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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In an industrial neighborhood of San Diego there is a lonely, forgotten lot guarded by nothing more than a chain-link fence. Little remains of the establishment that reigned here, or of the painted ladies who graced its stage.

Stiletto heels protrude from the seared earth like tawdry tombstones. Sunlight glints off a garden of broken mirrors and scattered rhinestones.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 2006 by Murphy's Law Press (first published 2006)
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

As fans of the genre can tell you, there is an extremely fine line to tread when it comes to the writing of dark erotica; because by its very nature, the acts described in such stories creep right up to the edge of ridiculousness to begin with, meaning that just one wrong move by the author will
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's always easy to judge people when you see their situations from the outside. Advice can flow freely when you're not the one who should follow it. Reading BLUE reinforced these ideas with me. As I followed Blue's adventure into the world of erotic dancing and the lifestyle that accompanies it, it seemed a lot less black and white than one might expect when it comes to the WHYs and HOWs. BLUE makes some choices that, from the outside, seem crazy. But being there in the story, surrounded by her ...more
D. Peach
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy Riso’s beautiful writing and looked forward to this book. The story is about a young woman Blue who for three years makes a living as a dancer/stripper in the US and later in Guam. It’s a raw read, gritty, and uncomfortable, particularly in the beginning when Blue is so insecure and self-defeating. As the story progresses, she begins to establish boundaries, to discover who she is and demand more of life.

I was mesmerized by the glimpse into the strange, dark world of drugs, sex, and
Michael Mark
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an unflinching look at the life of a young woman from an abusive upbringing who is thrown into the fire very early, and has little to rely upon but her physical attributes. I think most importantly Blue was a character I befriended. She is sort of propelled into this seedy world after the rape at her mother's place, and yet there are ways in which she fends that world off, too. She draws her own lines as a person, about where and how she will influence and be influenced by the world in ...more
Rajiv Chopra
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
t is indeed a gritty novel, and is not for the faint of heart, in the sense, for those who are looking for a romanticised version of this life should look another way. J D Riso really managed to write from the view point of Blue, and she made her voice your own.

There is sadness in the beginning, when she leaves her mother's house. I don't know if she ever intended for her to reconcile with her mother. There is a struggle, for Blue to keep her soul, and her dreams of a college degree alive,
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I have never known the author of a book I liked. I have never had a novelist as a workmate. At the beginning of the book I didn't realize I would finish reading it and spend so much time thinking about it.
Bill Robinson
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Bill by: The author herself
I read Blue some time ago and the journey the lead character travels will stand in my memory forever. Julie has shown me a compelling story.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A great, quick read exploring true to life people and experiences. It has the gritty realism I look for in a book.
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