Orgasmic: Erotica for Women Paperback – Aug 3 2010
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It's Orgasmic indeed. Some of these stories sent me straight to the moon, and then I drifted back down to earth only to take off again on the next page. After I finished this book it occurred to me that I've never read anything that focuses so wholly on female satisfaction. I think men tend to steal the limelight since they express arousal and orgasm in such a visual fashion. Women know how to hide it and fake it like pros, and sometimes that works against us, because our bodies are notsimple to decipher, and oh! the frustration when we desperately want someone to break our code and read us like a book. That happens in Orgasmic, and it's a glorious experience."
-Dirty Sexy Books
"As usual, Rachel Kramer Bussel chose stories for Orgasmic
that shock, disturb, and make you think, all while inevitably arousing you."
- Kerry Cohen, author of Loose Girl
About the Author
Rachel Kramer Bussel previously edited the best-selling erotica collection Up All Night. She is the coauthor of The Lesbian Sex Book and a sex columnist for The Village Voice. She lives in New York City. Visit her Web site at www.rachelkramerbussel.com.
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It's "Orgasmic" indeed. Some of these stories sent me straight to the moon, and then I drifted back down to earth only to take off again on the next page. After I finished this book it occurred to me that I've never read anything that focuses so wholly on female satisfaction. I think men tend to steal the limelight since they express arousal and orgasm in such a visual fashion. Women know how to hide it and fake it like pros, and sometimes that works against us, because our bodies are not simple to decipher, and oh! the frustration when we desperately want someone to break our code and read us like a book. That happens in "Orgasmic," and it's a glorious experience.
"Chemistry" by Velvet Moore starts with the line, "The smell of science makes me horny." After reading about what happens to a hospital administrator in a laboratory, I can certainly understand why. The heroine in "Seeing Stars" by Louisa Harte suffers on a camping trip until she learns that exposing herself in nature can draw forth her primitive side, and every soft breeze or cool drop of rain is a sensory explosion while making love under the stars. Another couple has stealth sex in a public place while watching a lunar eclipse in "Moon Tantra" by Teresa Noelle Roberts.
As hot as I found the outdoor action, I was just as tantalized when things moved inside. "Making Shapes" by Lily Harlem portrayed a woman who is my kind of artisan, and she makes functional art based on molds of her client's most intimate parts. Who ever heard of falling in love with a penis at first sight? Well, it happens here. "Animal Inside" by Neve Black is a voyeur's dream, with a hole in the wall and two strangers enjoying their separate, yet shared, experiences. In "The London O" by Justine Elyot, a woman teases her lover with tales of past escapades, only to have him top them all with the help of a special pair of knickers.
These were just some of my favorites from this "Orgasmic" collection. Ladies, enjoy yourselves.
I usually enjoy the anthologies that Bussel edits, but this one is too generic for its own good. Out of twenty-five stories, nine were noteworthy; many of the rest were lesser works by authors who, in the past, have wowed me with their work. . . but not here. (Every writer, inevitably, has an `off' story/book or two, so it's not a big deal.)
A large part of why I don't like this anthology that much is that many of the stories are written in an off-putting combination of present tense/first person point of view [POV], which reads too much like stage direction for me - generally speaking, if I wanted to read a play, I would seek out a play, not an erotic story anthology.
I write that last criticism with the understanding that my outlook is a personal preference - a preference likely not shared by (many?) other readers, who will be purchasing this anthology for different reasons. (I read them as research - I'm a writer.)
If you, as a reader, fall into that don't-care-about-present-tense/first-person-POV camp, check this out. If not, check out Bussel's other anthologies, which are better than this one - which contain works from some of the same worthwhile authors.
1.) "Fixing the Pipes" - Susie Hara: Humorous role play story about a married couple, with some surprising darkness.
2.) "Paying It Forward" - Kendra Wayne: A tale with edutainment value (for some, no doubt) - a woman, focused on a-sex, reminisces about an ex-lover.
3.) "The Big O" - Donna George Storey: A woman discovers how to improve her sex life.
4.) "Feet on the Dashboard" - Rachel Green: Fun lesbian tryst piece.
5.) "All She Wanted" - Andrea Dale: A pregnant woman engages in a ménage à trois BDSM scene. Interesting, different.
6.) "Making Shapes" - Lily Harlem: An especially well-written story about an aritist who specializes in body molds getting seduced by a "bad boy" customer.
7.) "Rapture" - Angela Caperton: Two cultists, during a supposedly holy hour, have sex. Unique (for the genre) set-up and tone; solid writing.
8.) "Rise and Shine" - Heidi Champa: Interesting mix of a woman's dreamtime and wake-up sex.
9.) "The London O" - Justine Elyot: A competitive lover uses a special sex toy top his girlfriend's previous amours. Especially good blend of familiar scenarios.
As always with Rachel's collections, it's easy to pull some favorite stories out:
In "Frosting First," by Lana Fox, an encounter that turns into a mixture of culinary delights and secretive(?) exhibitionism sets the stage (table) for future fun.
In "All She Wanted," by Andrea Dale, a pregnant sub and her dom husband find a way to safely and delightedly get their kink on, when they add a friend and switch the roles around.
In "The Waiting Game," by Elizabeth Coldwell, a holiday cottage, terrible weather and an unreliable deck of cards create a "perfect storm" of erotic anticipation.
In "The Chair," by Lolita Lopez, a submissive woman finds delight in a specialized chair and the ministrations and "punishment" of her inventive lover.
And, as you might expect form one who edits so many great collections, Rachel's own "The Belt," about a woman and her need for a worn leather belt and the man who skillfully wields it, is also a standout of this anthology.
The Chair by Lolita Lopez is an exquisitely detailed look into the world of D/s.
Share by Dusty Horn.. This testosterone filled story is so hot in the way only a female could describe!
Paying it Forward by Kendra Wayne comes across as a most lovely bit of tutorial written as a dreamy reminiscence.
All she Wanted ... Oh, how the intense cravings of need the main character felt, jumped right off the page and into my loins. We've all felt desires for something forbidden to us and the story telling by Andrea Dale painted her crystal clear yearnings. This was my favorite of the anthology.
Then we have Rachel's own Belted. An intimately detailed, take you along for the ride emotional description of S/M needs. Dark feelings brazenly revealed for all to bear witness. Bravo, Rachel ... bravo!