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Best Women's Erotica 2009 Paperback – December 11, 2008
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It features 21 stories, each by a different author. Most of the stories have a female main character and/or narrator, common in "by women for women" erotica. But beyond that, the collection is full of variety, featuring many different scenarios, orientations, sex acts, writing styles - something for everyone, I guess one could say. But I wouldn't, because I found almost every one of the stories to be exciting and erotic in its own way, regardless of my own personal preferences.
When I first read it, I mostly appreciated the quality of the writing. Violet Blue selected particularly well-written, evocative stories. The erotic impact didn't strike me until later, weeks later, when I found myself opening it up again, with a craving to reread the stories that I was surprised to realize I remembered with excitement. Who would have thought?
Some of the highlights:
"Fly", the first story, by Valerie Alexander. It features a lustful Tiger Lily, hunting and dominating both a feisty rebel Peter Pan and a shy virginal Wendy. Concept sounds silly, but the execution shines. I've returned to this story many times.
"What If", by Cheyenne Blue. A committed lesbian/transgender couple fantasizes together about luring a curious straight woman into her first lesbian sex experience. Again, the writing really brings it to life, sets the mood, draws you in.
"Eve", by Alana Noel Voth. Unusual lyrical writing style. I have to mention this one because it includes a scene where the girl fantasizes about... McNulty from the Wire.Read more ›
You get 21 stories across 228 pages. Some stories are as short as 4-5 pages, while a couple go 15 or more. There are author thumbnail bio-sketches at the back, some of them with contact info if you want to interact with a favorite author.
The opener is a good one, taking the Peter Pan saga to a very new place; I will never be able to watch the play or the movie the same way again. Tiger Lily has an idea and takes charge, and Peter and Wendy find they've underestimated her forever. And the book goes from there. There's more than enough power-transfer, tables turned and BDSM, and a good smattering of girl-girl, most of it involving power play. How can I not mention the delightful offering from Ms. Naughty, "Pasta with Blue Cheese and Anal?" Mama mia! And we even get an instance of the highly doctrinally accurate "introitus," a word usually not in danger of over-use in erotic fiction.
The observation I had for my review of Best Women's Erotica 2006 has changed a bit. Last time I expected liberation and women dominating men, taking charge, being in control, forceful, demanding, and casual, but it gave way to too many stories about abject surrender to control, the trite stuff of the bodice-ripper. This time around it's evened out a bit, with less of the taken woman and more of the women knowing what they want and getting it, fast and hard.
And yeah, my tired comment of poor erotica editing appears once again.Read more ›
When one hears and/or sees a title that starts with "Best" one would assume that is exactly what you are going to get. Not so with this Erotica book. Having read quite a few erotic books, (some novellas, some novels) I by no means consider myself a master of deciphering what is erotic and what is not. Saying that, I have read short stories more remarkably considered "real" erotica. While reading some of the shorts, I noticed they were not erotica but a mere bit sexual, 15+ could read. Disappointed as I was in this book, I feel safe in saying I will not be reading any of the other "Best Women's Erotica" books. Nor would I recommend reading this book to other people. But if you have a desire to investigate, try it.
R.R. Harris, author of Double Take, An Island Travel Mystery of Lively Romance and Deadly Betrayal, available on Amazon.
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Nothing special, here. Previous years have brought much more interesting, and more well-written pieces. Not awful, but not particularly good.Published 8 months ago by L. M. Nieves
Women have more class and creativity in writing porn (ops, sorry, "erotica")Published 21 months ago by Eugenio Ferrari
Never been into women's erotica but read this at Tim Ferris' recommendation. (He wrote The 4-Hour Body.)Published on July 13, 2014 by Karen Hopkins
Gave as a gift hard to rate the story's were not read by me, gave to friend that always talked about her love lifePublished on May 4, 2014 by Judy Mahoney
Note erotic, just crude and violent. What has happened to imagination and creativity? Erotica is not the same thing as porn.Published on March 4, 2013 by Lit critic