Thursday, January 22, 2009

Zane's The Sex Chronicles...

You've read it, I read it, we all read it. It was something like a phenomenon amongst the black literati a few years ago when this book came out because, well...let's just say that black folk don't generally write books about Sorority F*ck fests, voyeurism and bondage. So when this collection of "urban erotica" hit the bookshelves and hush hush whispers of the scandalous freak nasty explicitness began to circulate, it flew off the racks like crazy. I admit to reading the book in its entirety in one sitting. I mean hey, the author is a black woman with a dirty mind and a sense of humor, I figured it would be a good read. Well this is my personal review of it.


Let me say that again.


Now I have nothing against Zane. I think she's a decent writer. I've read some of her other books that are not erotic compilations and they weren't bad at all. She has a knack for humorous dialogue and interesting plot twists that shine through on books such as The Heat Seekers and Addicted. But when it comes to her literary porn... no ma'am. Her oversimplistic, cliche'd, oooo f*ck me big daddy style of sex talk just doesn't do it for me. It's like Erotica for Dummies. It's like Patty Cake porn. It's like 2+2 look what I can do! I think you get my drift.

While erotica may not be my favorite genre choice, I can definitely appreciate a good sexual short story. But I need it to be seductive, alluring, mysterious. Draw me into the bedroom/car/closet before you proceed to shove your fingers in places they really shouldn't be unless you've thouroughly sanitized them first. Make me want to know what's gonna happen next. Make me crave it. Make me hang on to every sentence until I damn near become a character in the book myself. Erotica needs to be so good that I contemplate picking it up on late nights when my girlfriend isn't anywhere near to help keep me company. Now that is some good writing. The Sex Chronicles made me want to rip out the pages and use them as back up toilet paper on those rare occasions that i'm completely out of supply.

Did anyone else not enjoy this book or are my tastes just a little too high standard???


  1. I didn't read this book, but I bought it for a friend, but I know exactly what you're talking about. The whole urban fiction love in this club vibe. Erotica should be tasteful, intelligent and suspenseful. Have you read any French erotica? It's that business lol

  2. Haven't tried the French freaky stuff but it doesn't surprise me that it has that certain je nais se qua, I'm gonna have to check it out.

  3. Yeah Zane sucks thoroughly. She will go down in history for publishing the first book that I never finished reading. Before she came around, I was always dedicated to finishing every book I started, no matter how slow, boring, wierd, or wack it was. Then came Zane. And I said "fuck it"

    I dont get why folks love it. *shrug* I put together an online book club last year and one member chose a Zane book and it was the beginning of the end. Our membership went from 90 to 30 people because of her choice lol

  4. Wow Suga. Im sorry Zane killed your book club. That's deep. That has to be like an author's death sentence. lol

  5. Haven't read the book, but the show is crap.

  6. Lol Gypsy. Really? Damn. that's pretty bad if you cant write erotica but then on top of that, when someone produces your shit, it's crap too?!! lmaoo. Sad.


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