Agony/Ecstasy: 21 Stories of Agonizing Pleasure
All new stories of punishing extremes and unbearable pleasure...
With historical, contemporary, and futuristic backdrops, this outrageously diverse collection of original stories explores every conceivable variation of BDSM erotica--from knitting circles to the Titanic to a retelling of The Little Mermaid. Featuring all-new stories by Meljean Brook, Jean Johnson, Bettie...more
Since this is a genre collection, rather than a literary one, there's not a ton to talk about thematically. The authors' goals were to entertain, not enlighten. So I'd suppose my ...more
On the Agony side:
Transfixed/Transformed by Anne Calhoun – One of the main reasons I picked up this anthology is ...more
I rarely buy anthologies because most are not as satisfying as full size novels. I took a chance on this one. Sadly I was disappointed. There are 21 stories by 20 different authors. Each story is about 20 pages long. Because they were so short, something was missing from all of them. The least satisfying were those with unfinished endings, not knowing what would happen with the couples. Som ...more
Transfixed: 3.5 stars
It's a short story, so it's no easy feat for an author to write a cohesive work in such a tight word count. As always Ms. Calhoun's writing style is purely hypnotic. There's a rhythm to her words, an underlying poetry that enchants me every time I read her work. Each word is like sampling a delicious morsel from a five star restaurant.
The only re ...more
Why I read it: Sometimes, I'm in the mood for a short story, kind of like a sorbet. I'd had this on my TBR for some time, having bought it ages ago, and I decided to intersperse the stories with my other reading.
What worked for me (and what didn't):
Transfixed and Transformed, the two stories by Anne Calhoun in the anthology (one each in Agony and Ecstasy) were about the same pairing, one from her POV, one from his. I liked these stories very much and could happily have read a wh ...more
As I read I took notes to have a mini book club type phone call with my sister when she's done reading it. I thought I'd post my notes here. I read the book a story or two at a time over the course of week.
My overall favs:
Safeword by Delphine Dryden
Wicked Wedding ...more
Let me start by putting my premises on the table. The Story of O was many a decade in the past. Anne Calhoun’s What She Needs was a gentle segue into erotic, followed by Carrie’s Story by Molly Weatherfield (perhaps better known as Pam Rosenthal), and lastly, Second Chances by Lauren Dane. To provide some points of reference.
On the other hand, I can read and understand just about everything that comes across m ...more
(she is an author goddess and I must read everything she writes)
My comments below are about her contribution to the anthology.
"Transfixed" (Agony) and "Transformed" (Ecstacy), are each wonderful in their own right. The former is haunting and rhythmic while the latter feels like an artistic study in metaphor. Both were captivating. The stories are 9 and 10 pages respectively.
In "Transfixed", the reader disc ...more
Transfixed – Anne Calhoun
E: Ms Calhoun provided exquisite detail that doesn’t just focus on the physical but draws the reader into the story. I wanted to know the why behind the characters’ motivation. I loved how neither one really fit into the common stereotypes of leather, whips, and chins. I also really enjoyed how it was private not in a “club” with observers. B ...more
I'm not usually a fan of anthologies, so I was a bit hesitant to read this, but I ended up really enjoying it. I like reading BDSM if it's not too over-the-top, and these stories were just the right speed for me. It's kind of silly, but I thought it was very cool that the book had two sides - you read the Agony side, then flipped it over for the Ecstasy stories.
My favorite story (actually two) was Transfixed (on the Agony side) by Anne C ...more
Calhoun, Anne - Transfixed *****
Johnson, Jean - the Sybil *****
Coi, JK - Caged ****
Sharpe, Bettie - Each Step Sublime *****
Dryden, Delphine - Safeword ****
Simonds, AL - Stitch and Bitch ***
Clare, Jessica - Bachelorette Party ****
Rowe, Margaret - Wicked Wedding Night *****
Harris, Edie - Shameless ****
Lange, Rebecca - Taken ****
Moraine, Sunny - Wetwire ***
Calhoun, Anne - Transformed *****
Brook, Meljean - Rescue Me ****
Evers, Shoshanna - the Wooden Pony ****
Daniels, Lily - Kiss of Lif ...more
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & ...more
While, as with any anthology, not all of the stories were excellent, enough of them were good to rate 4 stars. I think this is a very good book for people who like erotica and for people who want to spice up their bedroom a little bit.
Dry. Emotionless. Meh. That'll teach me to hand over money out of curiosity instead of instinct!
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