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Mindjacker by Jonathan Asche 
3rd-Feb-2006 11:28 pm
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Definitely the most unfortunate erotic novel I've ever read. To say the least. Not to mention that it's already out-of-print, except through the various book clubs. Good riddance. It didn't give me a good first impression of Star Books either, needless to say.

Asche, Jonathan. Mindjacker. Sarasota: Star Books, 2003.
Summary: Lucas, a psychic gifted with the ability to make people who meet his eyes do whatever he wants them to do, is on the run from The Institute. Pretty much everyone either wants him or wants him dead. By the end, he has eluded all of his pursuers, at least for the present, has has reunited with Joel, a telepath and former roommate.
Comments: Like reading the novelization of a cheesy, low-budget pornographic movie. The book is about at least 80% sex scene, and every chapter has one. Which, at 22 chapters plus and epilogue, means TWENTY THREE separate sex scenes in 200 pages! *groans* Fortunately, the world is populated by a surfeit of beautiful men and one unattractive, pathetic woman. *groans again* The writer likes blowjobs, rimming, and anal penetration, in that order, and it's an order that doesn't vary all that much (but at least they always use condoms)--again that feeling of being caught in a bad film production. And, given that some of the scenes are orgies and NONE of them involve much in the way of emotional connection between any of the characters, I wasn't all that impressed. Nor was a keen on the underlying implications of what Lucas is doing--manipulating people's minds, forcing them to have sex with him, and then stealing their money. When it comes right down to it, he's little more than a psychically jacked-up rapist/petty thief. Not exactly the type of hero that I want in my porn, but I speak only for myself, of course. Anyway, sometimes erotica has redeeming literary value, but this one, too tedious to be a turn-on, will just leave you feeling exploited and empty.
Notes: hardcover, exclusive BCE; trade paperback edition out-of-print
Rating: 2/10 - Of course it's trash...but it isn't even GOOD trash. Look elsewhere for one-handed reads.
Comments 
4th-Feb-2006 11:48 am (UTC)
The title itself reads like a bad pun.
4th-Feb-2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
*sighs* I know. And it's unnecessarily vulgar to boot. I've never found vulgarity to be a turn-on, but a lot of people (men, stereotypically) do, it seems.
4th-Feb-2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah I agree, awful novel...the porn wasn't even any good which at least might've made it interesting, as it is the sex was repetitive and boring. I've been trying to sell my copy for ages so I guess word must've got out!
4th-Feb-2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to sell my copy for ages so I guess word must've got out!

I don't know what you mean by that, but it is (unfortunately) one of the bestselling gay/lesbian fiction novels at Zooba, which is where I heard of and purchased it.
4th-Feb-2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
I put it on eBay and Amazon Marketplace to sell second hand but had no buyers, even though the price was well below what I paid for it new. I was being facetious. ;)
4th-Feb-2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
*curious* How much did it cost new? Zooba of course is selling the book club edition hardcover for $9.95 + free S&H.
4th-Feb-2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
I think probably in UK £ what that edition costs in $- about double the price!

One gripe I had (of many) is the way the demands of safe sex intrude in the relentlessly graphic sex with an intrusive condom pause every single time, even in the middle of extreme situations such as violent encounters where it's simply not believable they'd stop in the heat of the moment to get out the rubbers. There's a hot 4-way sequence in a motel room and right in the middle of the suck & fuck action Joel pipes up that he hopes they're using a condom.

There's a good story (well) hidden in the book that could've been developed, but it's never allowed to get in the way of the sex. I love erotica if it's done right, but this was just nuts & bolts porn without any emotional involvement at all. James Lear, for e.g. writes novels just as sex-heavy but they're so much more satisfying because he throws in plot and makes you care for his characters. Mind you I've read worse...Initiation by David Keane actually made me feel sick.
4th-Feb-2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
One gripe I had (of many) is the way the demands of safe sex intrude in the relentlessly graphic sex with an intrusive condom pause every single time

That doesn't bother me--it appears A LOT in gay erotic writing by many different authors. And who am I to stomp on their safe-sex promotions? Especially when the fact of the matter is that some young people learn about sex through these stories? In general, though, I find that short stories and novellas are far more enjoyable than full-on novels when it comes to erotica. Once or twice is okay, but even good writers get repetitive after a dozen or so sex scenes. (It's especially illuminating the way the quality declines in my mind when I read single-author anthologies.)
4th-Feb-2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
Don't get me wrong I'm definitely an advocate of safe sex and I appreciate it's required to educate young people in particular who maybe don't have the experience to avoid risky behaviour, particularly as HIV/AIDS is no longer seen as something potentially fatal (though STDs remain an ever growing problem). But in pornos they do it inobtrusively so you're not jolted out of the moment. Though that's another thing, since putting on a condom can be incredibly erotic. I prefer the Zipper/Idol books way of dealing with the issue, which is to put the safe sex warnings & provisos prominently at the beginning of the book then forget about it in the actual story.
4th-Feb-2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
*shrugs* The whole "Get the stuff" line didn't bother me, nor did the conscious act of checking at the last minute to make sure. (Heck, guys talk about that happening in real life!) At least that's better than stuff just magically appearing, which happens quite often in short stories. However, I dislike stock phrases mentioned condoms that are supposed to be sexy randomly thrown in aka "He comes up the condom up my ass."

I prefer the Zipper/Idol books way of dealing with the issue, which is to put the safe sex warnings & provisos prominently at the beginning of the book then forget about it in the actual story.

Ah, but the argument goes that this is not nearly as effective as eroticizing the actual act of safe sex. Some writers feel that it is the "responsibility" to do the latter; otherwise, safe sex becomes a chore, like eating your vegetables, that encourages the occasional bending of the rules. If somehow the condoms themselves can be fetishized, all the better.
4th-Feb-2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
Look elsewhere for one-handed reads.

Hee.. ^_^;;
4th-Feb-2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
Hey, now. I certainly can't take the credit (or blame) for coining that phrase! ^_~
4th-Feb-2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
But I guess in this case it was bad enough to keep you with both hands on the book ^_~
4th-Feb-2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
My time probably would've been better-spent with both hands tied behind my back. :P

You know, I've read "positive" descriptions of nearly every kink, but the banal awfulness of this novel (such as thoughtless glamorizing the rapist/petty thief) just left me cold.
4th-Feb-2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
such as thoughtless glamorizing the rapist/petty thief

Yeah, doesn't sound like a character you can have much sympathy for ^^
4th-Feb-2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
It's strange, though. Most writers who do kink or other "unusual" types of stories or characters, know that what they're doing is somehow transgressive--and that comes through in their writing. Asche, on the other hand, doesn't even seem to realize that his hero is a rapist...it's creepy to read so thoughtless a writer.
28th-Feb-2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
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