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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 30 September 2011
One of the worst publishing sins, which ought to merit at least a hundred years in the least pleasant area of purgatory, is to republish a book with a new title and without a clear warning of the name under which it was previously published to warn people who have already read it under the old title not to buy it again.

Since one of my hobbies is buying and selling books, a lot of different titles pass through my hands, including some which I would never buy for myself. I don't usually submit reviews of books in genres which do not match my own tastes, leaving them for those who do. But I make an exception when I see a book republished with a different title and no adequate warning, because I believe that the potential purchaser has the right to know this.

This book was previously published in 1993 by Nexus under the title "The Fantasies of Josephine Scott." (Link:The Fantasies of Josephine Scott: The Stories of Submission). This edition by Silver Mink books, with a new title and cover, appears as far as I can tell to have identical text, and does not contain a warning to that effect.

Indeed, on the last page in a paragraph entitled "Afterglow" the author says

"But you may be wondering where the fantasies of Josephine Scott bit comes in,"

a comment which will go right over the head of any reader who is not aware that this was the book's original title.

Absent the opportunity to send them to purgatory, I'd settle for the people at Silver Mink responsible for failing to include that information in a prominent place in the book getting the same treatment as the author describes herself and the fictional female characters in the book receiving. E.g. to ensure that they will not be sitting comfortably.

This book is a collection of fantasies written between twenty and forty years ago, some of them autobiographical, which describe a mix of punishment and erotic spankings from the viewpoint of a submissive woman. The punishment stories occur at the beginning of the book and are the earlier ones written, but as her life and writing career developed the author moved in her tastes, style and opinions away from that type of story and towards spanking as a consensual erotic activity, and fantasies or memories of that kind form the majority of this book.

Both this edition and the original Nexus one contain a note to the effect that, quote,

"All the stories in the book have previously appeared in a variety of CP magazines including Janus, Kane, and Cul D'Or. Some of the bonus stories have appeard in Forum magazine and the final story was also published in Sacred Exchange, an anthology."

It would hardly have been difficult for the publishers of this edition to add something like " ... and the book as a whole was previously published as 'The Fantasies of Josephine Scott.'"

Having posted this review to make potential purchasers aware of the publishing history, I was then required to enter a number of stars. And to give a bad mark to the book itself because of poor practice by the publisher might be very misleading, particularly to readers who enjoy this genre and don't already have the previous edition of the book.

I've given the book four stars because, judging by the number of repeat stories she sold, including some of these, to the magazines in which they originally appeared, the author was extremely popular among those with an interest in this type of story. The quality of the writing appears to be well above average for the genre and, to quote the words of Charles Dickens,

"Those who like this sort of thing will find it the sort of thing they like."
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