Book of the Month: Abraham Heights

First hinted at a few years back, DJ Black's Abraham Heights spanking soap has finally expanded to include previously unpublished material in the recently published season 3 edition. For those, like myself, missing the more regular infusions of DJ's fiction from his Voice in the Corner site, the new stories  made for a lovely surprise. From … Continue reading Book of the Month: Abraham Heights

Non-Fiction Book of the Month: Playing Well with Others

In my ongoing survey of BDSM non-fiction, Playing Well with Others has by far impressed me the most. Everything about the book- from the content to the typeface to the organisation - I found very satisfying. There are a few questions I like to ask when reading introductions to BDSM that try to appeal to … Continue reading Non-Fiction Book of the Month: Playing Well with Others

Book of the Month: Tarnsman of Gor

I'd been meaning to read a Gor book for a while- and have been reading one for a while.  It was slow going, and my predominant reaction is something along the lines of "thank goodness sci fi / fantasy writing has improved in the last fifty years". However, whereas The Fellowship of the Ring continues … Continue reading Book of the Month: Tarnsman of Gor

Non-Fiction Book of the Month: Screw the Roses, Send me the Thorns

Recently I've been making an effort to read some of the frequently-recommended introductory BDSM guidebooks.  As with many things, quality varies widely.  Some have good advice, some I question. Some read like technical manuals, others are more patronisingly juvenile.  Screw the Roses is written in a style that appealed to me, conversational and funny without … Continue reading Non-Fiction Book of the Month: Screw the Roses, Send me the Thorns

Book of the Month: Olga Returns to Her Teens by Theo Jones

As part of my celebration of back to school season (that's something to celebrate even if one isn't in school, right?) I am featuring Theo Jones's Olga Returns to her Teens.  I've long believed that school would have been much more fun with an adult's awareness and social skills, and may well be worth the loss … Continue reading Book of the Month: Olga Returns to Her Teens by Theo Jones

Non-Fiction Book of the Month: Perv

Though it touches only lightly on spanking and BDSM in general, I found Jesse Bering's Perv to be a fascinating book.  A whirlwind tour of sexual deviance is anchored by historical context, anecdotes, and scientific studies. Most significantly for me, though, was the juxtaposition of morality-based reasoning with harm-based reasoning. The book delves into areas … Continue reading Non-Fiction Book of the Month: Perv

Book of the Month: The Schoolmarm and the Preacher

This may be my favourite line from any spanking story ever. It's been a while since I've read a spanking novella, and Susan Thomas's The Schoolmarm and the Preacher was a lovely way to get back into the habit. The story's mix of traditional discipline and progressive social changes makes a charming combination.  I've also missed … Continue reading Book of the Month: The Schoolmarm and the Preacher