Sunday, 27 September 2009
The Things That Make Me Give In
I had this beautiful, shiny thing delivered through my letterbox the other day - look at those lips! The very definition of luscious!
But it isn't just the cover I'll be devouring. This is the debut collection by Charlotte Stein, a new writer who is well worth a few of your spare quid, or dollars, or Euros, or yen, or (insert currency here).
The first story I read of hers was one of her pieces in Liaisons, a story called Men, and it made me weep for two reasons.
One: it was kind of meant to - the twist at the end is very poignant.
Two: it made me wish I could write like her.
But don't go thinking that Charlotte Stein is more likely to activate your tear glands than your, er, other glands. She writes hot, hot, hot scenes full of passion or dirty sex, or, most usually, both.
If you like two-dimensional characters with no emotional depth who find themselves in unrealistic and unthought-out sexual situations - well, she won't be for you.
Similarly, if you like bland, tepid, formulaic imaginings of sex, you won't find them here.
But if, like me, you love intelligent, precise and searingly sexy writing, this promises to be a must-read. I recommend it, before I've even read it!
(Also, check out her blog, linked on my sidebar. She is well funny.)
Posted by Sekrit Shoppa at 11:58