Monday, February 25, 2008
The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, vol. 3
*** The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, vol. 3., Maxim Jakubowski, ed. Erotica.
If you get a chance, click on the book cover to get the bigger version, then, if you can figure out the picture, pretty please explain it to me. It's R-rated, but not NC-17 (no nipples, even if I were sure where they ought to be).
- "The Two Hellos" by Michael Faber: an infidelity story--started the anthology off on the wrong foot for me. Some rather unerotic, crude details, but there was a sad point at the end.
- "For Sale" by Cara Bruce: fun story about the intersection of two different fetishes in a red chair.
- "Truly Scrumptious" by Mark Ramsden: spanking and an open marriage.
- "Sweet, Sweet Annie" by Rich Logsdon: violent, crude, and too creepy to be erotic.
- "London Derriere" by Dawn O'Hara: Orlando will do anything to get Isabella--and her fabulous ass--back.
- "The Holy Bright Number" by Andy Duncan: strange, confusing, "literary" story about a back-woods hooker.
- "On Hallowed Ground" by Debra Hyde: sex in a graveyard.
- "The Colour of Lust" by M. Christian: lesbian couple--one plays pool while the other cheats on her.
- "Wild Roses" by Mary Anne Mohanraj: Sarah & Saul and Ruth & Daniel had been a foursome years ago. Now Daniel's dead, and Sarah offers Ruth Saul to console her. Touching story--more poignant than erotic.
- "The VIP Room" by Nicholas Kaufmann: amusing story about a philanderer who gets more than he bargained for.
- "Cactus Ass" by Cheyenne Blue: picking cactus needles out of Susan's butt leads to English tourist Geordie crossing one more thing of his to-do list.
- "The Shape of Cities" by Maxim Jakubowski: memories of a lost lover. Kind of depressed, kind of literary.
- "The Death and Life of Edward Grable" by Adhara Law: almost a paranormal story, about a sexual artist seeking fulfillment.
- "Alchemical Ink: Shattered Angel" by Morgan Hawke: this one is paranormal, about a guy who helps a desperate young woman save herself by giving her a magical tattoo.
- "Making Woofie" by Lilian Pizzichini: weird, weird story--a woman having puppies. Ick.
- "Six Before Nine" by Michael Crawley: detailed description of oral sex.
- "Mothering" by Jacqueline Lucas: a photo shoot that ends up in a three-way, with alternating first-person accounts from all three. A little confusing, but not bad.
- "Diver's Moon" by E. M. Arthur: recovered cancer patient whose wife left him for his nurse starts over.
- "The Little American" by Sage Vivant: a not-well-endowed American gets teased by Greek women, but gets some anyway.
- "Fugu" by Bianca James: intense story about a Japanese mob assassin's suicide.
- "Deserving Ruth" by Mike Kimera: his infidelity turns them into swingers until he proves himself.
- "Cat" by Anya Wassenberg: a P.I. who goes to extraordinary lengths to catch cheating husbands.
- "If It Makes You Happy" by Cole Riley: inmate seduces a guard to help her escape.
- "Going Out With Angela" by David Surface: a straight guy with a thing for a lesbian.
- "Diving Into Oceans of Air" by Renee M. Charles: paranormal story about an empath, specializing in long-distance sex, who meets the perfect lover in person.
- "The Water Hole" by Michele Larue: pee fetish.
- "The Adventure of Thomas the Rock Star in the Court of the Queen of Faery" by John Grant: the title pretty much says it all. Nice fae story.
- "San Sebastian" by Justine Dubois: wife angrily sends husband off to hike on his own; he has a better time than he'd expected.
- "Wanting That Man" by Karen Taylor: a lesbian finds herself inexplicably attracted to a man. Nice twist, surprisingly sensitive.
- "La Deesse Terre" by Madeleine Oh: a discarded wife becomes the Earth Goddess.
- "To Remember You By" by Sacchi Green: a grandmother reminisces about her lesbian experiences as a nurse during WWII.
- "Death on Denial" by O'Neil De Noux: trickle-down economics as it applies to mob assassins. Funny, but not very sexy.
- "The Sweater" by Tara Alton: kind of a Cyrano de Bergerac story with a bi twist.
- "Trying It On" by Jennifer Footman: a costume shop. I didn't quite get the point of this one.
- "Tomatoes: A Love Story in Three Parts" by Claire Tristram: a literary sort of story in which tomatoes punctuate a woman's lesson to seize the day.
- "The Whore Gene" by Lisa Montanarelli: a scientist studies prostitues to find "the whore gene." Nice twist at the end.
- "Show Time" by Julia Peters: she wants to break up with him until they share a sex show.
- "Progressive Party" by Alison Tyler: a couple does something different at each apartment during a progressive party. Cute concept, but it didn't live up to its promise.
- "Horsepower" by Tom Piccirilli: comic geek turns tough guy when he drives his dead brother's Mustang.
- "English Lessons" by Lee Elliott: she teachers her Japanese student more than just English.
- "Butterfly" by Lisabet Sarai: he's enamored of a Thai prostitute who turns out to be a post-op transsexual.
- "Lap Dance Lust" by Rachel Kramer Bussel: woman gets her first lap dance.
- "A Cool Dry Place" by R. Gay: Haitians emigrating.
- "Bacon, Lola and Tomato" by Susannah Indigo: Lola meets the "tomato"--the phone sex operator with whom her boyfriend's sort-of cheating on her. "Bacon" is the "tomato's" nickname for him.
- "The Swing" by Mari Ness: a man calls Ask A Nurse when he's handcuffed to the bed and his wife is stuck in a sex swing. Funny.
- "The Blood Virgin" by Anne Tourney: kind of like Psycho, about the daughter of a man who writes true crime stories about killers.
- "Sakura" by Diane Kepler: I had to look up the section titles: Japanese numbers, one through eight. Irritating story about a spoiled young woman and a man who bends over backward for her but she just wants expensive gifts.
- "Drift" by Christopher Hart: kind of like in So Long and Thanks for All the Fish when Arthur Dent and Fenchurch are having sex while flying.
But I'm not sorry I read it. I wouldn't have wanted to miss "The VIP Room," "Alchemical Ink," "Fugu," and "Diving into Oceans of Air," in my opinion the best of the stories.
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Geez...the book cover weird me out LOL...the only thing I can think of is, if this is sorta a paranormal or scary erotic book - than I think her front (nipple) is facing the bed and that only her head is twisted backward (think Exorcist movie)and maybe the back is where her face had twisted to and it back bone you are seeing?
If not than, okay...I'm weird LOL
If not than, okay...I'm weird LOL
Maybe... it's just that her neck doesn't look twisted at all. I can't stop looking at it, and the more I look, the more creeped-out I get. :)
Hello - the picture on Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Vol. 3 is actually the back of a woman, with the head turned around 180 degrees - so you see her shoulder blades, but she's facing up. Does that make sense? lol (I'm one of the writers in the book - Anya Wassenberg - if that's not too self promotional, that's how I know.)
Thanks, Anya! As you can tell, it's been bugging me. I enjoyed your story, by the way--I liked Cat's point of view. :)Post a Comment
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