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Sexy, racy, historical fiction

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Initial post: May 9, 2008, 7:54:26 AM PDT
NMDC says:
I read The Crimson Petal and the White a few months ago and have been on a search for books like this (with sex or prostitution or graphic romance intertwined in the story).

Since then, I have read The Dress Lodger and just finished Slammerkin ("loose dress for loose women").

Can anyone recommend any good books like this?

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2008, 10:07:41 AM PDT
EQUINE says:
Wow, Nikki, you picked off three of the best and latest...

I highly recommend these two by Sarah Waters:
TIPPING THE VELVET and FINGERSMITH....Dickensian London, extremely well written....pretty racy and sexy if you're OK with the lesbian tilt of the books. I loved them and I am a hetero guy.

DOMINO by Ross King, been a while since I read this one but I do remember similarities to the the Dress Lodger and Slammerkin.

I'll keep thinking...

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2008, 10:56:48 AM PDT
Selene says:
Who could resist checking out this thread?!
This isn't strictly historical fiction as it was written at the time, but how about
"Fanny Hill", by John Cleland?

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2008, 12:08:54 PM PDT
EQUINE says:

I am rolling on the floor laughing my "a" off!

Lordy, how many of us "young" men cut their figurative teeth on Fanny Hill?

Such flowing language...maypoles, engines, I can never forget dear Fanny Hill...

Frank Harris and his Secret Life could never hold a candle to her....

Erica Jong wrote a "FANNY" back in the early '80's...she of the zipless variety....very lush and erotic.

Gotta stop, is it warm in here or is that just me?

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2008, 2:31:33 PM PDT
Selene says:
Poor Pop- hope you didn't have to take a cold shower!
Yes, good old "Fear of Flying". Do you remember "Serenissima", a Jong past/present crossover where a young actress goes back to the Venice of 1592?
I seem to remember a few steamy encounters there as well--

Btw, I've just thought of another book Nikki might like to check out
Susann Cokal
"Breath and Bones"

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2008, 10:09:01 PM PDT
YA Librarian says:
I just checked out Breath and Bones from the lib! I hope its good. BTW, loved Slammerkin!

What about the Linnet Bird?

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2008, 11:50:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 11, 2008, 12:00:05 AM PDT
All I remember about the Linnet Bird, that involved sex, was she got beat and raped by he - not a thrill. When I read Gary Jennings "the Journeyer" years ago, wow! My husband enjoyed the book, too, and did not read it - wink, wink!

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2008, 1:54:27 PM PDT
Selene says:
Courtly Clerk, I enjoyed "The Journeyer", as well. A good OTT epic adventure.

Pop, what about your old favourite, John Barth's "The Sot-Weed Factor"?

I've seen mention of a book by Philippa Stockley, called "The Factory of Cunning"
about a devious French aristocrat who sets up a brothel in C18th Amsterdam before moving into London's social circles, but I haven't read it myself, so can't comment on it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2008, 7:06:52 AM PDT
EQUINE says:
Selene, Courtly Clerk,

Hello ladies...how's t'ings? Just stepped out of a cold shower....

I love Gary Jennings....after AZTEC I had to gobble up the Marco Polo one you guys mentioned....steamy enough, to say the least,,,in fact, I am (almost) too embarassed to admit that Gary Jennings/Marco Polo made an observation in the novel that I still notice today....something about a bit of light shining through a woman's legs at a critical juncture...OK, I'll stop here, lest you think me a dirty old man (heh, heh)

Bet your husband remembers that "good part" too, Courtly Clerk!

Yes, Selene...THE SOT-WEED FACTOR would qualify...

Whoops, back in the shower with me.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2008, 7:36:47 PM PDT
Well, Pop - at least you are staying clean!

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2008, 2:04:58 AM PDT
Lucrezia M. says:
Definitely try out "Forever Amber" by Kathleen Winsor. It's a great book!

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2008, 6:29:09 AM PDT
EQUINE says:
Touche', Courtly,

A clean body, at least...8-)>

btw, my copy of COMPANY OF LIARS just arrived from the UK (your recommendation, yes?) and as soon as I finish THE BOOK OF DAVE by Will Self, I'll begin it.

Hope you're well.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2008, 6:43:53 AM PDT
You are funny! Hope you enjoy Liars - I read for enjoyment, and don't look too deep - too busy in life! Am fine, allergy season - and you?

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2008, 6:51:58 AM PDT
EQUINE says:
Feeling pretty good. Weather is nice here in NYC today...many office chums are sniffling with allergies...downside of spring beginnings, I guess.
I try to never look too deep in my reading...you're right, it spoils the enjoyment.

My poor wife is in a reading group and their focus is feminism and women's liberation and they read these dry scholarly tomes and have heavy discussions...she envy's my reading freedom....which I will never give up until they pry my cold dead fingers from my book (apologies to the NRA)

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2008, 11:47:55 AM PDT
Selene says:
Nikki, if you feel like a bit of fun rather than serious literature, the old Sergeanne Golon "Angelique" novels are a sexy romp, set in C17th France.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2008, 11:59:33 AM PDT
EQUINE says:
G'day NZelene,

Has Nikki been back at all since she started this great post?
Or was this a nefarious plot to distract us all from actually having sex so we could read about it?

I know, I'm bad...really bad.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2008, 12:03:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2008, 12:05:59 PM PDT
NMDC says:
Oh I'm here! I have been taking notes, writing comments and enjoying the conversations! I would hate to be the cause of distraction for no actual purpose :)

I have bought several of the books everyone has suggested - thank you for your help!

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2008, 12:09:59 PM PDT
EQUINE says:
Good on you, Nikki...

Some distractions are actually better than others!

Enjoy the books.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2008, 8:25:55 PM PDT
So why does she stay on? Life is too short AND there are too many books! I feel the same way about reading and books. When I was a kid - 50's and 60's - about the only entertainment outside of playing, some TV and friends, was BOOKS. Nowadays, kids are missing out on so much! So many don't like to read, cannot read well, or it's not "exciting" enough. I have scarfed up the titles and authors given in the other thread on just historical novels and I am broke, but have books, books, books! i feel like the richest woman in the world! (Hope my eyesight holds, as until retirement - 4 yrs., I can only read about 1 a week) That would be a tragedy! I've tried the book cd's and I lose track. Sigh, I am just too old for the newer stuff! But love my pc and Amazon - and Ebay. Got lots of the older goodies mentioned there.

Well, sorry, I didn't mean to blab away!

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2008, 6:34:42 AM PDT
EQUINE says:
Blab on...I hear you, CC.

You and I grew up in the same period and caught the "book lust" early...my mother was an avid reader who taught me to read before I went to kindergarten...I always had/have my head in a book.

Lucky me! I made it my life! I have worked in trade book publishing for over 30 years. I get PAID to be around books.

I would not have married my wife if she didn't love books nearly as much as I do.

I find it weird to walk into homes that have no books.

I don't understand people who don't "like" to read.

When my daughter was born, I thought that I could now pass on my love for books to my child, like my Mom did with me...I surrounded her with books, glommed all the children's books I could from my own jobs and those of my colleagues...classics, beautful picture books, Grimm, Hans C. Andersen...I was all over this.

It never happened. She has a totally different feeling about reading than I do...too many other things to do...too much homework (an aside...when did kids stop playing outside and with each other after school? unsupervised? unscheduled?)

I am sure you all have had similar experiences, if not with your own children, then with others.

I accept that things are different today. I hate that I can only discuss the occasional book with my daughter...it took her over a year to finish the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy...I read it three times in the first year that I discovered it!

Sorry to run on with my lament.

That is why I am so glad to have discovered these forums and all of you. I am even happier when I encounter younger readers here (no offense to any of us greying folks, OK?) and I inhabit the horror, science fiction and fiction forums as much as I do these....it's really refreshing and heartening to know that there are so many readers out there...


In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2008, 5:16:28 PM PDT
Whew! is right! Ohhh! Lucky, lucky you!! In the book biz - I'd (almost) sell my soul! I WOULD rent it out! Both my girls are not readers, too. I even stooped to comic books just to get them to read when they were in grade school. And, working in a library for a few years allowed me to bring home all the wonderful goodies for kids, tweens and teens. Nope - boys, phone, tv, maybe homework. But, in other ways, I was the same with my folks. Having a brain does not mean you have any sense. Oh, well.

This is pleasant to read what others like and opinions.
I take it you get to do this from work? My judge wouldn't like that!

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2008, 6:40:03 PM PDT
YA Librarian says:
Courtly Clerk,
Well she did get raped. But it also showed what life was like for a prostitute, also there was a little love and spice later when she moved away.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2008, 9:19:37 PM PDT
YA librarian:
Well, I only really remember the mean, trying not to give in to his gay leanings, husband. She took up with a native, yes? Had a baby? Was ostracized from "good" society? It has been out for a few years. Plots run thru my head and get jumbled.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2008, 4:45:44 AM PDT
Yep, "The Crimson Petal and the White" was racy and magnificently written ! Try "The Mahound" by Lance Horner, "As Meat Loves Salt" by Maria McCann, "A Rage Against Heaven" by Fred M. Stewart, "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides and the relatively way back publication of "Messalina" by Jack Oleck - about the decadent Empress of Rome.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2008, 1:08:42 PM PDT
EQUINE says:
Courtly Clerk,

I realize that I never answered this post....

Working in a court, I am sure that you are not indentured to a cubicle!

I actually post from work, home anywhere I can get on a screen...I spend a lot of time on the phone with my hands free so I multi-task (quadruple task, quintuple task) keeping about 10 windows open at once.
I rarely go to lunch, get in early so my boss is cool with this as long as the work gets done....I travel a fair amount and there's nothing like posting to my chums on Amazon while I am being delayed in some airport, somewhere...it is enriching and time consuming...

Look out, he'ah come da judge!
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