Monday, July 23, 2012

Carnal Machines edited by D. L. King

Release Date: April 12th, 2011
Publisher: Cleis Press
Page Count: 198
Source: Complimentary copy provided by Naked Reader Book Club in exchange for an honest an unbiased review

For such a tightly laced age, Victorians spent a lot of time thinking about things carnal—proving, of course, that what is repressed will be even more exciting once the corset is unlaced. In
Carnal Machines, D. L. King has curated stories by outstanding contemporary erotica writers who use the enthralling possibilities of the 19th century steam age to tease and titillate in a decadent fusing of technology and romance.

In Teresa Noelle Roberts' "Human Powered," a widowed lady engineer invents a small device that can store the energy from sexual frustration to provide total satisfaction. Poe Von Page delights with a crew sailing the solar winds of space, in unusual service to their new captain in "Mutiny on the Danika Blue."

Carnal Machines takes you to another world filled with brothels, flying machines, steam-powered sex toys, manor houses and spiritualist societies — even Doctor Watson makes a house call. Fantastic, fantasy-filled and stoked to full power, Carnal Machines is a steamy read that guarantees many happy endings.
What Stephanie Thinks: This anthology is packed with stories whose words scald the pages. Set in Victorian times, each of the short stories have a classy, yet mechanical twist to them. There's always that thrill of impropriety in historical times. I guarantee you've never read steampunk like this before.

Stories: All very original, diverse, well-written. There were a few I was bored with but overall, they were great.

Writing quality: Amazing, Cleis never fails to disappoint! Immaculate writing and very smooth style (from most of the authors). D. L. King has done a great job compiling these stories that are all different, but still sexy in their own ways.

Stories I liked: Watch out for 'Dr. Mullaley's Cure' by Delilah Devlin and 'The Treatment' by D. L. King! These were my two favorites.

Complaints: none! Except for the few stories, (like, two out of fourteen — not that many!) which were a tad boring. I won't name names. The rest were amazing.

Verdict: You'll love this one if you're a fan of erotica — steampunk is hip, so give it a try!

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Radical Rating: 4 stars

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