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The Sex Gates

(Sex Gates #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Second Edition - Revised with commentary from Darrell Bain and Jeanine Berry.Change your sex; change your life! One day thousand of gates suddenly and mysteriously appear on Earth. No one knows where they are from. Some think it is the start of an alien invasion. Others credit God. When the old and the sick go through these gates, they become young again and their ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Double Dragon Publishing (first published January 15th 2002)
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Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, what could have been an interesting study of identity vs physical gender was basically forgotten in order to add more sex. Also, I've spoken to a LOT of people just out of curiosity on the subject, and no one I've spoken to would take the possible trade-off of their sex, even for perfect health, particularly lightly. Most people I've spoken to would seem to try to make a go of it, whatever their situation, and only a few guys I've asked would be willing to go through the gate and ...more
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Sex Gates by Darrell Bain and Jeanine Berry is far more interesting than I thought it would be. The premise is easy. Green arches suddenly appear everywhere on Earth. If you go through them you emerge young and health but with your gender changed.

This book takes on so many issues. Human sexuality, poverty, social change, war, ageism, and religion among them. There are the obvious erotic encounters. But those are just the loss-leaders, drawing people in. The characters border on two
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y2017
Interesting. Disturbingly plausible extrapolation of the effect of the gates, and an enjoyable exploration of the main character's responses to them. The book is obviously the first of a series, but the end is solid enough to be satisfying.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to say too much so I don't get yelled at as has happened before. Suffice it to say the writers have a great future writing for the adult film industry. Like many indie books this has a number of typos; the writers should learn the difference between "succeed" and "secede" for instance. Maybe because of all the graphic sex I found all the characters unpleasant. The first one to go through a gate and change his/her sex was the worst. He goes through the gate and becomes a woman, ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A fascinating idea. Gates pop up all over the world; go through and you find yourself 18 again--but with your gender switched. What happens--to you, to family, to society?

There's a lot of potential here, and maybe about 60% of it gets met. (But there are two more volumes to the story, so we'll see what happens.) The story is told in the first-person; however it suffers from too much telling, not enough showing. For a good example of a similar idea done well, check out Robert Wilson's The
Joey Brockert

This is a goofy little story of how the world was changed in a day. These structures appeared in various locations around the globe, and when someone went through them, they were changed to the other sex – men became women, women became men. As time went on, they found out more about what the gates did to the people who went through them – cured diseases, healed wounds, made them young adults – this was great because it gave old and young dying people a second life.
They never really found out
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sci-fi story about mysterious gates that suddenly appeared all around the world. These gates have the power to heal and rejuvenate the human body - but in the process changes the user into the opposite sex.

Even given the title of the book and the premise given, I was kind of surprised by the large amount of semi graphic sex involved. Having said that, it was certainly an interesting read, with an interesting plot that was reasonably engaging, combined with a decent mix of social commentary and
Richard N.
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. It appeared as though the editing was much more thorough in the beginning, and less so as the book progressed. Still, when you consider price vs. quality, you can't count the typographical errors against the price of the book. It was a very enjoyable story, filled with creative futuristic technology. If you are into adult fiction, and can accept the errors for the price, this is a fun read. I'm looking forward to reading the second novel in the ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: skiffy
Sigh. This shouldn't be a 4 star book. There was a period in the early days of ebooks when all bets were off. Authors you never heard of got a seat at the table. Bain was one of these. His ideas always outstripped his prose and his characters. That said, the ideas were excellent and his various books had the sums greater than the parts.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first saw the title of this story I had a misconception of what the story would be about because I didn't see the cover. I was happily surprised and I really enjoyed this book. The Sex Gates and sort of like a weird Stargate. A man goes in one side and comes out a woman. But, alien tech all has potential danger. Enter the gate at your own risk.
Nov 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Reads like young adult fiction. The kernals of the plot are interesting - what if eternal youth was handed out for free, what if your sex was force changed, and so on. But the final package, the sex gates, just comes across as silly.
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Very strange book, I didn't really know what to make of it.
C.M. Moore
May 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am not sure that I finished it. I liked the idea but thought the characters were poorly developed and the reactions of goverenments and people to the gates were strange.
Gary O'Brien
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Sex change abounds. Total sex change. Hormones, reproductive parts, everything. Interesting take on the roles gender can have in society when gender is not permanent.
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