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Night Shift by Joanna Angel Review

[Header Image Description: Night Shift, A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy, by Joanna Angel, sitting on a white bookshelf. The cover is a silhouette of a woman in front of a neon Peep Show and Adult Video sign.]

I listened to Kate Sloan interview porn royalty and freshly published author Joanna Angel on the Dildorks, I fell head over heels for her new book, Night Shift. Joanna Angel writes some really dynamic porn scripts (she even won best comedy release at the 2018 XBIZ awards!) so I was immediately excited to read her first novel, but when I found out it was a choose-your-own-adventure novel, I knew I had to have it. I love unique ideas when it comes to sexuality, but it’s important that they actually work, and Night Shift really, really does. The main character of Night Shift is Taryn, a college graduate who has moved back home to Pasco County, Florida, and found a job at a local sex-on-premises adult store. The store is called “Dreamz”, and just from the name I can picture the exact kind of gaudy shop this is set in. According to Joanna Angel, Taryn is essentially who Angel was when she graduated college: innocent, inexperienced, and lacking direction. No matter what level of familiarity you are at with sex, Taryn is a perfect window into this world. You get the definition of a Fleshlight for beginners, but you also get nods to cult classic toys like the njoy Pure Wand and the Hitachi.

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FTM Fucker Volume 1 Review

[Header Image Description: Kipp Slinger, a pale skinned trans man with tattoos, wearing blue boxer briefs, wrist cuffs, and a chest harness, holding the bars of a cage.]

FTM Fucker Volume 1 is a collection of 5 scenes, all containing transmasculine people. It is 1 hour and 50 minutes in total, and all the scenes are directed by James Darling. Other than the fact that they all contain transmasculine people, there is nothing thematic that ties these scenes together, so I’m addressing them in a series of mini reviews.

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The Juliette Society Review

[Header Image Description: The Juliette Society by Sasha Grey, a book with a light blue cover with a closed eye on it, lying on wooden floorboards, next to a red leather collar.]

Most of the time, I know exactly how I feel about a book when I finish it. I’m usually very decisive about what I do and do not like with regards to literature, but The Juliette Society has me thrown. It’s such a simple concept, when you think about it, but it’s quite a complex story. There are some truly beautiful pieces of writing, but also some sections that confuse me.

The Juliette Society tells the story of Catherine, a film major, who, through a new friend, a sordid story, and the film Belle du Jour, discovers new, “darker” sexual desires. Her friend Anna takes her to a series of sex parties, eventually ending up at a party of the Juliette Society, an exclusive society where the world’s elite come to fuck. The Juliette Society actually doesn’t play a huge role in the book until the end, so the blurb is a little misleading. The story is peppered with references to classic films, which not only provide insight into Catherine’s personality through her film tastes, but also provide some interesting parallels to what happens in the book.

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Fucking Mystic Review

[Header Image Description: A still from the third scene, where Chelsea Poe throws Daisy Ducati onto a bare mattress, bathed in pink light. Daisy’s head and torso are in shot, but only Chelsea’s torso and arms are visible.]

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[Image Description: The Cover of Fucking Mystic, which features Chelsea Poe topless, wearing a triangular pendant and a tartan high-waisted skirt. Text reads Trouble Films, Fucking Mystic, Chelsea Poe.]

I don’t know how or why my obsession with Chelsea Poe began, but almost everyone who knows I watch porn knows that she is my favourite performer. Not only is she incredibly attractive, but she also seems to really earnestly enjoy other people’s pleasure when she’s having sex with them. She is supremely talented, and has received deserved recognition for that. Fucking Mystic really shows her versatility, from vanilla scenes to submission to domination. The vague plot is that Chelsea has moved to the Bay Area, and that before she left, her girlfriend gave her a talisman that makes people really, really want to have sex with her. Some people might be uncomfortable with the way this could possibly be seen as non-consent, but I think the enthusiasm of the performers cuts through that. The plot is simple and not distracting from the main game, but there’s definite continuity of the plot through the scenes. This film has five scenes, but I feel like it’s more like four and a half. I don’t like every scene, but the ones that I do, I like a lot. Fucking Mystic is a really important film for me, because it really shaped my understanding of sexuality. It was the first time I had ever seen ball gags, fisting and squirting in porn, and these are all my favourite things to see in porn and in my real life sex life. Fucking Mystic is a whole hour long, was produced by Trouble Films in 2014, and directed by Courtney Trouble. Continue reading “Fucking Mystic Review”