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Frenzy: 60 Stories of Sudden Sex Paperback – November 1, 2008
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of these 60 works hardly allows for the development of character
and plot expected of a story. Yet this economy of words also
provides this collection with its strength and delight.
Faced with a severe word limit, most contributors go for the
racy and the explicit. That, I suspect, is what most readers want
-- and get. More interesting, to my taste at least, are those
other contributors who take a different approach. Often they opt
for the subtle and understated, for the erotic over the
plainly sexual. What's lost due to the word limit is made up for
by the reader's imagination. Some examples are
* Nikki Magennis's two very short (each less than 150 words)
contributions ("Madrid" and "Sweets") of pure
description. Personalize them with details of your life.
* Mary Borsellino's "Cartwheels and Strays" plays with two
metaphors as one might expect from poetry.
* August MacGregor's "The First Time He Was Jealous" explores
with hands and with an artist's pencil parts of human
anatomy often skipped over in the rush to get it on.
and, most of all,
* Carmel Lockyer's "The West Pier", which is at once the
least racy and most memorable story of the collection.
As many reviewers have noted, the diversity of these "short shorts"
is one of the strengths of this collection. Surprises lurk. The
best surprises implore the reader to ask, "Why then did I like
this story so much? What does it say about me?"
Although many of the authors are female, and so write from a female point of view, I had no trouble inspiring the man I read them to to grabbing the book out of my hands AND asking for another reading session the next time!
Once I hit the set stage of sexy pirates, I had to smile. While some stories move far too quick to pull that tingle, the ones that take their time are well worth 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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