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27th February 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Krissy Kneen
An Uncertain Grace
Text Publishing (AU: 27th February 2017)
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Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her – and when he has lived it, he will understand how. Later… A convicted paedophile recruited to Liv’s experiment in collective consciousness discovers a way to escape from his own desolation. A synthetic boy, designed by Liv’s team to “love” men who desire adolescents, begins to question the terms of his existence. L, in transition to a state beyond gender, befriends Liv, in transition to a state beyond age. Liv herself has finally transcended the corporeal – but there is still the problem of love.


February 2017 Releases

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[REVIEW] The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine – Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen
The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine
Text Publishing (AU: 22nd April 2015)
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TRIGGER WARNINGS: Non-consent, bestiality.

The problem with reading a very specific niche of a book is that you may have no baseline story with which to compare it. The publisher’s cover copy calls Krissy Kneen’s The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine a “literary sci-fi superhero sex romp”, which is only kind of accurate.

The “sex romp” description is spot-on. Holly White starts off as a virgin Brisbane uni student with an abstinence ring. When she sexually awakens, she’s encouraged to go to Paris with a suitcase full of erotic classics written in or about the French capital.

I’m not good at defining styles of writing, but we could ascribe “literary” to the many references to books and writers that frequent the pages of Holly White, such as the chapter headings.

Those looking for “sci-fi” will be mostly disappointed. It was a big calling card for me, and I looked forward to learning about orgone energy. (William Reich is real, though orgone energy is pseudoscience.) While it is included, it’s very minimal – really more of a plot device rather than a concept fully explored.

Accumulating orgone energy is one thing, but what you do with it is…well, not really considered in the book. Judging by William Reich’s experiment, it can make mung beans grow, so could it be used to generate plant life and crops? Orgone energy can be collected into a battery, so could it be used as an alternative to electricity?

The novel never goes there, into how orgone energy could change the world for the better. (It does quite the opposite.) Some may claim life is not about the destination; it’s about the climb. And therein lies the problem: when there’s so much sex in a book that you find an orgy scene somewhat boring, that doesn’t bode well.

As for the “superhero” part of the description, absolutely not. Holly’s orgone accumulation may be a “superpower”, but it doesn’t save anyone’s life (quite the opposite), or prevent destruction. There’s nothing “superhero” about it.

I won’t give up on Krissy Kneen, though. I’ve loved her books before (I highly recommend Steeplechase), and I’m sure I’ll love her future books, too. (I’ve heard word about a book of interconnected sci-fi short stories.) And while Holly White has an irresistible WTF concept, its execution leaves a lot to be desired.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Mario Acevedo: RESCUE FROM PLANET PLEASURE: 3rd May 2015: Buy (US)
Cassie Alexander: BOXSET: THE HAUNTED, THE HUNTED, THE HATED: 28th April 2015: Buy (US)
Madeline Ashby: COMPANY TOWN: 16th February 2016: Buy (US)
Laura Bickle: MERCURY RETROGRADE: 27th October 2015: Buy (US)
Jessica Brody: UNCHANGED (paperback): 23rd February 2016: Buy (US)
Allie Brosh: SOLUTIONS AND OTHER PROBLEMS: 27th October 2015: Buy (US)
Megan Crewe: A SKY UNBROKEN: 13th October 2015: Buy (US)
Debra Driza: REDEMPTION: 23rd February 2016: Buy (US)
Jordana Frankel: THE WARD (paperback): 19th January 2016: Buy (US)
Jordana Frankel: THE ISLE: 19th January 2016: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover: MAYBE NOT (paperback): 22nd December 2015: Buy (US)
Krissy Kneen: EATING MY GRANDMOTHER: 1st July 2015: Buy (US)
Caragh M. O’Brien: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (paperback): 16th February 2016: Buy (US)
Caragh M. O’Brien: THE RULE OF MIRRORS: 16th February 2016: Buy (US)
Jennifer Rush: REBORN (paperback): 12th January 2016: Buy (US)
Kim Savage: AFTER THE WOODS: 23rd February 2016: Buy (US)
Megan Shepherd: A COLD LEGACY (paperback): 26th January 2016: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: THE RAVEN KING: 1st March 2016: Buy (US)

22nd April 2015 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Krissy Kneen
The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine
Text (AU: 22nd April 2015)
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Holly wears a ring that says “True Love Waits” and worries because her boyfriend isn’t trying to persuade her otherwise. Then a boy in her English tute invites her to join his book club. Shocked to find herself at “sex club”, plunged into the classics of erotic literature, Holly soon becomes fascinated: by the strange new world of Eros, by the increasing power she senses in her own body – and by a weird blue glow emanating from the most private part of herself. But Salter and Nabokov are one thing. When Holly encounters The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr Hoffman – quickly followed by the infamous orgone generator of Wilhelm Reich – things are set to explode.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Maree Anderson: FREAKS IN THE CITY (paperback): 11th April 2015: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: THE UNQUIET PAST: 29th September 2015: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: OTHERWORLD SECRETS: 26th January 2016: Buy (US)
Keri Arthur: CITY OF LIGHT: 5th January 2016: Buy (US)
Karen Bao: DOVE ARISING (paperback): 5th January 2016: Buy (US)
Kylie Chan: BLACK JADE: 29th December 2015: Buy (US)
Christina Farley: BRAZEN: 29th September 2015: Buy (US)
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT: 1st December 2015: Buy (US)
Krissy Kneen: THE ADVENTURES OF HOLLY WHITE AND THE INCREDIBLE SEX MACHINE (paperback): 12th January 2016: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: FAIREST (paperback): 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: HEARTLESS: 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
Veronica Rossi: RIDERS: 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
Carrie Ryan: BOUGAINVILLEA: 8th April 2015: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: THE RAVEN’S PROPHECY TAROT: 8th September 2015: Buy (US)
Amanda Sun: RISE: 1st May 2015: Buy (US)