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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, multi-layered, psychologically compelling love story, September 3, 2012
This review is from: Exit to Eden (Paperback)
I'll admit that I haven't read Fifty Shades. I refuse to. All the hype about it made me want to see what else was out there that was similar but well-written. This is a winner. I read the first Sleeping Beauty book, and while it was well-written, toward the end of it, I thought it was more torture porn than anything else -- not sexy, and then I couldn't get through the second book for the same reasons.

"Exit to Eden" is different. The simplistic explanation would be that it's tamer than the Beauty books, but really, the big difference is the character development. It's almost a psychological case study of kink. What makes people gravitate toward it? Is it deviant? Can it exist within the realm of a healthy, loving relationship?

Anne Rice is a genius with words. She manages to give Lisa and Elliot distinct, believable voices. The prose is both lyrical and conversational, and I never had a thought like, "Oh, no one would really say that or think that in that vocabulary." So many passages worth underlining and rereading over and over. And it was HOT. Not to mention fun. I read somewhere that the rich are far more interesting to read about, and in this case I have to agree. Recession or not, I didn't mind hearing about the luxury at The Club or Elliot and Lisa's cushy backgrounds and disposable incomes.

Now, this might be a judgment I can't legitimately make without having read the Fifty Shades trilogy, but I'll go ahead and say that after reading "Exit to Eden" and seeing a complex, fully developed story that has so many layers and a satisfying conclusion, I don't see how dragging out a story like that in Fifty Shades across three books could possibly be as fun to read when you can get so much more in this one quick, provocative novel.
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Initial post: Oct 27, 2012 4:25:35 PM PDT
I agree with you 100%! A much more satisfying book than the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. I have read Anne's book and the Shades trilogy and I would go back to Anne's book every time for a re-read. I enjoyed the trilogy but it was very tame in comparison and I just liked the characters in Exit to Eden better.

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 8:49:00 AM PDT
S. Macaluso says:
Fifty Shades is a simpler read, yes. But the characters have clear voices and a deceptively simple way of speaking. Not unlike the way most people express themselves. Well worth the read if you keep that in mind.
But....Anne Rice is by far the master. Love Lisa and Elliot. I wish there were more books like this.
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