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3.0 out of 5 stars An older man on truckling, March 7, 2012
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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 Jun 20, 2012 12:47:41 AM PDT
monkeyshine says:
Your review was totally delightful. Thank you.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 12:38:35 PM PDT
Great review, Amazon should send you books for free to review

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 5:01:02 PM PDT
CB says:
I don't think I'm going to read the book because it couldn't be nearly as entertaining as the reviews!

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 1:21:39 PM PDT
Olly Buxton says:
i enjoyed this review so much I read it out loud, in a the manner of Olivier's Lear at Stratford. Well done.

"Resolve" is an interesting nickname, by the way. Most blokes call theirs Stanley.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 8:41:04 PM PDT
Neena W T says:
Absolutely the funniest, and true to the book, review I've ever read. Wish I'd read it before I downloaded it onto my iPad. I am halfway through the first (and last) one, just to see if it actually changes. I suspect it won't, and the repetition is dragging on already. Surely there is something better coming (no pun intended.)

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 8:21:55 PM PDT
Jamie Hodges says:
I was desperately searching Google for negative reviews to substantiate my own complete boredom and dismay at wasting over my hard money on this dreadful series. (I'm a GYN nurse, loved the wart comment..) Could I be the only woman on the planet who doesn't orgasm just from turning this book's pages?? I LAUGHED OUT LOUD, nearly waking my children, when I read your review. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for confirming my lack of interest. Brilliantly written. (Your review, of course.)

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 9:18:46 AM PDT
C. Vogan says:
I have no intention of reading any of these books but i thoroughly enjoyed your review. hilarious at times. maybe you should write a book...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 9:19:08 AM PDT
C. Vogan says:
thats what i said

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 2:00:49 PM PDT
Marie Marks says:
I agree with the others that you should try your hand at writing.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 9:16:26 PM PDT
Deiter says:
The comments on this review seem to revel the maturity or IQ of the novel's readers. I didn't find this review funny. It was well written. It gives a fleeting picture of the novel, and the reviewer's opinion. But the high praise and giggles of the commenters are so immature or simple-minded that I suspect fraud. Sorry, doc.

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