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Ripe for the plucking

Posted on: August 25, 2011

Fall Into WinterFall Into Winter by Eden Baylee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s very generous of Eden to include four novellas in her book Fall Into Winter. Many writers would have published it as four books and charged you the full price for each. Then they would have brought out two double novellas before finally publishing the quadruple novella anthology.

This is what modern book marketing experts recommend.

But Eden is very generous in lots of ways. She gives us four novellas at once and she gives a lot of herself in each of these four novellas. It’s this generosity that makes them special.

In The Asian and the Austrian there’s a character called Elena. When Elena tells the handsome Austrian that she has given up her job in banking to write erotica, he asks “These are stories about sex?”

“Not exactly,” Elena replies. “They’re not about sex, but they include it.”

Lots of novels and stories include sex. But in Elena’s stories the sex is very explicit and detailed. At least, it must be if her stories are anything like Eden’s.

Part of the thrill of reading Fall Into Winter is knowing, or imagining, that all of the female protagonists are really Eden. Eden in various thin disguises.

In the Austrian and the Asian the disguise is hardly there at all. Elena is Eden at her most naked, her most vulnerable, her most honest.

Because of this, it is a very touching story. Since I am also an Asian who has been to Austria, it is a story that I can very much relate to. The things Elena notices in Austrian culture are the things I noticed too. The sense of place is so strong that at times it is just like being there. And when you are reading erotica this good, that’s exactly the right place to be.

Elena’s observations about being an Asian woman in Thailand are also very accurate. You are not Thai but people treat you as if you are and expect you to behave in the same way. Both Elena and Eden are very good at fleshing out these background details that help develop the characters.

So I enjoyed these stories as stories and I enjoyed them as erotica. If Eden hasn’t already, I urge her to go and conspire intimately with one or two close-bosom friends so she has enough material for her next quadruple anthology. I understand the bees are already buzzing about the blossoms but I can hardly wait for the whistling of the redbreast so I can pluck more fruits from Eden’s bountiful garden.

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4 Responses to "Ripe for the plucking"

Vanessa,

Oh my god, I’m totally stunned by this review , and thank you! It’s an amazing comparison and a very humbling one.

Your observations are incredibly astute. Did you visit me in a dream, and I told you all my secrets? ;)

Thank you for reading and YOUR generosity.

eden

“Part of the thrill of reading Fall Into Winter is knowing, or imagining, that all of the female protagonists are really Eden. Eden in various thin disguises.”
~~~
“In the Austrian and the Asian the disguise is hardly there at all. Elena is Eden at her most naked, her most vulnerable, her most honest.”
~~~

Vanessa! This is exactly what I thought when I read it, and you have articulated it perfectly! Perhaps it’s because I’ve included Eden on a very condensed list of people I enjoy on Twitter that I feel like I know her–well, in a social media sort of way, that is. But reading her novellas–which for me really did read like multiple incarnations of a personality I already feel connected to–made reading her book something special and uniquely enjoyable for me.

I’m like you: eagerly anticipating the arrival of Spring (Into Summer)!

Ann, thanks for the kind words and for leaving a comment here. It’s really appreciated!

eden

Thank you, Ann. I’m not sure I perfectly articulated my anticipation of Eden’s next book but I’m glad you managed to put the right interpretation on my somewhat tangled metaphor.

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