One of the pleasures of a dystopic future is the erotists, professionals who paint their clients' bared skin with neurochemicals that induce all forms of sensation - even pain. Erotists offer landscapes of ecstasy, sexual extremes, joy, and delight. Few citizens can afford the skills of the talented Domino. Fewer still know her identity is but a mask. Beneath the facade, Claire hides from a vicious crime lord who would not only kill her but her childhood lover. But the mask of Domino is beginning to crack. Strange sexual pairings and strange sexual practices highlight this futuristic noir tale, set in a wildly imaginative erotic future, exploring who we are and the sexual awakenings that occur when we become someone else.
©2012 M. Christian (P)2016 M. Christian
I really liked the "light Sci-fi" concept the author explored with useing neuro-chemicals painted on a persons body to manipulate their experiences with visions, feeling, tastes, smells, and sounds. I have to say I almost enjoyed the "appointments" Domino had with her clients, and the intrigue of the novel's conflict, more than the love story Painted Doll was built around.
I felt the author gave wonderful imagery and details, though a little too much at times. I didn't, however, think a lot of the intentional repetition was necessary when he seemed to be trying to increase drama. It was a little off-putting to me personally. Overall, he created an enjoyable story. I felt like it was more a f/f romance/drama than a sci-fi novel though.
The narrator did well with voice inflictions, chatacter changes, and her overall tone was easy to listen to.
I live and enjoy life enthusiastically. I love kinky things, exploring sexuality, and bending gender.
As usual M. Christian draws the reader deeply into the story. The characters are complex and the reader soon comes to feel involved. The settings and descriptions are vivid and well drawn while still inviting the reader to use their own imagination as they are brought into this world.
The eroticism of Painted Doll is... different. Most of the erotic scenes involve the characters describing, rather than actually having, sex. It's intriguing and, frankly, hot.
The narration is superb, the pacing is perfect, and Hollie Jackson's voice is a beautiful fit for the character of the Erotist.
I highly recommend this book.
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