Thursday 12 February 2009

Bad Sex: We Did It, so You Won't Have To by the writers of

badsexPublished by Chronicle Books
Distributed by Raincoast Books

Most adults can share at least one or two personal bad sex stories, though admittedly many would be too embarrassed. The writers of have put together this collection of their own dodgy experiences which are funny, sad, and often just plain weird. There is the guy who ejaculates so often that he could probably put a fire out quicker than the local fire department, a sleeping cat (easily my favourite story!), intimidating vibrators, drunk sex, and the handjob from hell. These are just a few of the situations that arise in this slightly naughty, greatly voyeuristic read.

Bad sex stories. Many of us have them. There is the time I had a knock on the door and opened it only to find that my ever-so-helpful neighbours had called the police in concern for my safety. Imagine my surprise when they asked if I was okay, and their surprise when I answered with a perfectly straight face that I was just having sex. Then there is the drunken exchange with a younger guy which has led some of my British friends to repeatedly sing Paul Hardcastle's song "19" at me just so they can see me blush. Or perhaps the bondage scene in the woods where I packed everything we could need including a spare blouse since my husband was going to cut mine off. Imagine his amusement, and my horror when I realised that I had left it at home on the arm of the couch which was thankfully only a short distance (and a VERY fast sprint through the yards of 4 neighbours) away.

Your enjoyment of this book will depend on how adventurous you are. I am admittedly a little too adventurous at times and I think that is a big part of why I found some of the stories (okay, a lot of them) fell short of the entertaining mark. To someone else, they could be pretty shocking and funny. That said, the book can also be looked at as a way of discovering things to try and those not to. A perfect example would be the licking of eyeballs as foreplay. (In my wildest dreams I could never have thought to do that!)

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