- Paperback: 303 pages
- Publisher: Mystic Rose Books; First Edition edition (November 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964596083
- ISBN-13: 978-0964596085
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,215,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Catalyst And Other Works Paperback – November 30, 2004
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Best stories (in my humble opinion):
"The New Brand," "Shayna Maidel," "Succession of Honor," and the title collection that ends the book. Recommended to lovers of her novels, but just keep in mind, this is one bumpy ride.
PS: also as much fun as anything in the book is Fetish Diva Midori's giddy introduction.
You bet it is. But Laura Antonious's The Catalyst, and Other Works is not a good example of this. From time to time she manages to come up with something original that really has something to say, but it doesn't happen often. And that's a great shame, because there's no doubt she's a very talented writer with great imagination.
Most pieces in the book are fiction, but some are non-fiction. Regardless of genre though, they all deal with the world of BDSM. She knows what she's talking about, that's for sure, and thus the combination of fiction and non-fiction is a great combo.
But everything is about sex. Man on man, woman on woman, man on woman, orgies, role-playing, domination, submission; every type of sex inhabits the world of Laura Antoniou. Still, in the long run, most stories aren't much better than the ones found in your average porno magazine. Her style of writing is better suited for novels than short stories, and thus the final piece (which is also the longest) is the most interesting one.
The proof-reading is not very good, and since almost all stories are far from Antoniou's normal level of quality the conclusion must be that The Catalyst, and Other Works is mostly for her most devoted fans only.
I was deeply touched. I've known this notorious smut peddler for more than a decade now. I've read every word in every one of her "Leatherwomen" series, and the dirty parts of all of her "Marketplace" books.
Do you think she *ever* invites me to a *Hot Lesbian Sex* party?
Nooooo, I get a lousy book inscription.
Fetish Diva Midori wrote the intro. She's another one who never invites me to her *Hot Lesbian Sex* parties, despite me being the world's foremost expert on the subject. Midori and Laura are probably sitting in some dark and moody lesbian leather bar right now, smoking Cuban cigars and laughing about it, with their hands below the table, twiddling that uh, you know, that thing that women twiddle when they read hot porn.
It's OK though. I'm not bitter. Laura is a twisted, drooling, cackling, sicko pervert. My kind of woman. Her first essay in the book is "Unsafe at any Speed. Or, Safe, Sane and Consensual My Fanny." Rant, rave, snort fart. Hey, it's just a public relations ploy, Laura. It calms the nervous newcomers while you snug up their wrist and ankle ropes.
OK, the first couple of essays are political diatribes. There's some branding and some fantasy stuff about a four-poster bed. Yeah, yeah. Like there's some *other* use for a four-poster bed. This tame stuff is to try to trick Canadian Customs agents into letting Laura's books across their border. It never works. They're highly trained professional stunt perverts. They know how to skim for the good stuff, just like you and me. Skip right ahead to page 38. That's where the *Hot Lesbian Sex* starts. There's some gay and het BDSM porn here too, if you're into that sort of thing. Yeah, I'm not gay either. OK, so maybe I am. Sometimes. If there's rope involved. I think Laura likes to watch the boys play. Actually, I think she likes to watch anybody play, as long as one of them is tied up. I can *so* relate to that.
Buy this book. You know you want it. I know *why* you want it. You ought to be ashamed of yourself!
Your Humble Jester,
Philip the Foole
Some there are who say that the fairest thing seen on the black earth is an array of horsemen; some, men marching; some would say ships; but I say she whom one loves best is the loveliest.
- Ancient Kung Foole Proverb by Sappho of Lesbos ("for Anaktoria," circa 630 BC)