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Full of literary star power and with absolutely nothing out of bounds, these steamy short stories pack a wallop for every sexual taste.
Susie Bright is the fearless boundary crosser of contemporary erotica, and The Best American Erotica 2005 features stories of unprecedented literary pedigree and a stunning breadth of imagination.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley detail...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 2nd 2005 by Touchstone
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Sarah
i love erotica you know, and i've bought many editions of the bae. i was pretty nonplussed overall by this year's edition. there were a few standout stories that i enjoyed or that got me vaguley thinking about wanting to have sex. one of the good stories was "charles sykes' spirit of ecstasy" by ps haven. it had a kink to it that i enjoyed. it was a unique story that wasn't at all what i expected it to be. the narrator had a fetish, and she'd always wanted to fuck the spirit of ecstasy, which is...more
Pascale
Allright, I must admit that there were some gems to be found in this book:
- “I like a smooth body the best, I have to admit, the hand or tongue traveling unobstructed over hard surfaces. Clean like the skin of belugas whales or dolphins or even a pillowcase . . .”
- “The small of your knee is wet; it echoes your salivating mouth.”
- “Sometimes you press into me gently like leaning into the wind, and sometimes you are pounding me like an animal, like television violence.”
- “We’ve come to the poin...more
Raven
May 07, 2007 Raven rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like reading sexy stories in public
Shelves: mindcandy
So . . . I have to say if this is the BEST erotica America could come up with in '05, we are in a sorry state. Some of the stories are really good, like really hot, but most are rather hit and miss. The ones that are really worth reading are: "Slippy for President" by Steve Almond, it was an entertaining read--though not particularly erotic. "My Puritan Reader" by Bert Hart; "Seduction" by Cecilia Tan--one of the shortest and also one of the best in the book; "Brontitis" by Maria Dahvana Headley...more
Cheri
Branching out into other genres and just plain curious considering all the recent hype around smutty smut smut.

Since it had "something for everyone", most of it was weird or had elements of weirdness. Could it be my lack of interest in short stories encompasses dirty ones, too? This is not to say some of them weren't enjoyable. But they were over so fast. *hey-o*
HeavyReader
Favorites in this collection are

"Hollywood Christmas" (pretty straightforward story about a man fucking a woman, told from his perspective)

"It's Never Too Late in New York" (group sex)

"My Puritan Reader" (a young New England woman has to be strip searched by a respected man of the town to prove that she is not a witch)
Evett DiBianco
Was curious to read this from my book club - it's okay, but wouldn't buy it. If you'd like to read it...you can borrow mine.
Stephanie
Of the whole collection only 2 or 3 stories were all that engrossing. Not what I expected of "The Best".
Matt  Holtman
Not that good. I was hoping for better.
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Susannah "Susie" Bright (also known as Susie Sexpert) is a writer, speaker, teacher, audio-show host, performer, all on the subject of sexuality. She is one of the first writers/activists referred to as a sex-positive feminist.
More about Susie Bright...
Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir Bitten: Dark Erotic Stories The Sexual State of the Union Full Exposure: Opening Up to Sexual Creativity and Erotic Expression How to Write a Dirty Story: Reading, Writing, and Publishing Erotica

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