Product Review

The Adventurous Couple’s Guide to Sex Toys

You had me at Violet Blue.

You lost me for a minute there, with the really ugly stock illustrations. But I can forgive that, because The Adventurous Couple’s Guide to Sex Toys is exactly what it needs to be: fun, comprehensive, and CONCISE. I’ll often groan at the idea of reading a whole specialized sex-help book. Not because I’m a perfect lover and have nothing to learn, but because they.

Smokin' Hot Firemen

You may understand at this point that I am not one to be enticed by an erotica anthology with a cover featuring a fireman gently petting a kitten – a (possibly stuffed) kitten which gazes off into the distance with the deadened stare of a war veteran whose seen too much, who can’t lick its paws clean of the things its done. I’m not exaggerating, look at this cat.

And in case you didn’t get it, he’s stroking a pussy. That cat is a metaphor for your vagina. Excellent. Thank you, Cleis Press.

Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women's Erotica

I could talk about good (and bad) bisexual erotica until I’m blue in the face, but my praise for Twice the Pleasure is in large part to the credit of one story in particular… Damn, Dena Hankins! “Goa” is hands down the hottest story in this anthology littered with hot stories (although other gems include “Walking the Walk” and “Right-Red Flagging”.)

Safe Word

Calling all fans of Fifty Shades: Safe Word is a perfect opportunity to shut up, sit down, and experience some genuine d/s erotica. I wouldn’t even be making the comparison, but this sequel to Carrie’s Story reached me after having to enthusiastically (read: fanatically) explain to sexy lit-seekers that there is, in fact, erotic writing outside of bad fanfiction and kink writing that doesn’t treat its submissives like flat, flavourless objects in their own stories. Now I have a great example to point to.


Good stories are told with an audience in mind. Great stories can stay true to that audience, yet appeal to a broader range of readers. Pledges, a new anthology of gay erotica manages to do exactly this. I am surely not the audience Shane Allison had in mind while editing the book, but show me a 20-something who didn’t grow up flicking her bean to Queer as Folk and then you can tell me guy-on-guy never has its appeal to those of us otherwise identified.

Under Her Thumb

“This is not humiliation. There is nothing humiliating about being beautiful or about being feminine,” writes Andrea Zanin of her fishnet and lipstick-clad male character in the opening story for Under Her Thumb.

Zanin, along with Midori’s feminist-toned praise of the dominant woman in her foreward, set the stage for what’s to come (cum?) in this anthology of femme dom erotica. After the sexy ups and cliché downs in Serving Him, also published by Cleis Press, Under Her Thumb is a welcome take on the other side of female sexual power.

Serving Him

I’ll be honest, a collection of stories involving dudebro doms and lady submissives makes me go “ugh, straight people” right off the bat, but erotica is more about the tension than the… plot? So I wanted approach this book with an open mind. Being a relatively ‘nilla queer, I write to you as the probably not-intended audience for Serving Him, an anthology of “sexy stories of submission” edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and published by Cleis Press.

Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality

Even as an atheist myself, I have trouble reading atheist literature. It’s usually preachy, bitter, and too quick on the draw with theories about the social/cultural effects of this or that religion. Often, they use “religion” as a synonym for “Christianity”. So, I’ll be honest: I didn’t expect to like Sex and God. In fact, I didn’t even realize I did until I heard myself citing some of Darrel Ray’s ideas in an argument with a friend.

How to Be Kinkier

I’m pretty vanilla. Beyond the occasional spanking, power exchange, and my yet-to-be-fulfilled strap-on fantasies, I can’t say I have much interest in dipping my toes into the local kink community.

That is, I didn’t have much interest, but the photos and anecdotes in Morpheous’ How to Be Kinkier have piqued it.

Make a copy of your favorite vagina!

New Book: Manuela's Manual: An illustrated instruction manual explaining in detail how to make a realistic, life size and very sensuous plaster sculpture of a vulva; a fun, easy and sexy art project for playful couples.
by Manuela Lollenbeck

Discover the joy of genital casting. This book demonstrates how to make a plaster sculpture of a vulva. That's right. In a few steps you can make a highly realistic and durable representation of your favorite vagina.