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The Girl who Couldn't Come Mass Market Paperback – February 17, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • 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 bought this based on the strength of Joey's comic, A Softer World. This book exceeded any expectations I had. It's a collection of short stories about normal people with not quite normal quirks rangeing from needing Johny Cash music to come to ghost sex. I was pleasantly surprised to find stories from male and female POV as well as a full spectrum of sexualities without bias. It was also unabashed about the actual sex. I don't recall any flower-like vaginas or wood jokes. Though I must admit that I personally found most of the stories slightly to disturbing to be arousing. Um, so in summary: super enjoyable, funny, and strange stories about sex or wanting to have sex.
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Look, this book is great. Joey is one of the greatest writers of our generation. But that's not what I want to talk to you about. I want to warn you about Joey. I want to warn you about falling in love.
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.
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I love Joey Comeau's writing, so I bought this book within a week of its publication, then I read the whole thing in about four hours and I loved it through and through.

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.
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If it were by another author, I might give this book five stars, but the truth is, I expect more of Mr Comeau, because he so often delivers.

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.
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I certainly did not come to either of these stories but were they entertaining? Absolutely

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.
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This is a book of short sex stories that are... let's say out of the ordinary. I am not into erotica but bought this one by mistake and, well, had to read it :-)

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.
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I don't buy books online very often. Living in South America, shipping is expensive and the process is a bit nerve-wrecking (that's the reason I don't own a ebook reader, either). Not to mention I had already read this book almost in its entirety. I still bought it, and I'm glad I did. It's that good.

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.
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the girl who couldn't come was pure
obsessive-compulsive sexiness
stories are themed around people
who interface with sex in unusual
curious
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
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