Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Studenstein


Reviewed by Jen
 
**WARNING: This review is intended for readers 18 and older. It contains coarse language and adult themes. If you think you may be offended, you might want to skip this one. **

After spending 15 minutes trying to find a tactful way to say this, I have given up. So I'm just going to come out with it: Reading about a woman screwing a guy in the ass with a strap-on dildo is not generally my cuppa tea. That being said, if it doesn't bother you --or if it kind of floats your boat-- "Studenstein" is actually a pretty entertaining novella.

Our heroine, Shani, is a reanimated corpse who was brought back to life to be a sex-slave.  She now works with others of her kind to free those still enslaved by the corporations who created them and programmed them for pleasure.  As the story begins, she is on a mission to rescue Royce, a sex-bot who doesn't even realize he needs saving.  Once she spirits him away, she discovers that he experiences serious pain if he can't have an orgasm every so often.  Unfortunately, he can't feel his dick, so that really limits his options.

Shani is very wary of sex.  In fact, she hasn't touched a man since she gained her freedom.  But she is willing to strap on the, er, strap-on... to give Royce the release he needs.  Frequently.  The end goal is to get him to her people, who can remove the devices that allowed his creators to control him.

The novella has pretty solid world building, especially considering its length.  Like I said, the female topping didn't really push my hot buttons. But I did like the dynamic between Shani and Royce.  Shani is empathetic without being maudlin.  And despite some of the darker themes, there are definite moments of levity.  This was my favorite:

"She felt like a princess descending her throne. A zombie princess, getting ready to fuck a guy in the ass in the kingdom of a crappy motel room."

That is pretty funny.

It turns out that this is actually the second installment in a series following the undead sex-bots. But this works easily as a stand-alone.  I'm kind of struggling to rate this one, but it was certainly fun to read.   4 stars.

*ARC provided by author for review

Click to purchase: Amazon
Studenstein
by Daisy Harris
Release Date: September 16, 2011
Publisher: Ellora's Cave

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9 Comments:

At Friday, September 23, 2011 at 9:49:00 PM CDT , Blogger HighlandHussy said...

Fab review, babe. I've really been wondering about this one since I saw daisy's updates while she was still writing it :)
The fembot w/strap-on isn't my normal fare either, but I think seeing the sense of humor keeping it light makes it much more interesting.

 
At Friday, September 23, 2011 at 9:52:00 PM CDT , Blogger KB/KT Grant said...

Wait a minute... hero can't have sex with his dick so he can only have anal sex and if the heroine wears a dildo? O.O

 
At Friday, September 23, 2011 at 9:55:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

Yup! That about covers it. :)

 
At Friday, September 23, 2011 at 9:55:00 PM CDT , Blogger KB/KT Grant said...

Does he ever get feeling in his peen?

 
At Friday, September 23, 2011 at 9:56:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

Yes. That's the happy ending.

 
At Friday, September 23, 2011 at 10:55:00 PM CDT , Blogger Sophia Chang said...

This is, by far, the funniest book review and comment dialogue I've read this year.

 
At Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 9:49:00 AM CDT , Blogger Vanessa theJeepDiva said...

You came right out and said it! GO YOU! I had no clue how to work what needed to be said about the book into the review. There really is no delicate way to say that. If you haven't read the first one, READ it. I liked the 2nd one a lot, but the 1st one was even better.

 
At Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 12:26:00 PM CDT , Blogger Delphine Dryden said...

LOL! I actually read this one before it was out, and like you I was skeptical...to say the least. But the dynamic between the two of them and the humor really made it worth reading (apologies in advance for next 3 word) in the end. :-D

 
At Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 10:05:00 PM CDT , Blogger Daisy Harris said...

LOL. Well when you explain it like that, it's just sounds silly!

:)

Thanks for the great review! I'm so glad you had fun reading!

 

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