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The New Bottoming Book Paperback – February 25, 2015
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Concise chapters map out a sensible and intuitive path to bring a novice from fantasy to reality. The warm, personal style is unmistakably the hallmark of Greenery Press - as is the focus on ethics and infinite possiblities. I was especially moved by the underlying message that - rather than recklessly throwing yourself at someone's feet - to be an informed and thoughtful submissive is a rare and valuable gift to a lucky dominant.
For anyone who has nervously surpressed their fantasies of being swept away by a Powerful Creature or used mercilessly by a Stern Master, this book simultaneously reassures, encourages and inspires.
Perhaps it was a mistake to pick up "The New Bottoming Book" looking for more of the same. After all, such a perfect meeting of the minds is a rare thing. I've learned from and enjoyed plenty of articles that weren't entirely on my wavelength. But here was a whole book on the experience of bottoming, a book that professes on page 1 to be "a celebration of sensational submissives and marvelous masochists . . . of those who love to struggle and serve and scream and submit . . . of bottoms, submissives, captives, slaves, pets and all the beautiful recipients who ever peopled a kinky imagination." I hoped that here was a book that would help me understand my own sometimes mystifying needs and desires.
And there were some passages in the book that did exactly that. There's a list in Chapter 2 of emotions that a person might wish to experience in-scene, and along with such expected items as "helplessness," "lust," "humiliation," and "being nurtured," I was pleasantly astonished to discover "martyrdom," "pathos," "resentment," "sadness.Read more ›
This is not a book on how to play, per se, but rather a book on how to be a strong, powerful bottom who can enjoy exploring that part of themselves. I recommend reading this book along with a book that explains how to get started, such as SM 101, by Jay Wiseman.
This book doesn't have much to offer someone who is already comfortable with the thought that his/her sexual desires involve submission.
The authors describe what goes on in the minds of bottoms (like to submit) and tops (like to control). They offer a lot of commonsensey stuff about negotiating your limits before a scene (the authors suggest using email, for instance) or negotiating, more carefully, when you're in-role together. The authors discuss some of the decisions you'll have to make as a bottom (like to what extent you'll want to maintain your role out of the bedroom) but the authors tend to throw out a cursory list of possible options, offering little depth and experience.
Even as someone with little experience, I was still disappointed with this read. It was too superficial, too "supportive" (I am not ashamed!), too obvious (i.e., communication is very important).
I think this book is best suited for people who've fantasized about bottoming but aren't sure whether it's what they really want or how they can get started doing it carefully. If you don't fit this description, and you've found a better book, please post is a comment here so that we can all read that one instead! Sorry, authors.
This 173-page guide to the art of "bottoming" is packed full of information and personal insights that have the ring of obvious common sense. That's not an easy task since to most people in the world, the entire concepts of BDSM seem like they are straight out of the Hellish visions of painter Hieronymus Bosch.
The book is like a peek into the strange, dark side of the human mind. Oddly enough, the people involved as bottoms and tops find enlightenment, out-of-body experiences and spiritualism from their excursions into D&S sub-space, trances and endorphin charged highs. I actually hesitated to publish this review under my own name, but it's only a book review and this is still a free country, even for that portion of the nation that is truly kinky and the much larger group that is simply curious about kink and its practitioners--like me.
It would be impossible for me to provide much detail about the content of this book because it is extremely complicated and yet amazingly simple and understandable. This is not a book for dummies although difficult concepts and what seems like universal paradoxes are amazingly well articulated and explained. This is also not an instruction book on the various techniques of how to flog the skin off a helpless victim. The authors, who write as a team, describe their book as "an unabashedly-centrist book.Read more ›
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I found this book very useful. It might help if you had some background but it's not really necessary. And it IS a book for bottoms. Read morePublished 5 days ago by William J. Fallon
This book is great. Love the authors. I especially liked listening to the audio version. Adds a bit of hilarity to hear an older woman talking about piggy slut bottoms haha. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really good book on how to sub/bottom.......translated well for both men and women subs (bottoms)Published 2 months ago by Average Joe
Purchased for a friend new to such things. They didn't tell me if it was good or bad so assuming it was good.Published 3 months ago by M. L. Gaumer
As a self identified DOM for many years I tried bottoming recently for the first time. It was a great experience and I wanted more information about the whole experience and this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a pretty solid book for beginners and seasoned tops alike. It is very anecdotal as the tops are writing mostly from experience, but there is a good amount of information... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jimmy D.
it's a good book in its own right, it just wasn't what I was looking for. It seems geared more toward those that know nothing or have apprehensions/misconceptions about the scene. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really useful information, touches on a lot of topics that other books don't. I had read The New Bottoming Book by the same authors years ago and wanted to give this one a try,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by kittybot