2 out of 4 stars
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Describing myself as somewhat of an amorous kink, I pleasantly anticipated what I would find within the pages of G.I.N. Goddess in the Nude, a short magazine published by an erotic novelty company. Sadly, the magazine resembled a pre-pubescent teen on his first “outing,” and I have rated its rapidly-paced lackluster two out of four stars. Including two editorials by the owner/author (Derrick Davis), a graphic comic (written by Davis and illustrated by Stacy Hummel), a short story and poem by a guest creative writer (Yasmeen), and a smattering of pinup pages this periodical had all of the makings of what a sexy-mag should offer; it was just poorly executed.
Opening with the graphic comic, Davis showers readers with images of how his mind magnifies a woman: shapely bodies, large breasts and hips separated by miniscule waists, and (of course) hairless from the neck down. Strong, amazon-type goddesses are initiated into a temple revering the feminine. When their temple is attacked by a wizard and warrior from a rival sect the women fight to ensure their sacred is kept intact while the high-priestess escapes. It’s not a terrible story, but between the questionable illustrations (inconsistent mouths and hands), punctuation errors, and a slightly confusing storyline (due to the presence of more than one temple) it isn’t worthy of a reread.
Davis attempts to educate readers and add a notch to his publication by writing “Temple Dancers as the Origin of Strippers” and “Origin of Pole Dancing.” Both articles have meaningful intention: explain the history of women of movement as revered objects. Where he falls short is, again, in his execution. In both articles, there is little overreaching tie-in to keep subscribers keyed to reason behind the piece. What follows is more of a copy/paste of different histories thrown together with no transitional phrases.
The guest creative writer adds the steam some readers may have been seeking. Her short story, “Broken, Part 1,” is a bare reenactment of a wet dream followed by a rude awakening and a promise for more. Her writing follows the halting style of much erotica: short sentences attempting to build into almost rhythmic prose. While I felt heat building toward the end of the “dream,” the beginning and end weren’t special enough to keep me interested. Improper tense changes and comma splices interfered with the flow and pushed me to read faster to “get to the good part.” Her poem, “Yearning,” was much the same as she criticizes a man for thinking she wants him when in reality she’s just throbbing for her bedside toy. There was no meter or rhyme to her poem, and unfortunately, the prose was uninteresting enough that I again sped my reading in hopes of reaching the end.
This seems to be the first outing for Davis, and I applaud his attempt at this fun yet informative take on revering women. He offers eleven pages of pinups varying in shape and ethnicity as the obligatory inclusion of sex, and I would have appreciated the models more had their lingerie fit appropriately. Again, this adds to his pile of seemingly freshmen mistakes. I think novice, or perhaps young (as those are sometimes not the same) erotica lovers should try this magazine and support their effort towards more issues. There is good fun within; it just might not appeal to the more seasoned patron.
G.I.N. Goddess In The Nude
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