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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2017-03-07 10:24 pm
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FMK #3: I heard there was some real kinky stuff in these, y'all*

Okay! Now that I have gone through all the paperbacks and have a better idea of what I actually have, this should be a fun one. :D

Results from last week's FMK.

How FMK works: I am trying to clear out my unread books piles. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away, immediately and with prejudice. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I am going to start officially closing the poll and picking winners on Friday nights because I don't always have time on Sunday to read a whole novel. (although not actually closing it probably, people can still vote.)

Link to long version of explanation (on previous poll)


Poll #18074 FMK #3: I heard there was some real kinky stuff in these, y'all*
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 49


Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel (1980)

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F
16 (40.0%)

M
7 (17.5%)

K
17 (42.5%)

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqcueline Carey (2001)

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F
32 (74.4%)

M
6 (14.0%)

K
5 (11.6%)

The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure by Storm Constantine (2003)

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F
14 (60.9%)

M
5 (21.7%)

K
4 (17.4%)

Touched by Venom by Janine Cross (2005)

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F
11 (50.0%)

M
4 (18.2%)

K
7 (31.8%)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1991)

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F
16 (42.1%)

M
6 (15.8%)

K
16 (42.1%)

Guilty Pleasures by Laurel K. Hamilton (1993)

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F
12 (41.4%)

M
2 (6.9%)

K
15 (51.7%)

House of Zeor by Jacqueline Lichtenberg (1974)

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F
15 (71.4%)

M
4 (19.0%)

K
2 (9.5%)

High Couch of Silistra by Janet Morris (1977)

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F
15 (71.4%)

M
4 (19.0%)

K
2 (9.5%)

Tarnsman of Gor by John Norman (1966)

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F
6 (17.6%)

M
1 (2.9%)

K
27 (79.4%)

The Healing of Crossroads by Nick O'Donohoe (1990)

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F
11 (50.0%)

M
2 (9.1%)

K
9 (40.9%)

Kildar by John Ringo (2006)

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F
7 (29.2%)

M
1 (4.2%)

K
16 (66.7%)



*I may have heard wrong
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[personal profile] cyprinella 2017-03-08 04:02 am (UTC)(link)
Oh man, I read the first Crossroads book probably around when it first came out. I had no idea there were sequels.
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[personal profile] watersword 2017-03-08 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
Oh man there are so many wonderfully terrible books in this list! I am verklempt with joy to know there is a book called The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure by someone named Storm Constantine, this is the BEST NEWS.

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[personal profile] muccamukk 2017-03-08 04:15 am (UTC)(link)
I think almost all of these are sort of not very good, but if you hit the right idporn they're FABULOUS. I voted kill on the ones that creeped me out, and fuck on the ones that are worth a tumble. I'm not sure I'd marry any of the before I tried them :D

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[personal profile] alexseanchai 2017-03-08 04:28 am (UTC)(link)
"Kinky" is not the word for the Auel. "Rapey" is the word for the Auel. I loved that book to bits as a teen, though, and afaik Auel isn't skeevy like MZB, and the rapey isn't in later books as I recall, and for those reasons I voted F rather than K. But I figured I'd give you a heads up.

I have a recollection of rapey somewhere in the Kushiel series but I don't think Dart is the one. The whole Kushiel series is HELLA kinky, though.

idk the rest, though I've heard Ringo's name. Or rather, I've heard "OH JOHN RINGO NO"...

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[personal profile] vass 2017-03-08 04:45 am (UTC)(link)
I voted Marry for The Healing of Crossroads, but I very strongly vote for reading the first two books in that trilogy first.

You should be warned that I voted F for the Gor and Kildar not in your best interests but because I thought the review might be entertaining for me. So be warned.
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[personal profile] fairestcat 2017-03-08 04:57 am (UTC)(link)
I voted M for the first Outlander book, because I quite liked the first couple books in that series, but I advise against getting too invested, the series becomes the bad kind of soap opera really quickly.

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[personal profile] rushthatspeaks 2017-03-08 04:59 am (UTC)(link)
I wound up reading that entire John Ringo series because I wanted to find out if the OH JOHN RINGO NO review was accurate. It was. Then I felt rather as though I had eaten my weight in marzipan: impressed with myself, nauseated, and worried that I'd gotten some on me. DON'T DO IT. Or if you do, remember that Kildar is probably the best and least offensive of these, and avoid the others like the plague they are.

Kushiel's Dart is legit a good book.

If you really feel the need to read a Gor book, I can send you a link to Gay Bejeweled Nazi Bikers of Gor, the parody a friend wrote which also happens to duplicate everything you might want about the actual Gor reading experience.
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[personal profile] nicki 2017-03-08 05:30 am (UTC)(link)
So I didn't vote on Guilty Pleasures because it is, in and of itself, a perfectly OK book, but series turns out... not. It's like a first date that goes reasonably well but eventually leads to a toxic relationship full of fighting and fucking that eventually ends up mostly with fighting and even the thought of sex leaves you nauseous.

Fair warning though, I was in the LKH anti-fandom for years so I might be a bit prejudiced.

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[personal profile] rachelmanija 2017-03-08 07:04 am (UTC)(link)
I really like Kushiel's Dart but it's a love it or hate it book. It has a very distinctive narrative voice that you will probably love or hate within two pages, so it's an ideal candidate for a fuck. The kink is almost entirely BDSM; the heroine was born blessed by the angel of S&M (seriously) and so has supernatural masochism (seriously) in a country where sex work is holy and consensual, and everyone is very, very pretty. There's lots of luscious description and politicking. Bisexuality and poly or open relationships are the norm, and while the main romance is straight, the heroine's most interesting (foe-yay) romance is with another woman. I don't recall rape in book one but it does have underage characters in sexual situations in a world in which the age of consent is lower, and consent issues involving that and a lack of safe/sane/consensual.

I also honestly like Clan of the Cave Bear, which I realize is a minority opinion. Later books are ridiculous but the first is an engrossing work of anthropological historical fiction with tons of cool cultural worldbuilding, some interesting characters, and soap opera. It does have a rape.

And (this is starting to become a theme): parts of Outlander are lots of fun. The first half or so is pretty enjoyable cross-genre time-travel romance with some unusual genre aspects. There is a romance which I was not so into and which has some sketchy issues (though also some unusual genre aspects - the heroine is married in her own time and the hero is a virgin) and there are rape threats and rape. Though that ALSO has unusual genre issues as it's a man who's raped. There's a really WTF healing vagina scene. The whole book is original in ways it doesn't get credited for because of the problematic/trashy/unappealing elements.

The Healing of Crossroads is book three in a trilogy about veterinarians in fantasyland. It is a bizarre mix of charming and incredibly grimdark and WTF. I would fuck book one (The Magic and the Healing first. No rape! Lots and lots of torture and animal harm, though.

Please fuck Touched by Venom. I am not going to defend that one. It is hilaribad. Also, rapetastic.

I have not read the Storm Constantine book but I hear it has flowery prose and flower-shaped penises.

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[personal profile] gehayi 2017-03-08 07:27 am (UTC)(link)
I remember reading the Zeor series when I was a teenager, and I didn't see anything kinky about it. Humanity has been divided into two types, the Simes (predators) and the Gens (prey). Differentiation between the two appears in puberty, when a Sime goes through changeover, which means fever, convulsions and, after hours or days of agony, the emergence of tentacles on their forearms. Two sets are for gripping the forearms of a Gen; the third seizes the life energy called selyn produced by Gens, without which a Sime cannot survive. Simes who can take selyn from Gens without killing them and who can transfer selyn to other Simes are called "channels." Unfortunately, channels are rare. A Gen in Sime territory (at least at the beginning) is likely to be captured, penned and killed, like cattle. A Sime in Gen territory is likely to be killed by terrified Gens.

All of the books I read formed a generational saga, as they follow a family of channels, the Farrises, over time.

I suppose that transfer--when a Sime takes selyn from a Gen--might have looked kinky in 1974, as transfer involves forearm-to-forearm grip and lip contact. So it looks like two people kissing while in an awkward hug. And since the lead Sime and Gen in House of Zeor are both male, some people might have found this shocking in the Seventies. Plus it's basically science-fiction vampires. However, IIRC, transfer is not treated as sexual or exciting but life-threatening. Honestly, the focus of the series is on Simes and Gens finding ways to live with each other and recognize each other as people.

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[personal profile] stellar_dust 2017-03-08 09:00 am (UTC)(link)
I started Outlander and couldn't get past the first chapter. The main character was like "but WHY do I HAVE TO stay in an adorable b&b in a remote Scottish highland village just because my BORING HUSBAND wants to do POINTLESS HISTORICAL RESEARCH?? Ugh so boring my life sucks"... I just went, yeah, I am probably not the demographic for this. And it wasn't compellingly written enough to overcome that, so I gave myself permission to stop.
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[personal profile] gehayi 2017-03-08 09:33 am (UTC)(link)
I have to say that staying in an adorable B&B in the Scottish highlands and doing historical research sounds like Paradise to me!

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[personal profile] marginaliana 2017-03-08 12:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Voted K on a few just because of my (decidedly incomplete) knowledge of them, voted F on several I know nothing about just for the titles (High Couch of Silistra! What a great ridiculous title.).

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[personal profile] skygiants 2017-03-08 04:07 pm (UTC)(link)
every time someone else indicates they might read the Crossroads books a fallen angel gets its wings in my heart

(My dad gave me his copy of Clan of the Cave Bear to read when I was ten or eleven and sulking because I'd been barred from the library for excessive fines. This is one of my favorite stories about my parents.)
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[personal profile] oracne 2017-03-08 04:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Zeor is Teh Crackz.

Everyone seems to like Kushiel except me - I did not find it sexy in the least. It's all, spank her and she comes, the end. No tension.

CAVE BEAR is EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW RAPEY.

At least Outlander is interesting from a genre pov - it sort of mixes the big epic historical romance with time travel, which I think is the first time I saw that mixture.

The first Laurel K. Hamilton is interesting because it's noir paranormal, not very romance-y at all, but I think it sparked off the Paranormal Romance boom.

I've met John Norman. Do not read his books.
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[personal profile] ambyr 2017-03-08 04:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Since no one else has mentioned it . . . I have read (okay, skimmed) High Couch of Silistra. It is definitely a collection of pages bound within covers. I am not really sure what else to say about it beyond that. You may wish to have a brief fling for amusement value, but I see no reason for it to live on in your permanent collection.
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[personal profile] synecdochic 2017-03-08 06:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Oooh, finally some I've actually read!

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[personal profile] calvinahobbes 2017-03-08 06:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey, some titles I actually know and have opinions on!

People have already said this stuff in greater detail, but I voted K on Auel and Gabaldon for the rapey-ness of those particular books. I read Auel as a young teenager as well, and Clan of the Cave Bear is super gross in a way that the sequels really are not, so if you haven't read those I would actually recommend the next in the series just to get a sense of what those books were about. I only read Gabaldon very recently and rage-quit it - the author really loves how the MC's Scottish clansman husband has to constantly ~teach her a lesson, and I really hated it.

The first Anita Blake books are not necessarily bad as such, just intensely vampire idfic-y? The series just goes on way too long. So - F.

And I haven't read Kushiel's Dart, but so many people are enthusiastic about those so I want you to read it and report back, so also F.

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[personal profile] elanya 2017-03-08 10:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Reading through the comments here, if you are not put off by the very concept of reading about a fictional character getting raped and having how that affects her, you should at least give Auel a shot. That said it has been like 15 years since I read it. I did a book report on it in grade 9. I don't remember how far into the sequels I got, but not very. Still smh at the male lead from the second book that all the virgin girls wanted to be their first because he was so well hung. Ambitious, that!

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[personal profile] jadelennox 2017-03-08 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I had a tired eyes moment and thought you were saying that there is a book called Transman of Gor and thought "...that is not what I expect from the Gor universe."

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Mammoths

[personal profile] katherine 2017-03-09 02:23 am (UTC)(link)
The fourth in Auel's series has mammoths in considerable detail and the human characters getting inspired. Maybe some mammoth roleplay if you squint and this is me resisting flipping through to confirm...

The wording of the mammoth's activities is strongly borrowed from Cynthia Moss' non-fiction Elephant Memories.
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[personal profile] sylvaine 2017-03-09 04:20 pm (UTC)(link)
I am terribly fond of Storm Constantine's Wraeththu series, though I suspect it's even cringier than I remember :D
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Somebody at HÍ thinks you should read the gor book I guess