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The Woman Who Sparked the Greatest Sex Scandal of All Time

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Journalist Ishtar Benten is promoted to the most secret department of the News Agency that monopolizes information. Soon afterwards, her erotic-coffee colleague disappears mysteriously, and she starts a very dangerous investigation to find him.

How would you act when Love conflicts with Truth? Which is the sexiest of all possible worlds? "The Woman Who Sparked the Greatest
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Paperback, 232 pages
Published February 25th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 7th 2012)
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Sharon
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book gifted by author for review

When I started reading this book I had no idea where it would take me or whether indeed I would actually enjoy it. Ishtar works for The Agency giving people what they think they want, true lies, fantasy that looks like fact. You start reading with one of Ishtar's sexual fantasies which for some I could imagine would be a confusion as to what the story was all about, but very soon you get the idea of what is going on and get drawn into the secretive world of what i
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Sarah Brillinger
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is certainly unlike any book I have ever read as Erotica is not in my usual reading pile but this book is more complex than simple Erotica. It's a futuristic, dystopian world where everything is controlled by a select few and Ishtar, the central character, makes it into the inner circle and learns many disturbing truths.

She is a writer for a department called "Written Chronicles" where she writes current events with an erotic twist as love and sex are her speciality. Her descriptions of se
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Melissa
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-challenge
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the imagination of the author, it is very colorful. This story has many electrifying erotic scenes. I did have a hard time at first getting into the story, but that was because I was not used to this style of writing. After the first couple of chapters I couldn't seem to put the book down.
Lisa
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have never before struggled to write a review, but early on through reading this book I found myself wondering how to review this book honestly.

From the first couple of pages, I found myself scratching my head in puzzlement, and I hoped as the pages went by I would lose that feeling. Unfortunately, by the time I reached the end of the book, I was still as confused as I was at the beginning.

The first thing I need to point out is that from the very first few pages, there is some seriously heavy
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Verditwist
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review: The Woman Who Sparked the Greatest Sex Scandal of All Time, Eli Yaakunah
First: This is a review of a book passed to me for review by the author. I believe my review is unbiased and un-influenced.
This futuristic story is packed with references: to old gods, old films, thick with allusions to the cynicism of our own porn addicted age, where politics and the creative arts walk hand in hand, where sex is the opiate that blinds or upholds us. Where spin is everything.
Reading like a trippy ver
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Teodora
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of
The Woman Who Sparked the Greatest Sex Scandal of All Times by Eli Yaakunah is a dystopian novel that transposes the reader into a fictitious world about love, truths, and world-saving. This book can be read as an allegory of journalism and the political system. The main character is Ishtar, who works in a news agency as a sex writer and who has just been promoted to a scriptwriter. At the same time, she learns that the man she loves has disappeared. In an attempt to find out what happened to hi ...more
Francis Franklin
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
is a Sci-Fi novel painting a clear picture of a dystopian society with echoes of Brave New World and 1984, though not quite as absolute. This is, ultimately, a thriller rather than an allegorical deconstruction of modern society, though there are elements of that too. Given that the novel is all about censorship and media control, it’s a little ironic that the novel itself has run into publishing difficulties (see Denounce Censorship) and was consequently re-published ‘slightly abridged by remov ...more
Beatriz
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La verdad es que no sé cómo definir este libro. Es raro, rarísimo, pero me ha gustado mucho.

Al principio de la novela andaba un poco perdida (sobre todo con el primer capítulo/epílogo, que todavía no sé qué es eso), pero después la trama me enganchó totalmente. Una distopía sobre el quinto poder, me encanta. Cuando en su momento leí la sinopsis creía que no me iba a convencer la novela, pero al darle un poco de tiempo hasta que la empecé a leer y olvidé el resumen, me sumergí de nuevas en la his
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Melissa ownsbey
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
loved it it was great i was hooked i enyojed all the chaters
i never read a book quite like this before thats why i loved cause it was diffent from what ever read before
María
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es raro encontrarse un género que sea distopía erótica, pero la verdad es que no sabía cómo llamarlo exactamente. En primero lugar, si fuese sólo una novela erótica, yo no la hubiese leído, y por supuesto, no le hubiese dado cuatro estrellas en goodreads sencillamente porque erótica es un género que no me gusta por sus tramas. Claro que tampoco es una novela puramente distópica, porque se mezcla con el ya anteriormente mencionado. Esa es la razón por lo que lo he llamado género distópico erótico ...more
Nayla
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Por algún motivo siento que todo lo he visto en algún otro lado, sólo que no recuerdo cómo se llamaba ese lugar... mm... ¡oh cierto! se llamaba "vida". Todo resulta extrañamente familiar... demasiado real diría yo, aunque claro está que es un libro futurista.

Toca temas y noticias de la historia del mundo con una soltura que te quedas con la boca abierta, y es que la forma en la que la autora logra dar su punto de vista acerca de los acontecimientos es sorprendente. Es como si todos supiéramos, m
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Ira Therebel
This book is absolutely amazing. It took me a couple of chapters to get into it, but once I did I could not put it down, I was simply absorbed by it and it was in my head even when I was not reading it.

Actually it was nothing that I expected. When I first read the description and signed up to win it, I was just thinking to explore the genre of erotica that I never read. The book seemed like a sex novel only a bit less dumb than the ones I heard about before. But it was so much more than that.

I a
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Raffol
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story is powerful, engaging, and every single sentence is full of ingenuity. There are so many details that turn out to have deeper meanings, like in a well-built detective story. Even the imaginative descriptions of Ishtar's sexual fantasies when she meets new people may have deeper meanings, besides illustrating her own personality. They might be a kind of intuitive perception about the personality of the new acquaintances. Some of these fantasies are not necessarily pleasant, and alert th ...more
Renee Gordon
Jul 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
I could not finish this book. I received it free in a giveaway, and was so excited to read it. I'm not sure what genre this should be. It's not erotica or romance, and doesn't seem to be following any sort of plot. It seems like someone's trippy drug-hazed fantasy diary. Or, one of those books in college that you are forced to dissect and figure out. Not worth my time. Is it self-published because no self respecting publisher would waste the paper on this? Very disappointed.
LaGina
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an original story and it felt so good to be able to sit and enjoy a new author. I will be adding this author to my list of to watch.
Nayla
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Por algún motivo siento que todo lo he visto en algún otro lado, sólo que no recuerdo cómo se llamaba ese lugar... mm... ¡oh cierto! se llamaba "vida". Todo resulta extrañamente familiar... demasiado real diría yo, aunque claro está que es un libro futurista.

Toca temas y noticias de la historia del mundo con una soltura que te quedas con la boca abierta, y es que la forma en la que la autora logra dar su punto de vista acerca de los acontecimientos es sorprendente. Es como si todos supiéramos, m
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Rabid Readers Reviews
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Yaakunah’s writing style is surreal. The material can only be described as esoteric. There is a market and I have a feeling that market is relatively small and likely by design. I don’t know Yaakunah but if, as the claim goes, The Woman Who Sparked the Greatest Sex Scandal of All Time is the author, the assumption is that mainstream is probably a bad word. That is not a criticism simply an indicator of style. It reads to this reader like abstract art. At the start of the novel Ishtar is morphing ...more
Olethros
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
-Rara avis.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. En la Nueva York del futuro, Isthar Benthen, de 28 años, ve el mundo y su entorno desde una perspectiva totalmente ajustada al concepto babilónico de la deidad cuyo nombre comparte. Trabaja en la Agencia, en la sección de Trasfondo Sexual del Departamento de Crónica Escrita, pero es ascendida de forma imprevista y pasa a formar parte del Departamento de Guionistas, que se encarga de la “creación de la realidad” o más concretamente de crear c
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Philip
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
The book was a real mix for me. Underneath the lyrical eroticism, was a bit of a dystopian thriller waiting to get out. Although described as erotic I did not find it to be. There are plenty of odd descriptions of sex but hidden in metaphor and just plain weirdness.

The thriller elements needed a higher concentration in my view and what there was was not that thrilling.

On the plus side beautiful descriptions and I enjoyed much of the characterization
Simplydolphins
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
3 stars--- Liked the book. There were some spots throughout the book that were either slow or didn’t flow well which was hard for me to keep interest. There were times I had to reread pages just to be able to figure out who someone was, or what they were supposed to be doing. I would resale this book.
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