The Mile High Club: Plane Sex Stories Paperback – Apr 7 2009
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Reviewed By: Kathleen Bradean, for Erotica Revealed "The state of the world being as it is, the fabled Mile High Club seems a reminder of the past, the swinging 60s and whatever the 70s were about. While the new paranoia brought scrutiny that seemed likely to end airborne frolics, Rachel Kramer Bussel's anthology The Mile High Club is a ray of hope for the altitudenaly inspired. Most of the stories in Mile High Club are contemporary, but Craig Sorensen's "Top Banana" goes back to the days when stewardesses were hired for their looks and portrayed in media as bimbos. Those were the years when traveling salesmen got out of their cars and took to the skies. Subject of countless bawdy jokes, meet career gal in a mini skirt. No wonder the public imagination flew with that combination. But in Craig's story, the stewardess is tired of her male passengers' sense of entitlement, and on her last flight, she teaches a horny salesman a lesson he never forgets. Donna George Storey creates consistently wonderful stories. "Her Nasty Little Habit" is my favorite of the sex in the seat stories in this anthology, although Rachel Kramer Bussel's "Urgent Message" and Ryan Field's "Bert and Betty" are damn hot reads too. If you like a bit of domination, try Bill Kte'pi's "34B," Matt Conklin's "Wild Child," or "Obedient" by Teresa Noelle Roberts. Thomas Roche's "When Your Girlfriend Wears a Very Short Skirt" deserves special mention. Thomas is an incredible writer, so I tend to have higher expectations for his stories than for writers I don't know. Much lighter in tone than most of his work, this one delivers. Speaking of writers I've come to expect a lot from, Alison Tyler also contributed to this anthology. She may not know me, but she definitely has her fingers on several of my hot buttons, and I can't recall a story of hers that didn't push at least one. Her "Planes, Trains and Banana-Seat Bicycles" doesn't take to the skies, but there are planes involved. In her skillful hands, that's all you'll need to fly. "Wing Walker" by Cheyenne Blue is the most original story in the anthology. The biplane pilot from an aerial show tells his wing walker that he's going to find her a lover. She laughs off the offer, and as months pass, he doesn't follow through--until he does. On a practice flight meant to test the newcomer's skills out on the wing, he shows her that he has moves she'd never imagined. This may be a flight of fancy, but it's a good one. It's impossible to think of sex in a passenger plane without also imagining the danger and embarrassment of being caught. If two people head for a lavatory, everyone notices, or at least it feels as if they do. So even if joining the mile high club never appealed to you in real life, your inner voyeur or exhibitionist may feel a frisson of excitement in all the right places as you read these stories."
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The anthology edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel is more than pilots and stewardesses, although they do feature in a few stories. Most of the stories involve passengers. Lavatory trysts, alluded to on the cover of the book, are pretty common, though the authors get pretty inventive. Another common method for sex in the sky involves passengers seated next to each other while covered by a common blanket. However, these illicit affairs are unneeded in a couple of stories, such as "Flights of Fancy", which features an airline devoted to sex, and "Get On, Get Off" which introduces the idea of Masturbation Class.
Getting away from the airlines, we are presented with "Bermuda Triangle" which features a female flight instructor and two male students who do everything she says. "Wing Walker" takes the idea of sex in flight to a new level, when a couple engages in activities on the top wing of a biplane. One story, "Planes, Trains, and Banana Seat Bicycles," doesn't involve sex in the skies. While it is a great story, it seems a bit out of place in this book.
All of the stories are good or great. Although they only averaged about 10 - 12 pages each, these nineteen sexy short stories only scratched the surface of the Mile High Club concept. I hope to see follow-up anthologies, because I think there is a lot of uncharted territory in this area. Maybe in the future we can read stories with helicopters. Flying boats. Dirigibles!
From the deliciously naughty 34B by Bill Kte'Pi to the well written Planes, Trains, and Banana-Seat Bicycles by Alison Tyler, I found a few stories that pulled me in, set a scene and gave me great characters to connect with. Thomas S. Roche's When Your Girlfriend Wears a Very Short Skirt should not be missed, either.
If you're looking for a solid collection of erotica stories, look to those edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. The Mile High Club: Plane Sex Stories does not disappoint.
I love collections of short stories because you can fit them in anytime of the day (or night) and they are perfect for a pick-me-up. All of these stories involve sex in, around, and even OUTSIDE an airplane so be prepared for that one theme throughout this collection. My favorites are:
`Instrument Flight Rules'
`The Scream Queen'
`Game in the Sky'
`Flights of Fancy'
`Bert and Betty'
I tell myself that every time I get one of these books I'm not going to read it straight through like a novel but I can't help myself. Short stories are like your very own voyeurism without the fear of getting caught. Once you start reading about someone else's fantasy or sexual exploits it's almost impossible to stop. I'm glad I'm not a speed reader or I would have finished this book in only a few hours. As it was it only took me about a day or two. Rachel, yet again, picks the right stories and the right authors to create one heck of a sexy collection.
Except for one delicious fantasy, all of the stories are realistic enough to get readers thinking about a plan for their own initiation into the club. Someone who could never figure out how to get tab A into slot B within the crowded confines of the cattle cars that pass for planes these days, will be inspired by the myriad opportunities described.
The stories range from encounters with never-to-be-seen-again strangers to romantic beginnings that have the potential for long-term couplings as well as already existing relationships enhanced by the experience. There's something for everyone with male/female, female/female, and male/male encounters. And thanks to technology, a couple of steamy stories have only one of the participants on the plane.
Hot sex aside, the stories are all well-written with strong character development. As someone who needs more than just good sex to make a story enjoyable, I found this a most delightful read.
author of *Broken* and *Shattered*