- Phaze Books
- Release Date
- November 2010
Get ready for another collection of stories on relationships from master storyteller, Piers Anthony.
From one of the best known names in fiction comes this fourth unique collection of stories about relationships--some intense, some sexual, some mild, some shockers.
This collection is intended for mature, thoughtful readers who care more about character and idea than adventure. A must for Anthony fans.
Warning: This work contains one scene of non-consensual sex.
Feb 13, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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Piers Anthony has a flair for the dramatic. His science fiction and fantasy stories spin worlds and weave webs which capture reader's imaginations. In RELATIONSHIPS 4, he explores the erotic side of relationships. Unlike the typical erotic shorts, however, Piers Anthony's stories represent those facets of humanity that are less than perfect, but more than real.
Most of his fourteen stories in RELATIONSHIPS 4 focus on those characters who are fairly ordinary. No beauties allowed, no mystical forces uniting people together, the characters in each story grow to life without the magic of fantasy. Their personal motivations may differ but the resulting focus is always on the magic created by sexual unity.
Admittedly, some stories are better than others. By far one of the strongest stories, "Phone Sex" is a short about two people who have morbid fears of using the phone. The older woman, younger man idea normally entices, however in this particular piece, the older woman has no allure other than she listens and supports the younger man. While the storyline leans heavily on their sexual adventures, the relationship that develops feels very human, very real – maybe more real than those mainstream romances where the hero is alpha tough, tall and handsome and the heroine is the perfect blend of beauty and brains.
Not always pretty, sometimes even straight up bizarre, these stories feed the brain and ask a final question in conclusion of each one. Perhaps it is those final questions that stimulate reflection upon the story that feel so captivating. As art imitates life, so do these tales – erotic, occasionally exotic and certainly thought provoking, they celebrate the mundane and seek to find the sexy in the every day. Piers Anthony knows how to find the beauty in every beast.
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