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Jay Wiseman's Erotic Bondage Handbook review

Much of the repetitive info in this book could have been taken out, leaving more space for illustrations. If you are already experienced with bondage you can probably pick up a few new tricks from this book, but if you know nothing about rope work you probably will not be able to follow the written instructions very easily. Despite lots of useful information this book should not be your only resource on bondage; however it’s a good addition to a resource library if you are putting one together.
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Pros:
Pros: Lots of information about bondage, good info on supplies and safety.
Cons:
Cons: Not enough pictures, clearer diagrams of knots and positions are definitely needed
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review
During my recent adventures I have realized that there is a steep learning curve involved in BDSM. You can start out with just a little “slap and tickle” session on Monday and by the Friday you are wearing a dog collar, bound, and begging to have your hair pulled HARDER! I ordered “Jay Wiseman's Erotic Bondage Handbook|Jay Wiseman's Erotic Bondage Handbook” mainly because the photo on the front cover is hot, I was definitely looking forward to more stimulating, educational visuals but alas it was not to be. From my research this is widely thought of as one of the better resources on bondage but I found it lacking in some ways.

My partner is a bit of a dork and knows a ton of knots (from our boring lives before BDSM), but what we needed to know was how use them in positions that were conducive to intercourse, We did some research on the internet before we got this book and there are a lot of good sites but some of the stuff was but a bit too advanced or overwhelming for newbie’s like us.

Jay Wiseman definitely knows a lot about bondage, and he attempts to get as much of this information across as possible covering a lot of territory. This makes this a true "reference book" for those who want to learn more about bondage play|Safe and consensual BDSM experience, it is worth reading but it probably will not be enough on its own.

Much of the actual bondage info included could be easily found online, but Jay Wiseman’s insight into the “community” is what makes this book special. There are chapters that cover other types of restraints|Bondage Restraints such as gags, hoods, tape, chains, webbing and handcuffs, but the content focuses mainly on rope bondage. All equipment is clearly described and its uses explained and special attention is paid to the differences between poor and high quality materials.

The main difficulty we had with the book was that the actual descriptions of knots/ties were not really clear. Since my partner already knows a lot about knots and ties it was a bit easier for him to follow the written descriptions, but the overall lack of photos/illustrations in this book was an obstacle for me. There are a few drawings included, but they do not really help for people who are totally inexperienced, or who need visual aids (like me). Since it was initially published in 2000 I am surprised that in later reprints more illustrations weren’t added, there must have been feedback regarding this oversight since it a major flaw in an otherwise good book. The exhaustive amount of information regarding safe play gets a bit tedious, but I suppose if you are writing about potentially harmful topics you need to cover all the bases. He obviously has a commitment to educating people on the pros, cons, and delights of bondage, and it comes across in his writing.
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  • Nashville
    Nashville  
    I think a lot of complaints is there aren't any pictures that clearly illustrate what to do.
  • Isis
    Isis  
    It is unfortunate that in more recent editions the authors didn't take the feedback from readers and add more photos, but even without them it is still a good resource. It just needs some "friends" to help it along, other books have good illustrations without the detailed instructions so if you read some of the other book reviews perhaps you can find a good partner for this book. Good luck, have fun!
  • Tart
    Tart  
    Good review.
  • tammyandy69
    tammyandy69  
    think I'll get this book..we love ropes
  • Miss Voluptuous
    Miss Voluptuous  
    Thanks so much for the review.
  • babypinecone
    babypinecone  
    Thanks so much for the review it made up my mind on whether or not to get this
  • Jenny Smith
    Jenny Smith  
    Thank you for the review
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