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Taboo: Forbidden Fantasies for Couples Paperback – March 8, 2004

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"A truly spellbinding collection." -- Erotica Readers & Writers Association

About the Author

VIOLET BLUE is the editor of Sweet Life and Sweet Life 2, and the author of The Ultimate Guide to Cunnilingus, The Ultimate Guide to Fellatio, The Ultimate Guide to Adult Videos, and The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy. She lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (March 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573441864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573441865
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,241,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Violet Blue's journalism on hacking, privacy, LGBT issues and sex can be seen at Engadget, ZDNet, CNET, CBS News, Oprah Magazine, MacLife, Playboy, SF Appeal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She has presented two Google Tech Talks on sexuality and privacy, she is a crisis counselor, a harm reduction educator and a media crisis NGO trainer. Blue was the first female podcaster, she won a Federal lawsuit to stop an impersonator (in name and likeness), and she lost a domain to Libya -- her initials are banned for use in URLs country-wide.

Ms. Blue has authored and edited over 40 books, including five (Bronze, Silver and Gold) IPPY award-winners, some of which are now in eight translations. Violet was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, when Ms. Winfrey featured Violet's book on women and pornography (11/17/09). That book is also excerpted and featured on Oprah Winfrey's website, as well as in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Ms. Blue is on Twitter @violetblue and her human sexuality blog is tinynibbles.com.

Blue has reported on hacking, cyber crime and personal privacy violations in countries such as Malaysia, Germany, Russia, China, the Dominican Republic, the United States, and Serbia. Her stories regularly break news about hacking and cybercrime, affecting the largest online companies and millions of users. Blue broke the story when Anonymous hacked The U.S. Federal Reserve ("The Fed" Bank), the story in which social sharing app Snapchat was hacked and its user database maliciously exploited, and when Comcast was hacked and millions of user accounts were compromised. She is also responsible for breaking several critical stories in which Apple iMessage and Apple iCloud were exploited, and when hackers showed how to hack an Apple iPhone in 60 seconds.

Ms. Blue has given keynote talks at such conferences as ETech, LeWeb, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, she received a standing ovation at Seattle's Gnomedex, and has given two Tech Talks at Google. In 2012, Blue presented "Hackers and Harm Reduction" on the featured stage for CCC's 29c3 hacker conference in Hamburg.

The London Times named Violet Blue one of "40 bloggers who really count."

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Like Violet Blue's "Sweet Life," this anthology is filled with exciting, explicit, and well-written stories. Also like that other book, this is intended for couples. Nearly every story is about a couple acting out a fantasy that one or the other had long dreamed. In some stories it's just the couple together. In many, another person takes some role in the couples' play.

Some of the fantasies get wild, the kind of things that would be very negative experiences if they happened in real life. In every story, though, it's just play and it's what both in the couple wanted. Despite that, many of these stories have a dark side that doesn't appeal to me. That's fine - there are lots of tastes in the world, and I don't need to share in them all.

If your play doesn't have to be gentle all the time, you might enjoy this collection.

//wiredweird
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Do you know what's great about this book? The title is not deceiving or misleading in the slightest. I have been let down by books with the words "erotica," and "taboo" in the titles. I enjoyed reading this short-story collection centered on couples who experiment with uninhibited, no-holds-barred sex in insatiable ways. Taboo contains stories featuring the sort of sexual scenarios that most people are often too afraid to explore. There is something for just about everyone here. Alison Tyler, Sara DeMuci, Pearl Jones, Elizabeth Colvin, Donna George Storey, and the other authors did a wonderful job with all of the delectable stories, but the one I loved the most was "Medical Attention," by Skye Black. The aforementioned story blew me away (so to speak). Violet Blue (pseudonym?) has quite an eye for selecting talented authors for erotic collections. I look forward to reading Sweet Life, another erotic collection for adventurous couples by the aforementioned editor. In the meantime, I recommend this one most highly.
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By A Customer on May 16, 2004
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This anthology crosses the board of sexual fantasies! Violet Blue has brought together a fantastic selection of well-written, steamy, and wildly imaginative exchanges between couples devoted to each other and exploring their sexuality in a safe, yet stimulating, approach. I'm always looking for ways to be creative and experimental in my own marriage and fantasy plays a big part in that. There are no limits in Taboo so it presents a wide range of possibilities. Although I may not be brave enough to carry out some of the situations the writers have set up for their characters, they certainly set the mood, arouse the libido, and raise the question, "What if?". I'd love to cruise the streets of L.A. for an encounter with a James Dean look-alike and perhaps find out something new about both myself and my husband as in "James Dean, One Thousand Bucks, and a Long Summer Night". I feel especially inclined now to set up the video camera for candid documentation of play for a powerful, rich man in a silk dressing gown willing to pay thousands for an genuine recording of "La Petite Mort" like Brian and Kira in "Picture Perfect". I am also motivated to pull out all that dirty laundry I've been neglecting and visit the realm of cross-dressing as in "Alice" or what it means to be REALLY dirty as Elsa does in "Watch and Learn". "DO try this at home" is excellent advice for everyone, even if you are unwilling to take it to the streets for a good spanking like in Alison Tyler's "You Can't Always Get What You Want". Taboo lives up to its name and covers subject material that is shocking, yet undeniably exciting. I highly recommend it. It is VERY entertaining, as well as inspiring, if you know what I mean.
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By A Customer on May 11, 2004
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This book does what so many books try to do and fail: combine literary erotica with hard-edged, taboo sex. It truly lives up to its title. There is no other book like it and each story is terrific. Down and dirty, erudite, dreamy, romantic, shocking, all in well-chosen stories authored by really skilled authors. I especially liked the story where a couple make a handsome man into their sex slave, and all the stories with voyeurism. The story where a man is forcibly taken by two women was a white-knuckler but highly arousing. Bravo, another great anthology by Blue!
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By Bluecga on February 15, 2005
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Wow what a terrific read. Very fantasy provoking, got me thinking. It was easy for me to place myself in these stories and that's what I liked the most. I could believe that these stories took place. Very well written.
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There are times in our lives when we come across sexual devient behaviors we learn from new lovers and this causes great excitement and newness to our relationships. Why not have your own fantasies? Well, thats because we have to learn some from books like Taboo. It not only arouses you while reading it but you realize that there are actual fantasies written that are like your own. all the stories are great in this book with incredible eroticism in every line. I especially like Felix D' Angelos story 'Rest Stop'. Also, the one story where they have a gimp. How fun would that be for both lovers. I can't wait until more books are written by Violet Blue. Keep up the great work. Every couple would last longer if they had the ability to share fantasies or act them out. Can you say less divorces?
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