Friday, June 18, 2010

'Fast Girls' by Rachel Kramer Bussel

“Erotica for women”. That phrase usually causes me to pass a book by. I’m a guy through and through, and one stereotype on which I proudly stake claim is that my erotica has to be very visual and very descriptive! Would a book that states its “erotica for women” feed that need? In this case, YES. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! The stories in this collection are highly charged and they create that unmistakable ‘I’m getting horny’ feeling. They’re so good that you almost stop daydreaming about the stories, and start thinking about what it would be like to run into some of these writers!
‘Temptation’ is the perfect story to start off! I’ve always been of the mind that the best erotic stories are the ones where you can replace the characters in the story with yourself. In ‘Temptation’… I’d gladly trade my soul in this life AND the afterlife to be Miguel! Other stories that had me wishing I had Aladdin’s lamp:

‘Waxing Eloquent’ – only in L.A. style loving.
‘Winter, Summer’ – sexy, shocking, with a surprise.
‘Panther’ – animalistic & sexy.
‘Communal’ – my second favorite story and if I could go back in time, I would live in a college dorm like this one.
‘Flash’ – title says it all.
‘Confessions of a Kinky Shopaholic’ – Sophie Kinsella eat your… ummm… heart out.
‘Princess’ – this story puts the “X” in taxi.
‘Chasing Danger’ – how far would you go to apprehend a criminal?
‘Whore Complex’ – OK Rachel… *whew*

Aside from writing goose bump causing erotica, Rachel can also pick the right stories to put in a book. I truly think you will be pleased with this current collection. If you aren’t, check your pulse and call me. And one more thing… this is easily one of the sexiest covers I’ve seen in a while.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

2011 Rand McNally "Deluxe" midsized map.

This version of the iconic Rand McNally maps did not impress me. I got excited when I saw the "deluxe" title, but that excitement quickly evaporated when I went started looking through it. I guess the reason they call this a "deluxe" version is because of the fluff at the beginning. They give you information about 81 different cities but, in my opinion, it isn't worth it. You get listings of `selected attractions', `shopping', and `visitor information'. But they leave out what has made them famous: the extremely detailed maps. Oh, there are maps but they are regular, standard, and pretty plain looking. If they put "deluxe" on the cover then they need to represent between the covers. (this has just turned into a romance novel).

I did end up buying a Rand McNally map but it was the larger one that just has the maps. THAT is where Rand McNally shines! This smaller "deluxe" version is nothing of the sort and you would do better off by purchasing the bigger non-spiral bound or spiral-bound Rand McNally road atlas to meet your needs.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

'Separation of Power' by Vince Flynn

Just when I thought Mitch Rapp couldn’t get any braver, crazier, or more brazen… I read ‘Separation of Power’. Don’t worry I’m not going to give away what exactly happens but suffice it to say that even, I, a self-appointed veteran reader of the political-thriller was blindsided (pleasantly so, however) by Mitch Rapp’s uncanny and creative battle tactics. While this ENTIRE book is an Autobahn of thrills, the jaw dropping moment(s) of which I speak don’t show up till later. In this book Flynn does what he does best… and we the readers benefit.

Oh how I wish the real men and women in politics would read some of Flynn’s work and take heed to his advice. Men like Rapp are needed. Men like Rapp are wanted. Men like Rapp scamper around the dark shadows to keep America shining. Mr. Flynn uses the all too real animals (former now thank goodness), Saddam and Uday Hussein, to formulate this story of yet more idiot politicians, more weak countries, and enough firepower to give The Terminator a woody! It may be cliché, but you can’t go wrong with a Flynn novel.