- File Size: 442 KB
- Print Length: 62 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Wordwooze Publishing (March 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CYT8LUK
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bionic Lover: An Erotic Lesbian Romance Kindle Edition
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In Bionic Lover we have a vague, deliberately non-specific world that could just as easily be a cyberpunk future as an alternate history clockwork empire. It is largely familiar, with things like art galleries and slum apartments, but it feels run down and worn out. And yet, within that disturbing environment, we find technological advances that are as immediately exciting . . . even if they become rather more chilling as the story progresses.
Pell and Arc are two women trapped in this world, brought together by a shared boredom as much as anything. Theirs is not your typical romance, but rather more of a series of desperate hookups with a growing emotional entanglement. At first, Arc's robot enhancements are an exciting fetish, a source of newfound pleasures (and fears), but Pell soon begins to mourn the erosion of her lover's humanity. She can see a future where Pell will become a thing, bought-and-paid-for by her mysterious benefactor, with nothing of flesh-and-blood left to her.
Bionic Lover is intensely erotic, full of physical passion and emotional outbursts, but the romance feels sadly one-sided. It is an utterly fascinating tale, but look neither for a happy ending nor a tidy one. This is science-fiction erotic that makes you feel as well as think, told with a flair for language that is also too good for the genre.
Actually, M. Christian’s story is skilled in one of the hardest to master arts of erotica writing: how to write long sex scenes without being repetitive.
I found this book a pleasant surprise. The sex was good at first, but not only did it get even better, the story itself became deeper and more significant. M. Christian is clearly not limited to descriptions of hot sex, but can tell a story with deeper meaning as well. There is a distinctively noirish air to this one.
I saw this story recommended on an Erotica blog I follow and thought I have to add it to my TBR pile! I did, and it was okay well until I got to the part with the Chinese food delivery guy, a big black man wearing a Kevlar vest.
You see, my problem is more description goes into a bionic eye than it does with characters of color. The reader gets a sense of Pell and Arc but if you're going to go into detail describing physical characteristics then do it for all characters or leave out secondary characters.
This story had potential because the writing was decent but it all went downhill for me after that little mention.
I have 2 nitpicks for this book and as I like to focus on the positive let me get them out of the way now.
The first, I'm well aware, is based on an atypical opinion of mine. M. Christian writes very much in the vein of a famous canadian author by the name of Margaret Atwood. This style is defined by detailed description and heavy use of simile. I hate that style with a fiery passion. I get lost too easily in the torrent of adjectives and similes and before I know it I'm wondering why a rocket is launching in their bedroom. Perhaps I'm the stupid at the end of the K.I.S.S. principle but if you are like me be prepared.
The second minor issue is the jarring jump from S.A.T. vocabulary words in the non-sex scenes to out and out vulgarity during the sex. Perhaps this author has a fetish I lack (one of the 120 Days of Sodom I didn't enjoy) but I don't find detailed descriptions of the scents and sensations of vaginal and anal fingering particularly arousing. I know those who do but the idea of a whiff of poop during sex doesn't do it for me.
With that out of the way lets talk about the actual story. This book takes place (unnecessarily in my opinion) in a futuristic San Francisco. There seems to be a war similar to Vietnam going on as there are a lot of people missing limbs and worrying about conscription. It's also a socialist system with a guaranteed income. None of this is really explained and it doesn't seem to be relevant except to justify the titular character (Arc) having bionic parts. These, again, don't really seem necessary. They don't vibrate or have any special function so aside from being "pretty" to the character telling us the story (Pel) they don't appear to have a purpose. Even when, in their only conversation, Arc explains how she got them its irrelevant. The tale arouses Pel, as an artist and a lover, but it could be replaced with any other fetish and achieve the same result. You could set this story just as easily in modern times or in Vietnam era San Francisco and get the same enjoyment out of it.
This lack of detail extends to the characters as well. Who is Arc? Why does she keep showing up? Why does the artist allow this bionic booty call to keep crashing with her? They never really seem to talk so is the sex all that good? Apparently there are feelings of love but I don't see how those could form. Neither knows anything about the other beyond the superficial. The sex, when not marred by mentions of bodily functions, seemed passionate and enjoyable but neither woman seems to know so much as the other's last name (or real name). Pel even goes so far as to be afraid to ask and Arc just doesn't seem to care. What little we get is more through implications and assumptions made by Pel and nothing is ever actually confirmed.
The description, when coherent, can suck you into the story but that immersiveness can be a hindrance as much as a blessing. Because I am in the room I smell that whiff, I can't ignore it. Because I'm walking those streets with Pel I see the soldiers and all the people with bionic limbs but I lack their understanding. This is one of those books that really does transport you to another world but it leaves you there, a confused child, unable to understand the world that surrounds you in the narrative.
In the end I was reminded of an adult cartoon called Heavy Metal that I saw in my teens. Like its shorts this is a peak into a strange world. One that sucks you in and disturbs as well as arouses you. It's a wild but unsatisfying meal. Bionic lover drops you into this strange world, dangles you there for just long enough to get a glimpse of what it's like. Letting you experience it through the lens of two women and their brief times together then yanks you out. It leaves you wanting more even if you didn't entirely like the first taste. A rare, if irksome, skill and the sign of a very skilled author.
In the end this was one of those stories that inspires day dreams. It's too gross to be arousing yet too immersive to be forgotten. The vague philosophic undertones relating to the nature of humanity (the old "if you replace all the parts is it still the same thing?" question) give this story a soul but that soul is wrapped in too much style and not enough substance. Bionic lover is an ephemeral touch of something almost great but it lacks as much as it provides and seems like one of those tales that will fade from my memory soon enough despite the tears that welled up in me at the end.
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