Carnal Machines - erotic fiction by Cleis Press Inc. - review by ScarletFox

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Carnal Machines

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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Carnal Desires, Creative Machines

If you are a fan of Steampunk or Victorian settings in your Erotica, Carnal Machines will fit right up your alley. While not the most graphic of erotica it is perfect for those who just need a little something to get their imaginations going!
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Pros:
Great Writing
Execellent Stories
Great for Fans of Steampunk
Cons:
Might not be Steamy Enough for Some
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review

About author

Carnal Machines includes stories from the following Authors:

Teresa Noelle Roberts - Human Powered
Janine Ashbless - The Servant Question
Renee Michaels - Sleight of Hand
Poe Von Page - Mutiny on the Danika Blue
Kannan Feng - Devient Devices
Jay Lawrence - The Perfect Girl
Delilah Devlin - Dr. Mullaley's Cure
Lisabet Sarai - Her Own Devices
Kathleen Bradean - Lair of the Red Countess
Elias A. St. James- italic|Infernal Machine]
Essemoh Teepee - Dr Watson Makes a Housecall
D.L. King - The Treatment
Tracey Shellito - Lucifer Einstein and the Case of the Carnal Contraption
Elizabeth Scecheter - The Succubus

If you are a big fan of erotica or Cleis Press, you will recognize a few of these writers. Espically the woman who edited the book D.L King who has also published stories in books such The Sweetest Kiss: Ravishing Vampire Erotica and Yes, Ma'am: Erotic Stories of Male Submission.
    • Multiple contributoring authors
    • Engaging

Content / Style / Audience

Carnal Machines is written for what could be considered a very narrow audience, that being fans of Victorian Steampunk. Each one of the stories is set that universe of sorts and deals with great machines being used for naughtier things then what you might find in any other Steampunk genre novel. While the stories might seem to follow a certain path, I found each of the ways they used the 'machines' created was creative and interesting in their own rights. So it didn't end up feeling overly repetitive to me while I was reading each story.

First, Teresa Noelle Roberts' "Human Powered" a female professor of "arcane engineering" from Wellesley College designs a mechanism to capture sexual energy in order to replace dirty, polluting coal - then tests it with the help of an old friend and colleague from MIT.

"The Servant Question" by Janine Ashbless gives us domesticated robots with a Victorian Twist. They are hand crafted and subject to a wide range of useful and unique customization.

Elizabeth Schechter's dark, exquisite tale "The Succubus" presents an artifact with the intelligence and insight to not only satisfy a man's perverse desires, but to intuit what they might be. And that is just a small handful of the stories with in the book.

For me, I also found the writing while not overly pornographic to be perfect for the settings that it was portraying, fitting into that more bodice ripper, Victorian type feeling that was just naughty enough to leave your cheeks blushing after you finished reading a story.
    • Erotica
    • Fiction

Design

The book is done up with a soft cover that is pretty discreet in my opinion with a woman donning a Steampunk look on the front. I found that I was able to take this book on my bus rides to and from work with out anyone raising an eyebrow at what I was reading.

Though the book is a little bigger then what I like to carry in my purse, this would travel better in a backpack, messenger bag or purse of doom if you are looking to carry it with you for reading.
    • Soft cover
    • Discreet cover

Personal comments

Being a fan of the Steam genre, this was a book that I couldn't put down and even though some of the scenes where rather tame it never left me wanting for more because of how well the stories where written. It left me rather revved up after reading, and using my imagination to enjoy my own thought out scenarios after I had read a story or two.

I also really liked seeing characters in a few of the stories that where characters of color being that two of the stories features very smart and sexy Asian women.
Follow-up commentary
This one has been a good read that I have really liked picking up for a second and third re-read. Certainly one of my favorites!
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    travelnurse  
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