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.
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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This erotic tale involving body stimulation is like nothing I have ever read, but is deliciously different.
If you like Erotic and Science Fiction, this is for you. Out of this world woman that uses a brush to paint different sensations on people.
The Painted Doll - M. Christian
Quite often I am sad when I finish a book, this time I was relieved. Halfway through the book, I was dreading the times when I needed to continue listening to it, and I'm afraid I dozed off a couple of times while listening in bed. To summarize: this book was not to my liking.
First of all, for an erotica book, I found it very un-erotic. Sure, the scenes where Domino used the paints on clients were erotic, but not in a way that was arousing. That may very well be a choice of the author; it was not something I enjoyed. There was some sex conversation between Flower and Claire, but they felt distant and unconnected.
I didn't really understand the story. Now reading the other reviews I think I understood it completely, but I continuously had the feeling I missed bits of information. Like there had to be more back story or just more to it. To me, the story was very vague, and that confused and annoyed me.
I utterly hated the use of language in this book. Not that it was too blunt or graphic in any way, but because the author used too many words. It was a very flowery way of describing things, like in a poetic style, and I hated it. Just get to the point and tell me what you want to say. He would find five synonyms for one noun and use those five synonyms ten times within a chapter. I understand the use of synonyms to get your point across, but I could not deal with the repetition. It would just make me lose my concentration and the track of the story.
Now on the things I did like. I liked the characters. I liked Flower. She was just a bubbly happy girl, and while I didn't completely understand why she and Claire would fall in love so quickly, I was able to accept that. Claire was a nice woman. I wanted her to settle down with Flower and live happily ever after (which may or may not happen in the story - no spoilers). Mind my language: I 'liked' Flower and Claire was 'nice.' They're not very memorable characters that will stay with you forever. They were okay.
I loved the narrator. She had a pleasant voice to listen to, and her portrayal of the different characters was excellent.
I loved the premise of the book, how you can evoke emotions within people by the use of paint with neuro chemical compounds. My dirty mind quickly turned this idea into many interesting scenarios, and I was disappointed the author didn't go that far. Never does he bring people to real despair or to utter torment. Sure, it's an intense half an hour these people live through at the hands of the Erotist, but I would have loved to see it go much further.
It's not a bad book. The development of the characters is okay, and their world is believable. It's mostly the form of the story that irked me. And to my taste, it could have gone a lot further. If you like a more poetic, non-direct style, then this might be for you. But this book certainly wasn't for me.
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.