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Sensuous Magic: A Guide for Adventurous Lovers

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  112 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Need help with your riding-crop technique? Wonder how to wrap your husband like a mummy? Or maybe you caught your girlfriend wistfully eyeing a pair of handcuffs in a shop window and simply want to know how to bring up the subject with her. Sensuous Magic has the answers. Writer, therapist, and sex radical Patrick Califia-Rice has updated his classic introduction to S/M an ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 15th 1998 by Masquerade Books (first published 1993)
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j
Jan 22, 2013 j rated it it was amazing
Dear Patrick Califia:
Marry me.

Okay, not really. (At least not until bigamy is legal.) But in seriousness, I am pretty sure this is the best beginner S&M book I've ever read and anyone who is even THINKING about getting kinky with it should definitely give it a shot.

There are many good BDSM books marketed towards beginners, but I find they all have flaws - either not enough information, or a scope that's so excessive as to be terrifying to a rank novice. I've read "novice" BDSM books that i
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Agnieszka
May 27, 2015 Agnieszka rated it really liked it
This is a review of the updated version. I understand the first version was a lot more focused on het couples. Although this isn't primarily a book about leather scene history in San Francisco, you get to learn a lot about it on the way. Maybe all this great queer stuff wasn't there in the first edition.

A couple of things make this book stand out in a world of sex and BDSM advice books and tech manuals. First, the writing. It's really good! A lot of books about sex, in an attempt to be not sala
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Ellie
A well constructed introduction to BDSM that may be too much for the true novice - I know I certainly got nervous whenever the subject of blood was brought up. Nonetheless, the author makes a strong attempt to quell fears.

An especially nice touch was the addition of short stories describing scenes at the end of each chapter, featuring a variety of activities and gender combination. Probably the only thing bad about this book is that the number of these stories begin to dwindle as the book progre
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Mopheadf
Apr 26, 2015 Mopheadf rated it really liked it
Read it for the academic ideas and porn, not for technique.
Michelle
Jan 09, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
A decent summary of BDSM culture and practices by Pat Califia (the author was female-identified when my edition was published in the late 90s, though they are now male-identified and go by Patrick). Oddly hetero-oriented, given who the author is, though certainly other sexualities are addressed as well. Very safety-first, for which I give it an A++. Short on fantasy, long on practicality, which I find rather refreshing.
Sheryl
Aug 29, 2007 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sexualities
A very practical, no funnystuff guide aimed primarily at hetero couples interested in first time S/M exploration.
I can't say that it was "instructional" for me (except for the caution against whipping someone along the spine...that really sunk in!) but Pat/rick's style is so enjoyable that I will read almost anything with interest.
Kal Cobalt
Apr 09, 2011 Kal Cobalt rated it it was amazing
Out of all the BDSM stuff out there, I really only ever recommend two books to relative newcomers. This is the one I loan out for people who need more information than basic physical stuff -- who want to know more about the "why" of BDSM and how it works in a larger context. I can't imagine a better introduction to the field.
Jeanette
Jan 02, 2008 Jeanette marked it as to-read
Shelves: glbt
I bought this when I first was introduced to S/M and Pat Califia. I read it when I get in the mood, and I love it. Very informative and well- its by Pat Califia!
Transgender Bathroom
Jul 14, 2012 Transgender Bathroom marked it as bagrat-topagwa  ·  review of another edition
If you'd like to know what I thought of this book, please contact me directly and I'd be happy to discuss it with you.

All the best,

- TB
Annamarie
Jan 23, 2011 Annamarie rated it liked it
A bit outdated now, but a good basic guide. To be honest, I mostly skimmed this one as I've read so many "101" books by now!
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Patrick Califia-Rice, who formerly wrote under the names Pat Califia and Patrick Califia, is a writer of nonfiction (on men, gender, transgender identity, and sexuality) and fiction (erotica, poetry, and short stories).
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