- Mass Market Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 17, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1460920147
- ISBN-13: 978-1460920145
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I met Joey in a Toronto bar a few years ago. Being a big fan of Joey's writing and being drunk enough to have a little confidence I approached him. I didn't believe in love before that, but whiskey on my tongue and Joey's fingers gently brushing my wrist taught me.
After the fifth shot of whiskey and my second beer everything turned to a blur of laughter and dancing and Joey's skin against mine. I woke the next morning in my bed alone. Joey was gone, leaving only a used condom in the trash and a copy of this book on my kitchen table. In the front cover he wrote "Last night was fun, but Ryan North is the only man I will ever love."
Let this story be a warning to you. Enjoy Joey's writing. Enjoy his flesh if you get the chance. But never ever let yourself fall in love with the man. He will leave you with nothing but a hole in your heart and a misguided hatred for Ryan North.
The thing about Joey Comeau's writing, especially when it comes to sex, is that he does not shy away from depicting things realistically. There were no extensive descriptions of glistening sweat clinging to thighs or bosoms spilling out over the tops of corsets. Joey's pornography shows sex for what it really is: strange, fun, sometimes disappointing, often surprising, always interesting.
I would not say all of these pieces are specifically erotic, as the sex bits are usually detracted or interrupted by some strange or disturbing thing (the main character's OCD or the fact that one of the characters is a ghost, for example). Also, it's not traditional pornography because, for the most part, Joey definitely focuses on either the characters or the plot much more than the actual sex itself (a plus in my book).
I want to add, though, for those who aren't familiar with Joey's writing, some of the stories contain violence and are sometimes fairly disturbing (Christmas Tree Pornography and The Steps spring to mind), but most are good-natured and they are all, of course, very well-written (my favorite line of the book? "She was a mirror in the sun"), and at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.
There is, I should say, not a story in this book that I didn't enjoy; my only real complaint is that there wasn't anything that I really thought was amazing. Definitely worth getting if you like Joey's work, or if you like weird, sexy stories, I just can't quite give it the full five stars.
Size-wise I wish I found it in a cereal box for free but I purchased it, and that is okay still. I am fine with it. It is fine.
Some of the stories are raunchier than others and they definitely put you in the mood of getting some action going yourself. My favorite story was the second one, about a guy having sex with her girlfriend while obsessively doing some counting.
If you are not a fan or erotica do not read this book because it is all about sex.
While the sex itself is very well written, when I closed the book it wasn't the sex that stuck with me - it was the characters.
"The Meteor Shower" is my absolute favorite. I didn't want the story to end, I wanted it to be a hundred pages long.
stories are themed around people
who interface with sex in unusual
and sometimes downright fascinating ways
the stories are mostly very short;
some i think as 3-4 pages
which is perfect if you have
attention deficit (whether it be disordered or not)
obsession-compulsions (whether they be disordered or not) or
a subway ride to work (whether it be disordered or not)
or maybe you just like twitter a lot
i don't know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the best thing I've read, not even the best thing I've read by Joey. Some stories deliver a very worthwhile experience, but more than a few of the stories are duds.Published on August 11, 2014 by Oden
I bought this for a friend of mine, but read it myself first because I'm a terrible person. How much you'll enjoy the book depends on what you're looking to get out of it, but... Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by Shawn Vincent Rayon
Joey will make you wet your pants, sure, in this book. However, he will also make you question what you thought was normal. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by A
The title says it all. Funny, sexy, strange, and wonderful. Though I've only read a few of Joey Comeau's work, he's quickly becoming one of my favorite author's to read.Published on September 24, 2012 by Jenny
I'm sorry, I really wanted to love this book, the way that I love each and every incarnation of A Softer World....it was just too much. Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Mel