Monday, June 02, 2008
Half-Review of "The Brass Bed," by Jennifer Stevenson (for full review, check Green Man.com!)
The Chick: the ridiculously-named Jewel Heiss, a fraud investigator with extreme sexual proclivities who can't keep a partner because she's literally screwed and dumped every man in the office.
Shady Past: Oh noez! She's an orphan! She lost the family farm! Guess she better fuel all those abandonment issues into an insatiable appetite for weird sex! Also, likes to get it on with swans.
The Dude: Clay Dawes, a con man who's convinced dozens of lonely housewives that his ancient brass bed can cure their sexual dissatisfaction. In return, he allows them to convince him that they keep coming back because he's such a sweet guy, and not because there's actually a magical sex demon secretly possessing his bed.
Shady Past: Wah, wah, his mean ol' con man dad kept dumping girlfriends so Clay never had a mommie. Guess he better fuel all those Oedipal issues into an pathological desire to lie and manipulate people!
The Other Dude: Lord Randy, a Regency cad who sucked in the sack so his ex-girlfriend cursed him to remain in a brass bed until he magically gave one hundred women an orgasm - Jewel Heiss just happens to be the big one-oh-oh. So he has to give her several big "oh"s, if ya know what I mean.
Shady Past: Boo hoo, he's got Stockholm syndrome and doesn't like the fact that he's dependent on a woman for everything from freedom to Thai food. Guess he better fuel all those misogynist thoughts into an uncontrollable need to get nekkid and/or possess various pieces of furniture at comically inopportune times!
Jewel: I like sex! All the time in fact! Can't get enough of it!
Randy: *materializes* Free sex! Come and get it! Every one hundredth customer gets a free sex slave!
Jewel and Randy: *gonzo swan-human sex!*
Jewel: Too much commitment! I hate commitment! I'm such a whore and I hate it! I mean I love it! *flees*
Clay: Let's see if I can manipulate fraud investigator Jewel into having sex with me. Good morning....
Jewel: LET'S GET IT ON!
Randy: *materializes* Last one in Jewel's a rotten egg!
*unpleasant devil's threeway*
Jewel: Awww...I don't have to pick one of you guys or resolve any of my personal or sexual issues right now, do I?
Randy: Nope - we still have two sequels!
Jewel: Hurray for unresolved character development!
Romantic Convention Checklist:
1 Lady on the Street and a Freak in the Bed
1 Magically Redeemed Rake
1 Magically Redeemed Con Artist
1 Very Bad Parent
1 Case of Hilarious (?) Culture Shock
1 Very Desperate Housewife
1 Case of Bestiality
The Word: Nuh-uh, you'll have to wait until www.greenmanreview.com posts the full review!