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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Erotica, 16 Oct 2012
This review is from: Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire (Kindle Edition)
This book has an interesting premise. It's erotica, but very different to what you'd usually expect from the genre. In his introduction to the book, Piers Anthony talks about breaking down the traditional publishing barriers which neatly categorised erotica into "for men" and "for women," with no mixing allowed. He explains that the book will merge erotica and the traditional fantasy genre. The book combines knights and dragons, legends and fairy-tales with well-written and frequent sex.
Not being a particular fan of fantasy, this wasn't the type of thing I'd usually pick up. But once I'd decided to give it a try, I enjoyed it immensely. It wasn't the sexual elements in themselves so much, it was that the book made me think. It was intelligent erotica, a genre that I hadn't really ever thought existed. If Fifty Shades of Grey is light, easy-reading, suitable for all but the illiterate, then this is the opposite. This is the thinking man or woman's erotica. Some of the issues addressed are: What is rape and can it be forgiven? What is sexual orientation and is it fluid? How do people deal with sexual rejection? What is the difference between love and blind loyalty?
Particular highlights for me were "Of High Renown" by Janine Ashbless, a beautifully written story which raises some interesting questions, "In the Kingdom of Roz" by Madeline Moore, the story of a fairytale princess which deviates dramatically from the traditional narrative and "The Widow's Man" by Nyla Nox, an enthralling story of loyalty, betrayal and personal sacrifice.
Those are just a few that stood out for me. All the stories in this collection are superbly written. The plots engage from the beginning and the characterisation is impressive. There are no cardboard cut-outs here. This book was well worth the read and comes highly recommended.
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