Reviewed: 2013-03-15 - (Review Updated: 2013-03-16)
For a storyteller the quality of Lubrican, it doesn't take much more than a rather basic idea to spark another run of quality erotica.
Take the "Tumblr" series, for instance. The common denominator in the stories is that the action is sparked by the discovery of photos on one of those social media photo web sites. The mechanics of such postings figure a little in the plotting, but it really all comes down to the idea of "what if you came across naked pictures of someone you shouldn't/didn't want to see naked?" And that's the jumping off point for another delightful Lubrican tale.
So you get "Tumblr Daughter," a quirky, sexy romp about a differently blended family in which the single father only mistakenly discovers what's going on in his own house, as well as something as sweetly romantic as "Tumblr MILF," in which a young woman moves a thousand miles from home to get away from a dark moment in her life, only to have the son of her next-door neighbor come across a piece of the puzzle that she didn't even know existed.
Somewhere in between the two in atmosphere and grounding is the third entry in the series, "Tumbler Sister." And it's Lubrican at his best.
The setup might sound fairly standard, a teenage boy with a gorgeous younger sister, whose cheerleader friends spend a lot of time hanging around together at his house. But the execution and character development goes far beyond the standard fare for such a lineup. "Tumbler Sister" is actually a slow-build story, but you wouldn't know it from reading along. Lubrican manages to maintain a strong erotic pulse beneath the surface of what's actually more of a romance. And it's a story about how neither gender really seems capable of understanding the thought processes of the other.
One of the things I love best about Lubrican is that he isn't afraid to take fantasy situations to a desired conclusion. We might like to fantasize about sibling romance (and procreation), or harems that somehow stick together, but making such musings seem possible or realistic in a culture in which we know these things don't work out is the real trick. Time and again, Lubrican manages to perform that trick, but such a conclusion can never be assumed.
So how does that apply to "Tumbler Sister?" Does the complicated, mysterious relationship between Tut (you'll have to read to appreciate the protagonist's moniker) and his five lady loves survive all the roadblocks in their way? Well, that would be telling, wouldn't it?
Does someone end up pregnant? Do I really need to answer that? C'mon, this is a Lubrican story!
Now I must admit that I tried to keep Tumblr to myself, but that ended very quickly!
So that left me happy to read about some pictures of naked ladies a nasty young lady posted there. And who got the fallout? None other than Tut, short for Thutmose, and his sister, and her girlfriends who ended up all having our young friends babies.
Of course it is said the course of true love never runs smooth, and it didn't! But as the old Bard said 'Alls well that ends well.'And that's the truth.
So, sit back and read the happy tale of true love, some of which is incestuous, and full of lovely Babes and Babies, written by one of the Authors that made the Genre what it is today.