Anonymous Sex

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Pub Date 01 Feb 2022 | Archive Date Not set

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A bold and playful collection of erotic stories written by some of the world’s finest writers. The twist? Each story is “anonymous,” allowing for tales as subtle or explicit, strange or familiar, tender or fierce as each writer wishes—leaving readers to guess who wrote what.

Welcome to the ultimate literary parlor game—a collection of unattributed erotic stories written by a stellar list of authors, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Awards, PEN Awards, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Edgar Awards, and more. Anthology editors Hillary Jordan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan present an elegant, international collection of erotica, that explores the diverse spectrum of desire. There are stories of sexual obsession and sexual love, of domination and submission. There’s revenge sex, unrequited sex, funny sex, tortured sex, fairy tale sex, and even sex in the afterlife.

This seductive anthology is true to its name: while the authors are listed in alphabetical order at the beginning of the book, none of the stories are attributed, providing readers with a glimpse into the landscape of sexuality as explored by twenty-seven of today’s best-known authors.

Contributors include: Robert Olen Butler, Catherine Chung, Trent Dalton, Heidi Durrow, Tony Eprile, Louise Erdrich, Jamie Ford, Julia Glass, Peter Godwin, Hillary Jordan, Rebecca Makkai, Valerie Martin, Dina Nayeri, Chigozie Obioma, Téa Obreht, Helen Oyeyemi, Mary-Louise Parker, Victoria Redel, Jason Reynolds, S.J. Rozan, Meredith Talusan, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Jeet Thayil, Paul Theroux, Luis Alberto Urrea, Edmund White
A bold and playful collection of erotic stories written by some of the world’s finest writers. The twist? Each story is “anonymous,” allowing for tales as subtle or explicit, strange or familiar...

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This book is an anthology written by authors with a definite skill for writing the erotic. No awkward bedroom scenes here, only great atmosphere, great writing, and something for everyone to enjoy!

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I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you NetGalley!

Let's start with the cover. It's vibrant and eye-catching due to that. It suites the book in that manner.

This book is certainly spicy and keeps your interest. There are some hot scenes.

I'd definitely recommend this to my friends.

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A book full of stories that cover all of your romance needs - from full-on steamy to much tamer. I loved tried to guess who wrote each story. They also all worked well together as one collection.

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Thank you Netgalley for this ARC for an exchange of an honest review.

I really enjoyed this one. Recommend it.

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Anonymous Sex features short vignettes written by multiple authors. It's a fun and spicy read, easy to pick up and devour just a few pages at a time or the whole thing. I just wish I knew which authors wrote which stories!!

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What a fascinating concept for a book: an anthology of stories about sex, in the wide range of what that can entail, written by great authors who are listed in the beginning, but you don't know who wrote what: so it's aptly named Anonymous Sex. You can try to analyze who wrote what, or simply enjoy each story on its own merit. It certainly would make for some lively discussions.

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Wow, this book is filled with juicy stories and it will make you want to hide out and read it in one sitting. I am not sure who wrote all theses stories but, it definitely had me scouring the internet looking for clues based on the writing styles. I think this book will be loved by everyone who enjoyed contemporary romance novels.

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An interesting collection of short stories that is bound to have something for everyone. The stories are well written and a quick read.

Thank you to #NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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The stories aren't about anonymous sex, they are stories by the authors mentioned in the beginning of the book. No stories are attributed to its author. Some of the stories are steamy, some will have you shaking your head. You get to choose who the author is for every story.

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First, thank you so much to NetGalley for this advance copy of Anonymous Sex.

What a fantastic idea, so credibly and trickily executed: The book is titled Anonymous Sex, and it's a compilation of stories/essays/musings by various authors. Those authors are listed alphabetically, their stories are not. You read the stories not knowing who wrote them. No point of reference. Whether you think the story is based on truth, whether the author wrote the story more freely knowing that the reader didn't quite know who wrote it...........I'm not sure.
Some of the stories may be true, they may reflect the author's longings or retellings. Some stories are in the very distant past, and some told in the much distant future. They may be about sex, or what someone thinks is sexy. It's a lot.
I loved the variety, and I felt that all the stories were told very freely. Each story fit its own style perfectly, whether short or long, graphic or illusory. It's probably a book I never would have thought to pick up and read. Yes, the title is rather inviting, but the body of the book is so much more.
I really can't go into any of the stories, as it might be telling in just that, and I would not want to spoil any one author's contribution.
Let's just say that if you are willing to take a leap of faith here, you may really enjoy yourself.
I really recommend this book!

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I received an Advanced Reader copy from Netgalley for my honest review. The book has short stories written by notable authors. They are anonymous so that you do not know which author wrote which story. Some of the stories have more depth than others. The title intrigued me. The premise is interesting. I wanted to know which author wrote each story, but that would ruin the idea of animosity.

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Great writing and I love how all of the stories are different. Some are heartbreaking and some are absolutely steamy! Loved them all! The fun might be in guessing who is who.

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This was a series or semi-erotic/erotic short stories written by authors listed. All authors of the short stories are listed, but the short stories themselves are anonymous in terms that you are left guessing which of the authors wrote each story. The stories varied in their eroticism levels. I also liked how the anonymity allowed for a safe space for creative sexual ideas and writing to flow. Some stories were different with very abstract/almost paranormal premises while others focused heavily on the religion comparison. There were some with relationships and some with beginning fantasies. There are stories to fit everyone and plenty of ideas to really get one thinking in almost a sexual awakening. Maybe so people do not feel alone in their thoughts.

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A really good collection for people looking to give erotica a try!

I occasionally read erotica, but often find that it's too fetishy or too crude to be enjoyable, or, on the flip side, that it's more like a romance novel and it's too tame to actually be erotica. This one is perfect! It's intriguing without being crazy crude or vulgar, there's a story line but it's not a lengthy romance, it's just all around a really good choice for the occasional reader or someone new to the genre!

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I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley. So thanks!
   The concept of this book was pretty great. I find myself struggling to read two books at once, feeling like I am going to confuse myself and not give the adequate attention that they all deserve. Having short stories really appealed to me in that aspect. The different writing styles also were phenomenal to ready, did I like every story? No, but I found several that I cannot get out of my brain. Rapunzel Rapunzel? Loved it, probably my favorite along with Asphodel, Find Me and Ode etc Amo to just name the prominent ones that got stuck in my brain. I would say the biggest downfall is that it's SO anonymous that I can't follow up with the authors whose work I loved BUT it's also a huge reason why I loved this work as well. Should the collaborators who put this work together publish another, I would get it.

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A bold anthology of short stories, each written anonymously so we don't know which author penned what.

The cover of anonymity allowed each writer to let their creativity and imagination run free, with a fantastic end result. This collection covered everything --- from first times to married couples to escorts to futuristic encounters. Some of the stories really nailed it (no pun intended) and the book as a whole was a quick and interesting read.

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This was a great collection of short stories from start to finish. It was such an interesting and unique premise - but beyond that it actually followed through on the stated goal. I enjoyed every single story in this collection and I’m only sad that it’s over.

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nothing is more freeing than reading about sex-positive stories. i really enjoyed this. it’s such a great thing to finally come across stories where sex is talk in its reality and not in some fantasy-way!

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Holy cow. I don't know how I can review this for the retail sites- which have all sorts of rules about words and subjects. That said, it's not all salacious (well, some of the stories are). It's an interesting and entertaining read. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

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The premise of this book was fascinating and I felt that some of the stories were super well written and steamy, but others fell flat for me. I also think that after several stories, the titillation and steaminess started to become rote and repetitive, I found myself reading several stories but then needing a break as all of them started to blend together since the plots were always so similar in vocabulary and story, I definitely think it's worth a read but not all in one sitting.

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Like all anthologies, there is likely something for everyone, but you won't like everything. There is a good mix of stories that are more nonconventional and more standard/tame erotic encounters. The stories were all well-written (even the ones that I didn't personally enjoy). I think this collection manages to bring in a variety of different stories within the genre to keep things fresh throughout th book.

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I enjoy contemporary romance, and I enjoyed this anthology. I didn't love every vignette, but I liked almost all of them and I think there's something here for everyone. The stories are great as something to pick up for a short read, anytime.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC, in exchange for my honest review.

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YES PLEASE!

I love short stories, Especially erotic short stories! They are short and sweet. You can finish the book in a sitting or over a couple of months.

Love it! I hope there is another release soon!

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Anonymous Sex is a very interesting concept.. I like the idea of authors submitting anonymous sexy stories.. It definitely adds a layer of spice to not know who the stories are written by.. Not every story was for me, but that’s the best part of multiple short stories in one book! Some stories are most definitely HOT! Very sex positive book and concept!

3 1/2 stars - rounding up to 4 stars!

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I'm a fan of many of these writers: Robert Olen Butler (A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain), Catherine Chung (The Tenth Muse, Forgotten Country), Louise Erdrich (The Round House, The Master Butchers Singing Club), Jamie Ford (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet), Julia Glass (Three Junes, The Whole World Over), Téa Obreht (The Tiger's Wife), Paul Theroux (The Great Railway Bazaar, Riding the Iron Rooster), and figured I'd be able to identify their work; but true to the title I couldn't be sure who wrote what. I like that these stories are as varied as the writers are, from different countries, perspectives and genres. History Lesson, Find Me, Pearl River, and Love Doll are some of my favorites, but honestly I think each of these is so well written, and altogether I found this collection to be cohesive and entertaining throughout.

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I very much enjoyed this book for all the different views and not knowing who wrote which story is refreshing. Going into a story blind opens your expectations. Not cringingly uncomfortable sex secenes but definitely erotica. Happy reading!

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The short stories in Anonymous Sex reveal humanity's ultimate secret and obsession: desire. There is nothing quite like the stories within these pages. I have been conditioned to flinch in the face of unabashed pleasure, especially that which is atypical, but these stories challenge what I thought I knew about sexuality. The characters and plot made me think, "Should I be into this." And the answer is yes, it's normal to feel passion about and be into subversive sex. I couldn't get enough of the authors' creativity and honestly. This book is a must-read. It will teach you many lessons about yourself and those around you.

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Loved all the stories — very sexy! And fascinating at the same time.

Didn't realize that this was more than one story. What a great gift

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Wow! What a read! This book is a collection of 27 erotic stories, each told by anonymous authors, which make the stories that much steamier! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but have to say I really enjoyed this and will definitely pick up more in this genre. This book is a perfect way for readers who are new to erotica to figure out if this is a genre your up for! Because this is a collection of short stories you are able to skip around if some stories don’t tickle your fancy. Enjoy!

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This short story anthology is like no other. All of the stories center on the topic of sex, and all of them are written anonymously. A list of contributors is in the front, and you can have some fun guessing who wrote what. I imagine this was an assignment of a lifetime for these authors. All of us yearn to write from our deepest, most private selves, but who dares do this under your own name?

There's a huge variety in these stories. Some I loved, others seemed "meh" and lacked resolution. One story towards the front of the book appears to involve sex in some sort of mystical meta verse. There's something for everyone.

I thoroughly enjoyed many of the stories in this book and learned something from all of them.

Highly recommended.

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An enjoyable read with lots of steamy stories that capture the imagination. I am giving my honest opinion via NetGalley in exchange for reading this book.

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WOW! The premise of this erotica collection is that a group of well-known authors was asked to each write one erotic story that would be published in this collection with a list of authors credited, but no one will know which author penned which story. They are free to write some truly lovely and dirty tales in reasonable anonymity. Each tale was more enjoyable than the next. LOVED this book!

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Such a fun read! You want to guess who wrote each juicy piece, yet at the same time it’s so fun not knowing. It’s pretty straightforward, and I won’t add more to give anything away, but if you’re looking for juicy tales of sex and lust, this is the one for you!

I received an advanced copy. All thoughts are my own.

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The concept of knowing who the authors were, but not knowing which author wrote which story, is intriguing in general. But when it's a book of erotic short stories, it makes it SO much more exciting. I follow so many of these authors and read their works religiously, and I loved not knowing who wrote what here. Because as much as we want to keep our wants and needs private, they also may feel like they need to keep their erotic stories private. But thank goodness they decided to share them with the world!

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This is such a unique collection. I love that we can recognize the authors but we have no idea who wrote what. While it’s fun to guess who wrote what, the stories themselves are wonderful to read.

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