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The Mammoth Book of Erotica edt. by Maxim Jakubowski

The Mammoth Book of Erotica has been sitting on a bookshelf somewhere in my vicinity since I was a teenager. I started reading it back then, killed a hundred pages, and then walked away. I still had an old piece of ripped paper marking the spot where I left off. Maybe I was afraid of my mom busting me or something. Who knows?

But I finally came back and finished the job. 1319904

As with all anthologies, TMBOE had it it’s ups and downs (tee hee). Rarely did I find any of these stories arousing or titillating (I love that word) but many of them were entertaining outside of the sexual spectrum.

Some of my favorites included:

  • The Isle of the Dead by Thomas S. Roche- Queen of the Damned meets transgender lead singer. 
  • Beauty’s Punishment by Anne Rice- An excerpt of Rice’s famous Beauty BDSM trilogy.
  • Hollow Hills by Michael Hemmingson- Six youths get frisky in the back of a 1971 Mustang.
  • A Carcass of Dreams by Marco Grassi- His “story” was several separate individual pieces. Some were of strange subject matter, but all were well written. (Coprophilia, anyone?)
  • The Girl in Booth Nine by Adam-Troy Castro- One of my favorites of the whole anthology. A sci-fi thriller about a guy who visits viewing booths at a XXX store and how a virtual video vixen gets her revenge.
  • The Safety of Unknown Cities by Lucy Taylor- Sodom and Gomorrah meets hermaphrodite meets evil sorcerer. My other favorite.
  • Violent Silence by Paul Mayersberg- A poolside desperate housewife meets dangerous stranger and they get down in a cabana. (It’s much more intriguing than it sounds–don’t judge me!)
  • Equinox by Samuel R. Delany- Bisexual pirate love! Need I say more?
  • Baubo’s Kiss by Lucy Taylor- A vacationing lesbian stumbles upon a mythical goddess and magic ensues.
  • The Age of Desire by Clive Barker- A secret lab experiment goes horribly awry and an insane man with an insatiable sexual appetite is unleashed. Loved this one.
  • L’Enfer by Alice Joanou- A kept man and his mistress visit a hidden erotic club and things turn violent. Very Jack the Ripper-esque.

So, I guess seeing as how 11 out of 30 stories were very well-written or entertaining, 1/3 of this HUGE book was really good. These were all worth reading. The rest were either boring or rambling. Don’t expect arousal though, because these aren’t smut. They’re graphic, but they’re more erotically-themed short stories than out and out raunchy porn.

4 virtual video vixens of 5

(I think I’m just going to work “virtual video vixen” into as many conversations as possible from now on…)

Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin

To say that Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin is erotica that has something for everyone may be the understatement of the century. While most of the short stories were written in the 1940’s for a private collector, they were not published worldwide until after Nin’s death in the late 1970’s.  The collector asked Nin to write about sex “without the poetry” and thus strip the love and emotion from the act of intercourse. Delta of Venus, while not entirely devoid of love, is definitely devoid of the sense of expectancy that comes with reading most “normal” erotica. 

Without warning, the book promptly delves into the controversial topics of incest, pedophilia, abuse, prostitution, rape, the degradation of women, and even one instance of necrophilia!  Like I said, not what one expects when picking up a naughty book to read. In my opinion the extreme subject matter directed the attention away from the relationships between the characters and shocked one’s sensibilities. More disturbing than titillating, really.

However, for all the book’s outrageousness, Nin is a complex author who is deeply involved with each character she creates. I did enjoy the fact that instead of every story being separate unto itself, several important “main” characters appeared numerous times throughout. In this way, I was able to learn more about their sexual pasts, as well as what happened with them once a relationship with one character ended and another began.

I would recommend this book to those that are looking for something out of the ordinary and would enjoy the shock value of it all. If you are a “vanilla sex” type of person looking to read about “lovemaking”… this isn’t the book for you…

I’ll give Delta of Venus a 2.5 stars out of 5, but it’s surely not for the faint of heart.