Monday, October 15, 2018

BEST WOMEN’S EROTICA -- Rachel Kramer Bussel (ed)

BEST WOMEN’S EROTICA provides a lot of stories but unfortunately they are all very similar: a contemporary woman does something a vanilla person would consider a tad daring and feels good about it.  There is no real plot to speak of.  And some people think that is par for the course with erotica or short stories, but girl I read about a dozen erotica anthologies a year and most of them manage to have both stories and sex, in fact lots of rather more adventurous  sex with sometimes unexpected consequences. Whatever criteria these stories were selected according to I would respectfully request the raise the standard and broaden the scope.  It is pretty rare that competently written erotica bores me, but this was a snooze-fest. Or perhaps there is a strong readership for these anthologies that does not read a lot of erotica and is very happy with these brief scenarios as a glimpse into the world they don’t want to venture any further into.
Review copy courtesy of Netgalley, 2/5

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