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review 2017-02-23 09:26
Mixed bag, but I so want this magazine
Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 71 - Sofia Samatar,Neil Clarke,Kij Johnson,Catherynne M. Valente

I came to this issue by clicking on other Valente's stories besides "Silently and Very Fast".

 

Mantis Wives by Kij Johnson was... a gory allegory? I'm unclear and I didn't quite care for it. Pity, because Ponies, of the same writer, was too a gory allegory that is awesome in it's absolute cruelty.

 

Honey Bear by Sofia Samatar was damn freaky in how fast it pulls you in an unexpected, creepy direction. Full stars.

 

Fade to White by Katherine Valente reads like the beginning of a Dystopia novel. Leaving it there makes it a damned grim and hopeless, but it's an engrossing and disquieting piece.

 

As for the articles, Magic Systems felt thin, arbitrary and too anglo-centric. Plausibility and Truth was awesome. Finding the Good is a bit heartwarming, but not unexpected to my geek self. Somewhat fringe communities tend to flock to beloved members. The Conversation with China was interesting, and I might end up reading something of his.

 

An uneven whole, but interesting. I wonder if the is a printed version of this, and if the magic of globalization would ever drop some issues in my corner of the word for me to purchase.

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review 2017-02-23 01:04
ARC Review: Class Distinctions by Rick R. Reed
Class Distinctions - Rick R. Reed

I read the 2nd edition of this book, out 2/25/17. 

 

 

 

A quick glimpse into the relationship and almost break-up of two college kids who are young, dumb, and in love.

Kyle and Jonathan, both freshmen at university, are madly in love. Except Kyle is ashamed of his humble background and believes that Jonathan and his rich parents will look down on Kyle's poor mother when they'll meet at the upcoming Parents' Weekend.

So, clearly, it's easier to just break Jonathan's heart, and his own. Right? Wrong!

In actuality, this book is simply too short. We don't get a full picture of their relationship, so it's difficult (not impossible) for the reader to put herself into the shoes of these young and dumb kids.

I would applaud Jonathan for not giving up on Kyle (after the initial shock wears off), and going after what he wants, demanding an explanation for that which is to him inexplicable. He does listen and learns something new about his boyfriend.

Kyle too learns that maybe he should have not assumed and instead be a grown-up and talk about his fears. Pulling the crap he pulled didn't win him any favors with me, even if I could to some extent understand his fears. Shame wasn't a good look on him, and while I felt sorry for him during his pain, he did bring this on himself.

The author does a really good job exploring the relationship each boy has with his mother, and that's where this book really worked. I also liked that we got a dual POV, as both Jonathan and Kyle deal with their equally broken hearts. There was a lot of emotion that really came across well in those lines.

I also liked that they both felt drawn to the special place where they shared their first kiss, and thus got a chance to find their way back to each other.

Still... not my favorite by this author. I think this story might have worked a little better if we had been given a bit of a lead-up to their almost break-up, and thus seen why they were so devastated, instead of simply being told they were.


** I received a free copy of this book from Signal Boost promotions as part of the re-release of this story. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2017-02-22 18:19
Review: "Doctor's Orders" (Groves' Anatomy, #3) by Scarlet Cox
Doctor's Orders - Scarlet Cox

"How had the broad-shouldered doctor turned him from horny jock to tormented tramp in a single visit?"

Maybe by looking like this:

 

 

(Sorry, not really much of a review, I know. But the story was silly since it's PWP and I had a damned good time reading it, so it counts. Because I say so.)

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review 2017-02-21 18:55
Review: "Indecent Examination" (Groves' Anatomy, #2) by Scarlet Cox
Indecent Examination - Scarlet Cox

"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.

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review 2017-02-20 19:09
Review: "Doctor, Doctor" (Groves' Anatomy, #1) by Scarlet Cox
Doctor, Doctor - Scarlet Cox

"Would you describe this as pleasurable?"

If you are willing to

 

  • completely ignore the existence of the medical ethics of a doctor-patient relationship,
  • not mind at all that Theo, the patient, is totally cheating on his wife,
  • overlook the lack of condoms and safe sex, and
  • deal with some colorful wording such as "pussy-hole", "ass-pussy" or "man-pussy",

 

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.

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