cover image Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica

Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica

Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Cleis, $15.95 trade paper (224p) ISBN 978-1-62778-125-1

Prolific editor Bussel (Best Bondage Erotica 2015) collects 24 appealing shorts featuring sexual devices in mostly lighthearted, contemporary stories that show daring couples exploring together. Diversity and humor enhance some of the best entries: a transgender dildo salesman demonstrates his wares to the woman he discovers walking his lost dog in "Lost and Pounded" by Zee Giovanni; an older woman reminisces about a past lover while pleasuring herself with fresh produce in "Vegetable Love" by Susan St. Aubin. And though some of the creative devices%E2%80%94like the strange invention of Malin James's "The Prototype," the sex doll of Giselle Renarde's "Must Love Dolls," and the bee-infused ceramic and crystal dildo of Kamala St. Deed's "Byrd and the Bees"%E2%80%94almost become characters in their own right, pieces like E. Bellamy's "The Superman Dildo" reassure readers that inanimate objects won't supplant people. The only story that really falls flat is Livia Ellis's "My Life as a Vibrator," which takes the first-person perspective of a sex toy. Those who were drawn to Fifty Shades of Grey for its paraphernalia will find this an approachable next step, straightforward enough for new erotica readers and perfect for the reader with her own toys in hand. (Apr.)