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Koites: An Ancient Myth About How Modern Day Sex Relationships Came to Be Paperback – July 4, 2011

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"Good Girls" probably shouldn't read this... but if you're smart and enjoy witty literary fiction, you might just like it.  I was one of the first women on the pill during a time when nice girls didn't do that.

About the Author

Kyllie Pinker spent several years living in Naples, Italy, roaming the ancient ruins of Italy while studying the classics. Pinker is a freelance writer of travel articles, human interest articles, poems, screenplays, and fiction.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Merchant's Press (July 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983509999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983509998
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,310,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By b. on July 26, 2011
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This is a funny gender-bending novella about Actaeon and Diana. In the original myth written by the Roman writer Ovid, Diana turns Actaeon into a stag who is then eaten by a hound. Ovid tells the reader not to blame hapless Actaeon. Kyllie Pinker, on the other hand, tells the reader to blame that man -- oh yes! He was the seafarer who came back to his homeland, known as 'Licentia', and then toppled all the land's coupling traditions. The traditions in and of themselves are comedic. There's a Barzexton where all the boys must present themselves to a female. After that, she gets to sleep with as many as she likes until she finds a mate. The females are bushy at the legs and armpits, while the males are clean-shaven. There's so much in this little book to enjoy. The language, with a cadence that sounds a little like dactylic hexameters and has accents depending on a character's social class, is an admirable writing feat.
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This is a quick read that takes you into a fantasy place called Licentia. The world feels like it actually existed in ancient times. There are so many layers to this book, but I would say that what struck me most was the tongue-and-cheek poke at pornography and the males who use it. After Actaeon loses Diana, the love of his life, he then meets Pornog -- a portrait artist. Pornog paints pictures of Diana naked and when the rest of the males discover it, the whole land of boys go wild. Comedic and literary. I really enjoyed it!
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