Do we really need another literary category subcategory? Why not, smutpunkists?
by Moctezuma Johnson
There are so many literary ‘punks’ these days that it just seems like a buzzword to use in the new age of selling books via keywords. In today’s marketplace it sure seems like it’s better to dominate some esoteric category like LGBT >> Short reads (29-31 Minutes) >> Shifter >> Sci-Fi >> Medieval History than actually write an amazing book. That means that today’s titles are often clogged up with keywords. Imagine the Classics: Lolita (Old Man Young Vixen Daddy Age Play Series) or Hamlet (DubCon Paranormal 15th Century Murder/Suicide Crime Thriller Mystery Royalty & Aristocrats), or even Star Wars (Metaphysical and Visionary Galactic Empire Space Marine Clones Incenstuous Paranormal Space Soap Opera Dystopian Sci-Fi Series). So everybody is trying to get on the algorithms’s good sides with creative keyword use, and you now have categories upon categories with subcategories inside categories. Frankly, it has become a mess. If you like muck, then you’re in heaven searching for a book on amazon. If you don’t, you type in your favorite keywords and you’re on with it. So now you have steampunk, cyberpunk, splatterpunk, and a bunch of punks to help you sort through the mess and find something cool and unique that you like. Well, add smutpunk to the list. Smutpunk, really? That’s right SMUT + PUNK = AWESOME SAUCE. Although you may think that the term sounds awful, the new(ish) term strangely applies to work that isn’t bad at all. It’s erotica with plot that mixes forms from such varied sources such as magic realism, science fiction, and Asian kung fu movies. In the same way most other punks use some common thing to glue them together, smutpunk uses the most basic protein of all, sperm, to create its own panspermia universe, mixing pop-culture, erotica, the Cthulhu mythos, Far East legends, and Non-Western spirituality with Science Fiction, Pulp, and Silver-Age-Comic era elements into a head spinning, ball-busting, funny good time.
Did you say funny?
That’s right, I can’t believe how serious people are writing about dick in hole. I mean, seriously, I see books dropping name brands left and right, books whose authors abhor the comma, and books who take seducing a step-sister very seriously. It’s just wank material, folks! It’s all a bit of fun. That’s why throwing in an Asian Superstar Lawyer who is also a FUTA that has corrupted the medical profession into giving patients purple pills that transform them into sexy superbeings is all cool. Everybody wants to get off, get entertained, and have a laugh here and there.
So smutpunk was formulated by Emme Hor, Moctezuma Johnson, and Callie Press. They make erotica stand up on its own even if you remove the sex (which these writers admit they sometimes forget to provide) because the plots have other equally important elements. In Halloween 2015 Callie Press’s Butterface was highly-lauded, and Moctezuma Johnson’s Battle for Alien Relish has recently been featured as a kind of B-movie classic on WTF Friday. Smutpunk is just beginning and has only scratched the surface of the its full potential like a Sith lord using the dark side of teh force for tripping her a bully in the cafeteria and then giggling. Get on the slippery smutpunk soaked bandwagon and have a taste. Type smutpunk into Amazon or Google and see what new worlds you get.
So I’m reading Steampunk Romance now, huh? Lol. I never saw that coming.
Billionaire Erotica is definitely not my usual thing. Nor is Romance. However, The Enigmatic Billionaire Werewolf is a lot of fun, so maybe I’m changing.
The Review: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
The steamy parts aren’t necessarily the hottest ever but they are well-written and the pace of the story is steady with a quite interesting plot. You have Steampunk, Werewolves, and Downton Abbey converging in this dark tale of a poor servant falling for a billionaire. I know, falling for a billionaire, who cares? Certainly not me, but this isn’t an ordinary billionaire: this guy transforms into a werewolf! The problem is, Emma, the poor servant who has come to the Abbey, is up to be sacrificed to the werewolves in a time honored tradition. Will the billionaire werewolf be able to help her or will this tough girl from the rough countryside have enough gumption, steampunk know-how, and brains to save herself. I’m not going to provide any spoilers. This is where the fun of the novel is. Emme is a well-developed, kick-butt main character. She’s strong, smart, and spunky. The only issue for me, was the fucking scenes weren’t rough enough (yes you know me!) and there were no werewolf parts going into human spots. I understand it’s romance, books get pulled for lesser crimes, so I guess “these are the breaks.”
If you’re looking for a paranormal romance with a steady and interesting plot, then you will love this book.
Learn More about Charity Bishop
I absolutely loved this book!
I’m lucky because I read a lot of great writers, but The Wizard’s Daughters by Michael Dalton isn’t your usual erotica novelette that gives a back-story, a good bang or two, and then leaves you hanging from a cliff waiting for the next installment. This is a book: full and juicy. Its initial scene sets the tone. It focuses on some guards that are shirking their responsibilities and leaving the town gate irresponsibly un-watched. Our hero, Erich, slips over the “guarded wall” under these circumstances. Most erotica books would either start in the mind of the hero or at least with the camera on him. Michael Dalton chooses another route, one of a steady hand ready to weave an intricate tale. The whole novel is well thought out, well laid out, and well slayed out (I mean, there’s a swordsman, cut me some slack on the lame puns). The main character is a down-on-his-luck yet mightily-trained swordsman who gradually reveals that he is from much less modest beginnings. He finds a little bit of good fortune where we pick the story up when the town artificer decides that he needs a bodyguard/guide to accompany him and his otherworldly twin daughters to the nearest city to find a husband. Of course, everything unravels from here (which I’m not going to get into).
Before you download and read this book, consider the world in which this story is set. Each aspect of this story is fully thought out. There isn’t a half-baked sentence, nor an under-cooked character, nor an incomplete thought. Michael Dalton did his homework and provides a fully painted picture which he calls an “alternate history” of pre-reformation Germany. The story is loaded with inventive little mechanisms: robotic carrier pigeons, automatic bath heaters, and fully-functioning, artificial butlers. It’s a period piece, steam-punk, and fairy-tale rolled into one. In other words, it’s Dowton Abbey, Infernal Devices, and Cinderella mashed up. Plus there are two gorgeous twin girls that have fish spirits and know how to make one penis into two. And there’s a ripped swordsman. How can this go wrong?
The writing has the smell of realism, or naturalism–something like Theodore Dreiser. The prose leaves no stone unturned, explaining everything to the fullest–not in excess, mind you. The story really captivated me when telling the tale of how the swordsman, Erich, fell on tough times. Without spoiling the plot, his demise has something to do with his asshole brother. What struck me as Dalton’s really subtle craftsmanship was that I was convoluted inside. Part of me was sympathizing with the prick brother who was out exact horrible revenge on Erich. Here the author’s wields his magic wand on this novel: this conflict creates a massive tension that had me dreading the inevitable chaos and sweating while reading toward it.
I saw some comments on Amazon about the ending being the weak link of the story. I agree that the ending was a bit predictable, but I disagree that this is a weakness in the overall plot. That’s part of the fun of reading the ending: knowing what’s going to happen but wishing something could prevent the character’s trouble. Also, that’s the trade off with this type of Dreiserian writing style: foreshadowing and exhibition make readers pretty aware of the characters and the possible endings. I found that a pleasure. Very believable. The characters are very real and performed true to their characters. See for yourself.
You may enjoy these other book reviews: