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Posted August 2, 2009
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A smacking good enthology from Bussel
In addition to being an author herself, Rachel Kramer Bussel has been making a living editing a number of anthologies of erotic stories in the last few years. With subjects ranging from dominance and submission, to voyeurism, to even the delights (to those who are enthusiasts) of PVC.
In Bottoms Up, Bussel returns for the fourth time to spanking.
This anthology is one of the stronger anthologies in that genre, as well as being one of the stronger anthologies Bussel has edited. She has a good hand as an editor, and by now knows how to balance authors, themes, and story lengths.
I especially appreciated the diversity of authors in this anthology. The writing of erotic stories for publications in these anthologies is something that women seem to have colonized as their own. Openly male authors (I have no doubts that some men write under female pen names) are uncommon, but this anthology sports a significant minority of male writers.
So while you will find stories by stalwarts such as Alison Tyler and Sommer Marsden (two of the best stories in the anthology, in this reviewers opinion), you will also find stories here by Simon Sheppard, Craig J Sorensen and other male writers as well.
The subthemes in spanked run the gamut. We get stories from both sides of the hand or paddle, and stories range from the mostly cerebral to the delightfully and painfully *sharp*. The stories never felt repetitious.
About the only thing I can say about the book is that at 20 stories and 172 pages, its just a tiny bit short, for the price you pay.
If you are a fan of erotic stories, and the theme of spanking is at all interesting to you, I think you will enjoy Bottoms up.
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