Five Minute Erotica - erotic book by Running Press Book Publishers - review by Twist Shimmy

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Five Minute Erotica

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Not a Book for the Greedy!

Five Minute Erotica is more like a fine chocolate assortment than it is a typical erotica anthology. True to its title, the stories within are short, and just one will leave you wanting more. This isn't so good for the solo reader, but as a warm-up to a night with a lover, I can't think of a more perfect anthology.
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Pros:
Short tales, durable binding, varied situations.
Cons:
Short tales, varied situations, random organization.
Rating by reviewer:
4
useful review
I was a little disappointed when I first received this assignment in the mail because the book didn't look at all like I was expecting. It's slim, and is bound more like a scholarly journal than a typical erotica anthology. Luckily, I can say with certainty that it is far better constructed than it appears to be—the first thing I did after opening it was accidentally spill a glass of water all over it, and the cover kept the pages nice and dry. That mishap gave me the idea to try it out in the tub, and it held up there, as well. It has also been used as a coaster by boyfriends who were too dazed at the time to notice where they were setting their water glasses. I've also used it to smack people upside the head once or twice while play-fighting. In short, as long as you don't dunk the thing directly in a liquid, it will hold up, which is a good quality to have in a paperback.

The content of the book doesn't disappoint, either. The stories are short, tending to be three pages or fewer (though the pages have very small margins), and cover a wide variety of interests. It's got threesomes, voyeurism, masochism, couple's fantasies. Tentacle sex. Period fiction, too, for those of us who want a quick bodice-ripping fix. There's bound to be a story or two in here that won't appeal, but when that happens to me I just turn the page and sample another one of the thirty-five stories the volume holds.

The length of the stories is both a blessing and a curse. They're too short to do anything but send a solo reader into a frenzy, especially if you're in a specific mood that night, since topics and content skip around quite randomly. But, they're just long enough to read aloud to a lover to jump-start a night of foreplay—or role play! With a compilation this varied, it would be easy to explore each other's interests and have a night of unforgettable sex.

In short, don't get this if you're looking for erotica with a set theme, or prefer longer works that keep you immersed and get you a little more involved with the characters. It took a little getting used to at first, but this book has been a fixture on my bedside table for the last few months.

For those of you worried about the writing style, take note: the prose is plain without being technical, and mostly uses slang instead of flowery euphemisms to describe body parts. Of course this varies from story to story, but the overall trend follows these conventions.
Experience
I've used this book to get a lot of people who were interested in the thought of erotica in the habit of actually reading it. The cover is pretty and sexy without being over-the-top, and the stories are short and a tiny bit less explicit than longer works tend to be, so they're less likely to embarrass. Also, since it covers so much that's out there in the world of erotica, once they figure out what they like, it's easy to find more!
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My Five Minute Erotica tags
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Any couple
    • Busy women
    • College students
    • Couple foreplay/after climax play
    • Fast session/quickie
    • Relaxation/alone time
    • Sexually inexperienced/beginners
    • Teasing a partner
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bathtub
    • Dorm room/campus living
    • Home
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  • Victoria
    Victoria  
    Well done - Thanks for the review! Any favorite stories?
  • Twist Shimmy
    Twist Shimmy  
    There are so many to choose from, but yes, I do have a few!

    The first is called "Captain, May I?" It's about a couple reading sex and foreplay ideas aloud. The girl picks them out, the guy asks for permission to do them, and she either says "yes," or "no." It's very well-written.

    I also liked "Sex-Club Hopping in Paris," which details a night between two strangers who go their separate ways the next day with no regrets.

    And my third favorite is "Under the Camel Light," about a woman who discovers her next-door neighbor enjoys watching her have sex, and ends up realizing she enjoys letting him.

    Again, there are so many, but those are the three I keep coming back to. Thanks for asking! Big smile
  • Mihoshi4301
    Mihoshi4301  
    Thanks for the review.
  • Jammin14580
    Jammin14580  
    Nice review!
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