The Non-Con Conundrum

My recent read and review of Slave in Training got me thinking about a number of things – and that’s one of the big reasons I liked it. One of the aspects I liked about the book was the consensual nature of the protagonist’s enslavement. He chooses life as a slave and is given several opportunities throughout the story to give up the path he has chosen. What struck me most about this was just how rare this is in most M/M Master/slave books coming out these days. It seems like far too many of these stories are really about rape and torture rather than anything else. Read more ›

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Review – Slave in Training

Slave in Training (originally Esclave à l’entraînement) by Danny Tyran

My rating: 4.5 Stars

Slave in Training

Slave in Training

This review originally appeared in slightly different form at BDSM Book Reviews.

This is a case where the title of a book is probably more illuminating than the blurb. The style of the story is in the form of a memoir recounting the main character’s youth and early training as a slave in the 1970s. Max knows he is different from an early age, and it isn’t just his bisexuality, but it isn’t until he meets his gym teacher, James Teka, that he begins to understand that he was born with a deep seated need to serve others.

This is a rather unusual story, in that it is not your all-to-typical non-consensual enslavement plot, nor is it a sexual romp. Max describes his training in detail, and a lot of it involves both physical as well as mental challenges. In fact, the sex comes long after he begins training under his master James. Read more ›

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Review – Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure

Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure by Duane Simolke

My rating: 2 Stars

Degranon

Degranon

The planet of Valchondria was once great. They sent people out among the stars to colonize other worlds, but then they turned inward and forgot about their former glory. An engineered virus has eliminated most diseases, but there’s nothing much to live fore. An ever more oppressive regime seeks to remove every perceived source of differences between people, attempting to turn the population into docile sheep. However, some of these sheep are not so docile, such as the scientist Taldra, who wants to bring back the glory days of Valchondria by returning to space. Read more ›

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