The Marketplace Paperback – Mar 4 2015
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About the Author
Laura Antoniou is the author of the well known Marketplace series of erotic novels. The Marketplace series describes "an elite and secretive world organization,dedicated to the auctioning and overseeing of the world's finest lifestyle slaves... a world so vivid in sequel after sequel, it takes on a reality of its own, one that's visually hard to let go of once the reader has put down the book." (Libido Magazine). Book Six, "The Inheritor," was just published in February 2015. She has also published a series of short stories based in the Marketplace, entitled "Scenes From The Marketplace," and edited a fan fiction collection, entitled "No Safewords."
Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Chris Parker is one of my favourite characters in any book I have ever read. He's right up there with Fitzwilliam Darcy.Published 4 months ago by Stacy
Claudia seemed refer to a younger Britney Spears, & Robert to Cedric the Entertainer. Fun book!Published on Nov. 23 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... Read morePublished on May 30 2003
This was the worst in the books from this author. If you like descriptive scenes, this is not for you. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003 by Jorge F. Vilanova
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 morePublished on Sept. 25 2002 by hbere
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 morePublished on Sept. 3 2002 by Margaret Nagy
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 morePublished on April 17 2002
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 morePublished on March 27 2002
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 morePublished on March 25 2002