Sexual awakening is a tried and true fictional story. Romance novels and other literary works use it to great effect but the story is usually chaste. The consummation of underlying passions normally occurs after great trial and tribulation for the main character. When erotica authors tackle the subject there’s a guarantee of sensual exploits. Babysitting the Baumgartners by Selena Kitt explores a young woman on a vacation that changes her life. Kitt uses the novel to walk some fine lines in terms of content. She does an excellent job in creating an atmosphere believable enough for the character’s inhibitions to be subverted.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
I ran across an article on one of my favorite blogs that highlighted this book. A Modern Christmas Carol by Bob Seidensticker is a retelling of Dicken’s classic with an atheist twist to the story. It’s an independent novella and I’m all for stepping outside of the major publishers’ circles. As an added bonus, it’s a holiday-themed book. The result is a mixed bag both in terms of method and message.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
The nature of evil has proven to be excellent fodder for fiction since the inception of storytelling. Few villains ever see themselves as evil, unless purposely written as such by the author. What are often shown are rationalizations, half-truths, and misperceptions the villain uses as justification for their behavior. There are characters in fiction that possess no redeeming qualities, who typify the debased, selfish nature of evil. In Jim Butcher’s Death Masks, the hard-boiled wizard detective Harry Dresden is confronted with true evil, which reflects on the morally gray landscape of his world so far established.