Official Review: Domina World by Vivek Golikeri

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Official Review: Domina World by Vivek Golikeri

Post by ViziVoir » 09 May 2019, 21:15

[Following is an official review of "Domina World" by Vivek Golikeri.]
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1 out of 4 stars
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Domina World by Vivek Golikeri is a collection of erotic short stories that often have continuity with each other. They follow the interactions between supernatural beings, called "energesses" or "femforces," and mortal humans. These energesses have incredible powers, from transmuting energy into matter to creating small parallel dimensions, and they recharge these powers through male sexual attention, which they get through agreements with mortal men and women.

Of course, since this book is self-styled erotica, the plot is far from its main focus. However, the plot is so contrived as to be wildly distracting. The energesses seem to get new powers whenever the narrative calls for it, from traveling through time to talking with ghosts, and conflicts are woefully few and far between. Many of the short stories have so much continuity that the book feels as if it's separated into several chapters, only for it to skip to a completely different scene abruptly. In erotica, the sole duty of the plot is to provide a coherent framework for the sex scenes. Unfortunately, this book's plot fails at this duty in spectacular fashion.

The stories all follow the same basic premise, with little variation: an energess offers a mortal wealth, beauty, or love in return for performing sexual acts at her behest. There are multiple women in unhappy marriages, for example, and many of the male characters' first introduction to the energesses happens when one of them repairs their car or boat. The author also tends to write male love interests who are poor caricatures of different nationalities, such as French and Austrian. With such interchangeable and flat characters, it's impossible to become invested in them.

While the plot and characters are quite lackluster, this book's greatest flaw is, by far, its writing style. There are many typos, consisting mostly of capitalization and quotation mark usage errors, but they aren't actually too distracting. The dialogue is incredibly awkward and frequently repetitive, with characters saying exactly what they're thinking or feeling for no reason other than informing the audience. The word choice is also very stilted, and the sex scenes are rarely written well or even in any detail. Still, I have to admit that there's something implacably charming about an erotic novel that practically refuses to address sex as anything other than "doing a dalliance."

Because of its very poorly executed plot, characterization, and writing, it goes without saying that I rate Domina World 1 out of 4 stars. If you are looking to read quality erotica, or, indeed, a quality book, you are best off looking elsewhere. However, I actually enjoyed reading it. Nearly every aspect of its execution fails in such incredible fashion that it's quite a spectacle, so if you have a fondness for so-bad-it's-good media, you will love reading this book. As a brief taste, I'll close this review with my absolute favorite quote: "I'm going to f---k a whole platoon of them! Yum, yum, here I come!"

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Post by Rachel Lea » 12 May 2019, 08:08

Your review made me laugh (especially that last quote)! It's always interesting when you stumble upon a piece of literature that is, as one might put it, "so bad that it's good." You wonder whether the author intended it that way or not. At any rate, I don't gravitate towards books of this genre anyway, so I think I'll pass on this one. But your analysis of it was quite entertaining! :)
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Post by Meg98 » 12 May 2019, 10:31

Haha that last quote is very funny! I'm definitely going to pass on this read per your suggestion, and thank you for your honest review! Well done :)
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Post by Quickstudy » 12 May 2019, 12:04

Your review left me curious about the book. Despite the flaws in grammar, and a lack of detailed sex scenes, the powers possessed by the beings are intriguing. I will have to give this book a look.

Great review.

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Post by T_stone » 12 May 2019, 12:04

It's so sad to read books with many errors. However, erotica aren't my thing, I guess I'd pass based on your recommendation. Thanks for being honest with this.
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Post by DogoMulla » 12 May 2019, 14:05

Well, well. It seems we should be packing and calling an uber asap. Still, nice job on the review - it's honest and on-point.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 12 May 2019, 14:32

Thanks for the very entertaining review! I laughed out loud a few times. It is too bad that it is so poorly written!

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Post by TinyikoS » 12 May 2019, 16:18

When I looked at the cover of the book ,I thought "oh ,a love story" then I read your review ,lol, energies and spirits..sounds like an interesting story..

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Post by CommMayo » 13 May 2019, 11:21

This might just be my favorite review of a one star book I have ever read. I'm very glad you were able to get some level of entertainment value from it.

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Post by SamSim » 13 May 2019, 14:12

Oh, my, what a mess! This rather prudish grammar stickler was uncomfortable just reading about the book, lol. Your review was highly entertaining, though!
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Post by kandscreeley » 14 May 2019, 09:34

Nearly every aspect of its execution fails in such incredible fashion that it's quite a spectacle, so if you have a fondness for so-bad-it's-good media, you will love reading this book. As a brief taste, I'll close this review with my absolute favorite quote: "I'm going to f---k a whole platoon of them! Yum, yum, here I come!"
By far, that was my favorite part of your review. I don't read erotica, so I wouldn't even consider this. However, it seems like this is one of those authors that thinks everyone that reads erotica just wants the smut. They don't need a plot or character development or even good grammar. That isn't always true. In any case, thanks for the laugh.
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Post by sri varshini303041 » 14 May 2019, 23:26

Your review was very funny. :lol: Thank you for finish reading the book. I know how it feels to push yourself to finish it, even though your gut hates it.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 15 May 2019, 03:12 I have no idea what to say about that quote but now I'm curious as to its context. It's probably a good thing that it's so bad it's good because even if plot tends to be thin in erotica, it's still a necessary part of it.
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Post by SavannaEGoth » 17 May 2019, 20:06

I dropped by your review after finishing my very own first review for a supernatural fantasy on the site myself. I rated it a one out of four, and was feeling a bit nervous about having given it such a low score, so I was hunting around for other low-scored books to reassure myself. Finding your review brightened my mood considerably. The book sounds . . . interesting. I think you had a lot of the same issues I did reading the other one. I enjoyed your playful manner of writing and the enthusiasm you put into emphasizing the book's failures. Admittedly, though erotic is not my thing, I'm finding myself tempted to read or review this one myself just to experience what you've described.

Thank you for reviewing and writing this!
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Post by Uinto » 20 May 2019, 17:07

When I started reading this review I thought I had a winning book until I came to the short comings of the novel. Too bad it doesn't deliver in the execution of the plot among others. Thanks for the review.

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