An Alien Love Story
A woman falls into a wormhole and travels to another world where she meets an erotic alien.
Tamara Walsh has a perfect life, or so it seems: an exciting job as an emergency room physicisn, three beautiful children, and a handsome husband. But Tamara finds her life boring and longs for passion and adventure. She falls into a wormhole and travels to another world where she meets an alien, a Sheffrou called Maashi, trained in the art of seduction, and for the first time she experiences excitement and happiness.
Maashi lives in a world of contrasting colors where three genders is the norm. However, his people must hide in caves because of the constant threat of attack by their enemies.Tamara realizes her life on Earth was like single stroke of color on a white canvas whereas with the Sheffrou, her life explodes with vibrant hues. She searches for a way home with her heart torn between her world and her children and Maashi's world but a shadow looms under the cover of darkness, ready to attack all unsuspecting prey...
"Different and engaging. If you're looking for something just a little bit outside the realm of an ordinary spece romance, look no further. You found it. The concept of the story is pretty unique, and therefore refreshing; the characters are largely intriguing and definitely memorable; and the world planning, the detail and naming, are nicely in-depth. Overall this is a pretty solid story from a new author and I look forward to reading her future books." Cailin's review on GoodReads.
"Overall, I Am Sheffrou is a fascinating book and an impressive debut for the author. It reminds me of the classic science fiction stories I read when I was much younger, when explanation was far less necessary than exploration. The aliens (whom Tamara calls Chamis, a shortened version of their true name) have a well-thought-out culture and history, both of which are necessary to the plot. Tamara serves as an everywoman, showing readers the aliens' culture through a human lens, with all the various human biases that entails. Unlike an average everywoman, however, Tamara has more desires than just to get back home, and she acts on those desires. She may not always have full agency (it isn't easy to when you're treated as a curiosity and pet) but all the agency she does have, she uses to her best advantage.
But why only four stars, if I'm so impressed? I enjoyed the book a great deal and am excited to see where the trilogy goes next (keep an eye out for book two, Betrayal). However, at times, I found myself underwhelmed. I would have liked to see more introspection from Tamara, especially regarding her shifting attitudes toward the world she was trapped on, and some of the story beats felt oddly placed. Neither of those things bothered me enough to make me dislike the book, though; they were only occasional, nagging annoyances. On the whole, I enjoyed how the story was so different from what I've come to expect from science fiction. I said before that it's heavier on exploration than explanation, and exploration takes up the vast majority of the book. Most of it is also devoted to Tamara learning about the Chamis' culture, and if you enjoy thought experiments of that nature, I Am Sheffrou is not one to miss."
Reviewed by Jo Niederhoff, City Book Review
"Different and engaging. If you're looking for something just a little outside the realm of an ordinary sapce romance, look no further. You found it.
The concept of the story is pretty unique, and therefor refreshing; the characters are largely intriguing and definitely memorable; and the world planning, the detail and naming, are nicely in depth.
Overall, this is a pretty solid story from a new author.
Review by Cailin on Goodreads."
It’s three months after Dee has given birth to a beautiful baby and she’s looking for something to brighten up her maternity leave. Yet when she gets the idea to include her own milk in husband Brian’s morning coffee, she doesn’t realise that she has just opened to door to a fascinating new fetish that both of them can enjoy. The fun starts as just a trickle, but before long their experiments are a full-blown cascade! This intriguing erotic short story is written by Jean Roberta and expertly read by critically-acclaimed erotic narrator Angel Korin.
When a night out with a friend is cancelled at the last minute, Kelly can’t face sitting in alone and decides to use the spa voucher she was given as a birthday gift. She’s expecting nothing more than a relaxing evening of pampering, but that idea ends when she feels the inappropriate touch by the gorgeous massage therapist assigned to her. It quickly becomes clear it’s no accident, as her massage leads to a rough ending that is something special.
“A short libertine novel . . . It is masterful, from beginning to end, intelligent, and in many passages, very beautiful” (La Quinzaine). Night in the Afternoon is a breathless, lyrical, and starkly erotic novella of a young woman caught between two lovers. Though she shares a wonderfully tender and loving relationship with her boyfriend Gilles, she is unconsciously lured by a newspaper ad placed by a “masterful man” requesting a “docile” young woman. Answering it, she meets someone she will know only as the red-headed man. They begin a brief but intense affair—she swears each time that she will not see him again, only to feel her resolve crumbling before their next assignation. Reminiscent of Pauline Réage and Alina Reyes, this is an unforgettable story of an irresistible, forbidden desire. Joined here by several of Caroline Lamarche’s short stories, this collection is a delectable, sophisticated piece of literary erotica and a deeply satisfying exploration of illicit passion. “To say that Night in the Afternoon is an erotic novel is to reduce it. . . . Beautiful . . . It is about, in effect, learning to reexperience love . . . In Night in the Afternoon, to surrender is to be delivered.” —Les Inrockuptibles
The young waitress Lisa not only loves to serve guests perfectly, but is also very happy to be the object of desire. She is willing to show and can also be touched from time to time. One day a porn producer comes into the pub. Lisa takes her chance. Valerie Nilon has a great talent for bringing readers closer to the thoughts and experiences of the exhibitionist waitress. You will be taken into a very entertaining and erotic world.
The definitive compilation of texts from “a great, horrifying, but also vastly illuminating figure . . . one of the most radical minds in Western history” (Newsweek). The Marquis de Sade, vilified by respectable society from his own time through ours, apotheosized by Apollinaire as “the freest spirit that has yet existed,” wrote The 120 Days of Sodom while imprisoned in the Bastille. An exhaustive catalogue of sexual aberrations and the first systematic exploration—a hundred years before Krafft-Ebing and Freud—of the psychology of sex, it is considered Sade’s crowning achievement and the cornerstone of his thought. Lost after the storming of the Bastille in 1789, it was later retrieved but remained unpublished until 1904. In addition to The 120 Days, this volume includes Sade’s “Reflections on the Novel,” his play Oxtiern, and his novella Ernestine. The selections are introduced by Simone de Beauvoir’s landmark essay “Must We Burn Sade?” and Pierre Klossowski’s provocative “Nature as Destructive Principle.” “Imperious, choleric, irascible, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination the like of which has never been seen, atheistic to the point of fanaticism, there you have me in a nutshell, and kill me again or take me as I am, for I shall not change.” —Marquis de Sade’s last will and testament
The author’s first novel, a tale of debauchery - sex, booze and drugs, which follows the experiences of an English teacher in China during the happy "boom times" when China won the right to host the Olympics and was accepted into the World Trade Organization. The book also describes the author's time in Beijing during the SARS epidemic. Written in a frank but humorous style, this work provides many insights into modern Chinese society.
"The deletion of individualism, is something that can be seen in China. I have noticed it with my older students, when I ask them a question. At first, no one will put their hand up. Then, when pushed, perhaps the class leader or monitor will raise their hand. At this point most of them follow, and put their hands up. Communism in a nutshell. Follow the leader. Group thinking, and mentality.
And this mentality, makes the masses of people in China, easier to control.
But reverting to my previous observation, related to the lack of individual talent in the West, perhaps the West are blindly following this model without really knowing it."
China Laid Bare is the sequel to this book.
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