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This review is from: Fifty Shades of Grey (Paperback)First, a disclaimer. I am a male senior citizen, a semi-retired gynecologist whose customary literary fare is spy novels and military techno-thrillers. I have never read a romance before, except perhaps for junior high's "A Tale of Two Cities" (or was that a classic?) But after the recent hullabaloo over James' "Fifty Shades," I opted to give the genre a glance.
The book's protagonist is college student Anastasia, who has never had sex or even "touched herself." I had to suspend disbelief at the social and sexual naivete of this twenty-one year-old, but I guess this implied vulnerability makes her more attractive as a romantic heroine. Yet it doesn't take her long to rectify this situation, and soon she is having orgasm after orgasm at the behest of her "dominant" partner, Mr. Grey. At my age, my arthritis flared up just reading about Ana's sexual gymnastics. And for some reason, I kept thinking about her contracting genital warts. Soon, however, Ana's endless pyrotechnic climaxes resembled repetitively watching porn: after a while, it leaves me bored and yawning. That said, there was a definite infectiousness to the plot; and taking Viagra to stiffen my resolve, I persevered.
James' strong suit is her ability to elicit sympathy in the protagonist. I wanted to find out what happened to Anastasia, and that lent the story a compelling, page-turning quality. James is a polished novelist. Her dialogue is crisp, her prose poised, and her paragraphs well-parsed. The author's considerable skills notwithstanding, would I pick up an erotic romance like this again? Probably not.
But that's just me.
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Posted on Mar 16, 2012 12:14:55 PM PDT
Court Reporter Christine says:
I absolutely LOVED this review -- hysterically funny, grammatically perfect, and informative to boot! I just can't ask for more than that in a review. Thank you, David!!
Posted on Mar 16, 2012 12:31:01 PM PDT
Karen Scott says:
OMG, i agree with another blogger....you need to write a book.....still laughing, gonna keep looking for your reviews!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2012 1:28:48 PM PDT
J.S. Patience says:
john lennon: in their own write, a loving tribute from his friends and fans
Firstly, you have written a terse and entertaining review.
All my friends in NYC are reading 'Fifty' -- and as an author, I wanted to know what the hype was all about.
I started reading the book but I have yet to finish it. I'm busy writing.
But, after reading all the reviews, good and bad and funny, I'm going to attempt to finish it and write my honest review.
It's amazing to me how many great authors do not receive one iota of attention; while others - who have PR people backing them - achieve
'stardom' and huge profit.
I don't know much about erotic novels - I only know what is erotic to me. But, I think I know what we'll-written novels are; and I will base my review on that aspect, for the most part. Will throw in a few teasers about what was a turn-on (and off) to me.
Thanks for your funny, off-beat review!
More to come! Pun not intended.
Posted on Mar 16, 2012 5:16:51 PM PDT
Brooke Batchelor says:
Hilarious! You should consider writing your own novels :)
Posted on Mar 16, 2012 6:44:33 PM PDT
Jennifer K Hansard says:
I'm actually laughing to the point of tears!! omg - such a funny review!!
Posted on Mar 16, 2012 6:52:23 PM PDT
Thanks for saving me money and making me laugh!
Posted on Mar 16, 2012 9:22:11 PM PDT
Wow...what a fantastic and enlightening (and certainly entertaining) review! Thank you for the refreshing honesty and a chuckle :)
Posted on Mar 17, 2012 6:28:29 AM PDT
MARY ROGG says:
Delightful review!! Ive put the book on my Kindle and hope it equals your review. Maybe yo should write the next exotica novel.
When can we meet??
Posted on Mar 17, 2012 7:06:35 AM PDT
Kathleen Bright says:
I think your reviews are wonderful! I would love to read a book written by YOU!
Posted on Mar 17, 2012 8:11:40 AM PDT
Betsy West says: