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The Girl who Couldn't Come [Kindle Edition]

Joey Comeau
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is a book of dirty stories. It is a book where sex is fun and good and people are kind to each other. Also there are ghosts and there is math and there are obsessive compulsive disorders.

These stories are weird and fun and often bewildering, like sex itself.

Maybe you will like it!


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  • File Size: 128 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1460920147
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PVSRLO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, Nerdy Fun March 30, 2011
By Tara
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this based on the strength of Joey's comic, A Softer World. This book exceeded any expectations I had. It's a collection of short stories about normal people with not quite normal quirks rangeing from needing Johny Cash music to come to ghost sex. I was pleasantly surprised to find stories from male and female POV as well as a full spectrum of sexualities without bias. It was also unabashed about the actual sex. I don't recall any flower-like vaginas or wood jokes. Though I must admit that I personally found most of the stories slightly to disturbing to be arousing. Um, so in summary: super enjoyable, funny, and strange stories about sex or wanting to have sex.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joey Comeau Broke My Heart July 27, 2012
Format:Paperback
Look, this book is great. Joey is one of the greatest writers of our generation. But that's not what I want to talk to you about. I want to warn you about Joey. I want to warn you about falling in love.
I met Joey in a Toronto bar a few years ago. Being a big fan of Joey's writing and being drunk enough to have a little confidence I approached him. I didn't believe in love before that, but whiskey on my tongue and Joey's fingers gently brushing my wrist taught me.
After the fifth shot of whiskey and my second beer everything turned to a blur of laughter and dancing and Joey's skin against mine. I woke the next morning in my bed alone. Joey was gone, leaving only a used condom in the trash and a copy of this book on my kitchen table. In the front cover he wrote "Last night was fun, but Ryan North is the only man I will ever love."
Let this story be a warning to you. Enjoy Joey's writing. Enjoy his flesh if you get the chance. But never ever let yourself fall in love with the man. He will leave you with nothing but a hole in your heart and a misguided hatred for Ryan North.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly porn, but definitely pornographic April 1, 2011
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I love Joey Comeau's writing, so I bought this book within a week of its publication, then I read the whole thing in about four hours and I loved it through and through.

The thing about Joey Comeau's writing, especially when it comes to sex, is that he does not shy away from depicting things realistically. There were no extensive descriptions of glistening sweat clinging to thighs or bosoms spilling out over the tops of corsets. Joey's pornography shows sex for what it really is: strange, fun, sometimes disappointing, often surprising, always interesting.

I would not say all of these pieces are specifically erotic, as the sex bits are usually detracted or interrupted by some strange or disturbing thing (the main character's OCD or the fact that one of the characters is a ghost, for example). Also, it's not traditional pornography because, for the most part, Joey definitely focuses on either the characters or the plot much more than the actual sex itself (a plus in my book).

I want to add, though, for those who aren't familiar with Joey's writing, some of the stories contain violence and are sometimes fairly disturbing (Christmas Tree Pornography and The Steps spring to mind), but most are good-natured and they are all, of course, very well-written (my favorite line of the book? "She was a mirror in the sun"), and at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, still great July 25, 2011
By Tiggum
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If it were by another author, I might give this book five stars, but the truth is, I expect more of Mr Comeau, because he so often delivers.

There is, I should say, not a story in this book that I didn't enjoy; my only real complaint is that there wasn't anything that I really thought was amazing. Definitely worth getting if you like Joey's work, or if you like weird, sexy stories, I just can't quite give it the full five stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A shameless read to be enjoyed without guilt March 15, 2011
By E
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this in a lecture taught by a 50 year old woman and loved every minute of it. Comeau excels at taking the filthy and spinning it into an addictive, poetic indulgence. I'll be re-reading this for ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful March 29, 2012
By kaitlyn
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the girl who couldn't come was pure
obsessive-compulsive sexiness
stories are themed around people
who interface with sex in unusual
curious
and sometimes downright fascinating ways

the stories are mostly very short;
some i think as 3-4 pages
which is perfect if you have
attention deficit (whether it be disordered or not)
obsession-compulsions (whether they be disordered or not) or
a subway ride to work (whether it be disordered or not)
or maybe you just like twitter a lot
i don't know
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "like sex itself" April 4, 2011
By Endsong
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't buy books online very often. Living in South America, shipping is expensive and the process is a bit nerve-wrecking (that's the reason I don't own a ebook reader, either). Not to mention I had already read this book almost in its entirety. I still bought it, and I'm glad I did. It's that good.

While the sex itself is very well written, when I closed the book it wasn't the sex that stuck with me - it was the characters.

"The Meteor Shower" is my absolute favorite. I didn't want the story to end, I wanted it to be a hundred pages long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting gift June 16, 2014
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I bought this for a friend of mine, but read it myself first because I'm a terrible person. How much you'll enjoy the book depends on what you're looking to get out of it, but they'll be at least one story that you'll love, I'm sure. Maybe consider the implications before giving it as a gift, though?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars These are not just stories about sex
Joey will make you wet your pants, sure, in this book. However, he will also make you question what you thought was normal. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it.
The title says it all. Funny, sexy, strange, and wonderful. Though I've only read a few of Joey Comeau's work, he's quickly becoming one of my favorite author's to read.
Published 21 months ago by Jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars to put you in the mood
This is a book of short sex stories that are... let's say out of the ordinary. I am not into erotica but bought this one by mistake and, well, had to read it :-)

Some of... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Azul
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it....
I'm sorry, I really wanted to love this book, the way that I love each and every incarnation of A Softer World....it was just too much. Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by Mel
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy by suggestion
The author says this book is full of "dirty stories," and that's true, but don't expect a bunch of throbbing whosits or heaving whatsits. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Stullberg
5.0 out of 5 stars luscious
It's difficult to capture the range and effect of these short stories, but I have to add one thing:

I need to order a hard copy of this book, because reading to another... Read more
Published on July 27, 2011 by Tree
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book from Joey
I've previously bought books from Joey namely It's Too Late To Say I'm Sorry and I've got to say he's one of the only writers that simultaneously can write from both genders... Read more
Published on May 15, 2011 by tiny-vices-
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories for Sexy People (That's You!)
Surreal and sexy, a book best read on public transport, or in a sunny park, or by candlelight with romantic music playing. Read more
Published on April 22, 2011 by QueenofMarigold
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More About the Author


Joey Comeau (born September 26, 1980) is a Canadian writer. He is best known for writing the text of the webcomic A Softer World.

Comeau currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. He has a degree in linguistics.

- from Wikipedia.

(photo by Bryanna Reilly)

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