Posted in on Mar 09, 2016 Ancient Rome , Anthology , BDSM
<p>In this collection of stories featuring Gaius, Tiberius, Achilles and other characters from the previous two books of the series, we learn a bit more about Gaius' past as well as glimpses of the future after the end of <a href="http://michaeljoseph.info/2012/02/review-gaius-and-achilles/">Gaius and Achilles</a>. The first story, which gives the collection its name, recounts how Gaius and Tiberius first met, while later ones tell us about Achilles' life with Gaius after being freed.
Posted in on Jun 03, 2015 Humor , Anthology
<p>If P.G. Wodehouse and Douglas Adams had a love child, the result would probably be Ian Hutson. This collection of twelve short stories combines the whimsical humor of both authors, the science fiction bent of Adams and the nostalgia for an earlier era of Wodehouse.</p> <p>The title story, <em>The Cat Wore Electric Goggles</em>, is a tale of the exploration of a mysterious planet. Although set in the future, the technology has a decidedly 1960s feel to it. It's not exactly steampunk, but the effect is very similar. Add to that the distinctly British humor with which the entire story is told and you have a rather delicious little confection.
Posted in on Nov 05, 2014 Anthology , Fantasy
<p>This review originally appeared in slightly different form at <a href="http://www.bdsmbookreviews.com/2014/10/31/review-bump-in-the-night-by-aaron-michaels/">BDSM Book Reviews</a>.</p> <p>This collection of four previously published short stories features an entire panoply of things that go “bump in the night”, from ghosts to vampires to shape-shifting creatures. The stories are varied, but there is something of a common theme of finding love in unexpected places.
Posted in on Sep 07, 2012 D/s , Anthology , BDSM
<p>“I Once Had a Master” is a collection of nine short stories by one of the masters (if you'll pardon the expression) of gay BDSM erotica. Preston passed away in 1994 and the book, originally published in 1985, is only available in print, so it's taken me a while to get my hands on it.</p> <p>The collection isn't exactly what I was expecting. While the stories are almost all hard-core in one way or another, there's a lot more to them than just the kinky sex, which often plays a minor role. These tales are much more about relationships, and their ups and downs, rather than sex. Some, like the title piece, are rather melancholy in the end, while another, titled “Authenticity”, is quite sweet. In many of the stories Preston expresses a certain jadedness about the new-found acceptance of the lifestyle. In “Authenticity” he's exasperated by a pair of bottoms who treat leather as just another kind of drag and worse, treat him as just a piece of meat whose only purpose is to fulfill their fantasies. They talk about what they'll do for him, but they're really just giving him a shopping list of what they want.
Posted in on Jun 29, 2012 Anthology
<p>This collection of - let's be honest - one-handed reads features twelve stories by eleven authors. Here's a short summary and quickie review of each:</p> <p><strong>The Fanboys</strong> by Stella Harris: Shane and Danny are two star-struck fans of actor Eric Ashcroft. They contrive to meet their idol, who is filming nearby, and get much more than they bargained for when the star invites the young men back to his trailer. <em>A rather sweet little crush fantasy.</em></p> <p><strong>Room For Two</strong> by J.S. Morbius: A little glory hole action turns into a hot threesome. <em>The action is pretty good, but a few stunning errors made me think the author was both clueless and lazy, and took me out of the story a few times.</em></p> <p><strong>Getting Fit</strong> by Abby Hayes: Three couples share hot and steamy action after hours at a health club owned by one of the guys. <em>There is some pretty good action here as the couples each do their thing, sometimes with an audience. There's even a little kink. However, the dialog is so awful it reminds me of why I usually watch porn with the sound off.</em>
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