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Rachel Kramer Bussel

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Book Description

9 May 2013
This big book of bi explores every option. There are girlfriends and wives, husbands and boyfriends, first dates, threesomes and much more here. There's daring and adventure, women taking risks by stepping outside their comfort zones, whether it's by surrendering to a bodyguard in `The Slate' by Tahira Iqbal or confronting `The Wife' of a male lover in Kay Jaybee's story, only to be confronted right back. Stories feature strong women, such as `The Robber Girl' by Lori Selke, and men who surprise them with their sensitivity, such as in Bussel's own story.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CLEIS PRESS (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573449245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573449243
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 14.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twenty-Two Times the Pleasure 3 April 2013
By Miranda_Velocity - Published on
Bi-sexuality has gone though phases of chicness in the mainstream: Berlin and the overall flapper culture of the '20s; groovy swingers in the '70s; most recently, in the '90s (think of how much everyone liked "Bound"-- which was not a lesbian film).
Representations of bi-sexuality swell, but like a half-broken children's mechanical toy they show the same thing again and again: hot chicks gettin' it on who's desire is non-threatening because they dig dudes and probably will wind up with one.

But what about people who just ARE bi? People who find attraction not in specificity of gender but in specificity of individuals. What about guys who enjoy sex and/or significant relationships with other men, but also are into women,too? What about women who've always thought of themselves as through-and-through dykes but discover that they are finding pleasure in hooking up with a dude?

"Twice The Pleasure", edited by the terrific Rachel Kramer Bussel, removes the vapid stereotypes and brings in the good stuff, in the form of twenty-two stories. The cover says "Bi-sexual Women's Erotica", but I feel that anyone will get turned on and get to thinking "outside the box" (no pun intended) by adding this book to their erotica collection. Believe me, you don't have to identify as bi-sexual to find enticement in this collection.

As Rachel writes in her excellent introduction: "We may think we know what we want,only to keep on surprising ourselves just when we think we have it all figured out."

It's a delight to read of women taking chances sexually: asserting their desire outside the norm. As the internet grows in it's offerings of the visual porn variety, presentations of fake bi-sexuality are more popular than ever.

Thank goodness Cleis Press, Rachel Kramer Bussel and all the delightful authors who've made up "Twice The Pleasure" are wide-awake and giving us so much more. Let's keep on surprising ourselves.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious and Smart 5 May 2013
By thedarkk13 - Published on
Rachel Kramer Bussel has once again managed to string together a group of stories rife with well-written sexy.

The thing I always find pleasing about an RKB-edited book is that none of the stories contained within that book read the same. Which is exactly not what you would expect reading an anthology of similarly themed writings. It speaks to her abilities as an editor.

It also accounts for why I have yet to be disappointed by anything with her name attached to it.

P.S. - Did I mention how hot all the stories were?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag 4 May 2013
By Alva Rose - Published on
***I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

I want to love this anthology for its best stories and its diversity, but one story in this book read so much like sexual assault that I stopped reading it. The story was also very close to the beginning of the book, which made me wary of the entire anthology very early on. I can write off every other flaw, but that one story left a foul taste in my mouth that is still bothering me, days later. Bussel's submission guidelines generally forbid non-consensual scenes. If the book is not supposed to contain non-con, why isn't there a big, fat warning over "The Wife" by Kay Jaybee? (I'm only naming names so that other readers can skip over that story if it sounds like something that will upset them-- I don't mean to shame the author! I am not strictly opposed to non-con stories, but I believe they should be clearly marked or contextualized)

I look very favorably on about half of the stories in this book, with four or five stand-out winners among those. Emerald, Sinclair Sexsmith, Dena Hankins, Valerie Alexander and Bussel herself all contribute sizzling hot, well-written stories with excellent explication, great action, engaging characters, and demonstrated a broad range of bisexual identities and desires. Others that I enjoyed but were not necessarily my particular cup of bisexual-lady tea were hot, dirty, unique, well-written, and fun to read (regardless of whether or not they tickled my fancy) with interesting concepts and a variety of people, identities, and acts. Definitely has broad appeal in that regard. Even some of the stories that I really didn't like get props for diversity and isolated chunks of great writing and great action, however short they were.

Most of the stories that I don't count as particularly good were somehow clumsy in their narratives, with scenes that were whiplash-short and/or had too much information crammed (and not given room to be illuminating or relevant to the story) in before the action. Others seemed cheap or cliche, or presented encounters and transitions that were distractingly unlikely. One or two stories read like male fantasies of bisexual women, rather than being FOR bisexual women, which was particularly disappointing. As previously stated, one story belongs in an anthology of blurry and nonexistent consent.

I'll pick this book up again, I'm sure, to re-read my favorites, and I'll definitely look out for more work by their authors. I would only recommend it to other bi/pansexual women with major disclaimers.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Curious Beings 8 May 2013
By Geeky Nymph - Published on
"Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women's Erotica" is an erotica book that tells tales of women discovering and indulging in new pleasurable experiences. What this book succeeds in doing is capturing how varied bisexuality really is, and how it pops up when people are open to new experiences, with or without having identified as bisexual.

As Rachel states "We are multifaceted, full of desires that can't be contained in a single, simplistic category. We are hungry, horny, mischievous, naughty, provocative and, yes, curious."

It can be very rewarding to be open to learning new things about one's sexuality, and this book depicts women doing just that in a variety of creative, erotic ways and from all walks of life.

From the first story of a bi-curious woman giving into her desires, to the last story of a woman realizing what she needs isn't necessarily what she wants, these tales tell us about the sexual experiences women have that they might not know they want or need until it happens to them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Sweets 25 Jun 2013
By Tof - Published on
Twice the Pleasure, is, like all anthologies, a Hallowe'en goody bag, where some of the candies are more toothsome than others. It is, however, a rather superior goodie bag, the kind you get in rich neighborhoods where they give out entire candy bars and even dark chocolate truffles.

Any reader who is attracted to this work by it's title will find some of is gooey, sinful sweets to be particularly to their taste. I loved the merengue-like Gibert and Sullivan parody lavyered over the richer relationship dynamics of Jean Roberta's Operetta. The bittersweet romance and the gritty medieval setting of Lori Selke's The Robber Girl was hot and sharp, its pleasure and pain commingled. But it was Glitter in the Gutter by Giselle Renarde that was the piece de resistance for me. Sexy, yes, all these stories are sexy, and Glitter in the Gutter is layers with sweet and sour, the narrator's complex bisexuality and her love interest's "trans-curious" gendering sizzle and char, seem about to burn up and then, voila! Such a powerful release, so tender, and so very satifying.

Other reviewers have commented on the ambiguous consent (or outright non-con) of The Wife, which I admit was a turn-off for me. Some readers will be unsettled by the roughness (including a tiny bit of blood play) in The Robber Girl, which I liked. Some of the stories are rooted in bisexual identity, others are about incidental bisexual behavior. Rachel Kramer Bussel's latest anothology is, forgive me for the reference, like a box of chocolates. I think you'll like most of them.
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