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Rating details. Sort order. Apr 26, Guillermo rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Hells yeah. Erotic fiction Dec 30, Clawfoot rated it liked it. My opinion of the book is likely coloured by what I had expected from it: not being familiar with Nerve. The stories indeed within deal with sexuality and sex and relationships, but I would certainly NOT call it erotica. The stories are well-written and deal with adult themes, but they're largely depressing and about completely messed-up people and their messed-up relationships. A good read if that's what you were looking for, but pretty d My opinion of the book is likely coloured by what I had expected from it: not being familiar with Nerve.
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Feb 25, Paula rated it it was ok. One of the few books I've merely skimmed. Too many of the stories were just too bizarre for me to finish, and at one point early on there was a formatting error that got pages from two of the stories mixed up. It's too bad, though, because the good writing although limited to about two or three stories out of the entire book was really good. Aug 05, Kerri rated it liked it Shelves: short-stories , fiction. I'm giving this book 3. Not what I was expecting at all.
I thought there was going to be dirty sex scenes at every turn of the page, but they were all just well written short stories. Some when over my head but there were really good memorable ones. Jul 28, Capedoggy rated it it was ok. A group of erotic fiction by the website, Nerve.
Some of the stories are good others are not really good at all thus the 2 stars. Apr 20, Lidia rated it did not like it. Absolutely awful, couldn't finish it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Short Stories. About Jack Murnighan. Jack Murnighan. Smalltown Hoosier by birth, central-Illinoisan till college, then some semiotics at Brown, an Orwellian stint in Paris, a Ph. And now that i've hauled all my books to my 6th-floor walk-up, i'm staying put.
NOOK Book. One body bumping against another: in this act, lives are made, minds are derailed, souls are bared and human beings are exposed at their most animal--and thus most human.
Nine out of ten bipeds surveyed will tell you it's the most fun thing in the world, but sex still remains a mystery, the thing we will do the most in our lives without ever having a solid grasp of what it means. If consciousness is the defining characteristic of humanity, then those things that elude our minds' grasp allow us to see our limits, help us understand who we are.
Sex, by denying comprehension, catches us in its mirror, if we bother to look. For the fiction writer seeking to represent human experience as we know it, the challenge to depict and delimit sex is as alluring as it is daunting. You are unlikely to think that English is short on adjectives until you start trying to describe what sweat on skin tastes like, or what is seen in the flash of emotions as you enter someone or someone enters you. A million components of sex are taken for granted; when you try to recover them in language, their immediacy becomes distant, their familiarity strange.
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What's more, most every relationship has a sexual dynamic, and the relationship affects the sex no less than the sex affects the relationship. And thus the problem with both erotica and pornography: They remove sex from its real human context and, in doing so, erase much of what makes the sexual experience what it is. Both genres idealize our positions and performance in different ways, of course , but in their attention to physiology they tend to leave out the psychology.
Like playing notes without chords, they make a kind of melody, but miss much of the poignancy and resonance of music. The authors in Full Frontal Fiction play both sad and happy songs. Some address sex head-on, bringing bodies into visible and poignant collision; others approach it obliquely, exploring the impact of sexuality on characters caught in its throes.
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Though each of the stories may be erotic, there is no sugarcoating of experience: in one, a Siamese twin helps set up her other half; in another, a man gets a call from his girlfriend's husband; in a third, two mentally handicapped men have a covert wedding. This is not sex writing as we normally think of it, not what I expected to find when I signed on as editor of Nerve.