An Uncertain Grace

Title: An Uncertain Grace

Author: Krissy Kneen

Genres: Erotica | Science Fiction | Speculative Fiction

Length: 238 pages | 2337 Kindle locations

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Text Publishing

Publishing Date: January 31st, 2017

Rating: 4.5/5

Premise:

Five erotic short stories taking place in a near future.

Review:

It’s been quite a while since I so thoroughly enjoyed a collection of short stories. Considering they are classified as erotic, the detail put to speculative fiction was outstanding. These make the reader completely reconsider sexuality as a whole while taking him on her on enthralling experiences. They are all connected by a common denominator and are chronologically order, taking the reader on a trip where we see the world changing, along with the characters.

The first story introduces us to a uni English literature teacher who is presented with a work by a former student. This is not just any work though, it’s an interactive narrative where the reader not only does what the author wants but also feels exactly what the author wants him or her to feel. I absolutely loved the way the author transcribed this idea to her story and we get to watch a fairly normal guy coming to terms with the fact that he might just be despicable.
I have a feeling woman and men will have different reactions to this story. Some of the scenes were so raw and yet I felt emotional. This was quite brilliant.

The second story comes from a different place. It is actually a sci-fi experiment.
What if you could merge with other beings?
The way the concept was introduced was quite astounding. You cannot help to relate to this guy, even though he must have done something really bad to have gone to prison for that long. Still, his childhood memories as well as his longing for them make him a person, and one with feelings, and you cannot help to relate.

The third story is about a robot who looks and feels human and was created for a unique purpose – to study hebephiles, people who are attracted to adolescents. Some scenes are difficult to take in as they are quite disturbing – even though you are seeing things through the eyes of Cameron, the robot. You can feel his own struggle to try and understand how a normal 13-year-old would react, so that the data collected during the experiments is as accurate as possible. And yet he cannot help but think of his place in the grand scheme of things.

The fourth story is less about sex and more about gender. It’s getting easier and easier to transition between both sexes, and even staying somewhere in the middle. These are the sexual experiences of one such person who wants to transition to centre – neither man or woman -, while trying to deal with her feelings towards her sexuality, her partner, and her mother.

The final story is about a woman who lived well into her one hundreds and still remembers a time when fish weren’t practically extinct. This one explores life after that and what you could experience in such a state.

Reading what I wrote above, I cannot help but feel my descriptions of the stories are very diminishing. The fact is I felt enraptured by them. At times disgusted, others excited and always curious to know what came next. I am not too sure about the Liv character, it did not struck me as believable that she is described as a teller of stories and yet we see her in scientific roles. But I do know I enjoyed this immensely and highly recommend it.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from Aug 29th to Sep 8th, 2017
GR Review

Advertisements

Pet to the Tentacle Monsters!

Pet to the Tentacle Monsters!
by Lilia Ford

Rating: 3/5

Boy, that was a freaky read.

So, at first we are shown a pretty believable sci-fi world in a very short amount of words. I thought it was very clever how in the very beginning of the story the author would use expressions and then shortly after their abbreviated form, so you would easily get used to them.

People have been huddled together in refugee communes and are attributed ratings according to how useful they are. We meet our main character Benji who just turned 18 and is full of teenage angst, especially after having lost his entire family. After a silly prank and respective whining about how ‘aww but all the other boys do it and they never get in trouble for it’ he finds himself in a tricky situation, as punishment for his offence. He gets locked in a place unlike anything he has experienced and soon he meets a cute (if you say so) tentacled creature that he pretty much treats and adopts as a pet/friend. But that’s when things start getting freaky, when he realizes he is the pet. Queue the weird BDSM descriptions and we’re in for a whole different trip than the one we initially jumped on. We witness the main character being abused physically and psychological, to the point of developing a nasty case of Stockholm syndrome.

What can I say. It was… Different? Yes… Freaky? For sure. Disturbing? Most definitely! If you want to feel all those things, then go right ahead and read this.

As for me… Besides all the kinky stuff I am not used to reading and that made me cringe at times, the rating was lowered because of the last chapter. Why would the monsters say that they want to co-exist with humans when obviously their intent is to make them their pets and sex-toys? Is that really how they expect the humans to do their part of the bargain? It just made no sense to me. And I wish I had read more sci-fi and less monster on human erotica. Strangely enough, the parts that I will take with me are those sci-fi things like a floor that adapts to your body, how cool is that?? You’ll never need a bed again! A light that allows you to see everything perfectly but does not leave you with that annoying sensation when you close your eyes? Awesome! Food – regardless of how tasteless – pretty much appearing out of thing air? Sweet! Not having to ‘go’, or wash, or get dressed… Dang!
Yeah, I wanted more of that.

Well, at least I tried something different.

Read on January 22, 2015
GR Review

I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.