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1.0 out of 5 stars little for the hetero female to get excited about, 25 Jun 2012
Su (England) - See all my reviews
The book starts with an introduction from Susie Bright.

Susie decides to tell us what is truly "sexy" and what's not. The problem is what turns one person on doesn't necessarily turn the next person on. Susie admits that her success rate is about 1 out of 20, so I have to ask how good is her advice? She tells us that she doesn't like "faux-romance" (I'm not overly bothered by that genre either), but she forgets that some people do like that kind of story.

She does, however, point out that authors of erotica should "write what you like" and stay away from invention. After all "whoever heard of a chef who wrote a pickle relish recipe when her true love was pastry?" - Really? Are you that naïve? Or is it that you don't cook? Don't look at recipe books or have never looked at the people who write recipe books?

I would recommend that Susie takes her own advice: "writers who insist on drawing it out for paragraphs ... bore us to tears", and perhaps cuts down on her rambling introduction repeatedly tell us what she like. We know what she likes; after all, the entire book is her selection of her favourite erotica, and her introduction really shouldn't be longer than the average "short" story, or, in the case of this volumes introduction, longer than some of the longer stories.

"Gorgeous" by J. Maynard - "if every gorgeous guy offered you his body what would you do?" No action, just a woman reminiscing about how she became a "kept" woman.

"C is for Closet, Crevice, and Colossus" by Marianna Beck - no action, just recollection.

"From the Same River Twice" by Chris Offut - man recalls his adventures with a woman. No action, just talk.

"Absolution" by John Preston - a man reminisces about the military men his brother used to bring him. - m on m with some violence

"PG Diary" by Linda Hooper - a girl writes about her experiences with another girl while in a home for pregnant woman - w on w - very long and drawn out

"Big Nouns, Unconjugated Verbs" by Bart Plantenga - a man goes to visit his mistress.

"Love Art" by Debra Martens - a voyeur recalls the S&M activities of the artist who lives in the apartment below - no action just talk.

"Better Safe" by Michael Lowenthal - m on m and m alone - latex fetish with some SM.

"Slow Dance on the Fault Line" by Donald Rawley - the wife of a dying man goes to the fun fair where she is picked up by a man.

"Cool and Clean and Crisp" by Mark Butler - a man complains about his friend who wants to return to his "normal" life when he has gone "native". Reads like a sad-acts fantasy.

"Unsafe Sex" by Pat Califia - a gay man explains his life while bemoaning his life with his partner and showing himself to be xenophobic and elitist. He says "we don't want to be b*tchy" yet he is throughout the entire story.

"Elegy for Andy Gibb" by Danielle Willis - an extremely boring story of a woman's early life. All talk - no action

"Finally, a Coherent Explanation of Straight White Male Sexuality" by Siegfried Gold - a bi man bemoans his sexuality.

"Intercore" by M. Christian - intimacy via webam

"Full Metal Corset" by Anne Tourney - s&m bondage

"Sweating Profusely in Merida" by Carol Queen - woman acts as "wingman" for bi boyfriend.

"From Stone Butch Blues" by Leslie Feinberg - a waitress is picked up by a customer

"None of the Above" by Bernadette Lynn Bosky - woman prepares for and goes to a party - it's a long story, though it probably feels longer than it is.

"The Waking State" by Gerry Pearlberg - w on w - short but feels extremely long

"A Tooth for Every Child" by Abigail Thomas - Donny and Louise go to the lake and ... do nothing.

Once again I was left disappointed by the collection. I am a hetero female and I've come to expect a proportion of hetero action - there was nothing here that rocked-my-socks-off. These stories are mostly talk with very little if any action.
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