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Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica [Kindle Edition]

D. L. King
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The Victorians wrote some of the best and most enduring erotica. For such a tightly-laced age, people spent a lot of time thinking about things carnal. Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, et al enthralled us with their visions of new possibilities. The rich and slightly decadent visuals of the steam age lend themselves perfectly to the new carnality of post-punk era. And, of course, what is repressed will be even more exciting once the corset is unlaced. Steampunk, even without sex, is erotic; with sex, it’s over-the-top hot. A widowed lady engineer invents a small device that can store the energy from sexual frustration and convert it to electricity to help power a home. Teresa Noelle Roberts shows us what it can do, confronted with sexual fulfillment. What volume of steampunk would be complete without a tale of sailing ships and the men who sail them? If your taste runs to sexy pirates in space, Poe Von Page will delight you with the mutinous crew of the Danika Blue and their new captain.

Then there’s the very special room on the top floor in the House of the Sable Locks, a brothel where sexually discriminating men go to have their fantasies fulfilled. Even if a man daren’t put those fantasies into words, Elizabeth Schechter’s “Succubus” will give the madam all the information she needs with which to make her clients happy. There are brothels, flying machines, steam-powered conveyances, manor houses, spiritualist societies. The following stories afford intelligently written, beautifully crafted glimpses into other worlds, where the Carnal Machines won’t fail to seduce you, get you wet or make you hard so, lie back, relax; a happy ending is guaranteed.

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''It's a really good fun, well written anthology which is completely different to anything I've ever read before. [...] if you're looking for something sexy and very different, look no further. Carnal Machines is a decadent and unique read that's well worth adding to your to be read list.'' - Lucy Felthouse for Erotica for

''So, if you're looking something sexy and very different, look no further. Carnal Machines is a decadent and unique read that's well worth adding to your to be read list.'' - Blogcritics

''Carnal Machines is a wonderful exploration of erotica in the Steampunk genre. I've read a fair amount of Steampunk erotica and this book, edited by D L King, is one of the best out there. The stories all embody the genre perfectly. Each one shines as a glimpse into a Victorian world that might have been if things had gone just a wee bit differently and in some cases magically. The characters and worlds of the various authors pull you in so well it's a shock when the story ends. You don't want to let go, you want to continue on and find out what else happens in these worlds. As I mentioned, I've read a lot of Steampunk erotica and most fail to catch the feel or the atmosphere of the genre. Carnal Machines nails it, this is what Steampunk erotica should be. This is definitely a book for the keeper shelf and one to read over and over with your favorite Airship Pirate or Mad Scientist. This one gets a 5 and a recommended read.''- Night Owl Reviews

''It would be easy to get lost in the devices of this ersatz era - they could so easily steal the show - but it is that the tales don't do this that makes the collection shine. I'm a firm believer in the strength of narrative in erotica, and it's obvious the authors in this anthology are cut from similar cloth. The devices are indeed carnal, but it's the characters who take you there.'' --Erotica Revealed

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 325 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1573446548
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S6UWSM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,849 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Carnal Machines is a collection of erotic short stories with a steampunk theme. If you don't know what steampunk is, imagine science fiction as it would be written by a Victorian author (e.g. Jules Verne); it's a growing genre of popular fiction. So, given that it's erotica and given the collection's title "Carnal Machines", you'll have a fairly decent (or indecent) idea as to what the machines are that the steam-power is powering. We are presented, therefore, by a veritable cornucopia (i.e. horn of plenty, wink wink) of clockwork, hydraulic or steam powered dildoes, designed to pleasure the orifices and protruberances of various Victorian ladies, dollymops and crinolined vixens and, in a couple of instances, the quivering nether regions of some Victorian gentlemen as well.

This is my first foray into written erotica (well, if you discount Razzle's Readers' Letters; "There's this really good-looking bird what lives next-door to me. You'll never guess what happened the other day when I went round to help her fix her telly aerial...") and I'm not entirely sure why I bought it. Well... I suppose I DO know why I bought it, but that's another (short) story. I suppose I was a little disappointed by the lack of good plot and original characterisation, but then, video titles such as "Debbie Does Dallas" never had much need of such ornamentation either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as it looks 10 Mar. 2012
In this anthology there are two stories that include smart, sexy Chinese women, and I like it for that reason alone. There are 14 stories altogether, which is quite a generous number. It's surprising, then, that they are of a consistently high quality. I did skip one of the stories, I must admit, and I suppose if I were being a conscientious reviewer I'd say which one it was, but it was no big deal, I just didn't like it. It's an anthology. It's okay to skip around.

Talking of skipping around, I first saw this as a paperback in a bookshop in Charing Cross Road and I nearly bought it but I was with a male friend and I didn't want him to feel threatened by my interest in sex machines.

So I bought a Kindle version. I really wish I'd bought the paperback. An anthology like this shows up the weaknesses of the Kindle. I kept wanting to flick through and dip in and out and I really couldn't.

The only author I'd heard of before I bought the book was Janine Ashbless. All the others were not only new to me but have really strange names like Elias A. St. James, Essemoh Teepee and Blue Poe Von Page. Unfortunately the Kindle version doesn't give the author's name with the story title in the table of contents, so this made it really hard to get familiar with their names and remember who had written what. To make matters worse, the author biographies at the back are in a different order from the stories and don't give the story titles.

I had to write my own table of contents in the end, which is really geeky, isn't it? But I suppose someone who can do that would also appreciate a steam-powered anal probe, so you could say this book and I were made for each other.

Like my review, this book should not be taken too seriously.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decadent and unique read. 27 Jun. 2011
By Lucy Felthouse VINE VOICE
I had no idea what to expect when I picked up Carnal Machines. I confess that before reading the foreword, I wasn't 100% sure what steampunk was - though it turned out that I was pretty much right in my thinking. And for those of you that don't know, in brief the genre is stories based in the Victorian era with an emphasis on inventions and machinery, i.e. steam-powered.

Now that's cleared up, on to the review...

When I started reading Carnal Machines I quickly realised that the title was very literal. I knew that the machinery would be involved, obviously, but I wasn't expecting, well, sex machines. There are naughty gadgets left, right and centre in this book - it's a Victorian version of a sex toy shop!

The book really captures what it was to be alive in Victorian times - worried about being proper, sullied reputations - and sex. Carnal Machines takes what we know about that repressed time and flings open the doors. It's always been hinted that the Victorians were in fact sex mad, probably due to the 'forbidden' nature of the act, and this anthology really plays on that. You can almost imagine yourself being transported back to a simpler time where polite society frowned upon naughtiness, so people did it in secret.

There are tales about the curing of hysterical women, using sexual energy to power machines, steam powered strap ons and much more. It's a really good fun, well written anthology which is completely different to anything I've ever read before.

One of my favourite stories was Doctor Watson Makes A House Call, purely because I'm a fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories and thought this was a brilliant take on it. The very idea of the supposedly prim and proper Watson using sexual aids on a woman to 'cure' her was excellent.

So, if you're looking something sexy and very different, look no further. Carnal Machines is a decadent and unique read that's well worth adding to your to be read list.
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