- File Size: 605 KB
- Print Length: 211 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 5, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0086Q6TTQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,448,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
PAINTED DOLL: An Erotic Science Fiction Novel: [Enhanced Edition] Kindle Edition
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The ending is abrupt and not fully explained but a fine tale otherwise.
Quite often I am sad when I finish a book, this time I was relieved. Halfway through the book, I was dreading the times when I needed to continue listening to it, and I'm afraid I dozed off a couple of times while listening in bed. To summarize: this book was not to my liking.
First of all, for an erotica book, I found it very un-erotic. Sure, the scenes where Domino used the paints on clients were erotic, but not in a way that was arousing. That may very well be a choice of the author; it was not something I enjoyed. There was some sex conversation between Flower and Claire, but they felt distant and unconnected.
I didn't really understand the story. Now reading the other reviews I think I understood it completely, but I continuously had the feeling I missed bits of information. Like there had to be more back story or just more to it. To me, the story was very vague, and that confused and annoyed me.
I utterly hated the use of language in this book. Not that it was too blunt or graphic in any way, but because the author used too many words. It was a very flowery way of describing things, like in a poetic style, and I hated it. Just get to the point and tell me what you want to say. He would find five synonyms for one noun and use those five synonyms ten times within a chapter. I understand the use of synonyms to get your point across, but I could not deal with the repetition. It would just make me lose my concentration and the track of the story.
Now on the things I did like. I liked the characters. I liked Flower. She was just a bubbly happy girl, and while I didn't completely understand why she and Claire would fall in love so quickly, I was able to accept that. Claire was a nice woman. I wanted her to settle down with Flower and live happily ever after (which may or may not happen in the story - no spoilers). Mind my language: I 'liked' Flower and Claire was 'nice.' They're not very memorable characters that will stay with you forever. They were okay.
I loved the narrator. She had a pleasant voice to listen to, and her portrayal of the different characters was excellent.
I loved the premise of the book, how you can evoke emotions within people by the use of paint with neuro chemical compounds. My dirty mind quickly turned this idea into many interesting scenarios, and I was disappointed the author didn't go that far. Never does he bring people to real despair or to utter torment. Sure, it's an intense half an hour these people live through at the hands of the Erotist, but I would have loved to see it go much further.
It's not a bad book. The development of the characters is okay, and their world is believable. It's mostly the form of the story that irked me. And to my taste, it could have gone a lot further. If you like a more poetic, non-direct style, then this might be for you. But this book certainly wasn't for me.
The eroticism of Painted Doll is... different. Most of the erotic scenes involve the characters describing, rather than actually having, sex. It's intriguing and, frankly, hot.
I received a free copy of Painted Doll for review, and honestly the editing and formatting needs some work. There were quite a few problems with my copy, a few that were serious enough to effect the flow of the story. Hopefully the version that is sold has better editing. I will say that even with the editing problems I still recommend this book.