Once I began reading, I couldn't stop myself. That was my first incursion in the Clarke Lantham universe. And it won't be my last. The story and the storytelling were brilliantly done. The way Mr Sawyer plays with words is delightful even, or because, it is somber. ;)
I am listening to this story on Podiobooks.com so I am not at the end yet. ;) But when I like an audio version I tend to buy the books to support the author. In this case, I will definitely do so ! This story is really different to what I am used to. It keeps surprising me and it is a nice feeling.
I have no words to describe this short story. Brilliant in its realism maybe ? This little guide for the Victorian gentry is a delight to read.
I just wish I could be in Mr Saywer's head : it seems that very interesting things happen in there. ;)
Well written and interesting use of old legends. I would have liked to read more about the main character's mystic though : the glimpse we get makes me want to know more and I think the story would be richer for it too.
I appreciated the great diversity presented in this anthology and the fact that many of the stories show us the darker side of "tentacled" relationships. I most enjoyed the fact that they didn't fall into the trap of gratuitousness : there's purpose and moral intertwined with the eroticism of each tale. A pleasure for all senses.
Except for "Paradise" By Lorelai Phoenix and "Fuck on the Wild Side" By Jessi Bond, I didn't find anything in this anthology to attract me in buying more stories.
Some stories in this antho should never have been published. Bad storytelling, grammar, and syntax and so many typos made for a frustrating experience.
Here are some of the priceless things I stumbled upon :
"Reaching out, I slowly tug at his tie. It comes off easily like I'm a girl scout unraveling a camping knot."
"Each time a button gives up its noble function of keeping his clothes together, I'm rewarded with his increasingly exposed manly chest."
"He pulls it off of himself while I rest a hand on his broad chest and devour his hot abs with my hungry eyes, relishing in how hot it is." It's supposed to be a sexy story, but all I can do is laugh. ;)
"Fresh blood stains my fingers and I go into shock just looking at it. Actually, I feel like I'm about to go into shock."