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The Prisoner by Eli Harder
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** spoiler alert ** I'm not impressed with this. For one thing this was dry and not very erotic, actually not erotic at all. I couldn't build up any empathy for any character, they all were either skeevy, or wimpy and childlike.

Neal came across less like an adult, hardened criminal with a justified life sentence, and more like a whiny teenager who committed a couple of wrong choices and should have been in a young offender institution. Certainly not in such a torture centre.

Insofar things still just don't match. The drivel of Martin and the other senior wardens is and stays just drivel: neither actual BDSM works that way, nor is there any valid form of submission which works like that (they are all heading straight towards major cases of PTSD/Stockholm Syndrome instead), and that this sort of negative conditioning doesn't work, countless gulags and prisons have already proven beyond doubt. I find it immature and illogical and refer to FB Peaches and Francis Manna for a better psychological background and setup.

Also, serious overkill. The initial scene while being checked in would have made putty out of every normal person, especially given the constant frightening. Everything aftwards was overkill.

And last, but not least, not one of the tortures was sexy or interesting to me, which is saying a bit, given that I am a full-blown sadist. Not the enemas, not the stapling, not the electro shocks. I may have "switched off" at the point - quite near the beginning - where I deemed that the victim would have already been zoned out beyond repair. A gibbering semi-corpse isn't my idea of erotic, sorry.
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Reading Progress

August 15, 2017 – Started Reading
August 15, 2017 – Shelved
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: 1-bad
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: abuse
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: all-tell-no-show
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: all-the-beautiful-people
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: amputation-mutilation
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: angst
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: bdsm-fail
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: bland
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: boring
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: claims-to-be-in-the-lifestyle
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: dub-con
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: erotica
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: grim-and-yucky
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: hatesex
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: hero-heroine-tstl
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: horrid-hero
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: horror
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: instalust
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: kowtow-the-psychopath
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: library-lend
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: m-m
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: non-con
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: panders-to-stereotypes
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: potentially-squicky
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: ptsd
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: rapefic
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: sadism
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: sadomasochism
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: serial
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: sex-without-romance
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: sociopathic-hero
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: tortureporn
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: unlikeable-mcs
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: us-centric
August 15, 2017 – Shelved as: wimp
August 15, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Ugh. This book is definitely on my no-way list. Great review.


Steelwhisper You should probably also read Reflection's. She is loving this series.


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