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"Human Powered," by Theresa Noelle Roberts (from Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica) - Elf M. Sternberg
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"Human Powered," by Theresa Noelle Roberts (from Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica)
Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica is a collection of erotic short stories with steampunk settings.

"Human Powered" by Theresa Noesse Roberts is the first story in the collection, and it's not very convincing. While delightfully and convincingly told from the woman's point of view, without headhopping, "Human Powered" is a fairly ordinary story about a woman "defying convention" and her lover's introducing her to the joys of the vibrator. There's a lovely MacGuffin to start the story which leads to a nice but fairly obvious closure. The writing is pedestrian, the sex scenes are merely serviceable and driven mostly by visual cues. The transition from arguing to fucking takes place at pornoverse speed, which annoys me. In the end, this is airplane quality erotica with used furniture.

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