It's been a couple of days since I finished this book — yes, I did slog all the way to the end — and it's taken that long to compose this review in my head.
The Best of Both Worlds by Dilettante. I chose the story based solely on it's score — 8.41.
But... I have to be honest with you and the author... This is some of the best reading of pure descriptive porn that I've read in many, many years! Too bad that this author seems to have ceased writing more than several years ago.
The author's word-smithing is what made me slog on — and on, and on. Why 'slog'? Because there's only so many ways one can describe fuckin'-n-suckin' before the describing words smoosh into a homogenous glob of 'the same damn thing' — sorta like a smooshed banana, and no matter how tasty the banana, it's still just a grey glob.
Many stories on SOL that I like have some sort of adult interaction, i.e., sex. Normally I'll skim these descriptions to just get past them and on the the 'rest of the story'. But not so in this story. Here I read every word, well, at least for the first half of the book. After that... see the paragraph above.
Acolodude's ability to describe 'normal' sex actually had me reading all of the sex scenes. And let's be clear, most of the first 2/3rds of the book is sex scenes. Oh, there's a little bit of supporting dialog and background description, but it's sparse.
If you find the 'normal' sex scene descriptions to be somehow lacking in their ability to impart the feelings of real passion between the characters, please DO NOT skip this story — the sex scene descriptions are worthy of a Clitoride award!
The one 'lack' in the story if you wish, is the various character's inability to enhance their sexual sharing with added 'touches' — like a g-spot massage or a p-spot massage. I don't remember any Hitachi Magic Wands nor any dildos in use by the ladies. I cannot imagine any scenario with four or five women sharing pleasure among themselves that does not involve some 'tool' for insertion. I can't recall any in use in this story. The most exotic was 'she tickled my balls'. Really?
The rest? Blah-blah-blah. Little plot and almost no character development. Some typical grammar oopses and such-like, see previous reviews. That's why my rating is 5-8-8.
This is a fantastic story. I don't care if you're into MFF threesomes, lesbian conversions, taking virginities, or just good romance Read this
Dillittante sometimes gets names swapped. Um..It ends? I never did figure out what both worlds were in the end, though I have a good idea what they were supposed to be in the beginning.
Even the charicatures seem like real people. Compelling plot, where nothing seems to tie it all together in a pleasing way until the end. Great sex scenes. The list of smaller items is difficult and long to enumerate, so I won't try
See the introduction. Read it again if necessary. Think about it a bit. Now go read the damn story.
The two words that I find best describe 'The Best of Both Worlds' are funny and positive.
I've rarely read a story that made me laugh as frequently, or chuckle almost continuously. Dilettante's sense of timing is impeccible.
If you're looking for a bunch of relationship angst this probably isn't the story for you. There is some scattered throughout but the general tone is very, very upbeat. There's a lot of love, between a number of different characters. The hero, Mark, is a genuinely good person. The various ladies in his life (note that harem code!) are just as good. Sounds like the making for a sappy romance, right? It would have been easy for it to have devolved into one, or into a struggle with jealousy. That it didn't is a tribute to the author.
It's hard to imagine a story that has a higher stroke amount and still boasts a plot. Sex drenched comes to mind, but the sex scenes are varied, well written and they fit the plot very well.
I marked the plot down a little just because things seem possibly too perfect. On the other hand I didn't mark it down much because the perfection had little to do with luck, but instead with the personalities and hard work of characters.
There were some typographic errors and some transpositions of some character names - the latter caused me some confusion at times. Generally, though, it was well written and easy to follow.