Hide and Seek - book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Jul!a

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Hide and Seek

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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I See You There, Being All Hot And Sexy And Stuff

For the most part, voyeurs and exhibitionists alike will enjoy reading this book. There's a little bit of something for everyone, and all of the stories are written very well, even if they don't get your rocks off.
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Pros:
Well written stories, Variety of settings
Cons:
Not all the stories are going to get you hot
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review

About author

Hide and Seek is a collection of 21 stories from 21 different authors, and was edited together by Alison Tyler and Rachel Kramer Bussel. In addition to having a little introduction from each editor, there's also a little foreword from Jo Weldon, the author of The Burlesque Handbook. It features the following authors: Saskia Walker, Shanna Germain, Stan Kent, Radclyffe, Thomas S. Roche, Portia Da Costa, Gwen Masters, Matt Conklin, L.A. Mistral, Teresa Noelle Roberts, Kristina Wright, Erica DeQuaya, L. Elise Bland, Cheri Magid, Michelle Houston, Andrea Dale, Lee Cairney, Debra Hyde, Dante Davidson, Alison Tyler, and Rachel Kramer Bussel.

The back has a few pages about the authors and the editors, and a page each with a few different books featured as a "more from this person" setup.

Content / Style / Audience

Ahh, another book for those of us who like to spy... On people having sex that is. All of the stories here feature couples either showing off for somebody who's watching. Some stories are from the perspective of the exhibitionists, some are from that of the voyeur. A vast majority of the stories are aimed towards heterosexual couplings, but there are a few that focus on homosexuals. Mostly female/female, but one story does make mention of men together.

Interview With A Porn Star is one of the fewer stories that focuses more on masturbation than sex in general. Sure, she talks about having sex on camera, but this particular story is about what got her to figure out that she liked being watched when she came. There's a story involving a friend walking in on her masturbating in the living room, and what that did to solidify her need to be watched.

Cruising gives us a nice homosexual story. It starts off with a woman explaining why she likes to cruise a certain park, you know, the one where all the gay men meet for their secret trysts? There's something about watching these men together that gets her so hot, when suddenly, she finds herself being accosted by a woman with a strap-on, in all the right ways.

She Grinds Her Own Coffee tells us about a teacher who enjoys the occasional espresso while grading papers. On this particular occasion, she enjoys a lot of espresso, as well as one of the male patrons.

The Astronomer was a story that I personally found to be a bit confusing, but anybody with a passion for astronomy will appreciate. Here we see Thomas, the astronomer. He's out one night doing his usual routine of star hunting, when he catches a glimpse of a beautiful woman on her balcony. He compares her curves, actions, and beauty to that of stars and constellations in a very poetic manner. The writing of this one, while excellent and poetically awesome, will unfortunately end up over many people's heads I think.

Overall there were a few "misses" with the hotness of some of the stories, but I feel that most of that is just my own personal preference. It's impossible to please everybody, but most of the stories in this book will do something for most people.

Design

Your basic little paperback here, 8" x 5 1/2". Provided you don't go around beating the crap out of it, it'll last you a while. The cover isn't exactly risqué, but some might find the slightly blurred image of a topless woman from behind and the waist up to be not the most appropriate thing ever. I would feel comfortable taking it out in public, but you can use your best judgment there.

Experience

Exhibitionism and voyeurism are my favorite erotica categories. That being said, I really did enjoy this book. There were a few stories that didn't really do much of anything for me, but that seems to be the norm with most of these books. Either way, most of them got me hot to some degree, and I enjoyed reading most of the stories. The Astronomer confused the hell out of me. Well, maybe confused isn't the right word exactly. But the emotion I felt while reading it was very similar to confusion. It didn't do much for me sexually, and I had a hard time following it. But I do still think it was well written, even if it went over my head a little bit.

All in all I did like the book, and I would recommend it to those who also like voyeurism and exhibitionism.
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Comments
  • Bunnycups
    I think I might enjoy The Astronomer if it's not too much like a science lesson.
  • Waterfall
    Great review! I think I would enjoy this one a lot Hope to get some erotica in my next order
  • Kayla
    I'm really looking forward to reading this one. It's been on my "must-reads" list for awhile.
  • Jul!a
    Bunnycups, it wasn't like a science lesson so much as they used a lot of "jargon" that anybody who doesn't do any astronomy at all might not understand.

    Thanks Waterfall!

    Kayla, I think you'd probably enjoy this one a lot
  • P'Gell
    Sounds interesting. I love Alison Tyler and her editing and selecting, however Rachel Kramer Bussel has left me frustrated and let me down in both the "hotness and horniness" department, not to mention too often choosing stories which are not well written to add to her collections.

    It would be interesting to see how they work together. I hope Alison exerted a firm hand in this collection.
  • Jul!a
    Eh, there were a few stories that didn't really do anything for me, but I find I have that problem with most of the erotica books. I chalk it up to the fact that you're really never going to be able to please everybody, and I'm quite happy if most of the stories get me hot.
  • P'Gell
    I just read Best Fetish Erotica (from Eden) and although most of the stories didn't really get me really hot, it was quite an education! There were kinks I had only heard rumored about.

    It made me think my kinks must be pretty mainstream.
  • namelesschaos
    Sounds interesting thanks for the review,
  • Jul!a
    P'Gell, I've been considering reading some of the fetish books just for the education factor of them, since I don't really have any real "kinks" that might be considered out of the ordinary. I'll have to look into that one.

    Thanks namelesschaos
  • The Curious Couple
    Thanks for sharing, sounds like an interesting book!
  • Jul!a
    You're quite welcome
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