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Going Down: Oral Sex Stories Paperback – May 15 2012
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A variety of stories that showcase a diversity of ways to find enjoyment in that most intimate form: oral sex."
-The Itinerant Librarian
"If you enjoy oral sex or just enjoy interesting, sexual plots, Going Down definitely does provide. This is easily, by-far, my favorite oral-sex-themed erotica book. The stories are unique, hot, and just plain enjoyable to read."
- Pop My Cherry Reviews
"Out of the sea of bad sex books, this is a really good one built on a "classic' sex topic! This is among Rachel Kramer Bussel's top five erotica anthologies. Lip-smackingly superb."
"This is a GREAT anthology, but really, do you expect anything less when it has Rachel's name on the cover? I expect great things from RKB's work and she has delivered every time, without fail, definitely the mark of a great artist. Buy it! You won't be sorry."
"21 stories told within 206 pages of readable, plausible, seductive, and exciting sexual story telling at its finest. Nothing so short as to leave you wanting and nothing so long as to take more than a relaxing bath time soak to read which makes it just about right for anyone who is looking to add a bit of erotic reading to their already busy lives. Stories take you from a young heterosexual couples first encounter with porn during a French film festival to steamy girl on girl and guy onguy scenarios that leave you wondering what that couple next door to you does behind that high wooden fence in their back yard. From young and exploring to seasoned and appreciative I think that anyone with an open mind to maters sexual is going to find at least 75% of the offering in this book to their liking. And the other 25% gives you room to grow into an appreciation for sex you might have never thought about."
-One Hot Marriage
"This was by far one of the most complete erotic works I've ever come across. It had lovers of all backgrounds, ages, and gender identities. It featured straight men and women, gay and lesbian, bi, transmen and transwomen, to name a few. The oral stories were highly stimulating and titillating. An anthology is always a crowd pleaser, as readers can pick and choose what stories to read and how many because they're only a couple pages long whenever they may choose. Reading multiple stories ina row could prove difficult as the stories are so steamy readers may need to take a break."
-Night Owl Reviews
"This book is a must get, and I would consider it a true keeper next to your bedside when you need to stimulate your mind in order to stimulate everything else. I don't have a ratings system on this blog, however if I did this book would get 5 stars out of 5. This is the book that guys should get and read, because it really is just that good."
From the Back Cover
Read My Lips
Get ready to go down!
Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of the award-winning collections "Tasting Him" and "Tasting Her," is back with more lip-smacking oral sex erotica with "Going Down." "There's no rush of power quite like it in the world," writes Mary Borsellino in "Blush," and that intimate and sensual rush comes to life in each of these twenty-one tales. The primal sense of taking in the true essence of a lover is a powerful aphrodisiac in Lucy Felthouse's "Clean/Dirty." Two lovers dine on oysters and each other in Dusty Horn's "Shuck It." An accidental porn-viewing session leads to sizzling live action in Jeanette Grey's "Seriously." "Going Down" celebrates every kind of oral sex in deliciously explicit stories that will make your mouth water. Get ready to fully savor every page.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The stories in here are very descriptive, very sweaty, HIGHLY erotic, and very lewd (in a good way). I'll give you a few of my favorites:
`Pretty Dull' - a great story to start and sets the tone because it sets up the daydream for me.
`Milk Moustache' - pretty much the only time would be OK with cloning would be if they found a way to copy Phoebe. She is the PERFECT girlfriend who is dating a dud who has no idea what a sexual nympho he has living with him. But he finds out. Heck yeah he finds out!
`Etiquette' - is a delicious treat.
`Stacked' is about two guys, which is usually not my cup of tea, but something about this story was just... good and nasty. Remember earlier when I mentioned `sweaty'? This is the story I was thinking about.
`Licking Casey's Member (I had to change the name because of Amazon's "rules") - Weird, weird, weird, but sexy, sexy, sexy.
`Clean/Dirty' - One of the few stories that includes actual sex and I think that is one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much. The language in this story is just as raw as the sex. The descriptions leave nothing to the imagination and this will be one short story that you read over and over and over again.
`Trimming' - my favorite of the bunch! The classic "sleep with the gardener" scenario that plays on the tension between two people and the lust between two people. I LOVED this story!
`Your Body is a Temple' - A workout routine gone... good. Real good. Really, really good!
`Snow Job' - Second favorite short story and another very good "tension between two people" story that will make you erupt in laughter and other things if you aren't careful.
Honorable Mention goes to `The Thousand and One Ways'. And I don't mean honorable mention like you got back in grade school for your stupid science fair project... this story... good heavens... let's just say that in order to do the things Naiia does you have to have the work ethic of a Roman engineer and chops with the strength of Jaws. Tupac wanted to know if Heaven had a ghetto. Don't know if he ever found out, but I DO know that if heaven had a brother (forgive me God) then this lady would be the madam.
These short stories are all about the joys and pains of oral sex. Giving, receiving, and watching. Really, if this is your fetish then I think this book would fit nicely in your freaky repertoire of oral media.
One last thing, can this woman pick book covers or what?!
So when I give this little volume five stars, take it from me, it's a fantastic, salacious, drool-worthy anthology!
Superbly edited, there must have been few to no errors, because that's usually the first thing I remember at the end of a book. Either that or each story was so well selected for its hotness that it dazzled me away from being a good copyeditor. Each page slid by so that I could focus on my internal temperature and how tightly to clench my thighs together. Many times I found myself stopping after a story to cool off.
Here are some of my favorites, which are numerous:
* "Lavender" by Cynthia Hamilton. Not usually one to enjoy stories in the second person, this one was well done and slowly wound me up for the next story...
* "Etiquette" by Sylvia Lowry. As someone who gets off on Emily Post, this was well-paced, hot and most of all, funny. And that lead right into...
* "Stacked" by Logan Zackary, a tale of two scholarly men in a library. Right?! From the setting alone, I nearly slid off my seat.
* "Getting Something Out of It" by Annabeth Long is sweet and reminds me of a time (I won't tell you how long ago) and the wonders of exploration, being accepted, and how hot that can be. I felt the same way about "Seriously" by Jeanette Grey.
* Let me stop here and talk a bit about the queer stories. An anthology like this is great to me when I have more interest in the straight stories than the queer ones. "Shuck It" by Dusty Horn, "Sucking Casey's Cock" by Shanna Germain, and "Blush" by Mary Borsellino didn't do anything for me. Perhaps I'm just too critical of queer erotica; I felt that they weren't as superbly written, nor as engaging, and they annoyed me (politically) a little. Not enough to skip them or to lower the rating, but I felt that they were speed bumps on the way through the stories. ("Close Your Eyes" by Viktoria Michaelis turned me on, though, and I've already raved about "Stacked", which are exceptions.)
* "Your Body is a Temple" by Neil Gavriel haunts me. I keep thinking about it and squirming. It's not what you expect, the characters are well developed in just 12 pages, and it's got power and sexiness. I think it's my second favorite story in the anthology!
* "Trimming" by Tenille Brown and "Snow Job" by A. M. Hartnett were similar, and I thought both of them to be hot fantasies. It will tickle that entire genre of handy-people coming over, helping around the house, then in the house. It's fun, well done, and bawdy. I especially love how "Trimming" ends, it made me laugh and really love Jefferson, wanting him to come over and...well, I don't have a lawn, so...
* Finally we reach Greydancer's "The Thousand and One Ways." Knowing Grey some, I found him to be a very engaging and funny man who doesn't scare me nearly as much as he probably should. After reading this, now I don't know if I want to see him again, because of how turned on this story made me! The spirit, the exploration, the pacing, the craft...I was quite impressed and slick throughout the entire story. I feel that, for me, an erotica story before this one hasn't captured the essence of a sexual initiation, a power dynamic, and the torrid as "The Thousand and One Ways" does. Being the last story, it definitely made me want more book when it was over.
That's over half the stories, and they're all great. Even the ones I didn't choose were well done, they just didn't turn me on. It makes me feel that everyone who loves oral -- and even some who are squicked by it, like Ricki in "Seriously" -- will find a large pot of stories here that will speak to them and their nether-regions. I highly recommend this book to all erotica lovers!
(PS. In the end, I also will give this book five stars simply because I was reading this in a coffee shop and was so enraptured and obviously turned on that it started a great conversation with someone from the next table. We're getting together to talk erotica next week. Thank you, Rachel Kramer Bussel, for editing yet another fabulous book of erotica.)
Exemplary anthology, with a few stories that didn't grab me - but that's to be expected in any anthology, whether it's a poetry or a mixed-author smut collection: with so many ideas flying around, not all of them will "connect" with every reader.
Bussel does a great job of mixing variable voices and points of views, most of them engaging and interesting on one level or another (for this reader, anyway).
Worth owning, this.
1.) "Pretty Dull" - Charlotte Stein: An out-of-the-blue extramarital affair with an unbelievably handsome man (Mitchell Webber) shocks a woman (Marilyn) on multiple, beyond-sex levels.
Stein's story, with its intense immediacy, is sometimes edgy and romantic at the same time. This is a grab-the-reader-and-don't-let-go read.
2.) "Milk Mustache" - Jacqueline Applebee: Great blend of licentious sex and love in this story - a co-worker's unwelcome come-on spurs a woman (Phoebe) to explore new, dirtier carnal avenues with her boyfriend (Hamish), with exciting results.
3.) "Stacked" - Zachary Logan: A gay grad assistant-researcher (Wade Reynolds) discovers the finer points a particular library, via the attentions of a summer-hot librarian (Troy).
Tight writing, succinct characterizations and a believable scenario elevate this tale above the usual 'strangers meet and immediately fantasy frak' bullcrap.
4.) "Sucking Casey's C***" - Shanna Germain: Excellent, entertaining and sex-informative tale about a lesbian (Alice), her longtime friend (Danny) and Alice's female-to-male lover (Casey), with an ending that inherently lends itself to a character-progressive sequel.
5.) "Getting Something Out of It" - Annabeth Leong: Paige, having difficulties with oral sex, works through it with her lover. Good, emotive, "hot" read.
6.) "Shuck It" - Dusty Horn: Tightly-written, excellent piece that links food and sex, but rises above that overused device/connection.
7.) "Trimming" - Tenille Brown: A yard man (Jefferson) finds that his good deeds are rewarded and (possibly) punished.
Good story, whose characters grow more interesting near the end of the story.
8.) "New Additions" - Rachel Kramer Bussel: Three friends get together. Bussel's succinct set-up, cut-to-it action and an ending naturally invites - but doesn't demand, a delicate balance - a possibly edgier sequel.
9.) "Snow Job" - A.M. Hartnett: A road worker and his attractive, flash-happy neighbor engage in a mood-mixed sex play. Overall solid writing sets this apart from the usual frak pieces.
All the stories are pretty terrific, but standouts include Sylvia Lowry's "Etiquette," where the protagonist author gives a lesson in oral etiquette to a willing pupil and Dusty Horn's excellent oyster-fueled oral sex romp in "Shuck It." Also pleasurable were Tenille Brown's "Trimming," where a lawn man showed a woman all his trimming skills. Hot! And don't skip A.M. Hartnett's funny and erotic dive into a snowy day's revenge flash and how the flashee got even. "The Perfect Shade" by Elizabeth Coldwell is also a sexy read, giving a couple an alternate use for her new lipstick purchase.
All the stories are wonderful and Ms. Bussel's strict editorial hand is at play here, curating the best words from the best writers. Strangely for the publisher Cleis, it went with a different size (smaller in height) book with cheaper, thinner paper than usual. I am not sure the budgetary constraints did this work any favors. The glossy and sexy photographed cover invites the reader in but the easily torn, translucent paper pages showed a lack of support and misstep from the publisher. Still, the works contained inside make this a must-buy. Rock on, Rachel Kramer Bussel!