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  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Circlet Press (July 22 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885865570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885865571
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on Sept. 4 2003
Format: Paperback
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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By eeepy on April 16 2003
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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 line.
I say "real" slave life style because my idea of it was always in a sensual and sexual way, knowing full well that the whole scene is a game, a role-playing idea. This book made me realize that "real" slaves are psychologically engaged (maybe genetically conditioned is a better explanation)in it...for keeps. I want to go back to my family and my job and my LIFE...the characters in this book have given up their identities, their pride, and their lives in search of being "owned"...which entails being brutally beaten, whipped, and caned...and made to say "Thank you sir" afterwards.
There were a few interesting story when Sharon was "commanded" to ask the other slaves (every time she saw them throughout the day, for weeks) if they'd like her to perform oral sex on them...and the rough scene with Sharon and the barn hand...but aside from these far and few between scenes, there was nothing to here to get a reader "into" the reading. All the beatings and pain on every other page...just to be able to ultimately sleep at the foot of the master's bed, on the FLOOR no less.
Strange. Bizarre. I was in frightened awe that people are into this for "real", for the long haul.
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By A Customer on Oct. 20 2000
Format: Paperback
This well-written, well-developed, and lengthy novel delvesdeep into the motivations, emotional conflicts, and obsessions of thebdsm world of slave and master relationships. There are few works offiction dealing with this subject that do so in a way that deliversboth literary excellence and erotic stimulation, but The Marketplacemanages to do just that.
The Marketplace introduces us to awell-constructed, complex world of sexual slavery and mastery. We areintroduced to the the trainers, some students, the rules and thrillsof being a sexual slave, and the purchase process in a way that holdsyour attention, interest, and arousal at a nice, steady levelthroughout the book--which is a very impressive feat for such a longbook!
I will admit that I've read works of erotica that were muchmore stimulating, but I've read few that were able to make sense,deliver interesting and complex characters, and keep my attention forso long as this one did. And the best part is that it's the first ina line of such great works.
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