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The Gratification Engine: An Anda Barrows and Allis Obby Story (An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom) [Kindle Edition]

MeiLin Miranda
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Book Description

Highcock's Oscillating Apparatus has harnessed steam to cure everything from hearing loss to "female complaints." That's what two Scholar-Priests of the god Eddin hope. The old lechers also hope to watch black-haired beauty Allis and lusciously plump Anda--two priestesses of Neya the Beloved--try its vibratory motion on one another. But Allis and Anda choose young Scholar Jep Burman to assist in the experiment instead, to give him a sexual education he'll never forget.

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About the Author

MeiLin Miranda writes fantasy and science fiction set in Victorian worlds. Her love of all things 19th century (except for the pesky parts like cholera, child labor, slavery and no rights for women) has consumed her since childhood, when she fell in a stack of Louisa May Alcott and never got up.

MeiLin wrote nonfiction for thirty years, in radio, television, print and the web. She always wanted to write fiction, but figured she had time. She discovered she didn't when a series of unfortunate events resulted in a cardiac arrest complete with electric paddles ("clear!") and a near-death experience. She has since decided she came back from the dead to write books.

MeiLin lives in a 130-year-old house in Portland, Oregon with a husband, two teens, two black cats, a floppy dog and far, far too much yarn. Find out more at

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  • File Size: 702 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sans Culotte Press (February 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OL2K7M
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Introduction to a New World September 24, 2011
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You might have heard of the oscillation machines used by doctors during the Victorian era to relieve 'female hysteria'? Huge clunky machines known as 'manipulators' (now known as vibrators) were used by doctors on 'hysterical' women in an attempt to calm them and solve innumerable ailments. (No doubt, doctors became suddenly more popular during the Victorian era.)

The author takes this oddity from our history and plants it into a world of priests and priestesses, where the priests seem to want to profit from the machine, and the priestesses are only too happy to be experimented on.

The truth is famously stranger than fiction, and in this case, taking a strange occurrence from our own history and putting it into a fictional world has created an excellent starting point for an intriguing novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely May 16, 2011
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Consider this the literary equivalent of a really good chocolate chip cookie. Warm, gooey, decadent, and not nearly large enough. Yum!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy! December 28, 2011
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A very...arousing...look at a solution to "feminine derangement", as it were. Some friends from The Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom, as well as new folk. Well written and amusing, and well worth the read. I shall be reading this over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! June 30, 2011
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Wow! What a great read!! It totally stands alone but also really made me want to know more about the world, the characters and the story...and not just because of my love for oscillating devices, either!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but Sweet April 8, 2011
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The Gratification Engine takes place approximately six months before the events of Lovers and Beloveds: An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom -- so no spoilers if you decide to read this one first! -- but readers already familiar with the Greater Kingdom will be glad to revisit a couple of old friends from the Lovers' Temple, as well as find a new acquaintance in Jep Burrman, Postulant Scholar of the Wise One, whose perspective on his own Temple's foibles will seem pretty familiar to anybody who's ever had to spend even a little bit of time amidst the pomp, puffery and dressy casual backstabbery of academic life.

And let's not forget the erotica -- just as in Lovers and Beloveds, the sex is as vital to the story as the world-building (and there's a nice dollop of both here, with Jep experimenting with and exploring the possibilities of the title device both in his role as scientific observer and as... well, as a bashful, geekycute boy looking to experiment in other ways. ;>)

Four stars for being as fun and accessible a read to newcomers as old (minus one star for leaving me, as most good short stories do, wanting more!)
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