Roadies

roadiesI started watching the Showtime series Roadies and enjoyed that a lot. Somehow I forgot the name of the opening band in the second episode. While looking for that name (turned out it is Reignwolf,) I ran across some very unflattering reviews of the show. The most scathing one is by Maureen Ryan, Variety’s chief TV critic. Her main beef was with the sexual assault on the character played by Rainn Wilson (Bryce Newman.) So, though I agree in principle with some of the things she is saying, I think she has totally missed the point. To start with, the entire series is a fantasy that is elevating the real life roady-ing experience up to mostly imaginary heights. Which does not make it Continue reading

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Bionic Lover

Bionic LoverChristian’s Bionic Lover sucked me right into the narrative with the very first paragraph. A very well thought out introduction to the events that were to follow. Since the subtitle had introduced it as an Erotic Lesbian Romance, I had a good idea about some of the things to follow and yet I just couldn’t quite stop. The language is so rich and captivating that at times, I was more enamored of the words than their actual meaning and that is not an easy thing to do. The sentences followed each other like pearls on a string and some of what they were saying reminded me of friends and long gone events, in other countries and other times.

I am a hetero male, and like most of the ones sharing my demographic, fascinated with lesbian encounters.  Holding my breath, I kept waiting for that double female scent to emanate from my screen and envelope me. When it did occur, I was not disappointed. The strength of the encounter and the way it was depicted got me very excited. It was the middle of the afternoon and I was not alone in the house, so there was nothing I could about it. I thought that perhaps I should continue reading later on, Continue reading

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A StarkLight Steampunk Anthology

Steampunk-1I have just finished A StarkLight Steampunk Anthology. Ernie had sent me a copy and asked me to review it when I got a chance. One of his stories had won a contest of some sort and was published in it. StarkLight Press is a small but up and coming Canadian publishing house. It was started and is owned and managed by Tony Stark. Tony and his wife Virginia Carraway Stark have also contributed two excellent pieces to this Anthology.

Having previously read Ernest Samuel Llime’s novel Do, Re, Mi and the Big C as well as his collection of erotic shorts A Closer Look, I expected his story to be some kind of smutty invention. I checked the table of contents and strangely, his name was printed in bold characters, unlike the other authors’ which were all in Italics. Later on, I mentioned that to Ernie and he said that he had contacted the publishers and they will correct that. StarkLight Press invites authors to write on some pre-defined topic or other and the best stories get published. For this one they requested Christmas stories in a Steampunk setting.
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Vinyl

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I have waited patiently for Vinyl to start showing on HBO. I mean Scorsese and Mick Jagger, together – wow! The billboards advertising it said “He didn’t see the future, he heard it.” So, it’s been on for a while now – it gets good reviews – but, where is that new music. Not sure how this can happen. If they are supposed to make some kind of new music – even if it is supposed to be new to the 1970’s or something, where is it? Sad to watch a series with so much potential go down the drain. I mean Scorsese is a great director. He didn’t need Mick to come up with these stories, he could have gotten anyone. Mick. however could have come up with some great new music. I wish I could have these old farts read my stuff and listen to some of my music. I could keep the story going while infusing some kind of musical innovation. Oh, I didn’t mean to come across like that. Pick anyone else who is interested in the more musical side of things.

As a last word, I need to say that I am pretty much as old as those two, but I haven’t yet become ossified. Bottom line: if you expect some kind of mob related Scorsese kind of show: keep on watching, you’ll get all of that. On the other hand, if you expected this show to be more musically exciting, don’t waste your time. All I can say at this point is that I have wasted nine hours of my time waiting for a worthwhile musical moment and I do not intend to spend a minute more. So long Vinyl, I hope they snip the rest of your episodes soon, so that I will not be tempted to watch any new ones (LOL – NFW.)

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Do, Re, Mi and the Big C

BookCoverPreviewDo, Re, Mi and the Big C sounds so much like a story about music. Well, it is not. It’s just that Mr. Llime has decided to use these names for his principal characters. Doreen, Remo, Michelle and Solomon are all members of The New Coney Island Vaudeville Show (TNCIVS.) Other than Michelle, the other three have acquired new names at some point or another, mostly to cover their tracks. There are some musical similes, allusions and confusions. e.g.: Solomon is nicknamed the Big C and he is also known as Sol. ‘C’ in Western musical notation stand for the note ‘Do’ and as a letter in the Cyrillic alphabet, it is pronounced ‘S’ thus standing for Solomon (Соломон) as well. In addition to all that the Big C is also a name used by people who do not wish to to use the word ‘cancer.’ Continue reading

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A Closer Look

BookCoverPreviewEach story in A Closer Look by Ernest Samuel Llime depicts what some might call a deviant aspect of human sexuality. This book will teach you what kind of wine goes best with cunnilingus and which kitchen utensils work best for spanking. You will also learn a new kind of C.P.R. that can be performed on the clinically dead as well as how a ghost might get his/her rocks off. While some might call these stories bizarre and preposterous, we can only call them inspired, inventive and solidly assembled.

Llime has a great eye for detail and a gift for descriptive narrative. Each scene is so rich in vivid detail that we can easily visualize the writer pausing between paragraphs to treat himself to a well-deserved stroke or two. To be perfectly honest we were likewise quite tempted, but there was a deadline to be met. What happens after this review is finished, might be the subject for another story.
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Grandma Did It

naked trumpeterThere are many great bloggers on tumbler. There are a lot more who are not that great, but I try to avoid those ones. Anyway, I ran across Grandma Did It  and there is something about it that grabbed my attention I mean there are all these pictures of beautiful women from the first half of the twentieth century. A lot of them are nude and a few of them are quenching their sexual thirsts in front of the camera. And yes, of course a lot of them may have eventually become grandmas. The hope that some of them lived to actually see their grandchildren cheers me up. The first half of the previous century was a very difficult time historically and seeing young naked women enjoying their life reinforces my belief in the strength and resiliency of the human

spirit. Alas, my personal family history is filled with doom and gloom. Most of my aunts and uncles, as well as my grandparents, perished in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and I never got to meet them. I have only one picture that my aunts are in and they looked very beautiful and sexy. They were of course fully dressed in fashionable dresses of the late 1930’s. There is of course no way that any of my grandmas did any of the things that the grandmas in this blog are doing. Continue reading

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