The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex - erotic book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Carrie Ann

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Good, good, good.... good information!

The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex is a wonderful reference with something for everyone. It's organized so that it's easy to read, easy to find what you're looking for and very easy to understand. Comprehensive yet light hearted in tone it's ideal if you're only going to own one sex guide.
Well organized, easy to read, not too technical, something for everyone
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I have a thing for sex books.

I'll admit it. I should probably join Sex Books Anonymous. It's that close to being an addiction.

Being an addict I obviously have a lot of them. Some are good and some are pretty much useless. (Which never stops me from picking up another one when it interests me. I'm hopeless!)

The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex is probably my favorite. I find myself picking it up to re-educate myself on specific things regularly.

The GVG is not a book that focuses on one subject and gives thorough information on just that subject. Instead, it focuses on snippets and pertinent information on a huge range of subjects.

It starts with an introductory chapter about Good Vibrations, the book, the contributors and how to use the book. I especially like the how to use the book section. It's quite clear in letting us know that this isn't a program or exercise book. It's not intended to be a "read this and do that and all your problems will be solved" sort of guide. It's simply a way to educate yourself so that YOU can explore your own sexuality and find what works for you.

After the introduction you're treated to 19 chapters filled with a wide range of information. From sexual self image to anatomy to age, masturbation, lube, massage, anal sex, fantasies, S&M and safe sex it's pretty much all covered.

The chapters aren't "in depth". They're absolutely full of pertinent information but the book offers you a little info on a lot of things instead of a lot of info on one thing. Each chapter is easy to read, not too technical and filled with quotes and snippets from real people.

It's the kind of book you want to keep on your night stand or book shelf and pull out again and again because you'll learn something - or remember something - every time you do.
Follow-up commentary
As much as I still like this book, I've begun to notice things being out of date; the resources at the back of the book are showing their age, and the info on gender could be more up to date.
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  • Luscious Lily
    Great review! Sounds like something that's going to have to find its way onto this bibliophile's wishlist... There are worse addictions to have. Winking
  • Carrie Ann
    Thanks! And I agree. I may read so much people want to throw my books down the toilet but it's way better than some of the alternatives!
  • Femme Mystique
    This book is great! I especially love the safer sex info.
  • Adriana Ravenlust
    I tihnk I might like something with more in depth information. I bet this book would frustrate me.
  • Carrie Ann
    That's possible. I know, for me, if it's something I want a lot of information on, I get a book focused solely on that specific thing.

    Like, if I wanted a lot g spot info I'd buy a book all about the g spot.

    This one is more for touching on each subject without spending a hundred or more pages on specifics.

    I like it best as something to thumb thru, to refer to when I need a bit of info quickly.
  • Mamastoys
    This sounds like it is going on my wish list. I like books too. Great review.
  • Carrie Ann
    Thank you! I really like this one. I wasn't kidding when I said I go back to it all the time. It's like a physical google. Lol
  • SexyStuff
    Thanks for the review!
  • bradav
    good review
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