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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New edition edition (12 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349106762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349106762
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,135,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I discovered many nuggets, and so will anyone, for it is an indispensible addition to the library or just the bedside table. (GAY TIMES)

engrossing...fascinating... If you kept this book in the loo your visitors would never emerge! (EROTIC REVIEW) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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* A genuine cult book that contains an extraordinary wealth of information. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun 1996
Format: Paperback
You probably don't expect to find yourself compulsively reading a book called an encyclopedia of anything, but then you probably don't expect to be reading about men who coax angry bees to sting their penises in order to make the organ swell and become more sensitive. The 750+ listings here will propel you from amazement to amazement as they carry you from abduction as a sex act to zoophilia (sex with animals). You will be repelled and excited, entranced and titillated, shocked and sucked right into the world of sexual extremes and oddities. And, all the time, you'll be making mental notes of which entries you just have to tell this or that friend about. Maybe not a book everyone will be comfortable having on the coffee table, but one you'll want within eas
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B N Mercer on 14 Dec 2000
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This is one of those books that you will pick-up to look-up a particular term or idea and find yourself still reading it hours later. The depth of content is excellent, and the scope of the subjects covered are phenominal. Since buying this book I've learned of things I hadn't even begun to imagine.
It is is written in a very professional and responsible manner and is certainly a very educational experience. If you're the sort of person who enjoys reading about the bizzarre, are looking for new ideas, want to know more about a taboo topic, or whatever, this book is a must.
My partner and friends have commented to me on what a good book this is (someone is always flicking through it!)
Heartily recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie Fur Lactic on 16 Dec 2009
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This quirky little dictionary of everything you ever wanted to know about sex, (but were afraid you'd be arrested!) is certainly an eye opener and thought provoking. You can either read it cover to cover or simply just scan it for a "thought for the day"! Some parts are not that unusual (e.g. it gives a historical account of things such as birth control). There are however some quite bizarre fetishes that lead you to believe that one could just about eroticise anything (e.g. trees, being splattered with custard pies, armpits and many many more!) if you put your mind to it. However, this can be quite interesting, in that it goes on to explain why some people get turned on by certain things and can be quite Freudian in its theory, as many fetishes or phobias seem to be closely related to childhood experience. There are little illustrations too, just like in a regular dictionary. Don't know what Dr Johnson would have made of this though! Definitely not for the narrow minded, as it covers highly taboo subjects in terms of sociocultural acceptance or otherwise (e.g. cannibalism) but again, explains the history behind same and how cultural relativism plays a part, or how practices become taboo or accepted over periods of time. An education that you'd have to judge for yourself. Quite a good buy for your money (over 500 pages and quite in depth in terms of research).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Red Baron on 29 Dec 2010
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I bought this as a 'Secret Santa' gift for someone who would appreciate it and take it for what it is - a good toilet read.
Was opened and talked about for several hours before being squirreled away into a bag as it was causing too much of a stir as people tried to find out the most 'unusual act'.
Its not all unusual though and the vast majority of the book has lots of common practices and definitions of the norm ...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan 2000
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I was given this book for Xmas, and at the Millenium Party, one of my guests picked it up from the book shelf, from then on there was laughter, cringing and various other exclamations of surprise (but not shock), amusement, understanding and so-forth. Eventually every word in the English language seemed to have been looked up by my guests, in the possibility that it may have a hidden sexual meaning. Overall a fascinating, informative, easy to read guide to the world of Unusual Sex Practices - buy the book and look up handkerchief!!!
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By Dom Peluso on 5 April 2014
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very interesting read, though not for the faint of heart, as an anthropologist this book is required reading; well that is my excuse anyway...
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I Thought the book of unusual sexual practices by Brenda Love was/is a fantastic read! I find it fascinating read, I particularly liked reading about the different ways people can get sexual gratification from just about anything!
Only thing I would say though, never mention you've read or own a copy of this book to anybody, they'll think your a bit "Nutty" (Sorry Brenda Love, no offence to you, although I personally think its one of my favourites! Mates of mine just think I'm totally mad for buying your book!)
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I bought this book hoping for a bit more depth to a topic i was interested in (why some men are attracted to prgnant women, if anyone wants to know) and while i didnt find much more in here than i had found elsewhere, it has certainly made for some interesting reading and has definately broadened my mind more than i thought possible. It has everything from mainstream practices to the most obscure things that i sometimes couldnt even imagine a person doing. It's very comprehensive if not highly detailed. A good starting point for anyone interested.
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