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The 14th installment of this annual erotica anthology edited by Bright opens with Vanesa Baggott's visually poetic and creative "On the Eighth Day," in which the characters of Mother Earth, Mother Nature, and God are involved in a rendezvous. Other selections are often humorous and well written, but some, e.g., an excerpt from Kathryn Harrison's novel Envy, seem more concerned with shock value. Readers may find certain selections ethically questionable. In Trebor Healey's "The Pancake Circus," for example, a gay man discovers his love interest is a pedophile wearing a tracking device, but he continues to pursue and have sexual relations with the former convict. One is left to wonder how many would find a piece like this erotic. In Marie Lyn Bernard's "What Happened to That Girl," a man meets up with his troubled foster sister, now a pornographic film star. Although he is saddened by her skinny, pale body and sad face, he ultimately says, "But I don't care" and allows his empathy to be consumed by lust. Only recommended for specialized collections.
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