Carnal Machines

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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Carnal Machines is steampunk's step into the erotic world. Each of the stories in this collection are not just sexy and hot, but they present a rich world of steampunk and neo-Victorian technologies. One of the better written erotica books I have picked up recently.
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Pros:
rich world, well written and hot as hell
Cons:
not a thing
Rating by reviewer:
5
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I am a long time steampunk. For those of you that don't know what steampunk is; in short it is victorian era science fiction, but is coming out in modern times. Good mainstream points of reference for steampunk are the TV show and the film Wild Wild West, the third Back To The Future film, Trigun, Tin Man, and even one of the new Panic! At The Disco videos is very steam. But the base of all of this would be Jules Verne and his classic writings.

Over the last few years, steampunk has become more and more mainstream. I have seen steampunk gear in Hot Topic and at the Spirit costume shops that pop up once a year. Hells, even Victoria's Secret did a comic book that is only of steampunk pin-ups, both real and drawn. So it was only a matter of time before there was an erotica that came out in this world.

Carnal Machines came out in 2011 to much fan fair. It is a collection of short erotic stories that are based in the steampunk world. There is fourteen stories that are in this collection. It's edited by D.L. King.

I wasn't expecting very much at all from Carnal Machines. Most modern steampunk books and writing is more than a bit lack luster lately. I was pleasantly surprised to find that ever one of the stories was very well written. There is a lot of depth to the characters and the writers actually bother to give them personalities and well thought out background stories. Ever singles story creates a rich world that is also very very sexy in it's technology.

A few of the writers even write just like the real Victorian erotica from back in the day. They spent the time to use the language that was a part of that time. And naturally, the sex is very very hot for the reader. It was a serious turn on for me.

Even if you aren't into steampunk or the neo-Victorian movement, Carnal Machines is one hell of a hot book for anyone with a love of science fiction.
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Carnal Machines seems to be the start of the trend of steampunk porn. I love seeing the way that this is just catching on fire.
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  • Tart
    Tart  
    Excellent review! I had no idea the theme of this book was steampunk. I'm very much interested now.
  • P'Gell
    P'Gell  
    Could you give brief synopsis of the stories? What authors are featured? Which stories did you like the most and why? Are the stories mostly sex, or mostly style or what is the main point of the best stories?
  • Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
    Yaoi Pervette (deleted)  
    Good review. I just got this book in the mail, but I haven't gotten around to sitting down to read it. I cannot wait!
  • Lady Evyl
    Lady Evyl  
    Nice review. P'Gell's questions are all excellent too. I am curious about the concept.
  • sktb0007
    sktb0007  
    ty for the review
  • Faust
    Faust  
    Nice review!
  • winterseve
    winterseve  
    Sounds interesting. I have a friend who is super into steampunk - this will make a great gift! Thanks!
  • Chris15461
    Chris15461  
    nice review
  • BrittaniMaree
    BrittaniMaree  
    Thank you for this follow up review hun
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