Erotic literature has a long and colorful past, from Ovid
to Tijuana Bibles to today's contemporary fiction. Books have
the ability to spark the imagination and quicken the libido.
Here you’ll find an array of sexuality-based books, ranging
from, fiction, to true stories, to essays, to how-to volumes,
and more. If it's on the printed page and it's about sex, we
strive to cover it and give you our opinion of it.
We want our readers to find books that will both entertain
and enlighten. We have fiction, anthologies, and graphic
novels for that erotic fix. There are many excellent how-to
guides for those of you who'd like to get away from the
printed page for you jollies. Finally, we will have
non-fiction on the topic of sex, histories both general and
specific, and books of contemporary essays. Some of these
books will blur the lines, being both instructional and erotic
Books are rated on several levels. First, we consider the
quality of the writing. Second, we think about the ideas
presented in the books, and how they relate to our readers.
Finally, we let you know if it's really hot. The best books in
this genre are able to provoke our bodies as well as our
The SexHerald Book Review section is dedicated to bringing
our readers a great variety. The books we review are for
everyone in the reading community, and we strive to bring you
the best erotica covering a variety of sexualities. Concise
and most importantly honest, we strive to consistently provide
a high level of accuracy in all our reviews.
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Spanked: Red Cheeked Erotica
By Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Reviewed by J. Arathoon
The title gets straight to the point: this is a collection of short stories about spanking, and if you like spanking, you will probably like this collection. As always, Rachel Kramer Bussel does an excellent job of pulling together a set of well-written stories that explore a breadth of sexual experience and emotion while remaining sizzling hot. Despite the somewhat narrow focus of the collection, the stories in this book manage to avoid becoming overly repetitive. In part, this is accomplished by judicious selection and positioning of stories to provide a nice balance—there is a varying mix of male topping and female topping, and gay sex mixes cheerfully in with hetero (though straight sex is more frequently featured throughout).
Innocence and Seduction: The Art of Dan DeCarlo
By Bill Morrison
Reviewed by J. Arathoon
Innocence and Seduction, The Art of Dan DeCarlo is a lush, gorgeous book that showcases the art of DeCarlo, a man best known for being the originating Betty and Veronica and Josie and the Pussycats, among others. Beginning as a part-time freelancer, DeCarlo worked until his style became synonymous with all the Archie characters. His love of the female form and understanding of sex and sales helped shaped those now-classic icons. The book tells the story of DeCarlo’s life, but the primary focus is his artistic career. His creative history is thoroughly explained, though his personal issues often seem like an afterthought.
Instant Orgasm: Excitement at First Touch
By Steve Bodansky, PhD & Vera Bodansky, PhD
Reviewed by Sexherald Staff
Purchasing Steve and Vera Bodansky’s Instant Orgasm: Excitement at First Touch is like buying a magic set; some tricks seem easy enough, but the rest take far too much sleight of hand and patience. Both Bodanskys have PhDs in sensuality from More University, an “experimental school” in Northern California. With over two decades of experience teaching “the art of sexual arousal” and three other sex books, including Extended Massive Orgasm, The Illustrated Guide to Extended Massive Orgasm, and To Bed or Not to Bed, these presumed sex titans have coauthored a book that describes “how to invest a little time and attention in creating an orgasmic experience whenever you choose.”