Take Me There - book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by GenderSexplorations

There And Back Again

To find a trans* and genderqueer erotica collection is a dream come true! This book is thrilling, exciting, and tantalizing throughout. Respectful and creative, the authors capture the audience so well through their wonderful words. It's a book you will keep coming back to!
Broad collection of stories, Varied points of view, Well-written
Some stories may not appeal to some people
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review

About author

Take Me There is a collection of twenty-nine stories by just as many authors. These authors include some very well-known names including S. Bear Bergman, Sinclair Sexsmith, and Kate Bornstein (a personal favorite of mine and author of Hello Cruel World and Gender Outlaw, among others). The collection is edited by Tristan Taormino, the renowned author and sex educator. Overall it is a brilliant gathering of minds coming together to create a brilliant collection.
    • Engaging
    • Multiple contributoring authors

Content / Style / Audience

Take Me There is a unique anthology of erotic short stories about those individuals who fall under the transgender umbrella. This includes transmen, transwomen, and genderqueer individuals, among others. In addition to that, there is a lot of kinky and fetishistic content, but not in the usual 'oh look trans porn, let's make a fetish out of it' manner of mainstream culture. Instead, it's the trans* individuals themselves who are engaging in kink and fetish play. The writing styles are greatly varied between the authors. But each one is perfect for each individual story.

This book is wonderful for anyone. Trans*, genderqueer, and other non-gender-normative individuals will enjoy this book for the way they can connect to it. Lovers of those individuals will enjoy it as well for the way they can relate to the experience of being intimate with someone who falls outside of the norm in this way. Even gender-normative individuals may enjoy this book for the refreshing break that it brings from 'standard' erotica.
    • Erotica
    • Good mix of styles and content
    • Queer


The cover of Take Me There shows a blurred image of what looks like two people engaging in an intimate embrace. The words Take, Me, and There are written in three colors: purple, pink, and yellow, respectively. Beneath that, in white, is written 'trans and genderqueer erotica'. And below that to the left is written 'edited by Tristan Taormino' in orange. This book's layout is very nice. The only thing that I would change is to perhaps put a slight summary of each story in the index. Just one or two sentences each so you could go back and find stories that you've enjoyed more easily.

This is a soft-cover book around three hundred and some-odd pages long. The binding is solid and does not break easily and the pages are thick enough to handle repeated readings without tearing. Not to mention the book is a good size to be taken pretty much anywhere at only 8 inches high. Just make sure to pick up a book cover if you don't want people to know what you're reading!
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Soft cover

Personal comments

Some of the stories in this book didn't really pique my interest. And some of the pronouns are hard to visualize for the first few paragraphs. But most of the others? I didn't want to put the book down! They're kinky and teasing and mentally tantalizing. As an aspiring lgbt-inspired fiction writer myself, I am inspired and awed by the writing in this book.
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  • ArmyWife4311
    Hmm. Not my kind of book but I would definitely go out of my comfort zone and see what it's all about Great reveiw, thanks for sharing
  • Bex1331
    This looks like a great find! I'm always happy when you can find media that is respectful to genderqueer individuals
  • Heatherbipoly
    ty great review
  • PassionCpl
    Thanks for the great review
  • eroticmutt
    Awesome review, thank you!
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