Carrie's Story - erotic book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Emma (Girl With Fire)

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Carrie's Story

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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An Excruciatingly Erotic Tale of S&M

If you get off on the idea of being restrained or punished, if S&M is your bag, if you have ever dreamt of being entirely at another persons disposal for their sexual gratification or entertainment, you will almost definitely love this book. It is a rather gritty but personal look at the world of S&M through the eyes of a young woman who is taking a crash course in it. It is after all "An Erotic S&M Novel".
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Pros:
Gritty
In depth
Excruciatingly Erotic
Cons:
None
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review

About author

Molly Weatherfield (Pam Rosenthal) is a New York native who met the love of her life in a poetry class of all places, she has worked and been part owner of Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco and later worked as a computer programmer in the financial district. She moved on to writing reviews and essays, and finally novels. Her first attempts at fiction were Carrie's Story and the sequel Safe Word, which were both penned under the pseudonym Molly Weatherfield.

She has since written a plethora of romantic fiction The Edge of Impropriety, The Booksellers Daughter and Almost a gentleman under her given name, Pam Rosenthal. If you are interested in learning more about her you can check out her website Here

Molly Weatherfields writing style is engaging, entertaining, and has a bit of an edge of your seat aspect to it. She has a good grasp of people, and is able to create a story with characters that are, if not relatable, definitely realistic. The style is a balance of both physical and emotional information being processed by the characters. Subsequently the book flows well, it is not so intellectual as to be alienating for those attempting to relax with it, yet remains an intelligent and enjoyable piece of literature.
    • Engaging
    • Very personal approach

Content / Style / Audience

I think it is safe to say that anybody who enjoyed The Story of O would probably enjoy this book as well. The principal difference I found was the writing style. Where The Story of O is more formally written and detail oriented, Weatherfields writing is far more relaxed. This may be in part due to the time periods both were written in, but is also a consequence of the writing style of the individual authors.

Carrie's story is a well written first person narrative of a young womans entry, education and ultimately her absorption into the world of S&M. Carrie begins the book as a university student whos only exposure to the world of S&M is through erotica and pornography. She meets Jonathan at a party, and shortly after observing her reaction to a pornographic S&M flick he hands her his card, and invites her to come to his home and become his sex slave. Carrie, intrigued and a little bit frightened shows up at Jonathans house and begins her immersion into this new and exciting lifestyle. It follows her throughout her first year of training as well as her introduction to, entry into and sale at a slave auction.

Molly Weatherfield details the decent into a world that for many, would be difficult to imagine. From bondage and canings, to being stabled and taught to preform as a pony Weatherfield delves deep into the emotional response evoked both intentionally, and unintentionally during Carries training process. She touches on how personal limitations come into play, and how the lifestyle varies from one M/S arrangement to the next.

Since I am only somewhat versed, and not personally familiar with the power dynamics and rules of full on S&M relationship dynamics and circles, I can not speak to the accuracy of the goings on in the novel. What I can say is that even though this is not a lifestyle that I would be interested in living, the story turned me on and kept me excited pretty much from start to finish. The grittiness, the confusion, and the desire to perform at any cost got my heart a flutter and kept it going.

If you have issues with power dynamics between men and women, forced submission or partner humiliation you will probably want to avoid this book. Weatherfield seems to have fully embraced the humiliation and pain endured by the slaves, as well as the pure delight that it causes their masters. She has also dealt with the pleasure that the slaves derive from their situations. This may be a very difficult thing for some people to accept, and in some cases may require rationalization. The point of this book is not education, it is instead meant to provide that dirty fantasy for those of us who are rather vanilla in comparison, realistic erotica for those whos lifestyles it more closely matches.
    • Bdsm
    • Fetish
    • Fiction

Design

Carries Story comes in paperback form, it is well designed and attractive but in no way, shape or form discreet. It has somewhat thick, fairly durable pages, and a sturdy cover, which is not to say that is indestructible, only that it will survive for quite a while if well taken care of. It also includes a 3 page introduction written by the author, it is as much an introduction to her as it is to the story, and is a nice little addition to the novel.
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Soft cover

Personal comments

My only real issue with this story was that it left out some of the more intimate details of hygiene. This was not a problem for me as far as enjoying the story went, only in that anybody attempting to recreate the situations in the book may deal with some rather severe health issues as a result. This perhaps could have been dealt with by adding a disclaimer of some sort.

Experience

This book had me aroused from start to finish. I was surprised that something which I was not sure how I felt about, got me so hot in such a short amount of time. I was equally appalled and aroused by a great deal of the goings on in the novel, and it has left me wanting more. Though this in not a fantasy that I am interested in bringing to life, I do enjoy aspects of it, and am happy to find books which cater to my deviant nature.
Follow-up commentary
I still absolutely love this book. I won't even lend it out because I'm afraid I wont get it back, I would rather buy an extra copy for a friend than lend mine to them! This may seem strange, but anybody who has lent out more than a book or two, probably knows that your books are likely to end up inn a bathtub, under as an impromptu coaster, or just having the pages all dogeared and mangled. For somebody who takes pride in the condition of their personal library, these things are practically sacrilege, especially when you really like the book.

In any case, I don't have much to add to my review, but I do want to say, I still love this book, and I think it would be a great read for pretty much anybody who gets off on kink.
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Comments
  • Waterfall
    Very nice review! When I get to order some books, this one is first on my list
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    Thanks
  • P'Gell
    It really seems like an intriguing book. Thanks GWF!
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    No problem! This was one book that was nothing but a pleasure to review. I really liked it even thought I prefer more formal writing styles.
  • Kayla
    Great review! I loved this one too; it might be about time to re-read it.
  • Darling Jen
    I think your review is wonderful! I must admit I'm highly curious now...
  • ZenaidaMacroura
    Very good review. This is getting wishlisted.
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    I Love Love LOVE the s&m erotica. I wasn't sure how much I would like it before hand, but it is really great. And I am SOO glad.
  • Sakura Mahal
    Seems interesting!
  • M121212
    I'm going to check this one out before the Story of O, because of the more modern voice in this one. I tend to enjoy that. Great review ^.^
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    Thanks!
  • The Curious Couple
    Awesome review, thanks!
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    You are very welcome!
  • Marcianpro
    Awesome review! I'll def check it out!
  • Hallmar82
    thanks
  • BusyMe
    You da BOSS This review is good I followed you from the sales page. Thanks
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