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The Future of Love
The Future of Love
by Daphne Rose Kingma
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.27
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4.0 out of 5 stars Function over Form, July 19 2004
This review is from: The Future of Love (Paperback)
Kingma's book is a breath of fresh air in that she asserts that traditional monogamous marriage isn't the ultimate form of intimate relationship; that it isn't a "one size fits all" relationship that everyone must aspire to. She outlines several different nontraditional forms that intimate relationships may take, each equally valid and suitable depending upon each person's individual needs and desires.
I would have given the book five stars, but I had to wade through quite a bit of superfluous psychobabble in order to get to the core message of this book.

The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life
The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life
by Michael Warner
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 27.08
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different perspective, July 13 2004
In this excellent book, Michael Warner explains how gay and lesbian activists are pursuing the wrong goal by advocating and working for the right to be legally married.
Warner points out that, instead, the focus ought to be on separating certain legal benefits and perks that are now only available to those in a legal marriage from one's marital status. Such marriage-linked benefits not only discriminate against gays and lesbians, but also heterosexuals in nontraditional relationships, and singles of all categories. I found quite a bit in this book that was relevant and useful to me as a nonmonogamous heterosexual. Highly recommended.

Casanova
Casanova
by Derek Parker
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.56
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!, July 10 2004
This review is from: Casanova (Paperback)
A sympathetic biography of a highly complex and intelligent man, who was arguably the most famous libertine of all time. As well as being known to history as a profligate lover, Casanova was also, among other things, a writer, a playwright, a mathematician, a librarian, a diplomat, a spy, a generous friend.
More than just a biography of an adventurous man of varied interests, this book is also a revealing sociological look at 18th century European life, especially in regards to sexual attitudes and practices. The reader will, by turns, be fascinated, amused, shocked, appalled, and saddened while reading this book.
I recommend this book for anyone interested in Casanova or 18th century sexual mores.

Married To The Viscount
Married To The Viscount
by Sabrina Jeffries
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.50

3.0 out of 5 stars So -so, July 3 2004
An interesting plot line, but Ravenswood's rationalizations about why he didn't want to get married and the many subterfuges resulting from his illogical thinking got old very quickly.
The sex scenes didn't quite fly; they lacked a certain sizzle. And, as another reviewer pointed out, there were certain modern expressions that were jarring to the story. "I'm giving you an out" is one that comes to mind -- I'm quite certain that such an expression would not have been used in early 19th century England.
Still, though, I've read much worse than this one, and being somewhat disappointed with this book will not stop me from reading another by this author.

Pirates Love
Pirates Love
by Johanna Lindsey
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stockholm Syndrome Run Amok, June 5 2004
I gave this book three stars precisely because the plot was quite different from that of most romances, thus less predictable. I've read several romances lately where I've been able to accurately guess plot developments long before I reached the point where the author revealed them, which ultimately disappoints. This book, I can safely say, is most definitely not a predictable formula romance.
One does not necessarily need to like or approve of the characters in a book in order to be engaged by the story. This was, after all, a work of fiction, not a prescription of how romance should be.
Though the writing style in this book is not as polished as that of some of Lindsey's more recent works, she pretty much avoids the trap of anachronism I see in many romances: characters with modern sensibilities placed in historical settings.
This book is most definitely not politically correct and those who are offended and distressed by reading about rape even in a fictional setting would do well to avoid this book.

Dead to the World: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel
Dead to the World: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel
by Charlaine Harris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.18
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Charlaine Harris, May 23 2004
I can't add much except to agree with most of the previous reviewers; the Southern Vampire Series just keeps getting better with each new installment.
I enjoyed reading more about werewolves and shapeshifters, and I'm hoping we'll see more of Alcide and Calvin Norris in books to come. Sookie's time with Eric was also a treat. I'm not sure that she necessarily needs to get back with Bill, but this book introduced enough "fresh blood", so if Sookie ends up with Bill again, it won't be because there were no other options.
I'd like to see more of Jason, but I hope Harris doesn't "domesticate" him and that he remains an unrepentant ladies' man.

Falcon's Angel
Falcon's Angel
by Judith French
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, with some loose ends, May 23 2004
An enjoyable page-turner with a fascinating plot.
However, it was quite frustrating to read the several aborted sex scenes. It was not believable that Will would stop before consummating their relationship so many times.
I also would have liked to seen it confirmed by the end of the story that Angel was indeed Lady Graymoor's granddaughter. It would have also been nice to learn the story of exactly how she came to live among the Brethren and how Bett came to adopt her.
The secondary love story between Lady Graymoor and Griffin Davis caught my interest and I think Ms French could no doubt write a companion book to this one, featuring their romance.

Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation
Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation
by Nancy F. Cott
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 28.01
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye Opener, May 7 2004
A detailed history of how legal, lifelong, heterosexual monogamous marriage has been actively promoted, mandated, and enforced by various means throughout the history of the USA, with little or no tolerance for those who espouse nontraditonal relationship forms. Well researched and well written. Highly recommended.

Complete Abandon
Complete Abandon
by Cheryl Holt
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woo Hoo!, May 3 2004
After having been somewhat disappointed by Holt's Total Surrender, I was delighted to read Complete Abandon.
It was quite entertaining to see an unrepentant bad boy meet his match. Emma was refreshing; though technically a virgin, she was in no way ignorant of her own sexuality: "She was no stranger to orgasm, having occasionally inflicted the wanton gratification on herself..."
I saw the makings of another novel in the attraction between Ian and Caroline. Perhaps Ms Holt might write a sequel to this book featuring them?

Bloodsucking Fiends
Bloodsucking Fiends
by Christopher Moore
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would have made a great first book in a series, April 25 2004
This review is from: Bloodsucking Fiends (Paperback)
I devoured this book in one sitting and was disappointed when I was done, simply because there wasn't any more!
Witty book with wonderfully quirky characters: Jody, Tommy, the Animals, the Emperor, and the tough gay cop.
Those who have read Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series and Mary Janice Davidson's Undead and Unwed are sure to enjoy this book as well.
Come to think of it, this book would make an excellent movie, too.

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