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on November 25, 2006
Aside from learning a great deal about sexual positions and how to live and enjoy life, Steven Yang shares with his readers lots of true to life nuances like the physical build and temperament of the women he encountered in Thailand, Cambodia and The Philippines. In true artist's fashion he elaborates on the minute details of his experiences, teaching us how to be cognizant of life in all its facets. He also teaches a great deal about Southern Asian society and their women in particular. He shows an uncanny ability to quickly read a personality, something few of us men are adept at.
Steven's writing style allows one to vicariously share his voracious appetite for life. By generously allowing his readers access to some of his intimate thoughts, he shares experiences with us that we would ordinarily never have.
Overall I really enjoyed his writing style. Some of his material is peppered with humorous and poignant remarks, like when he comments about some young US solders who visited an area with seasoned working girls "they looked like they had just fallen off a cabbage truck". Many lines throughout the book are worthy of being emblazoned in bronze.
As a person, Mr. Yang seems quite the sophisticate. He has clearly been around the block many times and I'm astounded at his scope and wide grasp of many subjects.... Most importantly, he knows himself well.

I presume his portrayals were of actual events (they seem real enough) and this gives the added dimension of a guide that others can follow should they choose to. In fact he teaches throughout the book, from tidbits of Thai language to locations and much more. A virtual treasure trove of information!
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on October 14, 2006
Butterfly is a must read for any guy with an interest in, or curiosity about, SE Asia...especially its women. Having made over 50 trips to Thailand myself, and more than a handful to the Philippines, Butterfly is spot on. Sex is available the world over, but nowhere is it available like it is here.

In SE Asia a sexy, warm, charming, beautiful "girlfriend" (or "girlfriends"!) can be had for an hour, a day, a week, or more. The author shows us just how easy it is to be a "Butterfly"...fulfilling fantasies most can only dream of, yet still, raising questions many will likely struggle with.

In Butterfly, Yang quotes, 'Asia changes a man', which is true...but this quote can be taken a step further..."Asian women change a man". Revel vicariously as Yang explores all the pleasures these treasures of SE Asia have to offer in this true story written over his three month adventure in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.
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on February 16, 2008
I bought this book after it was included in a search for men's erotica here on Amazon (of which there seems to be a lack of for straight guys).

The book started off well and it was really interesting learning about the bars and what goes on over there as well as the people he meets and the places he goes.

After that the book gets repetitive with the author getting up, finding a girl, bringing her back to his hotel, doing her, him going to sleep, and then doing it all again the next day. Many times the sex scenes were not that descriptive and sometimes very short - I suspect because the author has done so many girls it is nothing special to him anymore.

Finally when he goes to Cambodia it gets interesting again for a little while because he describes the places that he goes and the people he meets, then it gets in to that "Ground Hog Day-ness" with him just getting a girl, shagging her, and then doing it all again the next day.

After Cambodia he goes back to Thailand where more of the same happens until near the end of the book where he starts describing just going to the beach meeting groups of girls, talking with, and having parties with them.

Note that the author never travels to the Philippines, he has a paid for girlfriend over there and whenever he got a crappy coc sucking he would mention her and how well she did it.

While sometimes interesting I did not find this book erotic at all; it does not contain any elements needed for eroticism, there is no longing, no sexual tension, no naughtyness - it's all paid for and far too easy. If you are easily turned on then this book might do it for you, but I found myself far more turned on by the descriptions of nakedness and sex in books by the likes of Wilbur Smith.

I actually stopped reading this book twice, because there is no real plot you can quite easily do this - there is nothing to make you read "just one more chapter" before you go to sleep, which for some people might be a good thing.

Printing and binding was all good.
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on December 23, 2006
Steve Yang has written a truly wonderful book. "Butterfly" accurately & entertainingly captures the "good" life awaiting male travelers to SE Asia. The book is well-paced with vivid combination of humourous anecdotes, sobering truths and sexfilled romps. Whether you're a novice to SE Asia & its women, a well-seasoned "punter" or just wondering why guys who have been there can't stop talking about it (or can't stop going back!)you'll find this book funny, fascinating and very enjoyable. Take it from someone who frequents that wonderous part of the world, Yang is right on target with "Butterfly." I hope to see more of Yang's musings soon...you will too!
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on April 16, 2008
I've gone to these places and did some of the things Steven did. I only wish I did more of them. This book is the best accounting of a s ex trip. I take alot of them and would reccomend this book as a guide book to anyone who wants to do the same.

Jim Clarey
Hoboken NJ
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on October 4, 2007
I purchased this book thinking that the stories may actually be more about the girls lives versus one mans' conquest. This book reminds me of being in a bar in Asia and asking a seasoned pro about his experiences with the women.
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on May 20, 2010
The language tips are very helpful. I was not comfortable with the author's description of some of his experiences which seemed to border on abuse. It is one thing to be interested in having sex. It is something else when you have absolutely no concern for the feelings of your sex partner. I fear the effect that this book could have on all sexual activity in Pattaya.
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on November 3, 2007
Ever wanted to live that other life. Well now you can, from the safty of your home. Just try and find this info anywhere else, and you cant. Learn the subtelties of dating many women.
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on March 27, 2008
i had been to the PI once and had been longing to check out thailand. this book provides you with very good info and a good approach to sport f ing. prices what to look for where to look. thanks steve very well done
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on May 16, 2007
Excellent book. I wish the Cambodia section was longer but overall a great read.
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