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Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns: The Romance and Sexual Sorcery of Sadomasochism Paperback – 1995
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Philip Miller and Molly Devon think that S/M is fun, and "that reading about it should be fun, too." Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns is definitely fun, not to mention approachable, chatty, and insightful. What makes it truly special, however, is the sheer weight of loving details. There's clear explanations and detailed tutorials for beginners, as general as "safe, sane, and consensual" and as specific as "you will be swinging the whip with your arm pivoting at the shoulder." There's also solid advice, safety measures, steamy suggestions, plenty of black-and-white photographs, useful and humorous drawings, an extensive glossary, and over 900 entries of S/M clothing and equipment vendors, publications, computer bulletin boards, and organizations worldwide. As sadomasochism is a practice that's still taboo for many people, the chapter on finding partners and sharing your fantasies with existing partners can be invaluable.
Screw the Roses enthusiastically covers all the basics and even some of the not-so-basics--bondage, negotiation, sex, endorphins, dominance and submission, toys, safety, S/M community, and beyond. It's written primarily from the point of view of male dominant/female submissive interactions, but it's easily translatable into valuable advice for any relationship configuration. Miller and Devon's explanations of not just the how, but also the why, of sadomasochism are honest, sexy, funny--and a must-have for anyone who wants to learn about sadism, masochism, dominance, submission, or bondage. --Cheryl Trooskin
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Written in a personable conversational tone Screw the Roses will appeal to anyone who has been or is curious about adding a bit of kink to thier life. This is not a book for only hardcore BDSM lifestylers - it is accessible and readable by anyone who wants to spice up their love life and isn't too shy to try new things.
The chapter organization is quite nice - and lends itself to casual reading that you can put down once you finish a chapter. Although I do have to say the books size makes it not as portable for on the go reading. The information is solid - of course safety concerns are prevalent as they should be but you feel like it's a buddy of yours sitting with you at a coffee shop discussing things. I find the parts where there are snippets from real life folks most interesting. The discussions of the various types of equipment and toys (and can I say how many there are? Surely if you cannot find something here you like..well I don't know where you can LOL)is informative and the drawings and pictures really do make a difference.
For all that I removed a star because sometimes the tone was a bit too humorous so it felt almost forced funny - but I'm a pragmatic chick so I tend to like to stick to just the facts m'am. Er Sir. Oh heck - just buy the book!