Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 11 by Maxim Jakubowski
Pleasure Panel review by Lisa Etherson
Thank God for the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 11 by Maxim Jakubowski! I had no idea what I was missing, with this being my introduction into the series. I’m a sex therapist who is always looking for new erotica to recommend to clients and quite frankly, had been at a loss.
When I got given this book to review, my heart sank as short stories have to be my most despised form of writing, but actually for erotica, it would appear it’s just right. The stories in this book are brilliantly written, as they should be. Just because the writing is about sex and sexuality, doesn’t mean we should compromise on the literal content. I think this is maybe why this book works so well, that and the lack of boredom. The stories are just the right length to keep you entertained, with a myriad of themes. For example, The Antidote, by Lisabet Sarai, is set in a futuristic world that has suffered from a (presumably sex induced) plague, with the government’s prevention strategy consisting of drug induced apathy towards sex. However, Lena has had enough and wants to know what pure sexual pleasure feels like and goes to extreme lengths to find out. Thames Link by Justine Elyot is pure, entertaining filth. Jane is an attractive journalist and Shaun is “sleaze” who meet on the same tube every morning. Soon they fall into an unlikely but highly exciting, exhibitionist sexual relationship. Travelling on the train will never be the same again….
Kristina Lloyd offers Dark side of the Moon, yet another sexy but funny story about a hero astronaut who is having trouble adjusting to life back on earth and his very frustrated wife. The story ends brilliantly when our hero finally decides to explore another “moon” belonging to his long suffering other half. Most of the stories where fun and a turn on, however, I’m not sure where the quite tragic Orbit for Lynn, by Tsaurah Litzky sits in this genre. Yes, there was sexual context but I didn’t think the story itself would be something you would want to get off on (unless the death of friends to suicide due to having AIDS and brain haemorrhages is your thing). That aside, I would highly recommend this book for the diversity of the content, there seems to be something for every sexual taste and for the quality of the writing. I know I have another 10 books to catch up on!
– Lisa Etherson
– Cara Sutra