Susan by Morgan

Author's Description:
This is the next book in the Ali Clifford saga.
A young woman is sold into slavery to cover her father's business debt. This story recounts her adventures.
Size: 962 KB ( ~ 182,424 words)
Sex Contents: Much Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Consensual, Romantic, DomSub

Review by aliasx   [other reviews by aliasx]

Reviewed: 2007-06-25 - (Review Updated: 2008-06-04)

This is a review of the Ali Clifford Saga (series), not just of Susan. I don't feel it necessary to review the stories individually as they are all the same. Morgan's female characters often even look the same, as mentioned in his story, Andy Taylor: "There is just a dull sameness to Clifford & Jamison women. We're all the same size... About the only variation is in the color of the eyes and hair."

I wish to emphasize that this is not a fault. I think DB_Story says it best in Pickup at the Robot Club:

Finally Tammy observed that, "I think these two movies should be considered the same because they were written by the same person, star the same actress, and are intended to create the same feelings."

Jon thought he'd lost the discussion until he pointed out, "You need the second movie to get the same feelings, because you can't just keep replaying the first one and get the same result each time."

Morgan is a strange author. His characters are pretty much universally Christian. They often deride gay men, and often attack the stereotypical butch lesbians. The women in the stories have the sole purpose in life of making their husbands happy, though this doesn't stop them from being capable of doing pretty much anything. Oh, and the men and women are inhumanly capable of having sex. In Jean & Jim, a character has sex with women who aren't protagonists, and those women don't have the amazing body control or whatever, so they all end up near death in the hospital due to excessively good sex. And Morgan's characters definitely are strongly in favor of the Vietnam War. And of course, the women are pretty much always the most amazing chefs ever. These aspects of Morgan's work are not in and of themselves strange: There are plenty of real life people with similar beliefs. What is weird is to see them in erotic fiction. Even the absurdly high sex perfection is not especially common, outside of porn parody. Still, it doesn't detract from the plot or anything, they're just not something I would've expected to see.

Most of Morgan's stories follow a pretty consistent pattern wherein the women don't think they're good enough for the men (and suggest being mistresses or something), the men don't think they're good enough for the women (but are happy to marry them anyways), and about half the time the women or men initially are jerks and become perfect people by going a few months as slaves and being whipped (the whipping is not really sexual, so BDSM fans should look elsewhere).

My only major complaint is that Morgan frequently ignores the "show, don't tell" rule of writing. This contributes towards making the characters sometimes seem over the top, weakening suspension of disbelief. There are a few points where a couple chapters or so are spent with various characters explaining just how great the protagonists are.

Despite this annoyance, overall, I'd say that Morgan's work is quite entertaining and a joy to read. And the over the top characters will give you many opportunities to share their triumph when they completely and utterly outperform some other character.

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 8 | Appeal to Reviewer: 8