Review – Astounding! by Kim Fielding

Astounding! by Kim Fielding

My rating: 4 Stars

Astounding!

Astounding!

Carter Evans is the founder and editor of the science fiction magazine Astounding! but the publication, like most print media these days, is on its last legs. Carter can’t afford to keep it going for much longer. Adding to his headaches are the submissions of one J. Harper, a very persistent, and very bad, author who keeps sending in new versions of his work despite numerous rejections. Carter’s drunken attempt to rebuff the writer backfires and he ends up meeting J. for John Harper in person. John turns out to be a charming if somewhat awkward man with a few eccentricities, chief of which is the belief that he is an alien stranded on Earth. Read more ›

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Review – Brit Boys: With Toys Anthology

Brit Boys: With Toys by Ashe Barker, M.K. Elliott, Lucy Felthouse, Lily Harlem, Ashley Lister, Sara Masters, Tabitha Rayne, and K.D. Grace

My rating: 3 Stars

Brit Boys: With Toys

Brit Boys: With Toys

This review was written for and originally appeared on BDSM Book Reviews.

This anthology of eight stories by British authors explores the role of toys in relationships between men. In some of the tales the notion of what is a ‘toy’ is stretched a bit, but almost all feature some object, to some degree, which plays a part in the plot.

The level of kink varies from essentially none to being a central part of the relationships depicted. Since these are short stories, don’t count on well developed characters or intricate plots. Most of these get right down to business with little or no introduction. Read more ›

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Review – Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert

Knit Tight (Portland Heat series) by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 Stars

Knit Tight

Knit Tight

Brady seems to be one of the rare Portland baristas who doesn’t aspire to be something else. He is good at his job, and in any case, raising his three younger siblings after his mother dies doesn’t leave him any time to consider something else. Once a week the coffee shop hosts the ladies from the knitting shop down the street. “Knit Night” isn’t exactly Brady’s favorite night to work, but it keeps the shop busy. However, when the nephew of the knit shop’s owner stops by one night, he instantly captures Brady’s attention. Evren seems to push all of Brady’s buttons. The two men have a lot in common, as well as some fundamental differences, and they’re both dealing with family issues that consume most of their time, so it seems that despite a strong mutual attraction, nothing can happen, right? Read more ›

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Review – More Than Human by Mel Keegan

More Than Human by Mel Keegan

My rating: 4 Stars

More Than Human

More Than Human

By the end of the 23rd century, humanity has established its first colony outside the solar system, on a planet called Eidolon. The achievement required not only advancements in spacecraft engineering, but also cybernetics, since augmentation was required to make humans capable of deep space flight and living on an alien world larger than Earth. As you can imagine, it takes no time at all for cybernetic implants to become mainstream, with everyone from athletes to high class escorts getting augmented to improve their game. And, just as inevitably, there’s a backlash. A political movement calling itself the Pure Light comes to power promising restore humanity to its ‘proper’ state. Augmentation is outlawed, and those deemed more than 50% machine are made the property of the government. Chips are implanted in their brains to make them virtual slaves and they’re either used for experimentation, hard labor in the mines of the gas giants, or soldiers used to enforce the Pure Light’s power. Read more ›

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Review – The Lusty Adventures of Theseus by Arthur Griffin

The Lusty Adventures of Theseus by Arthur Griffin

My rating: 4 Stars

The Lusty Adventures of Theseus

The Lusty Adventures of Theseus

Have you ever considered how much the versions of Greek Myths that we know today must have been sanitized, modified or otherwise changed over the years? The bulk of the legends evolved over 3,000 years ago, and certainly changed much over the course of the centuries. The stories as we know them today are still full of bad behavior: rape, incest, and many other sorts of human fallibility. How much bawdier might the “original” stories have been in their own time?

“The Lusty Adventures of Theseus” re-imagines the Theseus legend as a sexual adventure that truly lives up to its title. For those who need a refresher, Theseus was the illegitimate sone of Aegeus, the king of Athens, the result of a one-night-stand between the king and his mother. Theseus is raised by his mother in the provinces, unaware of his royal lineage until he comes of age. He sets of to Athens to claim his birthright, but finds that the great king is not the kind of leader those from the provinces thought he was. Read more ›

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