While one of our guest reviewers binged through a number of Damien Dsoul titles several years ago, I have never had the pleasure of reading him myselfWhile one of our guest reviewers binged through a number of Damien Dsoul titles several years ago, I have never had the pleasure of reading him myself. The bisexual aspect of The Merry Wives of Master Shango certainly caught my eye, but it was not until someone recommended The Story of Michael to me that I decided to take the plunge.
Ironically, the subtitle that won me over - The Makings of a Boi-Slave - only seems to be attached to certain editions, which is a shame as I suspect there are more readers like myself who would not have given it a second glance otherwise.
The story opens with a coincidental bit of meta self-indulgence that actually lends the story an interesting veneer of authenticity. Having just been informed that his girlfriend and her family disappeared from a resort in Nigeria, Michael goes for a lonely stroll and spots a Thaddeus Black novel in a store window. Expecting a simple detective novel, he discovers an erotic story of white slavery, and when he realizes the author (Damien Dsoul) is from Nigeria, he makes a fateful phone call that will forever change his life.
Before long, our naive, love-struck young hero is sacrificing his life's savings for the chance to rescue his girlfriend, not realizing that he will also be trading his very freedom to see her, yet never touch her again. That rescue effort makes for a solid thriller in the early chapters, as Michael plays amateur detective, but when he ends up a captive of the very same people who took his girlfriend's family . . . well, let us just say that Thaddeus Black novel should have prepared him for the erotic twist.
If this were like most books within the genre, Michael would have spent the story bemoaning his fate and watching his girlfriend be used by her new black Masters. There might be a few scattered fluffing or cleanup scenes for him, just to emphasize his humiliation, but the focus would be very much on the white girl and her lovers.
I am pleased to say this is nothing like those books.
In The Story of Michael, the focus remains firmly on Michael as he experiences the same physical and psychological conditioning that his girlfriend and her family endured. Not only is he exposed to the forced submission of other white bois, but he witnesses the willing submission of white couples - including his girlfriend's parents, who are both willingly, happily, sexually submissive to the new regime.
The Makings of a Boi-Slave is a story of intense submission and sexuality, going far beyond the usual embarrassed and humiliated husband angle. I loved how easily Michael came to learn his place as a white boi, destined for submission to his black Masters and Mistresses. Without any feminization or sissification to justify his new feelings, he slowly comes to appreciate the thrill of a black man's touch and the joy of being at the end of a black woman's leash. It really does make for a refreshing take on the genre, with its focus on submissive bisexuality and its willingness to allow Michael to enjoy (rather than suffer) his new role.
Imaginative, creative, and lusciously detailed, it is a story I shudder to think I almost passed by.
I will freely admit, I began drooling in anticipation when Bryce Calderwood began teasing his new Futaberry Patch universe, feeding us one sugary sweeI will freely admit, I began drooling in anticipation when Bryce Calderwood began teasing his new Futaberry Patch universe, feeding us one sugary sweet sample after another. It sounded so perfectly delicious, I just had to rush out and grab a copy the moment it was released.
Did it satisfy my cravings? Was it worth the mess? Will I ever recover from my diabetic orgasm? Well, let me just say the only problem with Futaberry Slutcake is that it left me with an insatiable appetite for more!
In all seriousness, this was a delightful story with a fantastic lead-in that evoked memories of 80's classics like Gremlins and Tales from the Darkside . . . or, better yet, Friday the 13th: The Series. Dillon's story is a little bit sad and a lot unsavory, and his encounter with the mysterious curio shop is both amusing and creepy. The story behind the Kovacs 9000 drawing tablet is perfectly odd, and nicely raises our suspicions.
Of course, the real fun begins when Dillon finds himself in the cartoon body of his futa creation. I will leave you to discover the how and why of that transformation for yourself, but know that the erotic element is as sweet as it is sexy, as candy as it is cartoonish, and as messy as it is magnificent. Bryce Calderwood absolutely nails the details here, with every paragraph adding something to the concept, and every word of the dialogue designed to reinforce the perverse nature of the story.
By all rights, Futaberry Slutcake should be too silly, too cartoonish, and too over-the-top to work as a seriously erotic story, but it does . . . so very, very well. Bryce Calderwood does for cartoons what he already did for vampires and octogirls, and it is so yummy!
Some authors like to settle into a niche and write stories that are comfortably familiar. Others like to claim that nice and build a name for themselvSome authors like to settle into a niche and write stories that are comfortably familiar. Others like to claim that nice and build a name for themselves. Then there are authors like Reed James who totally own their niche (in this case futa lesbian erotica) like no other author out there.
The Futa Surprise Bundle is a trio of loosely connected stories, all set within the Aphrodite Sisterhood Universe, centered around the idea of (you guessed it) surprise.
Futa Surprise was a fun story about a bored coed who dabbles with a little forbidden magic while house-sitting for a pair of well-to-do lesbians. As shocked as she is to find herself growing a massive futa phallus between her legs, the irresistible attraction she feels for the door-to-door makeup saleswoman is even more surprising. It was a fun story of discovery and seduction, with some quirky flirting.
Futa Hawaiian Surprise puts a futa spin on the seduction of a straight girl by her lesbian best friend, with a little help from the transformation magic of Ms. Futa 'N Ari's Massage Parlor. This one is pure wall-to-wall sex, highly erotic, and gloriously messy.
Futa Subway Surprise was my favorite of the three stories here, a sexy tale that is more about the seduction than the consummation. It all starts with a mysterious bit of subway molestation, with the first surprise being that it is not a man with the groping hands, but a woman, and the second being that the woman is actually a futa. This one is all about erotic exhibitionism, with a fantastic progression from victim to seductress.
This is not a book with bonus stories, it is a book of bonus stories. The title story is a mere 5 pages long,What a complete and utter disappointment.
This is not a book with bonus stories, it is a book of bonus stories. The title story is a mere 5 pages long, and it is a lazy attempt at sissy erotica. We are supposed to believe the main character is being forced to attend Sissy School in an attempt so save his marriage. We are supposed to believe he is a straight man with no interest in becoming a gay sissy. We are supposed to believe he will be trained at this underground school. So, what really happens? He immediately submits to everything, loves it, and is an overnight sissy success. Literally.
As for the so-called bonus stories, they are mere snippets and scenes, sometimes barely more than a page long, that make no attempt to tell a story or build characters.