Hide and Seek - book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Emma (Girl With Fire)

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Wanted: Beauty, Frenzy, Audience, Appreciation and Orgasm

I would definitely recommend this book to anybody interested in the idea of voyeurism or exhibitionism, it is a great introduction to this sub-genre. Though the book mostly caters to the heterosexual crowd, there are a few stories that would suit women of the not so hetero persuasion as well. So pick up a copy, take a gander... isn't that what this book is all about anyways?
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Pros:
Stories from both the exhibitionist and voyeurs perspectives
Lots of variety
Cons:
Somewhat lacking in non-hetero themes
Rating by reviewer:
4
useful review

About author

Because this is an anthology, you will find work from multiple authors, there are 21 authors in total, one for each story. There is a large variety in both style and tone, ensuring that each story is as individual as the author who wrote it.

This book includes

Counting the Days - Saskia Walker
Red Light Green Light - Shanna Germain
The Corners of my Eyes - Stan Kent
Interview with a Porn Star - Radclyffe
Operator 84 - Thomas S. Roche
Glint - Portia Da Costa
The Craziest Thing - Gwen Masters
For All the World to See - Matt Conklin
The Astronomer - L.A. Mistral
Visual Memory - Teresa Noelle Roberts
A Girl, Two Guys, and a Sex Toy - Kristina Wright
Operatic Ecstasy - Erica Dequaya
Behind the Wheel - L. Elise Bland
She Grinds Her Own Coffee - Cheri Magid
Peeping Tom, Dick, and Harriet - Michelle Houston
Undoing the Laces - Andrea Dale
Cruising - Lee Cairney
Roof Flashing - Deborah Hyde
Watching - Dante Davidson
Not a Voyeur - Alison Tyler (Editor)
Like This - Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor)


The lives of the authors are as varied as the stories they write, among them you will find a tenured professor, a former night club owner, a dominatrix, a poet, a journalist and a sadist. Alison Tyler, and Rachel Kramer Bussel, are in fact also the editors of many of The Cleis Press collections, this one included. Rachel has edited over 30, and Alison over 50.

To find out more about the Authors and editors of this fine anthology, just check the back of the book where you will find a short biography on each and every one of them!

Content / Style / Audience

The content of this collection is focused on those who like to watch, and those who like to be watched. The writing syles and stories vary, the majority of the book revolves around heterosexual encounters, however there are a few stories catering to girl on girl or threesome fantasies. Many of the short stories involve people discovering their affinity for voyeurism, or exhibitionism for the first time; I think this makes it a fantastic introduction to the sub-genre, though pretty much anybody could find something engaging between the covers.

The selection of stories ranges from "The Corners of My Eyes", about a man who likes to watch his partner get it on with another man as foreplay to their own heated lovemaking, and "Like This", where a marriage becomes all the more intimate after a wife shares a masturbatory session with her husband. To "Interview with a Pornstar", where a woman reminisces over her first experience with being watched when her female roommate walks in on her masturbating, and an inconveniently timed orgasm during her first porn audition. Or even "Cruising", a story about a female top who is turned on by the sights in the local park where gay men hook up. She surprised by another female top, and well... you will have to read the book to find out just how sexy that turns out to be!
    • Erotica
    • Fiction
    • Good mix of styles and content

Design

The cover of the book (a blurred image of a topless woman with a draping white robe from the elbows down) is not what I would consider risqué, but I am certainly not as conservative as some. The only thing that actually gives it away is the descriptive title, "erotic tales of voyeurs and exhibitionists", which is in relatively small print (unless somebody is within a few feet, they wont likely know what it is about). So in that respect it is somewhat discreet. The back includes a list of the authors and a short description of what is inside, along with a quote from a Penthouse Forum review of the book. All in all the design is quite tasteful.

The book comes in the standard 5 1/2 by 8" glossy soft cover, and it doesn't come with those super fine, silky, but all to easily ruined pages; so unless you are pretty hard on your books, this one should last a while. I can barely tell that mine has even been read.
    • Soft cover

Experience

For me this was more of a "get you thinking, and leave you to your own devices" than a "spur you on to shaky legged orgasms" kind of a read. Though I did enjoy most of the stories, I was only pulled in by a couple of them, which was fairly disappointing for me. I generally find that these anthologies have a lot more punch too them than this one did. I think this was more personal preference for the particular writing styles than anything else. I definitely did enjoy the book though.
Follow-up commentary
I still consider this a great book, it is just not as in tune with my personal tastes as I would like. As far as variety goes, I think this is a really great choice. There is a lot of adventurousness going on in this book, so it is likely to give you an idea or two. Definitely worth the read, even if the stories aren't quite to your tastes.
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  • Shayna!
    good review!
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    Thanks
  • Lady Neshamah
    thanks for the review
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