"Is that comfortable, Mr. Macintyre?" Groves' eyebrows furrowed gently, and he gazed directly into Neal's eyes.
"Uh." Neal swallowed. His mouth felt dry. "It doesn't hurt," he managed to croak.
I liked the first book in this erotica series slightly better.
Milking machines aren't really my thing, but it's still worth a quick read for people with a medical fetish love.
"Would you describe this as pleasurable?"
If you are willing to
and just accept this PWP for what is, namely a storyline taken right out of a gay porn video, then you might actually enjoy this. I know I did.
There are worse ways to spend 20 minutes of your time, and there's definitely worse erotica out there.
[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]
An interesting collection of science-fiction stories by Chinese authors—I didn't like all of them, but none was particularly bad either, and the themes and places they dealt with offered different perspectives on what I'm used to see throug a more "westernised" prism. I found both similarities and differences gathered here, making those stories familiar in parts, and a journey in unknown territories in others.
"The Year of the Rat": 3/5
Quite creepy in its theme (students without much of a job prospect are enlisted to fight mutant rats whose intelligence and abilities may be more than meet the eye), and in its conclusion, although I would've appreciated a bit more insight in the exact reasons why the whole situation turned like that.
"The Fish of Lijiang": 3/5
By the same author, and another take on a society where freedom is only an illusion, where everybody and everything is at their designed place.
"The Flower of Shazui:" 2/5
An ex-engineer who fled his designated area tries to help a prostitute whose desires aren't necessarily in check with her partner's. Still interesting, but less exciting?
"A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight": 4/5
The author later mentioned a few inspirations for this story, and I agree, for I could feel them (especially the Miyazaki-like tones of a district/street full of "ghosts", souls in robot bodies gradually getting discarded). I really liked the atmosphere in this one, and the sad ending was pretty fitting.
"Tongtong's Summer": 4/5
I read this one in another anthology already, but I liked it the second time round as well. Caretakers operate robots remotely in order to help elder people, and their increased role in society gives birth to other issues, but also to great hopes for a generation that, all in all, has still a lot to bring to the world. The characters were also attaching.
"Night Journey of the Dragon Horse": 2/5
A mechanical dragon and a bat go on a journey to bring back light to a dead world. Beautiful, but unfortunately a little boring.
"The City of Silence": 5/5
In a world become one State, what happens when so many words are forbidden that communicating becomes impossible?
Very chilling, because the way this State evolved is, in fact, extremely logical and cunning.
"Invisible Planets": 3/5
Glimpses into little worlds. I wouldn't mind seeing some of them explored more in depth... and at the same time, I feel they wouldn't have the same impact anymore if this was done? Very strange.
"Folding Beijing": 2/5
A city living in three different spaces, each alloted its own time of the day, and with inhabitants forbidden to cross from one space to the other. Which the main character wants to do, of course. Also interesting, however I felt the ending didn't have much of an impact on me. I kept expecting something more... dramatic?
"Call Girl": 3/5
The call girl's wares are fairly interesting here. I would've liked some more background about them, how she came to be able to provide such services.
"Grave of the Fireflies": 2/5
Loved the atmosphere, this rush through the stars to escape a dying universe, guided by the last queen of mankind... However the story itself felt too short and rushed.
"The Circle": 4/5
I could see where this one was going from the moment the gates were introduced, and I wasn't disappointed. I definitely liked how it was all brought.
"Taking care of God": 4/5
Depressing in a way, but dealing with a theme that I'd deem definitely different from my own 'western' vision, with taking care of one's parents and elders being part of culture in a way it isn't in my own corner of the world.
Conclusion: 3.5 stars
Can I say how much I love this series? IMO, it just gets better with every installment. This installment picks up right after Smoke & Mirrors. So much happened those last chapters. I'm very excited about Dex's hybride form he has taken from Sloan. This makes their relationship so much more interesting.
That sex-scene with Sloan and Dex, them fighting for dominancy was freaking hot. But in the end there will be only one Alpha...
"Say it," Sloane said with a growl.
"You're the Alpha here."
"I'm yours. Only yours. You're a part of me, Sloane. Always."
Also I loved Ash... He has come a long way. His feelings for Cael were kinda mushy. I loved it.
"Unless he kicks me to the curb, I ain't going anywhere...
Let's face it. They've got us by the balls. But here's to loving every second of it."
Great to see the road this series is taking us.
Their future might be uncertain, but one thing wasn't - no matter what happened or what they faced, they had a family to come back to, one that grew stronger with every passing day. Destructive Delta wasn't just a team. It wasn't a badge or a patch on their sleeve. It was home.
I'm ready for team Theta Destructive and especially Seb and Hudson's story!!
Is is April yet?