My focus at Bending the Bookshelf is on authors and stories that bend gender and sexuality, express our unique identities, and celebrate our diverse lives and loves. From mainstream and genre fiction to the kinky corners of fetish and erotic fiction, we share a passion for anything that bends, twists, or otherwise transcends the social constructs of gender and sexuality.
Normally, I am not one for stories of humiliation. I prefer my sissies to come by their femininity happily, eagerly, and without complaint. That said, Kylie Gable and Claudia Acosta are the absolute Queens of Forced Feminization and Humiliation, and it is patently impossible to resist the allure of their stories.
The Complete Pack: Confessions of a Sissy Pet collects all 6 stories of the series, all but demanding that we indulge our curiosity and binge on David's story. I say David's story, because he is the one telling it, but it is really the story of The Pack themselves - Lisa, Tyson, Cindy, Dana, and Matilda.
What I love about Kylie and Claudia's work is just how carefully balanced the whole feminization process is, and how the humiliation is tempered with elements of friendship and affection, making it easier for readers to forgive themselves for wanting to see the poor sissies pushed harder, further, deeper into femininity. They so effortlessly move us from horror and even anger, to curiosity, anticipation, and appreciation, and they are able to do that because they populate their stories with such well-developed characters.
There is so much fetish fuel to the story that I hesitate to even try to explain, for fear of missing something, but we have an emphasis on panties, pantyhose, and bras; high heels; lipstick and eyeliner; dresses and skirts; impromptu bondage and improvised restraints; gags and cages; blackmail; masturbation; and even some forced bisexuality.
In terms of structure, the 6 stories here are chapters in a longer work, and they way the story builds and expands with each is fascinating. There is a definite rising arc to the story, as more girls (and sissies) are drawn into David's world, with a surprisingly dark and daring feminization marking the peak or the climax, and the exploration of consequences (and revenge) coming from the dénouement. What makes it really exciting is having David telling the story as a much older man, looking back on that school year, and not just commenting on the events but foreshadowing what is to come. Dramatically, it works very well, and that distance allows him to appreciate the The Pack, their friendship, their femininity, their power, and their allure.
The story does get a little . . . well, extreme in the last few chapters, pushing the bounds of disbelief, but somehow it works, especially once the consequences begin to fall. I love that David offers a final commentary on it all, updating us on his life as well as that of The Pack, pulling the story back to reality (and plausibility) in a bittersweet fashion.
When she was in college, Kylie Gable had a life changing experience that she's only coming to terms with years later. She was forcibly feminized by one amazing girl and her friends. There are a lot of legitimate questions of any writer in the genre of forced feminization, but even more so for someone like Kylie who purports to tell a true story. http://kyliegable.blogspot.ca/ @KylieGable
Oh, my - it is has been far too long since I last enjoyed a story by Solar Harris. In fact, aside from the Futa Explosion anthology we contributed to last year, it has been 4 years since Samuel reviewed Acquired and I reviewed Collected. It is so nice to reconnect!
Futas & Feminizers offers up Seven Short Tales of First-Time Femininity and they cover the full spectrum of erotic gender exploration.
The core of the collection is Mandy, a three-part story that sees a novice crossdresser coaxed out of his shell by an online friend who dares/bribes him into taking his feminine persona public. I normally do not like stories that have chat element to them, but here it works because it lets us into Mandy's frame of mind, even as we see her develop through those nervous, tentative, exciting first steps.
Kellie is probably my fave story of the collection, and not just because it introduced the term dickwitch to my world! It plays with a few of the standard gender swap tropes, but the sex-magyck is exciting (not to mention erotic) and the transformation is beautifully sensuous.
Gooner is an odd story, because it uses a narrative device that I generally find awkward, with the protagonist talking to the reader as if they are the other character, but here it really works, becoming an almost hypnotic tale of bimbofication. Harris then switches things up a bit, getting back to more realistic fantasies with Morgan, in which our feminized virgin makes a verbal vow of submission that is incredibly erotic, leading to an ending that has a bit of edge, but which is full of bliss.
For those interested in futa sex, Cherry is a dirty, sordid bit of bathroom sex, and I love it. The passion and the control she has over the lucky boy she has chosen is glorious, and even with the whole story from her POV, we can still appreciate precisely how incredible and experience it is for him.
As short as they are, the stories in Futas & Feminizers are all complete tales, with likeable characters, some drama/mystery, and (of course) intense eroticism. Solar Harris is a wonderful writer, and I need to make a point of catching up with more of her stuff.
Solar Harris resides in southern California and retains dual citizenship in assorted virtual worlds on the internet. Solar is the author of the ACQUIRED series of genderbending sci-fi erotic thrillers, the sci-fi serialized erotic TG adventure Rubyfruit Plus as well as a number of other erotic fiction novellas and short stories.
Well, if it's Friday, then it must be time to bend our way into the weekend with Freebie Fetish Friday.
Every Friday I search through the weekend's free titles on Amazon, looking for those that might be of interest to similarly bent readers, fans, and lovers. Even if you don't have a Kindle, you can still download the titles through one of Amazon's free reading applications, or covert it with Calibre to load onto a Kobo, iPad, or anything else.
Please do be sure to check the price before downloading anything, as most freebies are limited time offers, and some are specific to certain regions.
It's hard to tell a story in just 300 words. Each year we ask writers to take the challenge, turning in stories across the queer spectrum. The rules are simple. Write a complete sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror story, include LGBTIQA characters, and do it all with just 300 carefully chosen words.
IM * PACT
One object colliding with another
An impinging of something upon something else
An influence or effect on something or someone
The force of a new idea, concept, technology or ideology
Four definitions to inspire writers around the world, and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell, but only 110 made the final cut.
A difficult choice to be made. An object hurtling recklessly through space. A new invention that will change the world. So many things can impact a life, a society, or a planet.
Impact features 300 word speculative fiction ficlets from across the queer spectrum from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.
Since this book is composed of stories of no more than 300 words, we can’t really do a standard excerpt, so we’re offering you the teaser first lines from a number of stories.
“She’d needed new oil. She felt her joints grow stiff, her muscles grow tight, her follicles thickening. If she didn’t get fresh quarts soon, people she passed would start calling her sir, asking, Where’s your gun?” —Crossville Station, by Nathan Alling Long
“The mallet's impact on the hard, bright disk shattered the silence in the talking chamber. The resulting deep tone reverberated through the vault, through Saskia, as she fidgeted beside her lover.” —Settled, by Aidee Ladnier
“This is how the world ends, or so they say. From where I'm standing, it simply looks like a rolling darkness as distant lights flicker and die.” —Visitors, by LJ Phillips
“’What have you done?’ The mechanical eyes came to rest on his face, the droning beep sounding loud in the small room.” —Identity and Change, by Jo Tannah
“’Once upon a world, we were the same,’ he said, lifting my hand to his lips; the ground shaking beneath us.” —Impact, by Jack Ladd
“I been a tinker and soothsayer long enough to know this country's at the cusp of war. They stir up hate easy as breath. And, oh, it pains my soul to see it. “ —Impact of Intervention, by Patricia Scott
“All lives begin with a messy impact of some kind. The crash of zygotes and gametes. Splats of silica gel between cybernetic synapses. Two women slam into each other carrying full cups of coffee.” —Quintessence, by E.M. Hammill
“If I venture far enough into the house, I’ll find my closet.” —The Closet, by K.S. Trenten
“It touched Ligaya when she was a child. Or she touched it. A half-glimpsed shape under her bed.” Mas Mabuti An Answang, by Foster Bridget Cassidy
“Jam zipped down the neon track, feather-light in low gravity. She rocketed forward, a glowing haze in her starred helmet, and shot past the pack. “Space Jammer!” echoed as she neared the line. Time to rack up the points.” —First Bout: Andromedolls Vs. Crotch Rockets, by Ginger Streusel
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At Queer Sci Fi, we're building a community of sci fi, fantasy, paranormal and horror writers and readers who want a little rainbow in their speculative fiction. We run a great discussion group on Facebook, a twitter feed, and have a website full of useful materials, news, and announcements for readers and writers of queer speculative fiction.
At first glance, The nice English couple who met the latex nuns seems to have little going for it. That is more a sentence than a title; the cover is rather generic; and the blurb is pretty simple. Despite that, I was intrigued, and I am delighted that I took a chance on John Hansen's kinky little fantasy.
Very simple scenario here - a couple's car breaks down, they have no cell service, so they approach the forbidding old mansion for help. If this were a Gothic horror story, you would know what was coming next. Instead of sinister butlers, mad scientists, or crazy old ladies, however, they are met by a beautiful woman in a latex nun's outfit, who not invites them inside, but offers them the chance to apply for membership.
This is a short story, a little lighter on the details than I would have liked, but a fun one. There are some delightful scenes of lesbian submission with a nice verbal element to them, and a decent bit of male submission as well, complete with nipple clamps and butt plugs. There is talk of pegging as well but, sadly, most of that takes place off the page.
All in all, an enjoyable fantasy, but I would have loved more detail.
The women in John Hansen's stories are often dominant, lusting for power, manipulative and/or in charge of the situation. In his writings you will find femdom-stories, step-mom-stories, science-fiction, everyday tales or adventure stories.
Gender 21 is a near-future science fiction tale with a social conscience. With a new biological treatment available that delivers an easy gender change, the government of a fictional island nation has instituted a Gender Equality Program. Upon reaching the age of 21, island residents are forced to undergo a temporary gender change, living as the opposite sex for a year in order to appreciate how the other half lives.
Timothy Luce does some really interesting things with the story, starting with Alex's sexuality. As Alexander, he is a closeted gay man, secretly in love with his best friends . . . and as Alexandra, she is a closeted gay woman, secretly in love with her best friend's sister. I love how that played out, and how those relationships evolved over the course of the story.
Sexually, this is a fun tale, with plenty of self-exploration, but what is really interesting is how aware Alexandra becomes of her sensuality. She realizes how her body reacts, and slowly begins to appreciate how other react to her. We get some flirting, some anxious moments of self-doubt, and ultimately some explorations of lust and love.
After settling into her new life, Gender 21 takes a bit of a twist in the second half, with a contest/pageant for Gender Equality Program participants that allows one lucky winner to escape the program early, and return to their original gender. Alexandra does take part, but is not really sure she wants to win, and that is where things get good.
The Gor novels of John Norman are among the oldest of my guilty pleasures. As a teenager, working her way through the fantasy shelves, they were forbidden and taboo, naughty tales of sex, bondage, and slavery that I fell in love with. I adored the pulp adventure aspect of them, but it was the sexuality and submission that spoke to my very soul. The only thing they were lacking was a transgender element - a sissy kajira or a transsexual tarnsman - to completely overwhelm me.
While Lyka Bloom published one Gor-inspired fantasy with Kal'an (sadly, she seems to have retired before finishing the trilogy), and there have been a few unauthorized Gor novellas (such as Daughter of Gor) published online, there has never been a professionally published, true transgender Gorean fantasy . . . until now.
Adventurous, humorous, thrilling, and erotic, Kock Rider of Khymeera is not just Gor-inspired fantasy, it is a transgender homage to the works of John Norman that is as clever as it is entertaining. What Joanna Noor has crafted here is a book that is undeniably erotic and sexually suggestive, but first and foremost a thrilling bit of fantasy, complete with danger, romance, horror, and friendship. Yes, there are pornographic elements that will have you frantically manipulating your Milk Stone, but this is far more than just a one-handed read.
As pulp fantasy goes, this is a marvelous read. We have heroes and heroines, rivalries, thieves, assassins, monsters, and some unusual beasts of burden. There are epic battles, both on the ground and in the air, and some daring escapes. There is a sense of awe and grandeur to the world of Khymeera, with a mythology behind the counter-Earth (that relies heavily upon the Pu’ussy Kings of the Soddom Mountains), and a geography that embraces far more than just the two nations at war.
The erotic elements are not just tacked on, they are a part of the story, and that level of detail is part of what makes for such an exciting read. Take, for instance, the Kocks of the title. These are massive creatures, something of a cross between an eagle and a dragon, that can be mounted and ridden in more ways than one. It is not a sexual connection between Kock and rider, but an intimate one, allowing for a telepathic bond that translates into a majestic experience. Another delicious example is Lactus of the Merchant Caste, a Hu’kow with four breasts that produce a hypnotic, mind-altering milk. She is an absolutely delicious character, and her race is just as important to her role - not just a bit of fetish fun, but something that binds the characters together, and opens the world to a new kind of leadership.
What makes is all work is the culture of open sexuality and acceptance that permeates the world. There is no such thing as straight, bi, or gay on Khymeera, no restraints on sexual acts, and no judgment on partners. Sex is both pleasurable and mystical, and all are free to partake of it, with whomever they please, however they please. There is a class system in place, with romance between certain classes is an issue (which is a part of Princess Ulva's story), and there is the issue of the rare Fu’taanari being both reviled and worshiped, but sex itself is open and free.
There is so much more I want to say about this, but you really do need to read it for yourself. Yes, many of the names are deliberately silly and suggestive, but the story itself is far more than just ribald humor. Kock Rider of Khymeera is a well-written, imaginative, engaging work of fantasy fiction that delivers as much amusement and excitement as it does arousal. Highly recommended!
Now, if somebody could recapture the sensuality and the grandeur of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel novels, with a transgender heroine, I just might die a truly happy gal. :)
With one hand under my skirt, one hand on my keyboard, and tongue firmly in cheek, I write naughty epic fantasy that is thrilling in every way!