Carnal Machines - erotic book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by LambChop

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Carnal Machines

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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Steamy Sexy Sex!!

You don't have to dress in period costumes for fun to enjoy this book. If you're looking for something a little different than the standard modern erotica book, give Carnal Machines a whirl. It's sexy steamy fun!
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Pros:
Interesting and varied stories, a little bit of kink
Cons:
None
Rating by reviewer:
5
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Content / Style / Audience

Carnal Machines is marketed as "steampunk erotica," but I think it would appeal to anyone who likes historical fiction and erotica. The settings and themes are varied, but all of the stories are based in the steampunk era (around the turn of the 20th century?), but DEFINITELY have enough kinkiness to appeal to anyone who likes a little sexy sex! There is, of course, the required Victorian-era hysteria treatment, (I'm feeling a little hysterical myself...can anybody cure me with an orgasm, please?!)but that's not all. These stories of sex-machine inventors, their willing and not-so-willing subjects, along with a little domination and bondage, and lots of lubrication are likely to get anyone's engine fired up!

There are 14 stories in these 198 pages. They average about 15 pages each. Carnal Machines really does have something for everyone. There is FemDom, light bondage, anal, oral, gay and lesbian sex, and more! Really -- something for everyone! The stories are all well-written and engaging. When I pick this up to read one story, I usually end up reading three or four!
    • Erotica
    • Good mix of styles and content
    • Humorous

Design

As always with Cleis Press books, this one is a high-quality trade paperback. The cover, however, is a little more discreet than some of the other titles. There is a very sexy picture of a woman in steampunk attire on the cover. She is fully clothed, with a little underbreast cleavage showing. The subtitle is "steampunk erotica" but unless someone is looking rather closely, it's not super-noticeable. I would definitely take this book out in public.

Personal comments

I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I liked the period references as a change of pace from standard "sex in the boardroom or bedroom" stories of modern erotica.
Follow-up commentary
This is still a great book! It's lots of fun, with a sexy cover. I do prefer novels, but the good part about an anthology is that you can pick it up for a 'quickie' read anytime!
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  • Purpleladybug
    Purpleladybug  
    Thanks for the review!!
  • Ms. Spice
    Ms. Spice  
    you had me sold at steampunk erotica. how many stories are there and how long is the whole book? is there something for everyone or is it more limited (kink wise at least) thanks for the review
  • LambChop
    LambChop  
    Thanks Ms. Spice! I KNEW I left something out!!
    There are 14 stories, and there's something for everyone. There is FemDom, light bondage, anal, oral, gay and lesbian sex. Really -- something for everyone!
  • Diabolical Kitty
    Diabolical Kitty  
    Great review.
  • LambChop
    LambChop  
    Thanks, this book was a great buncha' fun!
  • Chris15461
    Chris15461  
    nice review
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