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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2000
This is a whole world of exploration in advanced love making. For beginners, it represents a Pandora's box of surprises and I hope excitement.
I found the layout to be well thought out, a gentle introduction which feeds the mind with ideas, followed by advanced technique. For the DIYers out there, there is an introduction to making your own toys and lots of resource information in the back.
The authors comment frequently on the importance of communication and understanding by both partners - especially when setting out on this adventure.
In some ways, the technique is almost secondary, I think most readers, once they accept that they have more than a passing interest, will have a good idea of what pushes their buttons. The book handles the less tangible aspects of SM very well, reassurance for those unsure of their feeling, advice for those who are trying SM for the first time and useful tips for partners already involved and enjoying SM.
I found this book to be a revelation, very refreshing, reassuring in many ways. A few things made me blink in surprise, some was absolutely fascinating; much of the content can be adapted and intensified with little extra preparation to suit individual taste.
I particularly liked the humour, the style. A good manual for everyone. I commend it to the House!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2004
Screw the Roses...is one of the first instructional books I've read dealing with the whole BDSM scene. Mostly, what I know about the whole scene is from reading books like "Breaking the Girl" or "The Story of O". While fiction is a good way to ease into it, I found this book was more realistic and informative. It really has a great sense of humour as well. If you're into it or just curious, I'd give this one a go. The authors really knows their stuff and take a more lighthearted approach.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2000
A well written, well thought out book on the subject of SadoMasochism (or BDSM or Dom/Sub ... whatever title you choose). Of course it's impossible to agree entirely with everything stated in any book - but for the begginer, the curious, the enthusiast, there really is nothing better to tell you what BDSM is REALLY about.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 1999
This is an excellent book, and a marvellous companion to SM101, which is also worth a read.
This one reads like a book, while SM101 is more of an instruction manual.
This one doesn't have much psychology, just plain information, which may not suit someone who doesn't understand their feelings, but is fine for the person at ease with their feelings but not knowing how to tie knots ...
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2003
This is without doubt my best investment in furthering my knowledge of the BDSM scene. The humour is top knotch but the wealth of information found within these pages is immesurable when compared to simular books. I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone new to BDSM or just wanting to expand thier knowledge to buy this before anything else!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 1998
this is a wonderful book for beginners and novices alike, also great for those who are just curious. it was given to me as a gift and i loved it :) it has great tips and advice and explains the general guidelines for safety quite well. i recommend it to anyone who is curious about bdsm.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 1997
"Screw The Roses; Send Me The Thorns" is a fantastic book from two active members of the scene. The late Philip Miller, and his submissive Molly Devon wrote this *must* have book. They are familiar with eachother and the scene, with a twist of sardonic humor yet with a sensitive manner. They approach the issues at hand in a humoristic and warm way. Never does a person feel as if they are being "talked down to."
For those that are new/novice, to those that are senior members - this book provides a constant stream of information that is constantly updated. The book takes the basics, and gives the reader those definitions and explanations that will enable them to learn. Next, more information is then given for those that want to continue to explore. A fantastic reference book for those that are interested in gaining accurate information!
Fantastic series of resource listings in the back of the book! [re: BBS's, Periodicals, Groups & Organizations, Leather Resources [stores], Leather Resources [support], etc.]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2012
This book has been a god-send to me. My partner expressed a wish to be dominated and I had no idea what to do... Started with this book and (thanks to other reviews on here) also brought The Loving Dominant by J Warren.

Do not be put off by any negativity on the wider internet. This has been insightful and helpful to an at first unwilling Dom and has made me realise the depths our relationship can achieve with this lifestyle.

My only advice is to follow the advice in both books (for that reason this review is duplicated for both books) and read around the subject. You can't read one and expect to be an expert and this sentiment is strong within these texts. These are the building blocks and techniques to experiment with before deciding upon the sort of relationship you are looking for. From this a whole new world of sexual exploration has been opened and for that this book must be applauded.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2000
A wonderful introduction to BDSM or a helpful resource for the more advanced? Look no further, this book guides both Dom(me)s and subs through every aspect of a BDSM relationship. Opinionated and factual, relevant and intelligently humorous, the darker side of desire is explored, probed and caressed by Philip and Molly to give a truly outstanding work. Features like knots,rope harnesses, making your own equipment, correct methods of using floggers and even a complete breakdown of the male and female anatomy with target areas and places to avoid clearly marked all add up to the most comprehensive guide to the lifestyle there is. Buy it NOW!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2008
I have read this book at least twice, cover to cover and it still makes me laugh as well as giving me some pretty wicked ideas about what to get up to at the weekend! The only downfall is the illustrations, the cartoons are funny and fine but the printing of the pictures is poor quality and looks cheap and tawdry - I'm not adverse to cheap and tawdry but would have liked to see the pictures clearly, less grainy, better presented and they did rely a bit too heavily of pictures from some of their favourite businesses. That aside they tackle the subject with humour and clarity. They pull no punches and make it clear that this is not for everyone but they won't apologise for their lifestyle and neither they should. With frequent reminders about safety and the importance of communication they work from the basis of ordinary people in loving relationships doing all sorts of extraordinary fun things. Theres something in this book to wet anyones appetite and whether you're wanting to launch fully into the lifestyle or just add a little something to your love life, it's worth a read. Enjoy.
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