgression.


From the Top  by Ian D. Smith

From the Top is the third novel in Smith’s series Merely Players.

I’ve written OGG posts about the elusive quality of scope. Peripheral information rounding out a story helps to create a more interactive experience for the reader.

In From the Top, Ian Smith has allowed us behind the scenes of an elaborate stage production involving ancient lore, Egyptologists, stolen artifacts, actors and how it all comes together. Fascinating stuff.

We really want the characters Paul, Becky and Haley's triad to succeed. It has all the makings. Paul is one of the most principled main characters I’ve encountered in any erotic read. The threesome indulge their proclivities in an offhand, matter-of-fact fashion that comes across as easy and natural as falling into bed, which these three accomplish on a regular basis. If anyone wants to explore the ideal triad relationship, From the Top provides the perfect model.


Single Syllable Steve    by Sam Thorne

Thorne takes us into a world of the hearing impaired in this sensitive, hilarious story. And did I mention hot?

This piece came through the ERWA Storytime list over two years ago, and has been out for about two years. It has really come into its own since I critiqued an early draft in 2015.  

Celeste has her hands (and ears) full. Her bar gig isn’t the greatest, the boss verbally haranguing her for one perceived mistake after another. Just too damn much noise, distracting her from her given tasks.

Enter the quiet, stalwart bouncer, Steve—who as the title suggests—doesn’t have a lot to say. He’s a welcome relief, not to mention an enigmatic presence whose charm and rugged good looks definitely trigger our Celeste’s personal … ahem … response systems.



Makersex    edited by Annabeth Leong

Oh my.

Bots and grafts, gender modifications, toys of the trade and trade-offs thereof, come together on futuristic, dystopian worlds. Imagination reigns proud in this wide-ranging collection of dark, hyper-modernized sexual exploration.

Shades of Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love persist, if not in actual story line and detail, for sure in unheard-of imagination. This collection breaks boundaries.

Annabeth’s formidable editing skills are evident in the very choice of these six wildly atmospheric, literary tales.



4 comments:

  1. All on my list, Daddy - except Sam's piece, which I read and reviewed a while ago. I definitely agree with your evaluation. It's a gem!

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    1. Thank you both very much!! I'm hard at work on the much-longer sequel...

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  2. More to read! The only one I'm really familiar with is by Belinda LaPage. The others I only glimpsed in passing, and I haven't read Makersex. They all sound good.

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  3. I know what you mean about seldom reading erotica for pleasure. It's been a long time since I've eagerly devoured every piece in an anthology that happens to have a story of mine in it. I read hundreds of submissions (in the aggregate, seldom for just one book) to anthologies I'm editing, but reading with the "editor's gaze" isn't much like reading for pleasure. On the other hand, a submission that really turns me on in spite of all that is pretty sure to be accepted.

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