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Starving Review: The Fetish Collection by Paul Burns

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The Fetish Collection by Paul Burns (Amazon, Goodreads)

So, loyal readers, you’ve seen the Starving Reviewer tackle everything from children’s books to high fantasy.  This week, I’m expanding my taste selection to a new set of recipes, which is to say it’s time to take a taste of some erotica.  The real taste test for this sort of food comes down to that razor-thin edge between erotica (the story drives the sexual content) and straight-out pornography (the sexual content drives the story).  Does The Fetish Collection, a short-story anthology based around sexual fetishes, pass the erotica taste test?

Before we find out, it’s time to bring out the Starving Review creed:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.

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Starving Review: I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust by Mathias B. Freese

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I Truly Lament: Walking Through the Holocaust by Mathias B. Freese (Amazon, Goodreads)

Not all literary meals are laid out on the table purely for the stuffing of the reader’s face with new entertainment.  Some have a purpose behind their creation and other recipes are crafted to bring the reader an important message or a deep feeling as he sits chewing the fat.  I’ve reviewed at least one book like this before so it’s not a stranger to this Starving Reviewer and I have another such literary meal at my table today.  The message and the event it seeks to fill our taste buds with is older but even stronger than the previous book.  I Truly Lament deals with one of the great and terrible tragedies of the 20th Century: the Holocaust.  Does it perform its mission admirably?  Let’s find out.

But first!  The Starving Review creed!

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre.
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.

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