Sometimes there are some erotica collections that are… missing something in them. I think in a lot of cases it is a good idea for the summary of the work to be more than a single paragraph if for no other reason than to give a reader a good idea about what the collection has in it beside a short description.
It’s also a bit of a problem when the work itself doesn’t have any descriptions of the stories and they are, as a whole, a series of mysteries to unravel as one reads them. It’s a bit more troubling when, by the end of the work, you find that there is just something… off… about the stories and what they represent. Knowing what to expect, even if a little does I think change one’s perspective as well…
- Title: Erotica Lover’s Collection
- Author: Glen and Vivian Gilbert
- Length: 49 Pages
- ASIN: B00PAY3LIY
- Publishing Date: November 5, 2014
- This work at Amazon.com
This collection’s summary is very short:
A collection of fifteen over the top erotic adult fantasy stories. The stories are straight and transgender friendly.
The hardest thing for me in reading this collection was how to approach the entire work as a whole. The summary was so vague and really didn’t give any sort of idea what to expect. Within the collection itself there was no sort of tease or summary of the stories and that I think would have helped a lot in putting this work in some sort of content if nothing else. As the collection is presented, it is a work of mystery in both substance and themes and that brought about an odd situation.
In each story’s case, it was a mystery to read, to find the plot, the characters and try to put the ideas into some kind of mental picture so that the story could be enjoyed more. However, I couldn’t find my way into the stories, to want to see where they were going, to relate to the characters. The writing wasn’t the problem, for that is very good, nor are the characters, because they all have a clear voice to tell their stories. I did not find the erotic parts of the work had a lot of heat or passion to them and I think that had a lot to do with the tone of the stories.
They were, as a whole to me, rather sad and depressingly so. There just did not seem to be much joy, little passion evolved, and the saddest thing of all was that at times the characters in some of the stories read as if they were sleepwalking through the story. There was a disconnect between the story and myself as the reader and that is a shame. I can’t put into words exactly why I felt this way about the work emotionally save to say that I… just didn’t feel anything at the end of each of the stories and the collection as a whole.
There are two stories that have, in some way, sort of a connection to succubi. But that connection is vague and doesn’t exactly come out of the stories very well. It is there, but if you are not aware of the legends about succubi it isn’t exactly in the forefront of the stories. The one story that caught my attention has more of a transition, transformation theme to it which refers to the idea of succubi in a way. Like the rest of the stories in the collection, it did make me pause and consider the story, but the heat in the story wasn’t there for me and the sadness that soaked into the characters and what happens to them is painful at times, but that is part of the story’s core and makes sense… I just didn’t find my way to being part of the story as much as I felt I should have.
The themes in the work are very varied and there is really something for everyone in the collection. The question that any reader will face I think is one of: Does the story work for me? I really do wish that in this case that would have been true for some of the ideas present here.
One and a half out of five pitchforks.
I just am not sure how to approach this collection as a whole. I felt a bit lost, a bit confused, and in a lot of ways I think that might have been the main theme that ran through the collection as a whole. The question of being lost and then being found and what the implications are of that realization. It isn’t the easiest thing to read, at least I found it to be that way, but that does mean one needs to think about the stories in their entirety and what they represent.