Raw, explicit, and exquisitely raunchy erotica aimed at those who enjoy racy sex stories set in unconventional surroundings.

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KINKY TALES FROM A FOUNDER OF YOUPORN AND EX-SAN FRANCISCO NIGHT CABBIE!

The kinky, titillating, and marginally fictionalized adventures of a horny taxi driver and his flirtations.       

Richie G, the debut author of these 18 salacious, hypersexual exploits, is both a co-founder of amateur XXX Internet video website YouPorn and a former overnight San Francisco cab driver. The narrator here, the cabbie group’s ringleader, Frankie Morello, is described as a “Don Juan in the Driver’s Seat” and provides plenty of vulgar material to back up the claim. Frankie plans to “fuck [his] way through life” and “die in a beautiful woman’s bedroom at the age of ninety...shot by her jealous husband.” This scenario plays out in explicit detail in several stories involving hookers and their abusive pimp-boyfriends. Here, in true porn style, the men are insatiable and well-endowed, while the women are curvy, expertly talented in a variety of carnal arts, sometimes a little psycho, and more than willing to engage Frankie and his cohorts. With not much to differentiate the Paulas, Charlenes, and Carlys from the Donnas and the Kaceys, it’s up to the individual plot details to keep readers glued to each ribald anecdote. Some pay their fare with their bodies, some are nothing more than sexual tumbleweeds blowing around some of the seedier sections of San Francisco, never averse to some steamy action with an oversexed cabbie. In these retellings (sometimes more corny and demeaning than sexy), Frankie demonstrates a knack for storytelling, and readers will envision him sitting on the hood of a cab, surrounded by co-drivers hanging on his every nasty detail. The collection is best read in bits and pieces since eventually every backseat gasp and front seat slurp blurs into a hazy fog of steamy windows and various emissions.     

Raw, explicit, and exquisitely raunchy erotica aimed at those who enjoy racy sex stories set in unconventional surroundings.

Pub Date: July 21, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-692-43958-6

Page Count: 258

Publisher: Good Eye LLC

Review Posted Online: Oct. 6, 2015

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A strange, subtle, and haunting novel.

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THE GLASS HOTEL

A financier's Ponzi scheme unravels to disastrous effect, revealing the unexpected connections among a cast of disparate characters.

How did Vincent Smith fall overboard from a container ship near the coast of Mauritania, fathoms away from her former life as Jonathan Alkaitis' pretend trophy wife? In this long-anticipated follow-up to Station Eleven (2014), Mandel uses Vincent's disappearance to pick through the wreckage of Alkaitis' fraudulent investment scheme, which ripples through hundreds of lives. There's Paul, Vincent's half brother, a composer and addict in recovery; Olivia, an octogenarian painter who invested her retirement savings in Alkaitis' funds; Leon, a former consultant for a shipping company; and a chorus of office workers who enabled Alkaitis and are terrified of facing the consequences. Slowly, Mandel reveals how her characters struggle to align their stations in life with their visions for what they could be. For Vincent, the promise of transformation comes when she's offered a stint with Alkaitis in "the kingdom of money." Here, the rules of reality are different and time expands, allowing her to pursue video art others find pointless. For Alkaitis, reality itself is too much to bear. In his jail cell, he is confronted by the ghosts of his victims and escapes into "the counterlife," a soothing alternate reality in which he avoided punishment. It's in these dreamy sections that Mandel's ideas about guilt and responsibility, wealth and comfort, the real and the imagined, begin to cohere. At its heart, this is a ghost story in which every boundary is blurred, from the moral to the physical. How far will Alkaitis go to deny responsibility for his actions? And how quickly will his wealth corrupt the ambitions of those in proximity to it? In luminous prose, Mandel shows how easy it is to become caught in a web of unintended consequences and how disastrous it can be when such fragile bonds shatter under pressure.

A strange, subtle, and haunting novel.

Pub Date: March 24, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-525-52114-3

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Nov. 25, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2019

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A strict report, worthy of sympathy.

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

A violent surfacing of adolescence (which has little in common with Tarkington's earlier, broadly comic, Seventeen) has a compulsive impact.

"Nobody big except me" is the dream world of Holden Caulfield and his first person story is down to the basic, drab English of the pre-collegiate. For Holden is now being bounced from fancy prep, and, after a vicious evening with hall- and roommates, heads for New York to try to keep his latest failure from his parents. He tries to have a wild evening (all he does is pay the check), is terrorized by the hotel elevator man and his on-call whore, has a date with a girl he likes—and hates, sees his 10 year old sister, Phoebe. He also visits a sympathetic English teacher after trying on a drunken session, and when he keeps his date with Phoebe, who turns up with her suitcase to join him on his flight, he heads home to a hospital siege. This is tender and true, and impossible, in its picture of the old hells of young boys, the lonesomeness and tentative attempts to be mature and secure, the awful block between youth and being grown-up, the fright and sickness that humans and their behavior cause the challenging, the dramatization of the big bang. It is a sorry little worm's view of the off-beat of adult pressure, of contemporary strictures and conformity, of sentiment….

A strict report, worthy of sympathy.

Pub Date: June 15, 1951

ISBN: 0316769177

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Nov. 2, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1951

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