**spoiler alert** Full review at Booklikes Note, that there it is in two parts.
The things you do for online friends. I think my eyeballs will never fo...more**spoiler alert** Full review at Booklikes Note, that there it is in two parts.
The things you do for online friends. I think my eyeballs will never forgive me. This is the funny partof the review, a more detailed anaylsis will follow, as soon my eyeballs forgive me.
At least I didn't pay for it.
"Bring on your best bikini" - Bikini fight apparently.
Emily's sex growls (Loc. 82) Vagina dentata eat your heart out. Emily's vagina is a pitbull on a leash. (Which must make it rather hard to sit down).
Wait, no. I had that wrong. Emily's sex quivered. So it is an arrow. Does that mean she has a penis?
Yeah, I know, I know. Okay, so the first part of this review pointed out some of the typos and mistakes that could possibly lead to laughs. This second part of the review is more serious
First off, if you are going to charge 2.99 American for a book that would take anyone whose reading level is higher than second grade 20 minutes at the most to read, it better be damned good and not filled with fragments, confusing sentences, and independents clauses that just don’t make sense. (Please note, that I got this book for free. The list price on Amazon is 2.99).
Second, and more importantly, this book is a big solid endorsement of rape culture.
It’s the girl really wants to be dominated, abused, and raped trope.
That pisses me off. Fine, ignore the conditions between porn and abuse. Ignore the stupidity of a woman doing what Emily does, and even ignore the fact that an aspiring porn actress is okay going bare back – how is rape erotic? It’s not. It’s, at best, pornographic. And Emily is seen begging for her rape, there really is no other way to put it, twice in this thing. TWICE! (less)
As Erotica this works, somewhat. Personally, I don’t like rape in my erotica in any way, and quite frankly, Jane is legally raped once in this. It’s t...moreAs Erotica this works, somewhat. Personally, I don’t like rape in my erotica in any way, and quite frankly, Jane is legally raped once in this. It’s true, though, that it is quite clear that she is not giving consent and the relationship is not the ideal, but the whole sub-plot of the forced not desired suitor just annoyed. Additionally, Jane saying she was a proper Victorian lady is at odds with her history with Jonathan, so it doesn’t quite work. And she really seems to get out of those corsets quite easily. Still, the writing in terms of wording, grammar, imagery, hotness, is pretty good. My objections are mostly personal taste.
I have to say that this short story isn't the type of book that I usually read. I have to also admit that I picked this up bec...moreCrossposted at booklikes
I have to say that this short story isn't the type of book that I usually read. I have to also admit that I picked this up because it was free. It is not something that I would pay money for (simply because it is not my thing).
That said, while I didn't find it erotic, it was pretty clear of typos and other faults that seem to make their way into SPA work. Bell knows what editing is. I also have to give Bell credit and props for giving May a friend, and showing May actually working (even if I didn't quite buy her in the position).(less)
Who doesn't love hot Earl Grey? It makes everything else seem inferior.
Excuse me for a moment.
There, I put the kettle on. What did you think I was doi...moreWho doesn't love hot Earl Grey? It makes everything else seem inferior.
Excuse me for a moment.
There, I put the kettle on. What did you think I was doing?
I truly needed a laugh, and this book (which I brought because of Misfit's review and the author's comment on a dicussion) provided it. In order to enjoy it, you don't need to have read Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey, just have a passing knowledge of both as well as the urban fantasy romantic trend that gave birth to them. The book isn't mean spirited, so even if you like the above mentioned, you should still enjoy this book.
The story centers around Anna Steal (note the name) and her relationship with Earl Grey. Mr Grey works in a steel and glass erection the likes of which do not exist in Anna's home of Portland. Sadly, all is not tip toe though the tulips for these loves; there are a few cow patties in the field.
He is older than she is, and he does have 50 Shames (#15 is the worse).
The book sends up every cliche you have ever seen about a socially inept girl and the rich man who deicides she is the one. The book is sly and witty.
It also has my new favorite line "I gaze into his gazing eyes gazingly like a gazelle gazing into another gazelle's gazing gaze" (33).
Look at it this way, even after finding out that the author worked (or did some work) for Maxim magazine, I still liked it.
Thank you so much Fanny Merkin (cough) and Andrew Shaffer!(less)
This is one of those backs where I think you are suppose to dislike the two main characters. I mean, honestly, look at the title. It is powerful becau...moreThis is one of those backs where I think you are suppose to dislike the two main characters. I mean, honestly, look at the title. It is powerful because it deals with different types of damage - in people and by people.
The writing was very gripping and kept the reader's attention. But I'm not sure if I would re-read it.(less)
**spoiler alert** So this one killed my desire to read romance books for several years, and even colors my review of romance even today. I don't care...more**spoiler alert** So this one killed my desire to read romance books for several years, and even colors my review of romance even today. I don't care if it was pre-feminist; I don't care that rape fantasies exist. I'm sorry, if she escapes one rape, and then is raped by a man who is really sorry, but he thought she was doxy - there is no difference between either of the men. Sorry. She should have stabbed them both, instead of just the one.(less)
So my GRF Elizabeth writes in her review (see here) about problems with reading with feeling.
It doesn't work with this book. It really doesn't. There...moreSo my GRF Elizabeth writes in her review (see here) about problems with reading with feeling.
It doesn't work with this book. It really doesn't. There are soooo many questions that one has to ask. So many important questions that reading with feeling goes out the window.
Like, would you really want to temper an Iron maiden with your touch? Wouldn't it be rather painful? Wouldn't it have a vagina dentia? Wouldn't that be like getting gelded? Wouldn't it be simpler to take a big ole fire and shove the stupid Iron Maiden into it?
If you're French, why in the bloody hell would you go to England? For a blasted tourney so you can get money for sister to get married? Why is long hair that is never cut and hardly washed considered too die for by the ladies? If you're named Fulk, why don't you Fulk something (and sheep don't count)? If you were named Lioba, wouldn't you change your name?
If you're a high ranking whatisit, why do you need to marry Miss Thingie? If Miss Thingie's land is so precious, why don't more men come knocking? Why doesn't daddy marry again to father a son if a son was so blasted precious? And why does Miss Thingie get all willy nilly at the sight of blood when she wishes to hit people with her lance, sword, or arrow (and why aren't those phallic symbols)?
And how can a woman be strong enough to left one of those heavy lances, but pretty and soft in all the right places?
After reading this, I checked out Ms. Half-Lady Lisa's website. It seems that this book was written after Midni...moreI won this though a Goodreads giveaway.
After reading this, I checked out Ms. Half-Lady Lisa's website. It seems that this book was written after Midnight Life in Chinatown. This surprised me.
First, the good. The idea or conceit behind this book is good, great in fact, and is one of the reasons why this book gets two stars, not one. Additionally, there is some good insight into the modern American political system. This would be reason why I didn't file it under "ick-attack".
However, Ms. Half-Lady Lisa, I say the following with love. GET A BETTER EDITOR!!!! YOU REALLY, REALLY NEED ONE!!!
Yes, I know writing in CAPS is horrible, but it bears saying. Ms. Half-Lady Lisa is a wonderfully creative person. I love the cover art for this book. It's crazy wonderful. The idea behind this satire is great. She seems really smart. The editing and because of that, the writing lets the book down.
Honestly, the editing is crimnal and makes the writing looks bad. It's not just simply editing, like catching spelling or word placement. There is major editing problems. A good editor would've pointed out the places where chunky and clunky writing gets in the way of the satire and humor. A good editor would've nudged the writer to show more and tell less. In some ways, the book feels like it was put though a spell-checker and that's all.
This is a shame because there is such a glimmer of something good.(less)
I'll be honest. This isn't the type of book I would normally pick up on my own. Over the last year, I've read deb...moreI won this on a First Reads Giveaway.
I'll be honest. This isn't the type of book I would normally pick up on my own. Over the last year, I've read debates about the legalization of prostitution, and this book fits into the topic.
I'll be honest, yet again. The subject matter and how it is handled is four stars. Ms. Half-Lady does a good job in presenting the life of a transgendered prostitute. She does this by combining fiction with storytelling. Her writing style, especially when she gets factual, is good. She could have used a better editor. There are many typos. Not enough to stop you reading, but enough to be annoying. Let me be clear, it's not the writing; it's the editing. Just a little better or a little more editing and this would be a four star, perhaps five star book. This is the only negative thing I have to say abou this book.
Half-Lady presents her characters quickly. She doesn't judge them nor does she judge the reader. While the book looks only at transgender prostitutes, her description of the life and her listing of the rules, no doubt apply to any type of prostitute. Ms. Half-Lady also highlights the fact that prostitutes can also be victims. Can they really go to the police? In fact, as I am typing this, my local news is reporting a story about a prostitution ring bust. Prostitutes have been arrested, but no clients.
In many ways, I think Half-Lady would do a wonderful job if she wrote a non-fiction book about transgender prostitutes or prostitutes in general. The book dispells mythes and doesn't make the job look attractive at all, in case you are one of the people who think the book endorses prostiution. The book speaks more to understanding, and understanding is important when discussing issues that affect the country as a whole. You can speak about prostitution in general terms, but people should also realize that (a) not all prostitutes are women (b) there are transgender (c) they are not sex addicts. Half-Moon doesn't focus on the illegal trade, but more of the social aspects and how it affects her characters.
Overall, a rather surprising read, but in a good way.(less)