Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Book Report: Glimpses by Lynn Flewelling

Because of a confluence of events, I didn't manage to get a copy of The White Road until recently and I wondered, as I read it, if Flewelling had ever written anything more... explicit for her stable of characters.

Well, lo and behold. I got a copy of Glimpses. It's a short anthology to scratch that itch.

I read it for the stories, honest. I don't know what experience the author has with erotica, and since I'm already a fan I'm not very fussy. If I came at this anthology from a cool-headed direction, I'd come up with something about needing more emotional involvement, not just Tab A and Slot B. I've dabbled in erotica enough to be aware of the fundamental conflicts of physical mechanics vs. emotions, reader's expectations vs. writer's vision... and I tend to settle on the opinion that porn should not be judged too harshly. If it was too realistic, it wouldn't make you squishy. Down there. I also came to the conclusion that writing erotica is a power trip. More on that later. Maybe. Gonna make you wait.

There being, of course, a place for too-realistic, non-squishy explicitness that makes the reader cringe in sympathy, of course...

Go read the Nightrunner series, be a fan and then pick this up. It's not slash, it's canon. There's even a little hetero for a change of pace. And it's got an impressive array of fan art too.

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