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Guess the Lady Smut TBR Stack–Win $10 Amazon Gift Card!

4 May

Hi RT Orphans! Does your TBR pile have some of the same titles as ours? Let us know–leave us a comment below. ūüôā Want to buy the book on our TBR list? Click the link. ¬†Meanwhile, here’s another fun game you can play at home.

FIRST Read the TBR lists. THEN guess¬†which list belongs to which blogger.¬†Your blogger choices are below & we’ve abbreviated the longer names for you. We also provided some hints. ¬†THE FINAL STEP IS TO email us at LadySmutBlog@gmail.com with your guesses. The first reader to email us the most correct answers wins¬†a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

CONTEST ENDS FRIDAY MAY 5th AT 12PM PST!!!!!

OUR BLOGGERS:

Elizabeth Shore

G.G. Andrew

Kiersten Hallie Krum (KHK)

Alexa Day

Rachel Kramer Bussel (RKB)

Elizabeth SaFleur (ESF)

Isabelle Drake

Thien-Kim Lam (TKL)

Madeline Iva

Ready to play? Here we go——

Lady Smut TBR List #1

Hint: This blogger is a foodie who loves diverse romances & sex toys

  1. Alpha by Jasinda Wilder
  2. Nine Kinds of Naughty by Jeanette Grey
  3. The Muse by Anne Calhoun
  4. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
  5. Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Lady Smut TBR List #2

Hint: This blogger likes to share all after a few dirty dates. ; > 
  1. The Pawn by Skye Warren
  2. Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre
  3. The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke
  4. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  5. The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

Lady Smut TBR List #3

Hint: This blogger is a big fan of New Adult romances, secrets, and other crazy, sexy topics.

  1. Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
  2. Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole
  3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  4. Deadly Testimony by Piper Drake
  5. Ghostland: An American History of Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

Lady Smut TBR List #4

Hint: This erotica author loves blogging about TWD, kidnapping & a few other illicit topics.

  1. Truly Helpless by Joey W. Hill
  2. All the Lies We Tell by Megan Hart
  3. Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Chorderlos de Laclos
  4. Slow Surrender by Cecilia Tan
  5. The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres

Lady Smut TBR List #5

Hint: This blogger is wild about reviewing her fav authors.

  1. Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
  2. The List by Tawna Fenske
  3. Madly by Ruthie Knox
  4. Beyond Doubt by Kit Rocha
  5. Edge of Ruin (set of 3 Viking Dystopian Novellas) by Megan Crane

Lady Smut TBR List #6

Hint: This author blogs about edgy topics of desire including: swallowing, tattooing, cross-dressing–even Jewish Swingers.¬†

  1. Purity by Jonathan Franzen
  2. The Fireman by Joe Hill
  3. Finders Keepers by Stephen King
  4. The Book of Lost Fragrances by MJ Rose
  5. Beyond Ruin by Kit Rocha

Lady Smut TBR List #7

Hint: When this author wasn’t all tied up, she’s blogged about CW’s Riverdale.

  1. Lilith’s Brood by Octavia E. Butler
  2. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  3. DC Comics Bombshells: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett & Marguerite Sauvage
  4. Initiates of the Blood by Cecilia Tan
  5. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Lady Smut TBR List #8

Hint: This blogger is a capital BDSM Erom author

  1. Bombshell by CD Reiss
  2. Truly Helpless by Joey W. Hill
  3. Royally Matched by Emma Chase
  4. The Chosen by J.R. Ward
  5. The List by Anne Calhoun

Lady Smut TBR List #9

Hint: This author loves blogging about wicked villains & paranormal television shows.

  1. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
  2. The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde
  3. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
  4. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
  5. A Darker Shade of Magic V.E. Schwab
Send off those answers and follow us at Lady Smut. If you want to know the about the latest fun when it comes to sex, romance books, and pop culture–we won’t leave you guessing.
Madeline Iva writes fantasy and paranormal romance.  Her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, featuring a magic geek heroine, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and through iTunes.  Sign up for Madeline Iva news & give aways.

I Was Enjoying DARK MATTER ‘Til They ****ing Killed My Favorite Character

23 Feb

by Madeline Iva

***Yeah, this post is chock full of spoilers. ¬†You’ve been warned.***¬†Dark Matter is a successful comic book made into a Canadian television show that you can binge watch on Netflix–which is what I did. ¬†The gloomy ship, the tough characters and the cloudy mystery about their identity sucked me right in until I was devouring episodes left and right.

One. He's the good guy on a ship of tough criminals. So how did he wind up with them?

One. He’s the good guy on a ship of tough criminals. So how did he wind up with them?

WHY I LOOOOOOOOVED DARK MATTER SO MUCH:

The premise is pretty brilliant. ¬†Six people wake up in sleep pods on a dark ship in space. ¬†Their memories have been wiped. ¬†In addition to that, the android that sort of runs the ship wakes up and starts attacking them, so they knock her out and end up injuring her. ¬†To get her back up requires a memory wipe, so she too doesn’t know what happened to them all. ¬†It’s science-fiction, but it’s also mystery. ¬†Who are they? Who did this to them? Why?¬†

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Two. She’s hot.

They give themselves numbers and I knew that they’d eventually run into their pasts and get names, but it made¬†me extraordinarily satisfied¬†that they call each other by numbers. ¬†It becomes an alternative identity. ¬†Later on Three learns his name is Marcus–but if the others still call¬†him Three, it’s like they’re¬†disavowing his messed up Marcus past and saying that he can go back to being their three–i.e. annoying, but not a completely¬†heartless dick.

I like¬†One best. ¬†He is a good looking guy–but I mean, they’re all good looking, so really, it isn’t only that. However, in a ship full of tough people, he’s the good guy. ¬†Which is a little scary, because the rest (Five excepted) so obviously are¬†not. I usually don’t like the super good guys. ¬†I like the maybe-villains. ¬†But One is played by a very talented¬†actor, who via subtle expressions and delivery squeezes a three-dimensional performance out of a two dimensional character.

Three is all walking id, questioning every decision that isn’t based on pure selfishness–so of course, he is fun to watch and a bit of a wild card. Later on, we see Three has¬†a real soft spot for women. At one point we think Two has been executed and Three’s face is really something to see in that moment. ¬†Three, also, is one of the best actors on the show–at certain moments.

THREE

THREE. Also the show’s id character. Also kinda hot. Sometimes. Also a good actor.

Two is the toughest character in the beginning. ¬†Played by an asian female with some extraordinary thighs, she takes command of the ship with her¬†bad-ass attitude. ¬†One is quickly drawn to her, but when she wants to scratch her bootie itch and¬†have a little meaningless sex, it’s Three she calls upon, not One. Which makes One smart. ¬†So there are tensions between One and Two because: love triangle! ¬†Not to mention that One and Three are diametrically opposed in terms of morality.

Yet pretty soon, it turns out that One discovers he’s got a BIG secret to keep and Three is right there when this secret is revealed to One. ¬†So the two are¬†connected in that way for a while and it’s massively uncomfortable for One. Which is great! (Although I hope you can follow what I’m saying, because it’s starting to sound like weird SFF algebra.)

Probably the most handsome guy on the show. But....meh.

Four is probably the most handsome guy on the show. But….meh. He adds the most in ensemble moments.

The show delivers¬†Big Secrets every so often and they are mostly yummy. ¬†The show is at it’s best when it returns to its gloomy mystery origins: you just don’t know who you can trust. ¬†Goodie!

It’s often young Five who circles us around to these gripping plot reversals. I think I liked her¬†at first simply because I associated her with these moments. But I also delight in Five being a¬†Young Adult character–a main character and a girl–in a sci-fi television show. ¬†I’m trying to think of another major adult SFF show where that’s the case, and I can’t.

Five aka "The Kid."

Five aka “The Kid.”

I enjoyed watching the Android–though you and I know her as Lauren ¬†from LOST GIRL. ¬†She gets dinged up from the git go and starts to go “off program”. For instance, she starts seeking approval from the humans. ¬†The “right” thing to do would be to wipe her system and reboot–a kind of android seppuku. At one point there’s the potential to “upgrade her system” to make¬†her feel and seem more like a human and a ‘rouge android’ element is introduced. ¬†The program upgrade makes the Android seem like a whole other character. ¬†The actress performs this well, but…ugh! (more later below).

So there was something here for everyone–I thought a lot of the ideas in the show were fabulous.

WHAT WENT WRONG…

I’m not saying this show was perfect. ¬†One¬†problem I had with five is¬†that she’s so obviously an older actress playing a younger character. ¬†She and Two are equally short, and she has far larger breasts, so buying that she was a teen was a challenge (She’s was¬†twenty-two when they filmed). ¬†I had to keep squinting to suspend disbelief about her. ¬†I mean, it’s not just that they all decide she’s a young teen when she looks anywhere from sixteen to twenty-three, it’s that they keep saying things like: “She’s just a KID!” like she’s only twelve or something…But that’s not saying anything against the actress, who is quite good. Another thing is that she keeps having new clothes to wear when a) she was a stowaway, presumably on the ship without luggage, and b) everyone else on the show seems to be in the same-o, same-old clothes.

Android fail. Every few episodes she's getting zapped and it's lights out.

Android fail. Every few episodes she’s getting zapped and it’s lights out.

I had problems with the android ‘upgrade program’, although it was more like an epiphany. The plot of this particular episode struck my robot-romance fixated nerve. ¬†It made me realize that the ‘upgrade’ shortcut¬†would never work for a successful robot/human romance. ¬†What do we love about idea of a cyborg/AI/robot/android romance if it’s not that the android represents the most difficult challenge of all? Huge boundaries (impossible boundaries some would say) exist in terms of getting a cold and emotionless being to develop attraction, love, and passion. That’s a HUGE obstacle.¬†A quick upgrade to the system???? That’s just cheating. )

I delighted in watching Six waiting in a doctor’s office for a very long time where they continuously ran ads about adventuring off world via clone proxies. ¬†Your body and mind are scanned in a pod, and your look-a-like clone wakes up on some other world. ¬†Your clone enjoys your vacay and then all the memories from your clone are downloaded back into your memory while you’re in the pod. ¬†You wake up and come out of the scanner remembering the events and sensations of your vacation. ¬†Meanwhile, the cyborg that looks like you and is walking around as you, is taken somewhere, has a memory wipe and is put into a vat for recycling…

Six

Six. Nobody trusts nobody–not even the android.

I thought the show was creating an ironic situation in which¬†Six was ignoring a bit of information crucial (and funny) in terms of unravelling the core mystery. ¬† My hope was that someone had wanted a bad guy dream team to go do bad deeds across the universe. ¬†So they made clones of the original criminals and when those deeds were done, wiped the clone memories–but for some reason the clones weren’t put in the vat. ¬†Instead they ended up in the sleep pods on the ship — To me this TOTALLY explained the mystery of how they wound up on the ship together and why they had no memories…

Six wakes up as a clone from the pod...

Six wakes up as a clone from the pod…

Alas, that was not the actual solution to the mystery.  This was the writer in me, weaving together my own plot soup based on ingredients provided by the show.

My sweetie hated the clone device. ¬†He hated it because real clones (one day) are/will be¬†real people. This show perpetuates the idea of clones as objects to purchase¬†and discard. ¬†The clone thing is used as a plot device later on in other ways, but the clones¬†when badly hurt tend to simply disintegrate a la Buffy stabbing the vampires and making them go poof. Why would a clone do that, he asked?¬†It’s stupid. A clone–because it’s an actual human body–would go splat, not poof. It would not disintegrate into a cloud of clumpy dust.

Yeah, so that was kind of a regrettable choice. ¬†Meanwhile, I loved my idea of the crew being memory-wiped clones. ¬†The show has them on the ship starting from square one in a state of distrust, but circumstances make them pull together. ¬†We know they were probably very bad in their former lives,¬†but rallied by the influence of Five, aka ‘The Kid’, they have a chance to become new, better people. (Insert here your own philosophical discussion with a friend over¬†the role of memory in personhood and if one can change merely by starting over. This is the good kind of sci-fi.) ¬†As they slowly pull together to become a unit they build loyalty to each other and we know that many of the forms their enemy will take are elements of their past coming to haunt them. Everyone knows karma is a bitch–but it’s very¬†enjoyable to watch.

One finds out that there is indeed a very bad guy out there with One’s¬†face. (See! One is a clone!) Unfortunately, however, for my pet theory, the bad guy Derek Moss says something like “I’d think you were a clone, but someone would have had to scan my body to do that, and no one did.”

Booooooooo!

dark-matter-season-2-coverHowever, I was still delighted that One had this evil Doppleganger out in the world that could cause him no end of trouble.

But here’s the big problem. ¬†They f**king killed One. ¬†Whyyyyyyy? It seemed gratuitous and unnecessary given that they never really followed the conspiracy plot path the killing seemed based upon. ¬†You eventually find out where the crew’s memories are stored and I knew that Evil One aka Derek Moss was still out there. ¬†So my FTL plotting muscles realized ‘the gang’ was going to kidnap Evil Derek and stick One’s memories into him. ¬†But that didn’t happen either. ūüė¶

But! When Derek reappeared, I was like: Yay! Evil Derek is better than no One at all.  Alas, in that very episode the show killed off Evil Derek.

Oh people. ¬†I was so disgruntled. ¬†One was the¬†glue that kept my interest in the show at super-high levels. Yeah, I liked all these ideas about the others and sometimes their interactions were okaaaaaay, but for me,¬†One was the secret sauce. ¬†Yes, the whole prison break thing was good. Yes, finding out Two’s backstory was pretty cool.

Frankly, since One/Derek’s death,¬†I’ve only made it through about four more episodes while mostly folding laundry and checking email. ¬†I just don’t care anymore–Maybe other audience members, more familiar with the comic books than I am, are looking forward to what’s around the corner. ¬†Maybe they know stuff that I don’t. ¬†Apparently DARK MATTER ¬†has a very loyal following. ¬†But I, good people, am done.

If you know the Dark Matter comics, tell me — is there reason to hope? Should I give the show another chance?

Have you ever suffered torment from the¬†character you were rooting for being killed off? (I’m looking at you SLEEPY HOLLOW fans.) Did you slog onward or just give up? ¬†I’ve resorted to writing DARK MATTER fan fic as a way of detoxing. ¬†Sigh. ¬†It’s premised on my rogue clone idea…Maybe it’ll become its own thing one day.

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Meanwhile, here’s something to pluck up your spirits — we ran a giveaway from Lux Aromatica last week, and to say thank you to our readers Lux¬†made a coupon just for you. ¬†2017-02-ladysmut-flash-sale

Madeline Iva writes fantasy and paranormal romance.  Her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, featuring a magic geek heroine, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and through iTunes.  Sign up for Madeline Iva news & give aways.wickedapprenticefinal-fjm_low_res_500x750

Sexy Saturday Round Up

21 Jan

1-ssruYou’re probably reading this on your phone while you’re surrounded by acres of women marching…Wait! You’re not? Okaaaaaay. ¬†(See article below.)

Well while *some* of us at Lady Smut are toting clear back packs and shuffling along in D.C., we hope you’re settling back into a moment of calm this Saturday, and enjoying our links to all that a good, intelligent feminist would find total catnip. Here’s to our smexy, strange, and provocative SSRU — Cheers!

From Madeline:

On the other hand–If you like long walks on the beach, building walls along our boarders, and all things Russia, and you don’t believe in global warming ‚ÄĒ this is the¬†dating site for you.

Quick choose yer fav kind of hero: The guy with the dog vs. Guy with the baby.

Baby it’s cold outside! From SBTB: Stuff you should be knitting.

da25a92762f5d89403e19258ea441eebGot your pussy hat for the march? That’s okay–you can still make yours afterwards. Here’s some helpful info from THE PUSSYHAT PROJECT.

Did you see Lexi’s latest robot sex post last week? Well, here are some tales of the future from The Sex Robot Conference¬†

Should you wear make-up to work, you dominating bitch, you?

From the front lines of sex addiction: Tindr and other online sites creating spike in STD’s and other sex intimacy problems

TV is turning to roles about strong, confident women over 20–so suck it misogyny!

From Ask Men: Everybody loves you when you‚Äôre bi ‚Äď except when they don‚Äôt.¬†

From Elizabeth Shore:

What one artist thinks of the new president. Dirty underwear, anyone?

If you’ve missed out on getting your very own jade vaginal egg – we know we sure did! – here are some worthy alternatives.

The real kama sutra sex positions.

22 ways women feel insecure in the bedroom – and how to stop.

Vibrator smackdown! $1 vibrator versus a $400 one. Guess who’s the winner?

 

 

 

Turned on by wires & circuits? Intrigued by the opportunity to pre-program your experience? Robot fetish 101

13 Jan

By Isabelle Drake

Want to get busy with a techno man?  Interested in androids? Love the AMC show Humans?

If you are a Duran, Duran fan, or remember the old school video to Electric Barbarella, the sexy robot thing is nothing new to you.

Here’s something that might be new. Robot fetishism, considered part of technosexuality, is divided into two usually separate fantasies:

  • Sex with a person dressed in a robot costume, a person acting like a robot, or sex with pre-made sex android robot.
  • Sex with person who has been willingly or unwillingly transformed into a robot or being transformed into a robot oneself and subsequently having sex. The transformation is of key interest in this fantasy.

Both of these interests stem from the uncanniness of the android.

Ernst Jentsch, credited with being the first to identify the state of the uncanny in a 1906 essay, ‚ÄúOn the Psychology of the Uncanny,‚ÄĚ defines the state as a person‚Äôs ‚Äúdoubts whether an apparently animate being is really alive; or conversely, whether a lifeless object might be, in fact, animate.‚ÄĚ He was quick to note that awareness and understanding of such a state is important to a fiction writer.¬†‚ÄúIn telling a story one of the most successful devices for easily creating uncanny effects is to leave the reader in uncertainty whether a particular figure in the story is a human being or an automaton and to do it in such a way that his attention is not focused directly upon his uncertainty, so that he may not be led to go into the matter and clear it up immediately.‚ÄĚ

In the show, Humans, Anita confesses her love for Ed the scene is both compelling and disturbing. According to Sigmund Freud the basis for this reaction in the uncanny.

In his essay, ‚ÄúThe Uncanny‚ÄĚ Freud expanded this concept of the uncanny state being linked to the relationship between the animate and the innate. Additionally, he examined concepts of human development in regard to maturation as having a key relationship to a person‚Äôs perception of what is uncanny. For example, in childhood humans enjoy repetition. This appreciation begins before the child is old enough to desire, or even understand, control. As the child matures, and begins to understand the advantage of control and thus desires it, the child takes less pleasure in repetition.

Therefore, continued, undesired, and uncontrollable repetition is disturbing because it represents a lack of control and thus regression and is therefore potentially alarming. Freud asserted that the state of the uncanny is linked to the subconscious in additional way. He stated that a person experiences something as uncanny because it reminds the individual of the conflict between their repressed desires, desires which the individual presumably struggles to control, and feared punishment for deviating from societal norms.

Tell us what you think in the comments. Are human-like robots sexy or scary? Want to get busy with an android?7818008_f260

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Isabelle Drake writes erotica, erotic romance, urban fantasy, and young adult thrillers. She’s also working on her own sexy android erotica.

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