When Tim told me the subject of FIRST HAND , I was doubtful that the subject would lend itself to a complete book, but I underestimated the boy. It offers a wide variety of fascinating and erotic glances at one of gay sex's most popular sports. There are first hand accounts of fisting, funny and serious; a thoughtful historical background; words of medical wisdom cunningly presented; and, finally, a wonderfully exciting and moving novella of a first timer and a wise mentor. Even if fisting isn't your scene, it's still a very good read.
I have had the pleasure of both reading this book and speaking with Mr. Brough on several occaisons at various leather functions. I have found him a very decent and knowledgeable person. He knows his subject well and enjoys sharing his knowledge.
A few years ago I was introduced to fisting at a BDSM workshop, and have developed an interest in learning more. I have a knowledgeable mentor I have learned from, and have handballed a few times. Since my fisting journey has recently begun, I've experienced the amazing exchange of power and energy on multiple occasions. I wanted to read a book which would help me improve my understanding of the process and help guide me to be a better fister.
I expected far more information on what it takes to be a successful top and bottom from a guide to fisting. According to my mentor, breathing technique is an important aspect of bottoming; however this is never mentioned in detail. Only the first 30 pages are devoted to the fisting basics, while the remaining 88 pages are mostly interviews and stories. The interviews and stories are entertaining, but I would have liked a more complete educational guide.
First Hand is a good read for an inexperienced person interested in fisting. The information provided is accurate and important to know, while the short stories can create motivation. For those who have already enjoyed this erotic experience with a good mentor, this book is unlikely to provide any new information.
I was looking for a book that would serve more as an instructional guide. This book is about 95% stories of others' reported experiences, mainly from the 70's. If you are looking more for erotic reading, this book will serve its purpose. However, if you are looking for more of a directional book, try Trust, the Hand Book.