After all the hype and remarks about how you couldn't put it down, it took me an inordinate amount of time to get through it. While I was reading TheAfter all the hype and remarks about how you couldn't put it down, it took me an inordinate amount of time to get through it. While I was reading The Passage, I kept thinking it was interesting--somewhere between pretty good and not bad.
I read it primarily on the train during my afternoon commute. I think part of the problem was that it was just so damn big, carrying it around every day got old fast. Epic tale, or not, I think it could have benefitted from some cutting.
It did actually become "unputdownable" around the last two hundred pages, or so. That was when I got totally wrapped up in it and sat up until around 4:00 a.m. finishing the book. My initial thought was that it was pretty good and that I'd probably want to see the movie, although I wasn't sure I'd go on to read the next two books in the trilogy, when they came out. But I noticed that I kept thinking about the book for several weeks after I finished it. That isn't something that often happens to me, so I'd say that's actually quite a recommendation.
I wonder if anyone else who's read The Passage and is currently watching Walking Dead on AMC sees any similarities? I know I do....more
I don't usually review books in which I have stories (it feels somehow wrong). Actually, I never do, but I had to make an exception for Rachel KramerI don't usually review books in which I have stories (it feels somehow wrong). Actually, I never do, but I had to make an exception for Rachel Kramer Bussel's Please, Ma'am.
I poured through the book as soon as it arrived. Of course, I read my story first. I always do that. I don't know why. I guess just to make sure it's there--and doesn't come across as a stinking pile... Anyway, once that was out of the way, I was free to devour the rest of it.
I write femdom and, perhaps more importantly, I read femdom. Let me tell you, there's not a lot of it out there, or at least not a lot that gets my juices flowing. I'm very particular. I am not a fan of the man-hating shrew and I like my femdom to evoke realistic thoughts, feelings and emotions. That doesn't mean it can't be the wildest of sexual fantasy (I love that; I often write that). But it does mean it has to ring true; it has to speak to me of the actual bond between a woman and a man. Not only are these stories well written but they all have that "ring of truth," as well.
The book is full of great stuff. Some of my favorite stories were Teresa Noelle Roberts' "I Live to Serve," Elizabeth Coldwell's "A Maze, and Grace," Remittance Girl's "Inside the Pride," Ariel Graham's "Living Rough," Rachel's own, "Houseboy" and Graydancer's "I'll Do It. For Her."
Teresa Noelle Roberts' story is the perfect introduction to the book. "I Live to Serve" introduces us to what it means to be a sexual and service submissive, both to the submissive man and to his dominant partner. It feels real and gets us ready for what is to come. It introduces the basic nature of male submissives and female dominants, oh yes, and it's very hot. Very hot.
Remittance Girl and Rachel's efforts are stories I'd also classify as realistic. I could easily see these things happening (although "Inside the Pride" reminds me more of my youth, when there was more sex, or at least semi-acceptable sex-between college students and faculty) and Rachel's story, "Houseboy," is maybe a bit of wishful thinking. These are stories that not only do we wish would happen, but that could happen.
Then there's Elizabeth Coldwell's "A Maze, and Grace," a great fantasy. It's not going to happen. Well, maybe--if you knew fabulously wealthy women with manor houses on huge properties... But mmm, mmm, mmm, is it hot! Ariel Graham's Cinderella story, "Living Rough," probably isn't going to happen, either, but don't we all wish it would? Oh, yes, we do.
Graydancer's "I'll Do It. For Her" ends the book. This story, perhaps, rang most true for me. This story proclaims, "This is me. Regardless of my public persona, this is who I am and who I will always be." A perfect ending to a very well-chosen group of stories.
These are only a few of the stories (and, oh yeah, my story, "Pick A Color," is pretty good too.). Explore the rest of the book. Take my word for it, if you're a submissive male, a dominant woman or simply fascinated by the genre, you'll love it. ...more