Books by Marcy Sheiner

Released: April 1, 1999

"There is basically something here for everyone, though, with one piece ('The Adventure of Marriage') even offering a paean to (standard) matrimony."
The sixth anthology of erotic fiction edited by Sheiner continues the recent tradition of writing and evaluating pornography from a female perspective—welcome reading to anyone who finds such an approach interesting or important. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

An eclectic batch of 23 stories mark the Herotica series' tenth anniversary—and it appears that erotica, at the approach of the millennium, really does offer something for everyone. Here, women of a variety of ages, races, and sexual preferences transform their desires and fantasies into fiction—and, as editor Sheiner says in her brief introduction, Herotica's authors ``have the courage to write exactly what [they] think.'' The collection's opener, Joan Leslie Taylor's ``The Knitting Circle,'' is a kinky knock-off of today's trendy women's-sewing-group books; ``Dragon Cat Flower,'' by Cecilia Tan, is an Asian fairy tale with a lusty finale; and Serena Moloch's ``Casting Couch'' puts a spin on sexual harassment in this woman/woman tale of domination and servitude. New Age aficionados with libidinous tastes will relish Jolie Graham's ``Drowsy Maggie''; ``The Appliance,'' by Michelle Stevens, is about two relationships, a woman's with another woman and a woman's with her 900-watt vibrator; and Karen Minn's ``Sauce''—one of the many tales here with a lesbian spin—takes two women who love the same movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, and shows them living vicariously through the characters of Idgie and Ruth. All in all, Sheiner has assembled stories that, for the most part, have little in common with one other beyond their use of explicit erotic material. A user-friendly, accessible collection that's more sentimental in tone and subject than hard-core, despite the graphic sex. (Quality Paperback Book Club selection) Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

The fourth in the most successful series so far of erotica written by women, this time edited by a contributor to the previous Herotica books and a writer for publications such as Penthouse and On Our Backs. Ranging from the graphic through the exotic to the experimental, these 29 stories represent an astonishingly wide spectrum of tastes, styles, and techniques, both in literary approache and subject matter. The most notable flesh out their erotic material without letting it stand alone, while the least effective succumb to the common—and often fatal—flaw of gimmickry. One of the best is Susan St. Aubin's ``Coming and Cumming,'' a seductive growing-up story featuring a teacher who instructs one particular student in far more than the rules of grammar. Also noteworthy is Eve Mariposa's ``Back to the Future with a Vibrator,'' which explores the turbulent transitional stage between adolescence and adulthood by describing a 25-year-old woman's return home for a weekend and the conflict between her public (familial) and private selves. Some stories focus primarily on erotic description: ``The Best Whore in Hillsboro,'' by Carol Queen, begins when a suburban couple hires two high-class prostitutes for a festive foursome romp; and Angela Fairweather's ``My Dance at Juliana's'' is an interior monologue about one woman's repressed lesbian fantasies and her desire to break loose from the cultural constrictions that have inhibited her sexuality. A few tales, meanwhile, offer more groping than pleasure: Debbie Ester's ``My Nail Broke: A Story in Four Scenes'' is a vapid device waiting for a plot; and Annalisa Suid's ``After the War'' is an overly ambitious attempt to capture elusive feelings of loss and sorrow. From raunch to romance, from literary to lightweight. Read full book review >