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Things to Make and Do – Pornogami

I have acquired a new title in my ever-burgeoning library of filth: Pornogami, A Guide to the Ancient Art of Paper-Folding for Adults.

 

It’s brilliant, with projects ranging from the practical (rope) to the inadvisable (condom) to the just plain mystifying (ovum).

In true BettyHerbert.com style, I though I’d offer you a practical demonstration rather than a review. So, in an aslant homage to 70s children’s TV, I present to you: Things to Make and Do, The Pornogami Vagina.

You were supposed to get a penis version too, but it didn’t go quite as well.

Papercut! Ouch!

 

Pornogami, A Guide to the Ancient Art of Paper-Folding for Adults by Master Sugoi is published by Green Candy Press

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June’s Mucky Book – Deep Purple by Mayra Montero

Deep Purple was published in 2000 by Puerto Rican novelist, Mayra Montero.

It follows the reminiscences of a music critic who has reached retirement. As he reflects on his long career, we learn that he has sought out erotic encounters with a variety of virtuoso musicians.

Deep Purple has fallen out of print in the UK, but plenty of copies are available on Amazon.

This month’s Mucky Book Club will take place on Thursday 30th June 2011 (please note change of date!):

– live at The Ship, Wandsworth at 7pm
– on Twitter from 7.30pm under the hashtag #muckybooks

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If you can’t make it on 9th, don’t despair – read along anyway, and add your comments to the bottom of this post!

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Mucky Review – Big Sex Little Death by Susie Bright

Reviewer: Jess Kelley

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Big Sex Little Death is a memoir by Susie Bright, a bad ass sex-positive lesbian feminist. As often as I’ve heard her name, I hadn’t read too much of her work until I saw her reading one of her stories on a youtube video. That story, The Best She’s Ever Had, kinda blew my mind. She’s talking about a woman who likes to give blow jobs but shies away from any pleasure of her own. At the time, I was in the middle of outgrowing that stage of my sexuality and to hear someone like Susie Bright describe the Blow Job Queen persona in such perfect detail floored me.

So did her memoir.

Once Susie moves from her mom’s home to her father’s at age 14, she starts to explore sex and socialists with fierce passion. She leaves home for Detroit without finishing high school in California, all in the name of spreading Communism. When that road ends for her, she starts working with On Our Backs, a truth-telling lesbian sex magazine that’s the first of its kind. Their mission is female sexual honesty. No poses designed for men; these women show their own truth about sex in the pictures & articles they print.

That’s so common sense – women being honest about how they feel sexually & posing themselves rather than being posed for a mainstream male eye – but this was the first time I’d really thought about this. And it was mind-bending to think of a pose that wasn’t copied from countless magazine ads I’ve seen in my lifetime.

On Our Backs struggled because the print world wasn’t ready for honesty about female sexuality. Once again, Susie was given an opportunity to reinvent herself & give her passion a new avenue; this time, her ardent advocacy blossomed in becoming a mother. Big Sex Little Death winds down as Susie learns to be a good mother to her daughter Aretha and it’s such an emotionally satisfying ending that I didn’t see coming when I began the book.  Motherhood may seem a neat end Susie’s memoir, like oh she gave up her wanton & controversial lifestyle to be a good mother, like all women should, but it isn’t like that at all. I think Susie Bright’s courage & faith in herself allow her to follow her heart, whether her decisions are considered controversial or old-fashioned. And to me, that’s the whole point of feminism: there’s room for any lifestyle a woman wants to live, if she chooses to live it.

I felt so sad for this book to end that I started buying other Susie Bright books. Aside from my own personal a-ha’s!, Big Sex Little Death has plenty of adventure & drama, all well told in Susie’s clear voice. Sex, drugs, Playboy bunnies, violence, guns & politics – she’s got it all!

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May’s Mucky Book: The Stud by Jackie Collins

First published in 1969, Jackie Collins’ The Stud epitomises the bonkbuster.

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Following the staff, proprietors and customers of The Hobo, a hip London nightclub, The Stud is a tale of sex, double-dealing and revenge. Expect oodles of glamour and a great deal of shagging.

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After all, if Barbara Cartland called it ‘filthy, disgusting and unnecessary,’ it’s hard to resist taking a closer look.

This month’s Mucky Book Club will take place on 12th May 2011:

– live at The Ship, Wandsworth at 7pm
– on Twitter from 7.30pm under the hashtag #muckybooks

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Guest Mucky Review: Deep in the Heat of Texas

Review by Ruby Redfire, who reviews romance and erotica on her blog.

Reporter, Maggie, is assigned to do a story about the dude ranch industry. Maggie and her two friends, Payton and Sophia stay at the Weston Ranch, with the Weston Brothers to experience ranch life first hand. The friends are each assigned a cowboy (or two) to show them the ropes ;) and the ladies are taken out of their comfort zone in more ways than one.

This book is great if you are new to Erotic Romance the three stories are written by three different writers and are not for the faint hearted. The first story to me was based around giving up control. The second story was based on a ménage relationship. The third story was more about a struggle for balance with two strong characters.

Sophie’s story is the first in the book called Tempted in Texas and written by Alta Hensley.

Sophie is a stressed out control freak who needs to learn to let go and Deacon Weston is the man to entice her to do it. Deacon’s conditions for Sophie’s stay are, she follows his rules!

His rules are:
1. No computer and no work.
2. Sophie allows him to meet her needs and take care of her during her stay.
3. Sophie never questions what he says.

There is an element of dominance / submission to this story Deacon is your typical alpha male in a romance strong, warm, caring and sexy as hell (but to me is a bit a kinky as he like to spank his women). Instead of letting the workaholic work the ranch he makes her relax.

I think a lot of women today can relate to the story especially where in their day to day lives they are in control i.e., at work and at home who wouldn’t in a fantasy world, love for their man to say you know what darling I’m going to look after your needs for a change. I’m sure once she picks herself up off the floor from passing out from shock, she’d drag him to a doctor to make sure he was OK.

I have a soft spot for the Alpha males, I love what I call a proper bloke with a good heart and I loved this story. I thought the sex scenes were brilliantly written and very hot, to the point that when my husband patted my ass the other morning to get me to move out the way I found myself grinning at him.

The only thing I didn’t like was it was too short but then again Novellas are ;) and the fact it’s only available to those who have an ereader or ereader app for their IPOD/phone. The good thing is you can download a sample before buying.

Contains: spanking, light bondage, anal sex, oral sex and lots of sex.

You can buy Deep in the Heat of Texas in paperback or for the Kindle.

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April’s Mucky Book Club read: Beauty’s Punishment by A N Roquelaure

After the success of Interview with a Vampire, Anne Rice took on the nom de plume A N Roquelaure (an 18th century cloak), and returned to her erotic literary concerns of the 1960s.

Despite the fact that she only revealed her true identity in the 1990s, the Sleeping Beauty books were a huge commercial and critical success, out-selling her vampire novels. They represent an erotic reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty story, in which Beauty is awoken from her hundred-year sleep by a prince who inducts her into a realm of sexual exploration. The books are known for their sadomasochistic content (which has proved controversial) as well as their surreal, fairytale narratives.

For this month’s Mucky Book Club, we’re reading the second part of the trilogy, Beauty’s Punishment.

Mucky Book Club will take place on 14th April 2011:

– live at The Ship, Wandsworth at 7pm

– on Twitter from 7.30pm under the hashtag #muckybooks

If you can’t make it on 14th, don’t despair – read along anyway, and add your comments to the bottom of this post!

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Only Natural

If there turns out to be such a thing as reincarnation, can I put in an early request to come back as a Bonobo chimp? They have all the fun.

A markedly peaceable species that distribute food fairly between themselves, they solve conflicts by having sex with each other. Or a spot of frottage, they’re not terribly fussy. Primate life being what it is, this means that their lives appear to be a series of sexual encounters with every passing group member.

Bonobos are one of the few animal species that use sex for pleasure rather than reproduction – in other words, they form homosexual pairs, engage in group sex, masturbate, perform oral sex and mate outside of their fertile period. Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha, authors of Sex at Dawn, argue that the only other creature that gets close to this is the human being.

Sex at Dawn is a fascinating look at the biological and social anthropological evidence for how human sexuality evolved. Crucially, it re-evaluates this data, challenging the more traditional interpretation that sought to justify ‘desirable’ human behaviour.

We’re all familiar with the arguments that human females naturally seek to form life-long monogamous pairs. They have lower sexual desire than males, we’re told, because it’s in their best interests to form a stable, loving relationship with one man who can provide for them while they raise children. Meanwhile, men desire to ‘spread their seed’ as widely as possible, but are also keen to ensure that they don’t accidentally raise another man’s offspring. In this model, men choose to suppress their broad sexual urges in favour of guaranteeing the dominance of their own genes, whilst women are helpless without male support and interested in sex only to produce children.

Somehow, in the modern world, it’s hard to find that picture appealing. Personally, I’ve always favoured the view that there’s no ‘natural’ form to human relationships, only a variety of choices over how to make them work. But Ryan and Jetha present a set of ideas that are new to me – that human beings, like Bonobos, are naturally polyamorous, and that western, industrialised cultural behaviour suppresses women’s sex drives.

Sadly, there isn’t the space here to delve into the detail of Ryan and Jetha’s arguments, but the conclusion they draw is this: the monogamous marriage is an institution that is imposed on human beings very much against their natural will and inclination. The sheer level of effort and rule-making that it requires is enough to prove it.

You might expect me to violently disagree with this, but I don’t. To me, there is no higher moral purpose in marriage, and in its most contemporary form, it seems to me that it too often isolates couples into their own, high-pressure world. The early human communities that Sex at Dawn describes, with greater sharing of food-gathering and child-rearing, and no sense that anyone owns anyone else, make a great deal of sense to me. If nothing else, they would surely stave off the hideous anxiety and loneliness that new parents seem to go through. I might even consider having children myself if it didn’t mean facing the void.

Moreover, it’s time we acknowledged that sexual infidelity has always existed, sometimes with the tacit consent of the ‘wronged’ partner. It’s time that we learned to talk about these desires for sex outside of marriage, and whether this actually affects our love for our more permanent partners.

That said, I live very happily in an entirely monogamous relationship, so I’m not sure what Ryan and Jetha would make of me. Am I fooling myself? Or is there a risk that Sex At Dawn replaces one set of assumptions about what is ‘natural’ with another set?

It’s great to see the variety and voracity of human sexuality being not only acknowledged but supported by a great deal of evidence. But it seems to me that humans are different to all other animals because of their ability to reason and make conscious choices. This means that we can engage in a rainbow of sexual behaviour that would raise the eyebrows of even a Bonobo, but it also means that we can select the form in which we live too.

The important thing is that we don’t impose any abstract moral rules on the way we ‘should’ live and love – and I think we’ve got a long way to go before we truly accept people who choose to live outside of the idealised couple format (although we may have finally got over the idea that we ought to legitimise our relationship by marrying). Different people will choose different forms, for different reasons. We must learn to accept these very human choices, rather than imposing a new concept of what is ‘natural’.

I’d recommend this book to everyone. It feels to me like a key text in understanding and liberating human sexuality, and the world is ready for it. It’s vital that we begin to accept that female desire easily equals male desire in frequency and intensity, if we allow it free reign. I just think that this must be a part of broadening our view, rather than replacing it with a new set of strictures.

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