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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (Sept. 8 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573443670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573443678
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,144,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
nothing erotic about it March 30 2010
By cia R - Published on
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I was very disappointed in this book. I thought it would be titillating,romantic and erotic. It is not. The little mention of sex in the stories so so unappealing that it is just gross. Take for instance Cinderella's Prince proffering to stick his thing into the glass slippers and ignore her. Rapunzel raps obscenities and that is what turns on the woods man who climbs up to rub against her. Little Red Ridding Hood likes to flash the men at the construction site.
This book is stupid and a waste of time. I don't understand the people who graded this book with five stars. Makes me suspect that they work for the publisher or writer.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Disgusting content, bad writing, sloppy editing, and sexual assault. Shall I go on? April 19 2011
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At first I was annoyed by the poor quality of the book. Then I began to notice far more disturbing aspects of the book. Firstly, and not as importantly, nearly ALL the young ladies in question--and some of the men as well--were described as pale as alabaster, even those characters from the ARABIAN nights. Many of them had blonde hair and blue eyes as well, playing into the "only white girls are pretty" stereotype.

Secondly, and most importantly, this book was full of rape, sexual assault, and other acts of brutality. This book should come with a giant red trigger warning on it: from literal dungeons to impersonation in order to have sex, to peeping toms that girls are too intimidated by to turn away, to bestiality, to gang rape implied to be "good luck," to drunken or asleep or unwilling or unable women and men who are forced or coerced or tricked into having sex, this book really churned my stomach.

Add to that the the author has NO penchant for describing things appealing at all. If I have to hear one more line about "fleshy swellings" or "recklessly dancing protuberances," so help me...

Additionally, I found it ENTIRELY implausible and ridiculous to believe that apparently adult women and men would not recognize genitalia when they see it. Especially the handmaiden Czarina who thought that another woman's private area was literally a living, hissing monster. Excuse me, but if it's hissing, you need a doctor, not oral gratification.

This book was ridiculous, offensive, insensitive, AND poorly written. If I could give it no stars and a sarcastic slow clap, I would.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not really sure what audience this is for... May 25 2010
By V. Burris - Published on
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I was rather disappointed in this book. I only read the first three or four stories, but this is obviously written for men who are into alternate sexual ideas and not actual sex. I wish it had been a bit more detailed in the content of the stories. They are not even humorous. Mostly, they are very unsatisfying for what I consider erotica. I have a large tolerance for alternate ideas, but this book leaves very little to be desired.

I will leave the rest of this book unread which is sad. The writer is really good and her (?) use of language is very skillful. I just wish the directions she chose to take the stories were different.

A great read if you don't actually want hot steamy sex or actual sexual intercourse in your erotica. Otherwise, find another book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not good June 17 2013
By WEH - Published on
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Not the quality of her previous writings. Very disappointed with the content and found the reading to be at best difficult and dull.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good boo Oct. 10 2012
By chocolateeasterbunny4 - Published on
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This so far has been an interesting book to read and I'm glad that I took a chance on a book that's better than I ever thought it could be :) A+ in my book :)

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