Bought it for the cover art. Had never heard of this Dave Eggers, and hadn't read much literary fiction before this, nor short stories. It was a goodBought it for the cover art. Had never heard of this Dave Eggers, and hadn't read much literary fiction before this, nor short stories. It was a good intro on all counts, and became one of my most beloved books. Someone borrowed it and never gave it back. :(...more
Saga gets better with every volume. I would give this series 500 stars if I could. Perfect union of tragedy and hilarity, and easily the best artworkSaga gets better with every volume. I would give this series 500 stars if I could. Perfect union of tragedy and hilarity, and easily the best artwork out there. ...more
I think a lot of the people who give this book a one-star review don't understand what it's meant to be. They're hooked on contemporary erotica or fanI think a lot of the people who give this book a one-star review don't understand what it's meant to be. They're hooked on contemporary erotica or fantasy erotica--or both--and expect more of the same here: character chemistry, shoddy character development, some kind of compelling story line to keep the sex going, and of course, lots of hot sex with the protag getting off every time she turns a corner.
That's not what Rice intended "Sleeping Beauty" to be, ya'll.
It's intended, as the author puts it, to be a titillating, sensuous sadomasochistic erotica told in the "gilded framework" of a fairy tale. Think about the Grimm's fairy tales that you've flipped through: they are simple stories, told with straightforward, clear language and no deep, nuanced character development whatsoever. This trilogy is meant to put BDSM sex on display in just that way: on every page, in a sumptuous diorama that is not meant to be realistic--just as the level of 24/7 Ds play described therein is not realistic. It's told in the style of a baroque fable, with each scene acting as a new step in Beauty's very overt personal journey to understanding and accepting her own awakened desires. In essence, it's not a story about pleasure, but a safe place to imagine the sexual fantasy of complete surrender. No snarky seduction, no pillow talk, no falling in love with his cute little habits in between the times that he beats your ass--just surrender. To a bunch of richly dressed people in a sick-ass castle who literally do nothing else but drink wine and tease their hot naked slaves. All fucking day and night. Sign me up.
Oh, and spankings. Spankings for DAYS. Spankings for MILES.
And in subsequent books: pony boys. =D =D =D
Anyway, the "Sleeping Beauty" trilogy, in my opinion, achieves what it sets out to do, very beautifully. It drags at certain points, and Beauty sure cries a lot, but consider me, uh, titillated anyway. ...more
That's all I really got for this one. Robbins is so hit or miss for me. Two of his books are among my all-time most cherished, a few others I've re :-/
That's all I really got for this one. Robbins is so hit or miss for me. Two of his books are among my all-time most cherished, a few others I've really enjoyed, and another few . . . are not a good fit for me. Also, dude, could you maybe write at least one book that doesn't involve some gnarly, pompous philosopher seducing a Pretty Young Thing half his age and showing her the ways of the big wild world? That gets a little insulting. As does the unfailing appearance of the pretty protag who curiously experiments with casual lesbianism. Ain't nothing wrong with that in and of itself, but it comes off as an author preoccupation rather than a character asset, and it gets old.
I might have to return to this book another time. I bought it thinking that it was an objective profile of each person interviewed, with insights andI might have to return to this book another time. I bought it thinking that it was an objective profile of each person interviewed, with insights and supplemental research from the author regarding the myriad ways human beings practice, approach, and define sex. It was instead a series of transcribed submissions from the participants themselves, describing in their own words their sexual history. In and of itself, I like that idea, but the first few hit too close to home, reminding me of the intimate 'memoirs' I thought the world needed in my early 20s. No surprise there. A call for submissions about personal sex stories is going to attract a similar set of people: folks skewing a tad narcissistic, for starters. I do think a more analytical, objective profile of each person would be fascinating, but it's always interesting to hear unfiltered stories as well, and Gerding's intent here is a noble one for sure. I'll give it another go next year, when my to-read list shortens some....more
A little clunky in the beginning (I personally found the chapters on the father's political career hard to get through), but overall an amazing read.A little clunky in the beginning (I personally found the chapters on the father's political career hard to get through), but overall an amazing read. I especially appreciate that the author arranged the book in small chapters according to various interests, hobbies, and purchases of Huguette (and, earlier, her family), rather than strictly chronologically. ...more
Fantastic novella; I hope there is more to the story in the form of more books. Mankind develops a way to upload human consciousness into androids, buFantastic novella; I hope there is more to the story in the form of more books. Mankind develops a way to upload human consciousness into androids, but a virus then wipes out most of humanity. Cece is part of a small group of humans--maybe the last on the planet--who've made a very special data storage bunker their home for many generations. Maintaining human life is their highest priority, but saving mankind's legacy of knowledge and progress before it's completely forgotten is Cece's calling, and she has to make some tough choices to follow it her way....more
I really liked Volume 1, as much as one can "like" diving into a dystopian future where jolly diseasedWELP. I believe that's enough "Crossed" for me.
I really liked Volume 1, as much as one can "like" diving into a dystopian future where jolly diseased folk rape each other's exit wounds. It was a gross, shocking, nightmare-inducing trip, exactly what it was supposed to be. Exploring life in a place without hope and all that usual dystopian stuff. This one had all that, too. And it wasn't the gore or gratuitous sexual violence--which is amped x1000 compared to Vol 1, if you can believe it--that turned me off. Nor was it our subject Lorre, whose manipulation and sick destruction of a group of survivors we get to helplessly observe. This is "Crossed", for gods' sake. There's a guy over here wearing underwear made of a face. I expected these things, after reading the first one.
My gripes with Psychopath?
The artwork, for starters. Maybe it's that I'm just not into this artist's style, but it just looks sloppy to me.
Secondly, the characters are just kind of flat and unrealistic. We don't see things ticking behind their eyes like we do in Vol 1. We get a lot of Lorre, of course, which I realize is the point, but he's not really that interesting, and the people around him might as well be mannequins. Not because Lorre's so good at manipulating them, but because they don't act or talk or think or pause or emote like real people, which is what I expect to see when I'm reading some deep, scary shit about the end of the world--even if I'm reading it through the eyes of a man wholly devoid of empathy.
Thirdly, and here's the thing that really bothered me more than anything else:
Every single woman was packing an enormous rack and a ridiculous porn star body. I spotted a solitary deviation--a fat Crossed woman, of course, not anyone we're actually supposed to care about, god forbid--and the rest were literal Barbies, straight from the mold. I guess if I read more graphic novels and comics, I'd be desensitized to ALL THE UNREAL TITS by now, but Jesus, would it be so hard to let go of your raging crotch for a second and draw a few normal women? You sure draw enough normal dudes.
And that's really all I've got. Tap me out. I think I've had all of this series--tits or no--that I can take. ...more