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"It’s Orgasmic indeed. Some of these stories sent me straight to the moon, and then I drifted back down to earth only to take off again on the next page. After I finished this book it occurred to me that I’ve never read anything that focuses so wholly on female satisfaction. I think men tend to steal the limelight since they express arousal and orgasm in such a visual fashion. Women know how to hide it and fake it like pros, and sometimes that works against us, because our bodies are not simple to decipher, and oh! the frustration when we desperately want someone to break our code and read us like a book. That happens in Orgasmic, and it’s a glorious experience."
—Dirty Sexy Books


"As usual, Rachel Kramer Bussel chose stories for Orgasmic
that shock, disturb, and make you think, all while inevitably arousing you."


--Kerry Cohen, author of Loose Girl
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573444022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573444026
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Baumann VINE VOICE on September 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Plot Summary: "Orgasmic: Erotica for Women" has twenty-five stories in a little over 200 pages, and they all focus on one thing - orgasm from the female perspective. With infinite variety and endless creativity, the women in these stories find THE ultimate satisfaction with their long-time lovers, new partners, or illicit assignations. Some women like to be dominated, and some like to be in the saddle (literally). It's a stunning collection that lavishes all of its attention on women and the ways they come.

It's "Orgasmic" indeed. Some of these stories sent me straight to the moon, and then I drifted back down to earth only to take off again on the next page. After I finished this book it occurred to me that I've never read anything that focuses so wholly on female satisfaction. I think men tend to steal the limelight since they express arousal and orgasm in such a visual fashion. Women know how to hide it and fake it like pros, and sometimes that works against us, because our bodies are not simple to decipher, and oh! the frustration when we desperately want someone to break our code and read us like a book. That happens in "Orgasmic," and it's a glorious experience.

"Chemistry" by Velvet Moore starts with the line, "The smell of science makes me horny." After reading about what happens to a hospital administrator in a laboratory, I can certainly understand why. The heroine in "Seeing Stars" by Louisa Harte suffers on a camping trip until she learns that exposing herself in nature can draw forth her primitive side, and every soft breeze or cool drop of rain is a sensory explosion while making love under the stars. Another couple has stealth sex in a public place while watching a lunar eclipse in "Moon Tantra" by Teresa Noelle Roberts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on October 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
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I usually enjoy the anthologies that Bussel edits, but this one is too generic for its own good. Out of twenty-five stories, nine were noteworthy; many of the rest were lesser works by authors who, in the past, have wowed me with their work. . . but not here. (Every writer, inevitably, has an `off' story/book or two, so it's not a big deal.)

A large part of why I don't like this anthology that much is that many of the stories are written in an off-putting combination of present tense/first person point of view [POV], which reads too much like stage direction for me - generally speaking, if I wanted to read a play, I would seek out a play, not an erotic story anthology.

I write that last criticism with the understanding that my outlook is a personal preference - a preference likely not shared by (many?) other readers, who will be purchasing this anthology for different reasons. (I read them as research - I'm a writer.)

If you, as a reader, fall into that don't-care-about-present-tense/first-person-POV camp, check this out. If not, check out Bussel's other anthologies, which are better than this one - which contain works from some of the same worthwhile authors.

Standout stories:

1.) "Fixing the Pipes" - Susie Hara: Humorous role play story about a married couple, with some surprising darkness.

2.) "Paying It Forward" - Kendra Wayne: A tale with edutainment value (for some, no doubt) - a woman, focused on a-sex, reminisces about an ex-lover.

3.) "The Big O" - Donna George Storey: A woman discovers how to improve her sex life.

4.) "Feet on the Dashboard" - Rachel Green: Fun lesbian tryst piece.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert T Bakie on August 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
It took me some time to properly absorb this one. With most of the books Rachel edits, I tend to run pell-mell through them, mentally bookmarking my favorite stories and then impatiently drumming my fingers, waiting for the next collection. This one was a bit slower to take in. Is it less visceral? No, not really. Is it that I'm a guy and the collection is ostensibly aimed toward women? Maybe a little, as each story is told from the woman's perspective, but I don't think that that makes it any less powerful as a collection. I guess this collection just lends itself to savoring and slow-burn more than pell-mell running, and that's just fine.

As always with Rachel's collections, it's easy to pull some favorite stories out:

In "Frosting First," by Lana Fox, an encounter that turns into a mixture of culinary delights and secretive(?) exhibitionism sets the stage (table) for future fun.

In "All She Wanted," by Andrea Dale, a pregnant sub and her dom husband find a way to safely and delightedly get their kink on, when they add a friend and switch the roles around.

In "The Waiting Game," by Elizabeth Coldwell, a holiday cottage, terrible weather and an unreliable deck of cards create a "perfect storm" of erotic anticipation.

In "The Chair," by Lolita Lopez, a submissive woman finds delight in a specialized chair and the ministrations and "punishment" of her inventive lover.

And, as you might expect form one who edits so many great collections, Rachel's own "The Belt," about a woman and her need for a worn leather belt and the man who skillfully wields it, is also a standout of this anthology.
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