The Spider Garden

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The Spider Garden review

A decadent and deliciously depraved graphic novel, which focuses strongly on bondage and submission in a unique and fantastical world. Beware, as your kinky friends will want to steal it for themselves!
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Pros:
Gorgeous book, an excellent addition to any erotica and/or graphic novel collection. Very arousing.
Cons:
Remembering which characters are which is also a bit of a challenge, at least initially.
Rating by reviewer:
4
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If the intriguing front cover and the name of the publisher (Amerotica) didn't give you enough of an idea as to what The Spider Garden|The Spider Garden was about, the first page makes it very clear indeed. It's a full-page panel: a night-time garden, with a woman tied in an inverted suspension. Rope is wrapped tightly around her chest, arms and legs, a bridle is in her mouth, and a harness with a dildo is attached to her crotch. She appears serene in her pose, and is being watched from the balcony of a mansion.

Yes, this is a book - a graphic novel, in fact - about bondage|BDSM Toys & Accessories - Bondage & Fetish. It's also about submission, concubines, androgyny, gender-fuckery, fantasy|BDSM & Fetish Fantasies, and technology. In short, it's The Spider Garden, the first in a series of graphic novels by Michael Manning which follow the androgyne Shaalis (zie who was watching from the balcony) and hir capricious whims.

The world Manning has created is absolutely unique, combining as it does aspects of the Orient, technological bio-marvels, species that could be alien or fantasy, and a whole lot of pretty rope and toys and sex and lust. Done entirely in black and white, the strong lines of the artwork lend themselves well to the action and poses revealed within the pages.

I'm quite text-oriented, so I generally pay more attention to the words in a graphic novel than to the art - on the first reading at least. The Spider Garden was an exception to this. On my first read, I easily spent twenty minutes on one page, poring over the intricate artwork and the astonishingly detailed bondage scenes. (This puts me in mind of the Kabuki graphic novels by David Mack, whose artwork - while not intentionally erotic - is also very compelling).

On my second read-through, I spent nearly as long looking at the art, but also gained a better understanding of the storyline; and on the third, the two had come together to create a complete story for me. And this book was very easy to read three times, and will probably be read many more - especially given that, after putting the book down each evening, I went on to have some astonishing orgasms. Which is a pretty damn good recommendation, in my book.
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  • Sleeping Dreamer
    Sleeping Dreamer  
    This sounds like a very cool book!
  • Reviewette
    Reviewette  
    It definitely is! I'm in the process of reading the sequel for review right now.

    xx Dee
  • Adriana Ravenlust
    Adriana Ravenlust  
    This sounds so intriguing and the cover is gorgeous!
  • Jenny Smith
    Jenny Smith  
    Great review
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