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After much debate, now that I’ve started reviewing sex toys for EdenFantasys, I decided to set up a second blog just for that.  My original intention was to put everything on one blog, but this one turned into something more of a book blog than I’d originally intended.

Splitting them out seems to make the most sense, so that people who don’t want to read about sex toys can still read book reviews, and people who don’t want to read book reviews can still read about sex toys.

Those who like both… well, I’m sure we can figure something out.

In the meantime, go check out Ardeurous!

Review: Prelude to a Scandal

I read this book in early December, and I’ve been trying to decide since then just how to review it, and whether I even wanted to.Prelude to a Scandal cover The concept behind the story was really interesting and pretty unique as far as I’ve seen, and I wanted to love it.  I really, really did.  I mean, just look at the cover!

But I just couldn’t.

My first problem is pretty trivial, but it cropped up enough to be annoying: I noticed in both Prelude and Once that the author seems to enjoy using the word verdant – and I can’t blame her, because it’s a fabulous word.  My problem is that I can’t tell from the context quite what she intends for it to mean.  I’ll make the obvious assumption that covered with plant life is not a serious possibility (though fun to speculate), so does she mean it as green or fresh or as some strange synonym for luxurious?  There’s no ‘sapphire’ for blue, and so on, and other references to something obviously green are just green.

But now there’ my big problem.  As I mentioned earlier, the premise of the story – the story of a sex addict before it was recognised as a condition and long before there was effective help – was immensely interesting, but to be honest, I don’t feel that it was effectively carried out.

I am not a therapist, but the ‘solutions’ to the hero’s sex addiction problem seemed to my mind to likely be ineffective.  The heroine vacillated between being understanding, unsympathetic and almost disgusted, and the whole ‘love story’ just didn’t convince me.

The side-story with the brother and his mistress felt excessive and unnecessary, and I feel it should have been left out all together.

An interesting concept, but ultimately the book fell flat for me.  I know other reviewers have loved the book and happily recommend it, but I just don’t and can’t.

Trigger Warnings for: Violence, rape, addiction, domestic abuse.

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From the depths of a snowy prison, Basement Cat plots revenge...

The ultra-cold and ridiculous amounts of snow have conspired with the start of classes to kind of totally knock me out this month.  Getting blizzarded* on last week didn’t help either.

Let’s pretend 2011 starts in February, shall we?

*Why yes this is a technical term rly

Denial, can you spell it?

SOME PEOPLE. SOME PEOPLE, who clearly are incapable of appreciating Penny Arcade, who are unreasonable, WE HAVE SOME KIND OF RAPE CULTURE.

@ kirbybits: Here is a thought: Fuck this noise

@ shakesville: Taking a Brave Stance Against Survivors of Rape

Review: Not Your Typical, Scantily-Clad Virgin Sacrifice

Not Your Typical, Scantily-Clad Virgin Sacrifice is a hilariously-named collection of short stories by H. Jonas Rhynedahll.  I picked up an .epub version from an author giveaway after the title attracted my interest.  It contains the following short stories:

  • Not your typical, scantily-clad virgin sacrifice
  • Virtue
  • Causality
  • Personal Space
  • Fred Was a Mutant
  • Science

The stories vary in length and style, from fantasy (Not your typical, scantily-clad virgin sacrifice; Virtue) to science fiction (Causality; Personal Space) and something in between (Fred Was a Mutant; Science).

Hblabanechalatooc repeated the sacred words and rang the sacred bell, which responded with a muted clank.
“Where’s the Sacred Golden Bell of the Moon Goddess, Morton?”
Morton looked apologetic. “Well, sir, the insurance company sent us a memo saying they thought that bringing the Sacred Instruments out of their cases was too risky, so we had to substitute this year.”

The author’s style strongly reminds me of Terry Pratchett in both style and themes, particularly Not your typical, scantily-clad virgin sacrifice, Virtue, and SciencePersonal Space managed to pull off a less in-your-face trying-hard-to-be-funny style without completely sacrificing a sense of humour, and is my favourite piece from the anthology.

While some of the stories, namely Causality and Science, weren’t quite my personal cup of tea, overall I enjoyed this collection.  Not Your Typical, Scantily-Clad Virgin Sacrifice is currently retailing on Amazon.com for the Kindle at $0.99, and is well worth the price.  Recommended.

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Season's Greetings

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The holiday season has been pretty quiet.  My shoulder is still giving me some trouble, and now I’m coming down with a cold.  But I do have some new books to read and review, which is always exciting.  And I do need to drag my husband to see TRON.

Have a great New Year!

The day I was blocked by Keith Olbermann

Today I got blocked on Twitter by Keith Olbermann.

I shall choose to look on this as an accomplishment.  Since some time Saturday, Keith Olbermann has been blocking feminist tweeters using the tag #MooreandMe and directing calls to Keith Olbermann (@keitholbermann) and Michael Moore (@mmflint) for retractions of and apologies for the deliberately inaccurate information they they aired via Twitter and cable T.V. to hundreds of thousands of their fans.

As of some point this afternoon, I got to join the illustrious company of People Keith Olbermann Has Blocked On Twitter.  We even have our own hashtag, #WeveBeenKOed.

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