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Fast Girls: Erotica for Women Paperback – Jul 6 2010
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The cast of brazen characters featured in the this compilation of erotic short stories take on the sort of sexual adventures that most people only dream about. This is the perfect read for good girls who want to know what it's like to be bad!
"From the strictly sexual to the deeper, and sometimes darker, emotions that accompany sex, Fast Girls mines the range of human emotions. Blatant and unapologetically sexy, Fast Girls features some of the best voices in new erotica. From a communal shower to a kinky sex club, from myriad toys to strictly skin, these girls don't say no or take it for an answer.
Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel defines fast as both wild and promiscuous, as according to Webster, but her selection of stories seeks something else, something deeper, not just stories of slut after slut, but stories of women who defy social norms, are bold and dynamic, with something to realize about sex and about themselves. The stories reflect what it is to be fast, being promiscuous and defying, both in states of mind as well as in states of motion. All of them speak to the reader on a deeper level as the women defy social conventions, raise eyebrows, and embrace what it is to be 'fast.' Read it fast or slow, this anthology delivers."
Reviewed by Axie Barclay "
From the Inside Flap
Temptation Kayla Perrin
Waxing Eloquent Donna George Storey
Five-Minute Porn Star Jacqueline Applebee
Winter, Summer Tristan Taormino
Playing the Market Angela Caperton
Panther Suzanne V. Slate
Communal Saskia Walker
Fireworks Lolita Lopez
Flash! Andrea Dale
Waiting for Beethoven Susie Hara
Confessions of a Kinky Shopaholic Jennifer Peters
Let s Dance D. L. King
That Girl Cherry Bomb
Oz Isabelle Gray
Married Life Charlotte Stein
Princess Elizabeth Coldwell
Chasing Danger Kristina Wright
Whore Complex Rachel Kramer Bussel
Lessons, Slow and Painful Tess Danesi
Speed Bumps Tenille Brown"
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`Temptation' is the perfect story to start off! I've always been of the mind that the best erotic stories are the ones where you can replace the characters in the story with yourself. In `Temptation'... I'd gladly trade my soul in this life AND the afterlife to be Miguel! Other stories that had me wishing I had Aladdin's lamp:
`Waxing Eloquent' - only in L.A. style loving.
`Winter, Summer' - sexy, shocking, with a surprise.
`Panther' - animalistic & sexy.
`Communal' - my second favorite story and if I could go back in time, I would live in a college dorm like this one.
`Flash' - title says it all.
`Confessions of a Kinky Shopaholic' - Sophie Kinsella eat your... ummm... heart out.
`Princess' - this story puts the "X" in taxi.
`Chasing Danger' - how far would you go to apprehend a criminal?
`Whore Complex' - OK Rachel... *whew*
Aside from writing goose bump causing erotica, Rachel can also pick the right stories to put in a book. I truly think you will be pleased with this current collection. If you aren't, check your pulse and call me. And one more thing... this is easily one of the sexiest covers I've seen in a while.
There are a couple of less interesting stories, but honestly, I'd say that's only two of the twenty, and the rest of the stories are erotic. There were at least seven or eight amazingly erotic and engaging stories as well, so I really can't complain too much about the two I didn't like. Of course, with any erotic anthology, you are bound to not like one or two. That's the price you have to pay by making the book appeal to large audiences.
One of my favorites was "Married Life" by Charlotte Stein. In this story, a woman who has a very large sex drive is driven insane by the fact that her husband only desires sex about once a month. When she finds that he's been writing erotic in her spare time, she's aroused, angry, and amazed by the topic that he's writing about. Later on that night, she indulges him in the fetishes she writes about, and a new sex life for the two of them is about to begin. The author did a great job describing the plot while still making it really erotic. It's a longer story, but the entire story is really captivating, and you what to find out what is going to happen.
So overall? A very sexy compilation that you should certainly pick up. The book is intended for women because all of the stories are told from a female point of view (or third person point of view), but honestly, I could easily see any guy getting off on any of the stories included in this collection.
But it wasn't just the heat of the stories, which I did experience consistently, that I appreciated about this book. It seems to me that regardless of how one personally experiences each story in this anthology, the genuine encompassing of heart, body, and mind is evident in all of them. This is erotica exemplary of what it has the potential to be: conveying sex as transcendence, sex as understanding, sex as connection, sex as art. Even if a story doesn't happen to reflect one's particular erotic sensibilities, arousal is just one of the ingredients these works have to offer. Some of the stories that didn't so much press my erotic buttons, if you will, stayed with me in other ways, impressing upon me something else or something bigger the way writing has the potential to do. If I didn't find it arousing, I still found it extraordinary.
I highly recommend _Fast Girls_ as an anthology that showcases the quality and creativity that may currently be found in erotica.
"Waiting for Beethoven" is a banquet for those of us who love to be seduced by the exquisite interplay between art, sex, and emotion. In this piece, Susie Hara has created a self-contained world as perfect as a sonata. "Flash!" by Andrea Dale takes us to a sweltering level of excitement, as a professional voyeur gets her turn in front of the camera. This tale, like all these tales, reminds us that the psychological factor is supreme.
Donna George Storey, for instance, knows that. Ever brilliant at turning a complex situation on its head, she elicits magic from cynicism in "Waxing Eloquent." And since it's magic words we want from our erotica, I will now utter some more: Tenille Brown. Rachel Kramer Bussel. Elizabeth Coldwell. D. L. King. Charlotte Stein. Kristina Wright. Read the table of contents--fast--and let yourself go. You're in good hands. So many pairs of good hands.
The point of the theme, "Fast Girls," is to celebrate strong, sexual women, so it's no surprise that the stories were uplifting. They made me feel great about having great sex! I prefer my hot sex scenes to be wrapped in a strong plot, too, with a setting and a definite mood, and these stories delivered that for me. As the editor says in her intro, "I didn't just want to read about slut after slut after slut. I wanted to read about women who in some way defy the conventional norms...[not] being shocking for shock's sake but following their passions, seeking out what it is that they need to be truly pleasured. What I love about these fast girls is that even as they are daring and dynamic, they have a thing or two to learn about sex and themselves."
Some stories were sweet, and some very intense, some even humorous, but there's not a dud in the whole book. In spite of the strap line of "erotica for women," I'm sure men would like this too. (I even tried it out on a man, who agrees.) The stories are primarily, although not exclusively, heterosexual.
As a side note, I got the paperback version, and (as a booklover) I just have to say that it's a very handsome book. Good cover, high quality pages, even a pleasing font!