August 2008 Edition


Summer of Reviews 3 of 3
Skin Tight Orbit Volume 1
Sexy Letters Volume 6 Issue 5 (2006)
Penthouse Forums May 2008



Technically speaking summer is over once the kids go back to school…
except next year the schools around here stop the year 'round schedule
and go back to the old schedule (because it's what the teachers
wanted). Well, don't get me started on my opinion of school politics,
let's go into the reviews instead.


Skin Tight Orbit Volume 1
Written by Elaine Lee
Artwork by Michael Kaluta, Mary Wilshire, Will Simpson & Phil Winslade
Publisher : Amerotica (NBM Publishing)
Published in 1995
Score : 3 Rapidly Decaying Orbits out of 5

Well here's one for the www.barebackmag.com record books everyone.
It's my first review which I got from a mooch through
www.bookmooch.com.
Now don't get me wrong, I do a ton of business mooching back and forth
with creators through that site, and it's a great place for swapping
books and mangas let me tell you… it's just that, well, while I have
secured quite a few prose erotica fictions for review when it comes to
erotica comics and mangas the selection is… not there.

It's just that the stuff is high in demand. It's on a lot of people's
wish lists, sure, but nobody is actually swapping the stuff. So on
that rare occasion when you can find something of the sort to pick up?
Well it's a special day indeed. And that brings us to the here and
now, and this review of Skin Tight Orbit Volume 1.

A first… and most likely an only for sometime to come until that day
when I somehow stumble onto another mooch in the future (near or far).
So while we're here let's enjoy that as long as we can… deep
breath…
let the uniqueness of this moment just sink in… there… is it
sinking
in? Yes?…

Ok, nuff said. Let's review.

Skin Tight Orbit is the creation of one Elaine Lee, better known for
her work on "Vamps" and "Starstruck". This small smathering of "erotic
science fiction" are all written by her, but since she is apparently
not a multi-talented creator (I.e. a writer slash artist) she has
others do the drawing for her.

In "The Next Best Thing To Being There" (drawn by "The Shadow" and
fellow "Starstruck" talent Michael Kaluta) a male and female separated
by a droid war across vast space find a way to hook up and get
physical… and yes, there's a twist ending to it. Feel sorry for her,
everyone… maybe.

In "Promise Her Anything" (drawn by Mary Wilshire of Red Sonja and
Barbie fame) we find a bunch of women building their own man… gee,
wonder why.

"Double Your Pleasure" (drawn by fellow "Vamps" talent Will Simpson)
is a story about a male and female who have to swap bodies in order to
get things done on their little space station. Things happen, messed
up things, and nothing good will come of this little "arrangement"…
and this is considered, by the way, the best story of the batch? Hmm…
no wonder this book got only an average score at best!

Finally "I've Fallen And I Can't Get Up" drawn by Phil Wins lade
("Goddess"). has a messed up love triangle between a husband, a wife
and her mantoy… yeah, that should end nicely (not).

Overall if this was anymore average and not exciting I'd have given
this a lower score. Despite the cover with a human male getting ready
to bone a hot alien chick it's all human on human here (and yes while
the first story is about a woman doing a robot the robot is controlled
by a human mind). (And while I'm on the topic the women building the
robot? He was a human robot.)

I guess Skin Tight Orbit Volume 2 might take it that next step and
show human on alien loving (that ends hopefully in something better
than horrible endings) but for this one it's just human on human… and
not very good human on human either I might add. If there was
something hot or intense or beautiful about all this sex I'd praise it
more (or at least give it a 4 out of 5) but it's average in that dept.
too (so it's getting an average for both human only sex and not that
great sex too while I'm at it).

Of course since you can find it in a bargain bin by now it's at least
lookable, as long as you don't drop full price for this one since it's
not worth cover price.
Get it used, swap it with someone (if only there was a site just for
erotica comic swapping like www.bookmooch.com) get it however you can
just don't pay cover price for the trip (it's good but not great).

Skin Tight Orbit manages to maintain a level 3 orbit out of 5, which
is a good score for it considering what it's all about (and how it
could have been better).



Battle of the Erotic Letter Writers

Sexy Letters Volume 6 Issue 5
By the letter writers to Second Winds Production
Publisher : Second Winds Production
Published in 2006
Score : 4 Interesting rival concepts out of 5

If you were to ask what you should be picking up off the erotic adults
only newsstand aisle at your local Borders or the like? Well…
Penthouse the Magazine itself would not be something I'd recommend.
With very little interesting content (at least content you can't find
on the internet) it's not worth the ever rising price they ask you
for.

If you want a good read I'd go with Penthouse Forums (which is about
to be reviewed), that at least is concentrated adult content in
comparison to the so-so content of the original Penthouse magazine.

But is Penthouse Forums the Madden NFL of erotic reader contribution
slash erotic fiction content? Apparently not since we have this
title…
Sexy Letters.

Now mind you when I first saw this I thought it was a title from the
80's, in fact according to www.bookmooch.com it's from the 80's… then
I read the copyright info for the above and it's marked 2006 so… go
figure.

A batch of letters covering lesbian love, incest sex amongst the
family, masturbation, work related sex, backdoor, it's all here and
abit more. Split into sections each one covers the bases on each topic
and does it well enough. The gimmick of the title, however, is the
accompanying artwork that comes with the title. Kinda nicely done
drawn artwork that adds a little sexual spice to the read… though not
sexual truth in advertising as the scenes in the pics don't really
match the stories going on in the issue. I guess if the images were a
true reflection of the tales then… well… maybe it'd score higher.

Other than that the rest of the content is a long chain of ads for
erotic services (I guess unlike Penthouse this publication earns it's
bread and butter from advertising revenues though Penthouse does have
it's own advertising in Forums). Otherwise I do like the idea of this
company standing on it's own as Penthouse Forums rival but they could
use a few more bits and pieces to take it further.

May I recommend the artwork have more to do with the stories as some
of the images look great, but without a story that synches with the
art… well… disappointing.
Otherwise keep banging away at Penthouse and don't give up… unless
you
went out of business between 2006 and now, hope not.

For their own future, I'm giving Sexy Letters a 4 out of 5. Hopefully
they are still in business for the title (and publication) to have a
future with.



Penthouse Forum May 2008
By the letter writers to Penthouse
Publisher : Penthouse Media Group
Published in 2008
Score : 5 Forum letters out of 5

If you were to ask what you should be picking up off the erotic adults
only newsstand aisle at your local Borders or the like? Well…
Penthouse the Magazine itself would not be something I'd recommend.
With very little interesting content (at least content you can't find
on the internet) it's not worth the ever rising price they ask you
for.

If you want a good read I'd go with Penthouse Forums (…which, oddly
enough, is what we're about to be talking about right now…). But is
Penthouse Forums the Madden NFL of erotic reader contribution slash
erotic fiction content? Apparently -- well actually yes since it's the
high end of the deal with glossy paper and live pics up the wazoo.

Yes it has it's own advertising, like Sexy Letters, but since it's a
major player it can have abit of it's own in-house advertising and not
just ads to make ends meet. After that we have a whole plethora of
content. News, Guilty Pleasures, little erotica add ons, and of course
letters. Not in themes like Sexy Letters it's abit, and the
accompanying live action pics that go with the stories actually go
with the stories (and synch a bit better than the images used with
Sexy Letters, which were nice but often didn't match the stories).

Letters, little sexy moments (lesbian, two girls and a guy, a preview
from Variations with one on one straight, and other stuff like reviews
and so forth). Hey, I'd like to do stuff like this… if I can find a
publisher that wasn't allergic to adult erotica… I need that. Oh
well.

Content wise it's end to end good stuff, and heck you can get it for
only $5 a month? Not bad. Not bad at all. A little slice of erotica
for a nice low price. Can't go wrong there. OK, nuff said, better than
the overpriced Penthouse. This is a keeper.
5 cute sexy sequences with lesbians out of 5. Enjoy.

Next Time
Summer is over and done with, we're now going into the Fall with
September 2008's reviews! Let's see what we're reviewing… maybe I'll
have to go back to shopping at Barnes & Noble and get more to review…
if they would only stop stocking up on a gazillion and one Yaoi
titles… sheesh! You can't even buy erotic content at Barnes & Noble
without the excess of Yaoi shoved in your face! Dammit!

Oh, well! See you next month!

















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