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The Marketplace [Paperback]

Laura Antoniou
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July 22 2010 Marketplace
Laura Antoniou's modern classic of BDSM-themed fiction returns to print. In The Marketplace, the first book of the series, follow the trials and tribulations of four aspiring slaves as they undergo training hoping to be accepted into the secret underground society of masters and slaves known as the Marketplace. Under the firm hand of Grendel, the sharp eye of Alexandra, and the painful leather strap in the hands of Chris, these men and women will find some of their hardest challenges come from within themselves. They embark on a sensual and erotic journey, and yet nothing is quite as they expect in their quest to serve.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The First Volume June 15 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Those of you who have toyed with or even lived a term of service may wonder at just how hard it could be to attain the level of excellence required by the Marketplace. After all, you muse, these are people who will be called slaves. Owned chattel, their lives formed and polished for the pleasure and use and amusement of those whose need is to control and improve.

"Many of you believe that the right attitude combined with some physical charm would be more than adequate to the task. It is not. Even the most gifted of naturals, those individuals whose wrists are naked without restraints and whose souls are bleak without guidance, need to be trained."

This passage from the introduction to The Marketplace introduces the (submissive) reader to a fictional, international organization for the training and sale (or lease) of voluntary slaves. The unnamed narrator adds: "I shall be awaiting you. You will learn to hate me."

The discreet narrator is never clearly identified, and most of the novel seems to be written from an omniscient third-person viewpoint. By the last page, it seems clear that the person most likely to be telling this story is Chris Parker, the majordomo of the slave-training establishment. He serves the owners, Alexandra and Grendel, by training novices who wish to be made ready for sale to private bidders. He is not clearly a slave, yet he is not a master. Even his gender seems ambiguous.

The reader is introduced to four slave-trainees when they arrive at the training house, one by one. Claudia is small, cute and exquisitely poised when pouring tea, but her Mistress finds her limited and boring; if Claudia can't be trained to serve in a variety of ways, her Mistress is willing to sell her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Veiled allusions to real life celebs... Nov. 23 2003
By A Customer
Claudia seemed refer to a younger Britney Spears, & Robert to Cedric the Entertainer. Fun book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars This book could use a little help Sept. 4 2003
By A Customer
The story line in this book is of 4 very different in personality, want to be slaves. I guess the basics of this book are good, if you wanted to just real it as a thrill, but I don't feel it would be something the BDSM community at large would hold as standard.
I did like the idea of the slaves in training not exactly knowing why a particular thing was taking place, and only finding out later that it had actually trained them in a particular way. That a particualr part of their training really ended up meaning something even if they couldn't see what it was to begin with.
What I didn't like about the book, was the cold feeling it leaves behind. This is definately not a loving domination/submission story. There are a lot of scenes that take place in this book that kind of made me feel empty, like there never being any kind of after care or hardly any compassion.
One of the other reviews I read mentioned the fact that the biggest part or a master slave relationship is in the training and if such a place as this exsisted then what would be the point. With this I agree. So if you were just reading it out of pure fantasy then you might like it, but if your looking for something with a bit more compassion and reality this book probably isn't for you. Oh one other thing, I don't know who proof-read this book before it went to print, but I found the typos in the book really annoying, there are a lot of them and when you read a sentence with one, spending a few extra minutes trying to figure out what they were supposed to be saying makes the book that much more annyoing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a series you can sink your teeth into ;) May 31 2003
Laura has amazingly created a rich and wonderful world of people that I could get addicted to. The character development is amazing , and I find myself reading the next book hoping to find out more. I would definitly recommend this book for those that look for a more modern approach to the 'lifestyle' ...just remember ..this isn't a how to ...(try screw the roses send me the thorns .. for that) again ..thanks Laura. .I'm looking forward to the next book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite my view of BDSM April 16 2003
By eeepy
This is the story of four slaves - Brian, Claudia, Sharon and Robert - who all have an inherent need to be "owned" in the fullest sense of the word. We follow their journey as they are trained in a crash course by Alex, Grendel and Chris.
Basically, The Marketplace is a secret society catering to those who wish to own well-trained slaves and those who wish to be sold as slaves. When we're talking about a slave in this context, we're talking about one with no limits.
I'm ambivalent about this book for a number of reasons. Firstly, if this was reality, the training provided in this book would be utilised by owners who can't be bothered training their own slaves and who want to buy one off the shelf. To me, that takes the dominant's authority away from them - isn't half the pleasure of owning a slave knowing that you've trained them yourself?
Secondly, there is a huge amount of sex in this book. I'm no prude and I don't have a problem with sex, but BDSM is not all about sex. If you want a lot of sex scenes mixed in with punishment, then you'll love this. But to me, it misrepresents what real-life BDSM is about and enforces the "kinky sex" stereotype that a lot of people seem to have about BDSM.
Thirdly, the grammatical and typographical errors throughout are horrendous. I don't know what device was used to type The Marketplace, but repeatedly mis-spelling "circumstance" as "circomestance" could easily have been corrected in most modern word processors. There are other oft-repeated and very annoying grammatical errors, which drove me to distraction. I admit that I'm fairly picky about things like this and I can live with a few errors, but this book is riddled with them.
However, I found this an interesting read overall. It is more than just a bunch of sex and BDSM scenes and it has a storyline.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Marketplace review
This was the worst in the books from this author. If you like descriptive scenes, this is not for you. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2003 by Jorge F. Vilanova
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike anything I have ever read
I have recently begun to read erotica. Erotica of all kinds. Never having tried S&M before, I set out looking for a book that would not only keep my interest but also give me... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2002 by hbere
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mareket Place, the slave
Mind absorbing. Positively the best s/m books I have had the priveledge of reading. Stories start and begin with never a dull moment. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2002 by Margaret Nagy
2.0 out of 5 stars I have never seen this many grammar errors in one book.
I love S&M. Unfortunately, the grammar errors in this book make it almost impossible to read. The continued mistakes, like the use of the word "then" every time the... Read more
Published on April 18 2002 by "michellehum"
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I brought the first of the series, and loved it, I then got the rest, wondering about Chris's secret, and that kept me reading till the end (wont tell). Read more
Published on March 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Collector of L. Antoniou's books and a slave in AZ
i thought this book was very well written, and it was very difficult to put down. i think that i actually read this one in a single sitting. Read more
Published on March 25 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Marketplace (The Marketplace Series, 1)
Laura Antoniou does a great job with this series. Each book ties the characters together through past relationships or new acquaintances. Read more
Published on March 6 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy being BRUTALLY beaten, whipped, caned...
This book was not my cup of tea but I gave it a 5 rating because for those that are intrigued and maybe even immersed with a "real" slave life style, this book would be top of the... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2002
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