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A Bit Tired and Formulaic, But Well Written
on 21 July 2007
As it says on the cover, this is a collection of short stories, loosely held together by a fairly tenuous proposition that its deliberately naughty young female narrator is now a new lecturer in the biological sciences. Some of the stories are her reminiscences; others are like diary entries of the more salacious goings-on in her life. There's certainly lots of erotic material, mostly centred around Miss Birch's craving for chastisement of her rear end and for a whole range of more humiliating experiences which seems to omit little in the panoply of dominance/submission fantasies, including significant voyeuristic scenarios. Perhaps because of this I felt the material to be artificially manipulated to be all things to all fetishists, rather than an illustration of the particular erotic psyche of the narrator. It seemed to me rather tired and formulaic, going through the motions of submission (and trying too hard) rather than suggesting true excitement. It's well written, and it will please M/F enthusiasts, but it's not one of Birch's better efforts.