[Review] Smut! The good, the bad and the ugly. Sort of.

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Title: Sex!: The Punctuation Mark of Life / Swing
Author: Lucretia Torva / Miasha
Source: Netgalley / Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review
Tl;dr:

Add it to your goodreads / Add it to your goodreads

Let’s start with the similiarities. Both books are about sex and meant to arouse (ergo: smut). Both books are relatively short (210 to 127 pages). Both books are written by women. Aaaaaand, there it ends. Because the first book sucks (and not in the literal way, because else it would’ve had some use, as my male friends used to say), and the second book is quite entertaining both from a story and a smut-perspective.

The first book is a sexual memoir of a woman who is now in her forties and should not have been published. The tense keeps changing from past to present. The writing is childish and has way too many phrasings and ways of saying things that you might be able to get away with on chatboxes (but would mean I would /ignore you). There is also advice that’s quite nonsensical (Give up my vibrator? NO! This is a PERSONAL choice, woman! And not everyones ladybits work the same). There’s racism: “Virtually every single man who obnoxiously wanted a piece of me was Somalian or Arab”. And there is lots of sex negativity and judging of people who might experience the world different than her: “What kind of jealousy and control issues do you guys have that you want to engage in this activity (red. swinging) , yet won’t go actually all the way?”, “… old swingers. They’ve been fucking a dozen people every weekend for decades and need fresh meet… eeewwwwwww, ’nuff said.”, “What a shame his un-relaxed wife can’t find it in her tolerance to suck his dick”. This book clearly fitted in the “Yelling at books”-category. And sometimes she’s just plain stupid: “I can’t figure out how or why someone decides to be a visual artist if they can’t draw?” (videos, computer graphics or design, sculptures, installations; it’s not hard!). Don’t. Read. This. Just don’t. It’s not worth your time.

The second book is a nice way to spend an hour or two, depending on your reading speed. It’s all focused on a swingers club, and several couples who visit there. I liked that the author managed to create real characters, who have motivations, relationships, a bit of development, with an actual story and some drama and suspense kicked in. I also liked the connections between the different couples, that become clearer and clearer throughout the book. The writing is quick and comfortable to read. Of course, this is a personal taste, but I liked the direct way if approaching sex, using the actual words like “dick” and “clitoris” instead of annoying eufemisms as “love rod” and “button of pleasure”. If that is your thing, and you feel like a light read, I would certainly pick this book up.

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