Tie and Tease (Nexus) - int'l BookRay

by Penny Birch | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 035233987x Global Overview for this book
Registered by book-man-8 of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany on 2/8/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by book-man-8 from Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Friday, February 08, 2008
This story starts at full speed, with a somewhat different english fox hunt... Interesting book and story about submission. And even more so is explained how much more difficult it is to know what and how to do it right. Also funny and amusing. One of the few really good and entertaining books on this subject. Let Penny herself explain what spanking is to her: "... more often we use spanking as a foreplay. ... and most of the time pleasure comes from within my own head. I like to be spanked, but in many ways I like being prepared for spanking even more." Penny has quite a few really hilarious adventures - some might even be a little bit unbelievable... For open-minded adults only!

I'm making a bookray out of it. The following bookcrosers read along:

"okyrhoe" from Athens, Greece (int'l)
"amberC" from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (int'l)
"jazzy7112" from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (int'l)
"R2" from Calgary, Alberta, Canada (int'l)
"penelopewanders" from Hasliberg, Switzerland (Europe)
"molekilby" from BRITHDIR, Wales, United Kingdom (int'ö)


This "open minded adults only" bookray starts it's "around the wirld" trip with a first stop in Greece. Enjoy! ;-)

Journal Entry 3 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Arrived in my p.o.box today. Thanks so much book-man-8!

Journal Entry 4 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Monday, March 03, 2008
Penny, the first-person narrator in Tie and Tease repeatedly points out that "it’s all in the mind." For some reason my mind refused to cooperate fully with this book! About halfway through I lost interest, and I found it rather tedious to continue.
The opening sequence of Tie and Tease deftly introduces an engaging thematic premise –> Two characters, despite their physical attraction, find themselves on opposing ideological sides regarding human sexuality, specifically the question of what constitutes consensual play, versus emotional and/or physical exploitation.
The scene in which Beth meets Penny is quite a funny episode, and there follow a series of equally farcical situations. Penny wears many masks, both literal and figurative, and her playful nature leads her astray in more ways than one. Yet Penny is determined to prove the validity of her beliefs, and to get the better of her adversaries.
However the comedic elements begin to unravel halfway into the book, and I found myself wondering about the purpose of some of Penny’s adventures and how they were relevant to the theme or the main storyline. The rambling hypothetical situations being discussed at Henry’s dinner party bored me, and soon my reader’s mind began to drift…
Actually, Penny - the character - has this nasty habit of wandering off from her reality at her moment of climax; rather than focusing on her state at that moment, she tends to fantasize hypothetical variations which the other Penny - the narrator - is keen on informing us about. Sometimes it's just too confusing!
Fortunately my interest was restored with the ‘spit-roast’ episode. Indeed it is the ultimate come-uppance to Penny’s overactive mind and imagination -- a true test of Penny’s convictions regarding ‘mind over matter’ as well as her position regarding the limits (or more precisely, the lack of limits) in consensual play. I am glad I plodded on until this scene, because it is hot, in more ways than one. And it goads Penny into seeking revenge later on with another teasingly hilarious mask scene.
But again, I have to point out that there are several tenuous slapstick sequences squeezed in as filler material, and for me they weaken the experience of fully enjoying Tie and Tease.

Update: See my comparison/contrast with Penny Birch's Temper Tantrum.

Journal Entry 5 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Arrived today with some bookmarks, a postcard and shiny streamers. The streamers are now decorating a small palm tree in my living room.

I'm looking forward to this. I've read other Penny Birch stories, some better than others.

Journal Entry 6 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Sunday, March 23, 2008
The beginning was good, but in the middle I started skimming bits, some parts capturing my attention , some not so much.

Overall a fun read.

It will be posted to jazzy7112 tomorrow.

Journal Entry 7 by wingjazzy7112wing from Kitchener, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 08, 2008
Yay, the book made it to me!! We've had some problems here receiving our mail, so I was worried.

I will start reading it tonight!

Journal Entry 8 by wingjazzy7112wing from Kitchener, Ontario Canada on Monday, August 11, 2008
Sorry it's taken me so long to update this!

It took me a while to get through this, mostly because I only read it while I was at home. I had it with me at work a couple times to read on my lunch hour, but I didn't want to have to explain to the guys I work with what exactly I was reading.

Anyway, I liked it. The storyline was a little all over the place for me, and I feel like there were parts that could have been edited to better suit the story line. All in all, I enjoyed it, but I probably wouldn't read another book by this author. It was all a little... brutal for me. The instances involving food were a little too much for me, maybe I need something a little more vanilla. :)

This was put into the mail (finally) over the weekend and should reach R2 soon!

Journal Entry 9 by wingjazzy7112wing at Canada, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Monday, August 11, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (8/10/2008 UTC) at Canada, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases



sent in the mail to R2!

Journal Entry 10 by R2 from Calgary, Alberta Canada on Friday, August 22, 2008
The book arrived safely today. I look forward to starting it.

Journal Entry 11 by R2 from Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, August 28, 2008
I enjoyed the book overall. I like how they brought up using safe words during play but was disappointed they did not mention non-verbal signals for use when gagged. It was nice to see that they mentioned that those wishing to be the dominate one should learn from an experienced person but unfortunate that they did not mention anything about safety during play.

Journal Entry 12 by C3 from Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, September 06, 2008
I found that most of the book was enjoyable, but was very glad that R2 warned me that I would want to skip over certain parts that are just too much for me to enjoyably read. Like R2, I was also disappointed in the lack of non-verbal signals while using the various styles of gags, but was glad to see they mentioned using code words and the basic idea of what the green - yellow - red signals meant. The story was hard to read at times as I found it jumped around a bit and was more intense than most books that I read.

We will be mailing this book off this weekend.

Journal Entry 13 by wingpenelopewanderswing from Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Friday, September 12, 2008
Arrived today in the very rainy alps, thanks. Thought the book mark from "Old Goat books" particularly fitting... (although I haven't read it yet, may not be).
Will try to get to this soon, but have a fair amount of work-related reading and another ring to tackle first. Thanks for making it available.

Journal Entry 14 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Bookring, .---controlled release---. Switzerland on Saturday, September 27, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (9/27/2008 UTC) at Bookring, .---controlled release---. Switzerland



A case of "different strokes for different folks"? I think I'd read one other Nexus title, and this was more accessible (and less misogynist) than that one, but this still seems so wildly excessive it's hard to believe this could ever be anything beyond pure fiction/fantasy. The sheer number of BSDM publications leads me to think there must be a large public out there for it, and that fact intrigues me, so thanks for making this so easily available, even if it left me a bit cold.
The book is now leaving the chilly Alps for a perhaps warmer reception in the UK?

Journal Entry 15 by molekilby from Brithdir, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, October 04, 2008
This book was delivered today. Thanks to book-man-8 for sharing and penelopewanders for sending. I have read a couple of Erotica books and look forward to reading this one.

Journal Entry 16 by molekilby from Brithdir, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, October 17, 2008
Titillating fun. I'm not into the S&M scene, and so some things seem a little over the top, although I'm sure they happen. I think I prefer more sensual Erotica as my favourite piece was the seduction that came with Beth. Still it passes the time of day. I read these books in public, but only after covering it with a magazine page. It stops any raised eyebrows being directed at me.

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