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  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    What's a nice reviewer like me doing in a book like this?Well I have been disturbed recently by the gradual infusion of BDSM into popular culture culminating in the chart rogering 50 Shades of Grey and the song by Rihanna called SM pain is my pleasure chains and whips excite me which was No 1 in various countries enjoyed by millions of teenyboppers Reviews of 50 Shades and co incidentally or not Story of O have been popping up all over Goodreads lately BDSM has gone mainstreamIt's all very well and I would be the last to rain goldenly on anyone's parade I mean this stuff was being lampooned amusingly by Tom Lehrer back in the 60s You can raise welts like nobody eltsAs we dance to the Masochism tangobut it's beginning to bug me now Because – surprise 99% of the Ms in the SM relationships are women Yes these are all stories of men beating and humiliating women and women wanting men to beat and humiliate them How delicious So the message whether intentional or not is some women like pain And further when some women say no really they mean yes Aka she was asking for itThis was the kind of unreconstructed misogyny bandied around in the 1950s before feminism Now it's rebranded itself as transgressive and daring and it's bigI looked at some reviews of 50 Shades of Gray and was immediately put off reading that one One review said something like this book is crap the really good no holds barred BDSM novel which is actually really well written is Topping from Below And I thought well I can't get on my soapbox again without reading an example of this stuff so here I amUghBlechSick bagNo a bigger one please Thank youPlease note – what follows is full of spoilerish comments and allusions to some very unwholesome practicesIf you take the SM stuff out of this novel you have an adeuately written stupid thriller A strong independent woman suspects that her sister's boyfriend murdered her as do the police But they can't get any evidence So she befriends him like you would He immediately tells her – ah you think I killed your sister and you're going to try to find evidence She says – yes I do you bastard you killed my sister So they start sleeping together like you would Well you would if you were in an erotic thriller because it's compulsoryYou can see that the plot is the usual silliness But the sex is serious The villain is referred to as M thoughout the novel M likes to beat women tie them up and that kind of thing He describes what he does as consensual uestion What is consent ? Use example of mummification in your answerExample 1 – The boyfriend proposes mummification The girlfriend smashes him over the head with a dinner plate and the dinner is still on it The bouillabaise goes everywhere The stain on the wall will puzzle future residents The girlfriend storms out and never sees the guy again That is not consentExample 2 – The boyfriend proposes mummification The girlfriend asks what it is it sounds intriguing Boyfriend explains that he wishes to wrap her body head to toe in clingfilm You'll be completely immobilised You won't be able to see or hear The only thing you'll have is air holes Total sensory deprivation It might last for hours time will mean nothing to you and I won't unwrap you until it sounds like you're beginning to breathe funny Girlfriend says ooh yes let's do that now That's consentExample 3 – The boyfriend is rich handsome the girlfriend is on the plump side and generally not that personable She knows she'll never get anyone remotely like this again it's a one time thing She's in love really So he suggests mummification She hates the idea she's afraid of it she thinks he's a freak but she's not going to smash him over the head with the dinner plate She murmers dubiously suggests counter proposals just bandage my feet he brushes them all aside He says look you do this or you're out that door She never says yes He pushes her into a room and mummifies her She's absolutely terrified Is this consent?Hey M You know she really didn't consent did she? Well she could have walked out the door I wouldn't have stopped her Cops say Some guys think that if the woman gives him a blow job while he's pointing a gun at her that's consent The guy will say – she consented She coulda not consented Yeah? But you would have shot her Yeah well – she consented uote from a book called What Cops KnowConsent is the thing this novel plays around with the most – Nora never consents to being tied up and whipped but M does so anyway and she fights and screams and all of that and oh really well I never after he's done beating her she finds that she –in some mystical way – really enjoyed it – as he knew she would So she consents in retrospectp167 I'm not sure how the pain figures into all this but on some sexual level I enjoy being dominated being controlled by another person I can't explain it As a feminist it goes against everything I believeNora continues to consent to all this by continuing to turn up at M's house So all the SM scenes give the strong idea of NON consent but the consent is always given in retrospect And the apparent illusion of non consent is what makes the thrill so great for both partiesAargh my head is hurtingJust to make us all feel better Laura Reese throws in two psychological explanations for these sisters' acuiescence to all the whippings and torture – the younger one always felt responsible for the death of her younger brother and the older one feels guilty about her former indifference to the younger one So you know on some level this is why they want a man to beat them But then she also throws in stuff like this speech by M You're going to enjoy this Nora Immensely Once your freedom of choice is removed once you give yourself over to me you'll experience a new kind of liberation complete abandon no responsibility no choice but to accept the pleasure and the pain I give you Okay now here are a couple of uotes from the blurbs on the back Fiendishly horny unexpectedly affecting – Mary Gaitskell Sex is kinky and love is twisted A daring erotic thriller – San francisco Chronicle The plot is sparked by a dangerous current of eroticism – Harpers Bazaar A compelling plot intertwined with steamy scenes When's the last time you read raunchy sex and a good mystery in the same book? – Playboy Devilishly pornographic – Publisher's weeklySee how they're sort of all going oo la la this is so naughty but nice? Aren't we wicked? Well now I must mention that on p180 M pulls out a video and asks Nora to watch it – there are only two actors in this film a man in his forties and a young girl She appears to be nine or ten That's right Mr Naughty but Consensual Bondage likes kiddieporn It slightly bothers Nora but she sleeps with him anyway Then later this fiendishly horny novel gives us a detailed scene between our heroine Nora and M's Great Dane That's right it's a dog not a euphemism I found that scene unexpectedly affecting as Ms Gaitskell says I should hastily mention that the NoraGreat Dane encounter is presented as entirely consensual and the taboo nature of the act aroused me immensely So you know no harm doneSo according to Mary Gaitskell kiddieporn and sex with animals is fiendishly horny I'm so glad I've only ever given Mary Gaitskell bad reviewsOne last point it's hard to know what Laura Reese thinks about people Does she really think a woman would get into a sexual relationship with a guy who she thinks tortured her sister to deathin order that she might be able to find out something incriminating? Honestly this is that kind of unbelievable rubbish people only do in thrillers which is why I mostly dislike thrillers Or am i wrong? Do you know anyone who has deliberately slept with someone they thought murdered a close relative? Maybe it happens a lot and I just live a sheltered life Please let me know Add a message in the space provided It just seems to me that thrillers attempt to portray a realistic believable world no magical realism no talking animals with lots of convincing local details this takes place very specifically in Davis California and you know I think the city should sue but then populates it with crazy unbelievable characters Maybe the thrillers wouldn't be thrilling if people behaved normally in them I can't think of a way to end this review so I'll just say don't read this book I hope I spoiled it for you eg in these movies Belle de JourLast tango in Paris9 ½ weeksDamageThe Night PorterIn the Realm of the SensesThe Piano TeacherBlue VelvetSecretaryA Serbian FilmThe Killer Inside Me

  2. Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie says:

    Nietzsche wrote; Whoever fights monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster in the processThis isn't Fifty Shades of Grey ladiesThis was the most twisted and vile book I've ever read in my entire life Although the subject matter was an abomination I cannot and will not give it a low rating I don't know who this author is what her internal dialogue was while writing this book Where she got the material for her book is a very disturbing thought But I will say this the biatch can write the sht out of a bookThere are some scenes in this book that I just cannot forget One particular scene whenever I think about it I feel claustrophobicAt the moment I can't even look at my own dog my mind is just plain raw I feel like I've been chewed up and spat out againDear author you dedicated this book to your family WTF for???? Why would you do that???This was dark this wasn't erotica This was a thriller slash horror Seriously think very carefully before you read this book It contains the highest form of humiliation a human being can be exposed to and trust me the scenes will replay themselves over and over again in your head Just don't read this book I still don't wanna look at my dog

  3. Debra Debra says:

    So I have read uite a lot of dark and twisted books But I think this is by far the most twisted messed up book I've EVER read It managed to shock and surprise and horrify me all at the same time The story basically comes down to this Nora is a journalist who's younger sister Franny was brutally murdered almost a year ago The police never found evidence as to who might have been her killer and now Nora has decided to take matters into her own hands After reading Franny's journal Nora finds out her sister was seeing a man named Michael who Nora mostly refers to as M In her journal Franny wrote about Micahel that he was sweet and caring when they first started seeing each other but that he became demanding controlling and cruel as their relationship went on Naturally M seems the most likely suspect of Franny's murder Therefore Nora decides to befriend M seduce him and collect evidence that might back up these suspicionsAfter that we follow the story from both Nora's POV and from Franny's diary about the encounters they have with M The story has a very slow built up and many of the scenes are described very detailed which at times bothered me a little But overall I still enjoyed the writing style and the uniue concept and characters the author created The story kept me guessing the entire time and still managed to surprise me at the very endNow about my feelings throughout the story Nora Nora Nora She's probably one of the most ignorant and arrogant characters I've ever come across and I just couldn't understand her reasoning for doing things the way she did And the way she wanted to right everything by saying it was all for justice or the greater good? Let me tell you Nora there are way sane and normal ways to achieve that purpose To be honest I actually didn't like any of the characters in this book Not a single one of them was even remotely likeable But M was without a doubt the worst most sadistic manipulative bastard of them all He's the kind of man who takes pleasure in humiliating women degrading them and making them do unspeakable acts view spoilerwith animals hide spoiler

  4. Lady Vigilante (Feifei) Lady Vigilante (Feifei) says:

    Thanks to my dark read cohorts you know who you are I didn't get an ounce of sleep Finished at 630 am and had nightmares about dogs and woke up to a Facebook newsfeed about dogs heads for the looStill I don't regret reading itbut this is not a book I would recommend to 90% of readers Maybe to fellow dark readers and my enemies ;Oh hey friend If you recommended this to me here you go

  5. JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust says:

    LIST OF MUST HAVES The book duh obviouslyDictionary exorabletropismersatztessellated crepuscular claustrophobiaWTF? this is way above my grade levelpatience the author tends to overkill EVERYTHINGA strong heart honestly this book is NOT for the faint of heartA bottle of your favorite alcoholic beveragetrust me on this oneBarf bags pluralPepto Costco sizeSleeping pills extra strengthJkOkay you are now ready to enter the twilight zoneWHAT THE FUCKITY FUCK DID I JUST READ???????? I'm all about a good mindfuck in fact I hunt them like Elmer Fudd hunts rabbits but Damn this piece of literature takes it to an entirely bizarre level To say this book was different is an understatement The story is about Nora and her uest to find her sister Franny's murderer Franny was found bound gagged and slashed in her apartment days after her death Nora is positive her sisters secret lover Michael his choice not hers is the killer So she basically plans seducing a confession out of him I knew right there this bitch was going to get on my last good nerveWho in there right mind seduces a killer????The fuckery that goes on between Nora and Michael caused me to have the following reactions I found myself uestioning Nora A LOTand other times they had me wondering I could go on and on for days about this book and there is a lot to the story but honestly I am too lazy to get into any further detail As I stated early this book wasDIFFERENT For reviews Free E books and Giveaways

  6. Ian "Marvin" Graye Ian "Marvin" Graye says:

    A uestion for You ReggieHi Reggie I normally love Paul Bryant's reviews but his review of Topping from Below has me perplexedhttpwwwgoodreadscomreviewshowDoes he take the novel too seriously or not seriously enough?Please helpIanReggie RespondsThanks for your uestion IanPaul is one of my favourite reviewers on GR tooHowever when he takes the side of feminism in his reviews he allows his normally astute views to be whipped into a frenzy see American PsychoTwo passages from his review will show just how wrong you can be when you allow your individuality and judgement to be subsumed by some fringe ideology that posits sexual euality as the norm when we know damned well that everywhere there is passionate ineuality and BDSMFirst Paul asks Does she the author Laura Reese really think a woman would get into a sexual relationship with a guy who she thinks tortured her sister to death in order that she might be able to find out something incriminating?Second he complains about the doggy fashion and by that I don't mean canine wardrobe Then later this fiendishly horny novel gives us a detailed scene between our heroine Nora and M's Great Dane That's right it's a dog not a euphemism I don't know whether euphemism is the word that Paul was searching forHowever I will substitute metaphor in order to argue that the true appeal of Topping from Below is its recontextualisation of one of the great works of English literatureIs it realistic that a woman would sleep with the murderer of a close relative?Of course it is it's been done beforeWhat about Gertrude and that murdering bastard King Claudius?And if that's not enough of a clue Laura Reese makes her literary and historical intentions clear with the reference to the Great DanePaul waxes desperate with imagination but he misses the point that Topping from Below is a contemporisation of Hamlet a work of literature that risks losing relevance in the world of Facebook and TwitterTopping from Below is Hamlet with whips and chains OK and I suppose symbolic implied literary bestialityLaura Reese is a whiplash girl child in the dark crying out trying to focus our attention on the root cause of today's social problemsYes something is rotten in the state of DenmarkAnd the problems start at the top on the top with the dominantsWe submissives have to fight back and exert control over those who would dominate usNot just men as Paul implies but dominants of all eight or nine genders andor political persuasions especially female bondage monarchists not mentioning any names MotherWe are born free and everywhere we are in chainsSubmissives of the world uniteWe must top from belowSgd Reggie SideIn next week's column Bird Brian asks Stuff Denmark Reggie WTF's going down in Greece?

  7. La-Lionne La-Lionne says:

    This book have been giving me nightmares for the second night in a row And here I thought that CJ Roberts crossed the line author of this book crossed it took it and ran with it This book made me realize that I am not as openminded as I thought I was and that there is a line I would never cross and places I would never go S With that being said it was very well written psychological triller with no likable characters or happy ending or it depends on what outcome one is expecting Brilliantly horrific mind fck

  8. ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme says:

    This was one of the books in my GR's book of the month in March 2011 I read this and honestly it shows a bad side of BDSM that I'm not thrilled withat all It comes across as those in the BDSM are callous sociopaths who can easily kill a person wo a problem It perverts and twists a lifestyle into a horrible lie I'm very disappointed in this book and don't recommend it to anyone I would like to point out Ms Reese possesses an excellent writing style She also wrote a very good mystery story As a writer this book would receive great reviews She is an excellent story teller and her sex scenes would have been fine had she not twisted it up with a murdererI feel dirty after reading this book Ms Reese takes the BDSM lifestyle and perverts it into a demonic sadistic sham for Vanilla people to nod their heads and say I KNEW these people were mentally ill Look at this This is so wrong The sense of unease after reading this book is so great I want to wipe it from my mind I would like to state none of the humiliation or sex acts bothered me Even the bestiality was fine It's how Ms Reese made it dirty and disgusting which caused me to be disappointed and ill at easeI will not be reading any of Ms Reese's books I see her second one is yet another distortion and misrepresentation of the BDSM lifestyle I do not recommend this book to anyone

  9. Johanna Johanna says:

    445 DISTURBINGLY DARK PSYCHOTIC THRILLER STARSTopping From Below is a twisted tale of sex lies and suspense but all done in a manner to find justice and retaliation It's written intricately well Your always second guessing your theories and assumptions until the bitter end Just when you think you have things figured out it smacks you right in the face with new revelations The story is told in Nora's point of view but also through tidbits of information through her sister's diary Fanny Once Nora's starts uncovering information through Fanny's diary she is determined to put herself in her sister's shoes to get to the bottom of what had transpired in her sister's life But what ends up happening is sadistic than Nora had anticipated and she is thrust into a world of eroticism and sadomasochism Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster And when you look long into the abyss the abyss also looks into youNora pissed me off She was as deranged as her counterpart M I couldn't understand why she would put herself in such situations I also couldn't relate to her logic and why she endured so much for the sake of justice But oh NO Nora was a saint compared to the demented sadistic Michael Michael is in a league of his own He tops the cake He is the pure definition of evil he is aggressive brutal vicious merciless and heartless This is not your traditional dark read its WAY beyond that The things done in this book are inconceivable demented and disturbing If you get sueamish easily then this is not the book for you But if you are much like myself this book will push the envelope and will leave you scarred for life

  10. Jeanne Jeanne says:

    This is a misrepresentation of safe sane and consensual BDSMAt first I really enjoyed the female POV and found the mystery intriguing I chalked up the judgmental tone to her inexperience with the BDSM lifestyle However as the story progressed and the play became and extreme even crossing the line into bestiality and child porn it became clear that the BDSM lifestyle was purposefully being misrepresent as corrupted and evil view spoilerThen the toward the end when it's revealed that he did in fact kill her sister I felt like throwing the book out a window It was a very obvious ploy on the part of the author show his involvement in the BDSM lifestyle as indicated his villainous nature Not only that to drawing these parallels between BDSM and despicable abuse like bestiality and the exploitation of children is as harmful as it is completely inaccurate hide spoiler

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Topping from Below [Reading] ➷ Topping from Below Author Laura Reese – An explosive erotic novel about two sisters each of whom embarks upon a voyage into the heart of evil and a game with a seductive man who knows no rules or limits Only one returns Successful attractiv An explosive erotic novel about two sisters each of whom embarks upon a voyage into the heart of evil and a game with a seductive man who knows no rules or limits Only one returns Successful attractive and Topping from Epub / in control Nora seemed so different from her shy terribly vulnerable younger sister Grieving for Franny Nora reads her diary and is stunned when it reveals a secret sadomasochistic affair with a mysterious professor known only as M Nora vows to seek justice for the sister she never really knew and undertakes a daring scheme to seduce this lethal and manipulative man in the hope of uncovering information about the murder Instead she finds herself in thrall to his bizarre sexual magnetism trapped in a passion so dark and perverse and yet so compelling that she is willing to risk her life And she is in danger although it may be from someone much closer to her than M someone so close she might not see it until it is too late With an ending as startling as it is haunting Topping from Below is unlike any novel you’re ever read Ever.