Peep Show - erotic book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by El-Jaro

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Peep Show, try to keep both eyes open

If this is your first attempt at erotica, keep going. If you regularly read it, this could be great. This was my first erotica book and it didn't hold my attention.
Easy pocket read
Didn't hold my attention
Rating by reviewer:
useful review
Peep Show is a collection of erotica edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. It is a collection of 18 erotic stories with various twists, turns, plays, players, stages, and settings. The main reason I decided to pick out this book was that Rachel Kramer Bussel was the editor of another book that I really like. Admittedly, I’m not an erotica reader; it’s just not my cup of tea. I thought I’d give this collection a solid try and an honest attempt.

Even though the collection of stories has different authors, they mostly read the same way; first person narratives that take place in an array of locations around the world. One story takes place on a college campus, another at a luxurious hotel in Germany.

The characters range in age from early twenties to their fifties or higher. I believe that one of the overall themes of the book is that age doesn’t preclude the provocative or the erotic, a theme I really agree with.

The nuts and bolts of the book are solid. The typeset and layout are easy to read and fit together quite well; i.e. they didn’t add or take away from the reading experience. I wish they would’ve put in more pictures though. Sure, it’s a book about erotic encounters, but the only visual clues/incentives lay on the front cover (and duplicated on the back cover). A mixed written/drawn approach would’ve held my attention more too.

I would only recommend this book to someone if they are already into erotica. This was my first solid attempt at reading it outside of a printed magazine. To be honest, it didn’t really draw me into the world of erotica. It really did nothing to make me want to either. This book is only a collection of stories; nothing more, nothing less.

There were a few things in seemingly every story that seemed to connect the writing style. While the vocabulary wasn’t as bad as “He thrust his purple love soldier…”, there seemed to be a set vocabulary list of nouns and verbs that the writers continuously took from, vulgar and non-vulgar.

The only story that I read that broke the vocab list was “Clean and Pretty” by Donna George Storey. What set this story apart was the occasional use of Japanese in the story. I appreciated that, I really did. It engaged more than one part of the brain to the story. I had a hard time finishing the story too. There is a male character in the story with a (probably) common Japanese name that resonates with me, Hiro. I’m a big fan of the show Heroes and couldn’t help putting that Hiro in the place of this story’s Hiro.

If you are a regular reader of erotica, you will probably enjoy reading this book more than I did. I think that I did give it a fair try and realized it was not my cup of tea. I do have a few friends who are into it. I’ll let them borrow the book and they can give me their impressions of it.
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  • Features
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    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Travel friendly
  • Sammi
    It's probably bad to admit I've read "erotica" with lines like "he thrust his purple love soldier…"

  • El-Jaro
    I just wonder what the troupe deployments would look like then?
  • Petite Valentine
    My husband just ordered this for his Kindle, I hope we like it better than you did.
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