365 Erotic Secrets for Sensational Sex - book by Amorata Press - review by giggled

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365 Not-so-secret Erotic Tips for Sensational Sex

While I like the premise of the book and I can see its value to people who are curious about trying new things in bed, I am somewhat puzzled by it.
Published:
Pros:
Useful reference for people who want new ideas and a brief summary of what they are.
Cons:
Can be a yawner for more experienced and adventurous couples.
Rating by reviewer:
2
extremely useful review

Content / Style / Audience

The book is essentially an encyclopedia of all things sex. It's not entirely clear who the audience is meant to be, though it seems to be organized consecutively, going from the most tame to the most outrageously strange. The "secrets" are organized loosely by categories, e.g. "Sensational Seduction," or "Sensationally Advanced Sex-Play."

Each "secret" is written in a clinical fashion, which is common for psychologists who specialize in the field of sex to take on as a way to make sexuality safe and approachable for people on all levels. That said, it's a little creepy at some points, for instance, the entry for Dogging or "Airbed Antics."

I'm always wary of books with numbers in the title, as invariably the author feels pressured to meet that quota. For Dr. Spurr, this becomes apparent with entries like, "Pearl Necklaces and Other Sexy Stuff," or "Mystery Sex," (which is surprisingly vastly less interesting than it sounds).
    • Instructional / educational
    • Non-fiction
    • Text book style

Design

The book is a modestly bound paperback, small enough to be considered a pocket book, though I don't know that it would actually fit in any pockets, it will fit into a smaller purse or bag easily. It fits nicely in the hand, but it's not the kind of book that one sits and reads through cover to cover. Instead, it's more of a sex encyclopedia. The only trouble is that it doesn't have an index, making reading through it either time consuming or serendipitous.
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Small size
    • Soft cover

Personal comments

The sex quotient quiz is odd, as it it asks you to pick "yes or no" to questions or statements, the trouble of course being that in English, a statement can read as a yes OR a no answer, depending on how it's phrased.

For instance:

1. You WOULDN'T fake an orgasm: Yes / No

No, I wouldn't fake an orgasm. Or YES, as in, yes, that's true, I would not fake an orgasm. Another funny twist is how the questions are clearly directed at men:

21. You would be honest if experiencing premature ejaculation.

Likewise, whether it was a failure to edit the book or just a lack of full, experiential knowledge of some of the subject matter, Dr. Spurr does her readers a disservice with entries like "Get Spiky" which encourages the S&M novice to test her partner's pain-pleasure zone on his back by "gently and carefully" walking on him while wearing stilettos.

"Obviously," she writes, "he has to let you know when it crosses into being too painful."

Obviously.
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Comments
  • ? Amanda ?
    ? Amanda ?  
    Thanks for the review.
  • Sammi
    Sammi  
    Nice review!
  • Miss B Haven
    Miss B Haven  
    Good review, those are some intersting things you pointed out. I personally don't think I would Test my hubby's pain threshold by walking on him in stilettos...goodness
  • deadpoet
    deadpoet  
    nice review
  • JE011
    JE011  
    Good review, thanks
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