Story Review: A Reluctant Voyeur by Levi Charon

I just finished reading “A Reluctant Voyeur” by Levi Charon.

It’s a story about a man discovering by accident that he has ESP. He can read people’s minds.

The story’s plot device is simple, after hearing some specific music, his mind is released and he can enter others’ minds for a limited period of time.

As the story evolves, the guy’s powers evolve, but remain limited (which is a good thing for this type of story).

The refreshing difference about this story (for me at least) is that the protagonist tries to work with the government instead of being their target to control or destroy.

I highly recommend the story.

Story Review: Lifeline by Jay Cantrell

A great new story has been posted on SOL.

Lifeline by Jay Cantrell is a police mystery kind of novel.

Very well written and engaging story. With a well developed plot and characters, Jay Cantrell will hook you quickly and never release you until the last word. You’ll care about the characters and you’ll live with them the duration of this well crafted novel.

Highly recommended reading. You won’t regret starting to read this.

Notes: requires registration, but this gem is absolutely free to enjoy.

Just like that!

The French say ‘Cherchez la femme’ which means ‘Look for the woman’. The more common saying is ‘Behind every great man there is a woman (and behind every loser too)’. In my experience, this is generally true.

I just read a story that illustrates this to a great extent. The story is Just like that! by Daghda Jim at storiesonline.

Roland, or Rollie, comes home to find a most hurtful letter from the wife who just left him with his supposedly best friend. It devastates him.

For ten days he’s feeling like shit and decides to seek some feedback on the stuff that his wife said in her letter. Who else other than Betty for the task?

When he asks Betty to give him her opinion, a whole new world opens in front of him. I won’t leave any spoilers here, so you’ll have to read the story to find out Betty’s effect on Rollie’s life.

Excellent story. Definitely Two thumbs up.

Review: The Preacher Man by hammingbyrd7

The Preacher Man by hammingbyrd7 is a story set in a far (more than 8000 years), post-apocalyptic, future about a new human society based on ‘Meritocracy’. It is a story of a great injustice inflicted on this future’s women and the unraveling of a cruel society at the hands of our protagonist in order to bring justice to all.

It’s an interesting read for sure. The author created an interesting world that was supposedly established by a founder greatly influenced by Islam. The society’s females were brought up to marriage age and prepared to live a life of slavery afterwards. On the night of their marriage, women’s brains were chemically fried to prohibit any long term memory retention, basically locking their personalities as ‘Eternal Virgins’, so that each day of their life was like their second day after marriage. This meshes well with Muslim heaven where each good man gets 72 virgins that stay virgins forever. They have sex with them and the next time it would be like it never happened. Personally, I wouldn’t want a virgin forever. It would be good if your partner knew what you liked and knew how to push the right buttons to bring you to a higher level of pleasure.

Few things in the story didn’t make much sense to me, like why would anybody want to have children in the described society? They can have as much sex without worrying about kids and after they have kids they don’t keep them, so there is no emotional incentive to conceive, especially in the society described by the author, where chances are that whatever offspring a man or woman has, they will never see them again and chances are that they won’t survive their school system. The author didn’t mention anything in the founder’s teachings that encouraged or mandated breeding.

The story is told in a series of snapshots of the protagonist’s life, nothing is mentioned about what goes on between those snapshots. No effort was made to depict the days to day way of life in such a future. The future described was a little cold for the lack of any kind of small details about daily life.

I recommend reading the story. It’s an enjoyable one, despite the author’s extreme affinity for numbers, dates and statistics :) .

I wonder whether the futuristic society created at the end of the story could survive long-term. Anecdotal evidence (from France for example) shows us that highly educated people that could control their breeding, and where women can decide whether they want to have children and how many, tend to have too few children to sustain their society.

I can see it all around me. Highly educated people tend to have too few children and the uneducated or ignorant tend to have a lot of them (in general, of course, like everything else, there are exceptions). This is the first time in history that humans face this issue. The more advanced we are, the less of us there are. It makes me wonder about our immediate future. A hundred years from now, who would be the dominant race on earth? will it be Muslims who’s religion and society mandate breeding like rabbits? Will the western societies survive such an onslaught? Will the future depicted in this story where Muslims prevailed come true just because of that reason? What do you think?

The author has writen a sequel to this story titled The Preacher’s Daughter.

Doing it all Over, by Al Steiner

The first good story that I’ve read on the internet.

Back in 1999, my first encounter in internet erotica was through The site was small at the time and there were few authors.

Lucky for me, the first story that I decided to read at the time was “Doing it all Over” by “Al Steiner“.

I was hooked and reeled in from the first paragraph.

It’s the story of a paramedic that is leading a boring, miserable life. On one of his shifts he’s asked to take an old, dying of cancer, Chinese man to the hospital. With his last few breaths, the old man asks our protagonist what his best wish was, and the answer is one most of us can relate to. He wishes to be 15 years-old again, but knowing what he now knows as an adult. Of course, strangely enough, our hero wakes up the next day in his old bedroom, in the body of his fifteen-year-old self, back in 1982.

From that point, the author takes us on a very interesting trip as our protagonist lives his teen years all over again, dealing with his past tribulations and handling them differently this time around. The author weaves a very compelling tale. Crafted with skill and a story-telling talent that few authors have.

Read the story. I’m sure that you won’t regret spending the few days that it may take you to read it.

While reading the story, I found myself reflecting on my own past life and thinking about what I would do if I had the chance to do it all over again. It’s a very powerful self exploration exercise. What would I change in my own life? All the bad experiences? Some of the good ones? If I changed all the bad experiences would I still be me? The bad experiences helped change me considerably. Would I like the new me if I didn’t live through the worst experiences of my life?

Things to ponder. What do you think? would you like to change a lot about your life?