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Best Lesbian Erotica 2010.

BEST LESBIAN EROTICA 2010

EDITED BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK

Cleis Press

If you like dyke porn, you probably already know everything you need to know about this collection. Best Lesbian Erotica 2010 is a good selection of solid erotic writing with enough meat on the characters to make the stories engaging, enough plot to be interesting and enough sex to be hot.

This edition features writers both new and well-seasoned. They hail mainly from the U.S., but there is a smattering of international authors, too: a story set in Italy from a Swedish writer features some butch-on-butch carnality behind a church; a noted French erotica writer brings a mysterious American to a Parisian domme.

This erotica series has been around since 1995 and is well known for its excellent sex writing. Tristan Taormino has moved on as series editor, leaving Kathleen Warnock in charge. In turn, Warnock handed the job of story selection over to the three members of Betty musicians, best known for working on The L-Word. It seemed like a strange move at first, but Warnock's reasoning was perfect: "Songwriters have the task of telling a life or a moment in a couple dozen lines. It's a form that requires ... style, craft, tempo, rhythm and talent to pull off successfully."

They've managed that well, for sure. Many of the stories are very well structured (for example, the smooth flow and wicked plot twist in "Jubilee"), or take interesting risks (the one-sided text conversation in "Sexting"). Some are stories with raucous, irreverent energy, such as "Uppercasing." The drawn-out anticipation of "In the Sauna" was by far my favourite of the collection. Though, if role play is what gets you, someone gets a good lesson in "Teaching Amy," while "Pin-up" features some hot librarian lovin'.

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If you think you might like dyke porn but aren't sure, reading this book will be a darn good way to find out.

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Author:Butcher, Megan
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Date:Sep 22, 2010
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