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Northern Corporate Dominion by Remy – review

Title: Northern Corporate Dominion
Author: Remy
Genre: Fantasy/sci-fi
Other Information/warnings:
Graphic content, violence, blood, pain, sadness and angst

Summary (if relevant):
"As government became increasingly dependent on private industry to support society, the corporations began to assert more and more control, and eventually the two became indistinguishable. When the corporate government realized that slavery could be a viable economic solution to the costs of maintaining a workforce, many citizens found themselves reclassified as corporate assets.
Slaves were not taken from other civilizations through conquest, as in the past, but through more insidious means. Children, as property of their parents, could be sold to pay debts. Convicts became property of the state, and soon filled the factories and assembly lines of the private companies that bought them. Breeding farms, set up in the second generation after reinstitution, turned out enough product to meet an ever-more-voracious demand. "
My review:
I was reminded of these stories by Bellona’s rec site

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And glad to be so. These are *not* warm and fluffy stories about cute slaves and implausibly kindly owners. The slaves are brutalised and broken, and used by their masters to break others of their kind. Long service is rewarded by death, and the only comfort to be found is in the rare solace of a fellow slave’s arms. Joran was born to privilege, but as the child of a slave who his father never got around to freeing, he finds out the hard way what his real position in this society is to be. It’s a cruel and traumatising process bringing him to heel, and makes for a difficult read.

That’s not because the writing is flawed – far from it. It’s powerful, rich and incredibly moving – even the fate of people you at first dislike, can make you weep – but there are no easy answers here, no soft options, and the final resolution, if such you can call it, is hopeful and hopeless at the same time. Brave, imaginative, and challenging writing, which rises above the genre and the expectations of the set up. A real masterpiece, but not for the faint of heart. Take the warnings very seriously.


Bishonen Works by P L Nunn – review

Title: Bishonen Works
Artist: P L Nunn
Genre: everything

There are too many images on this prolific artist and author’s site to individually review, so I’ll just tell people, you have to look. She works in CGI style, rather anime-like, which is not surprising since much of her fiction is based in anime fandom, and so are her fans. Her art covers a very wide number of subjects and characters, and many are not for the faint-hearted – when she says adults only, she really, really means that! But she really rings the changes from soft and sentimental to the most hard core BDSM and noncon themes. Some of the faces are a bit crude, though there are many that are simply meltingly lovely. What she’s the absolute master of is pose and form – her men are manly men, with luscious, muscular bodies, and she brings them together in sometimes weird ways, but they almost all work divinely.

And, if you like her art, the nice thing is that she sells prints and doujinshi cheaply on her site store. I highly recommend her original slash on her fiction page too, but that can be the subject of my next review. She is the queen of genre, in my humble opinion.


Simon and Sir – MaineboyXY

Title: Simon and Sir
Author: MaineboyXY
Genre: Gay,BDSM
Warnings: Pretty graphic sex and Heavy BDSM
Summary: A young man is in training by his domThere are thousands of stories on and most are pure crap. This is one of the few that is not only literate, but has what I call a ‘slash feel’ – in that it’s not just about the mechanics, the author really gets into the head of his characters, transcending not only the cliche set up, but the usual problems with gay fiction – essentially, he manages to make it erotic and interesting, and not just jerk off material. If you like BDSM stories at all, I really recommend this. Also ‘Brains over Brawns’ by the same author is worth a look.


The Quartz Key, By Lianne

Title: The Quartz Key
Author(s): Lianne
Genre: Fantasy (pre-industrial)
Summary (if relevant): Slave boys, Princes, special powers, twoo wuvCliched as hell, but still a cracking read – a slave is bought to be a companion to a young prince, and quelle surprise, they fall in love. The slave has special powers, mysterious forces are after them yadda yadda. A bit breathless and it moves along too fast at times, but it’s entertaining and well enough written.


The Godeaters by Chartreuse

Title: The Godeaters
Author(s): Chartreuse
Genre: fantasy/futuristic
URL: chartreuse.studi…
Other Information/warnings: Definitely adults only content

Summary (if relevant): Two criminals are locked up together in a dysfunctional world where paranormals are persecuted and religious conservatives impose their world view on others.My review:

Well this one grabs you by the balls from the second you start reading, and takes you on a wild ride with gods, superbeings, msyticism and a healthy dose of gritty prison sex. It’s superbly written – the theology/mythology well thought out, and complex, and the main characters, Ash and Keiran, are fascinating, hardly perfect but raw and brave and larger than life. The plots turns leave you breathless and it’s not the kind of thing to start reading late at night, because you’ll hate your alarm clock in the morning!

Graphic sex and violence add to the intense sensual punch of this full length novel. Highly recommended.