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Official Review: G.I.N. Goddess In The Nude

Post by NL Hartje » 22 May 2018, 12:52

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "G.I.N. Goddess In The Nude" by Derrick Davis.]
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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.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 23 May 2018, 04:13

Your start was humorous but after I read through I figure out the story is some what confusing. Been a erotic read more of an amateur type l'm not sure how would the readers react to it but your review is descriptive thank you for that.
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Post by Brightstars2018 » 23 May 2018, 07:46

I did like the start of this story. It was a Unique start of to this Goddess of the nude story. I didn't get way so much details about her being hairless.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 23 May 2018, 08:43

So I just had to read the review of this to see what it is all about. I have not seen anything like this so far on this site. This is not something I ever would have picked out, but your review had me giggling. "Amourous kink"! I love it. Nice job to you. Sorry the same can't be said of the author.

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Post by NL Hartje » 23 May 2018, 08:56

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
23 May 2018, 04:13
Your start was humorous but after I read through I figure out the story is some what confusing.
You’re right. Since it’s a magazine, there was just a lot going on.
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Post by NL Hartje » 23 May 2018, 09:02

Brightstars2018 wrote:
23 May 2018, 07:46
It was a Unique start of to this Goddess of the nude story. I didn't get way so much details about her being hairless.
Well that part was just the comic in the beginning of the magazine.

I’m sorry if you were offended by my commentary on their hairlessness. My intent was to bring light to the unsurprising chauvinism of the author instructing his illustrator to make them hairless. (Which I think was an important comment.)
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Post by NL Hartje » 23 May 2018, 09:07

kfwilson6 wrote:
23 May 2018, 08:43
So I just had to read the review of this to see what it is all about. I have not seen anything like this so far on this site. This is not something I ever would have picked out, but your review had me giggling. "Amourous kink"! I love it. Nice job to you. Sorry the same can't be said of the author.
Yes, this was the first time I reviewed a magazine for OBC.

If you’re referencing erotica though, I did a pretty interesting non-fiction erotica a couple of months ago called Odyssey. Now that was a humorous review to write! :lol2:
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Post by gen_g » 23 May 2018, 09:10

Thank you for the detailed review! I have to say, there seems to be many red flags for me personally, as what Davis 'revered' in his comic book seems to be the ultimate female physical fantasy due to it being described as such:
NL Hartje wrote:
22 May 2018, 12:52
shapely bodies, large breasts and hips separated by miniscule waists, and (of course) hairless from the neck down.
This seems more sexist than meaningful. (Although you might have to excuse me if I have taken it too seriously, as I can't seem to detach from my literature background - I did my dissertation on gender studies.) Of course, being an erotic mag, I do suppose that "reaching the happy ending" is the ultimate objective. :lol:

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Post by NL Hartje » 23 May 2018, 09:16

gen_g wrote:
23 May 2018, 09:10
I have to say, there seems to be many red flags for me personally, as what Davis 'revered' in his comic book seems to be the ultimate female physical fantasy due to "shapely bodies, large breasts and hips separated by miniscule waists, and (of course) hairless from the neck down", which seems more sexist than meaningful. (Although you might have to excuse me if I have taken it too seriously, as I can't seem to detach from my literature background - I did my dissertation on gender studies.)
Nono that’s precisely why I included that detail. Perhaps I should have spelled it out a bit more, but my intent was to highlight the sexism in the illustrations.

I would like to have said I was appalled when I saw them, but that would have suggested an element of surprise and sadly it was exactly what I expected.
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Post by gen_g » 23 May 2018, 09:22

NL Hartje wrote:
23 May 2018, 09:16
gen_g wrote:
23 May 2018, 09:10
I have to say, there seems to be many red flags for me personally, as what Davis 'revered' in his comic book seems to be the ultimate female physical fantasy due to "shapely bodies, large breasts and hips separated by miniscule waists, and (of course) hairless from the neck down", which seems more sexist than meaningful. (Although you might have to excuse me if I have taken it too seriously, as I can't seem to detach from my literature background - I did my dissertation on gender studies.)
Nono that’s precisely why I included that detail. Perhaps I should have spelled it out a bit more, but my intent was to highlight the sexism in the illustrations.

I would like to have said I was appalled when I saw them, but that would have suggested an element of surprise and sadly it was exactly what I expected.
Hahaha! That is true - pornography always follows a certain trajectory. For all its negative connotations however, it does seem like a funny read. Thanks for taking the time to reply! :lol:

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Post by teacherjh » 23 May 2018, 12:05

Too bad this was such a let down. Thanks for the thorough review.

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Post by MsTri » 23 May 2018, 12:49

What a shame that the execution was so poor! I don't generally get into erotica as a genre, but I do love graphic novels, so I'd give it a try if it was better. I couldn't find it at Amazon or any place, so hopefully they'll come out with a Revised edition and I can try it then... Thanks for the thorough review!

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Post by Libs_Books » 23 May 2018, 15:09

I thought the title was going to be a huge joke - and was looking forward to a fun review. Well, the review was fun, thanks, but the magazine sounds a bit naff.

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Post by inaramid » 23 May 2018, 21:38

This isn't quite what I was expecting, given the title and the book cover. (I thought it's going to be a parody of some sort. :)) Thanks for the review, though, but I will pass on this one.

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Post by SABRADLEY » 23 May 2018, 22:58

This magazine just sounds like a miss on so many levels. The patchwork of themes has potential for the target readership, but not without removing the "freshman" vibe and cleaning up the errors. Thanks for your fair and thorough review!

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