Shortly after my review of Protocols: Handbook for the female slave I was contacted by the author and asked if I would like to review any of his other books. I was happy to receive another Power Exchange Series book called The Art of Slavery to take a look at. This book is a compilation of essays from members of a yahoo group by the same name and run by slave lara.
It's a short book, and the essays are each only a few pages long so anyone can sit down and read one or two at a time without being overwhelmed. The topics range from understanding slavery, the slave culture and personal reflections on slavery. It's not a book where you will pick up tips or tricks to being a better slave, but you can see how slavery has affected the essay authors.
I admit I was disappointed in the quality of many of the essays, but there are a few gems that I'm sure I'll want to reread again when I need some reassurance of my place. One was an essay by danae of Danae Whispering and Within Reality where she talks about how her view of her Dominant on a pedestal changed when she realized he was, in fact, human and fallible. Another excellent essay is by slave namaste of Service Savoire Faire about what she has coined 'serviculture' after horticulture - the growth and care of service in a slave. I loved the ideas and thoughts in this one and will be returning to it in the near future.
Overall, it's not a bad book. I would have liked to see more essays and the poetry was unnecessary. It's not one I would say has to be on everyone's bookshelf because you just don't glean that much out of it. Those of us how have to read everything possible than it's good to have, but I'd recommend borrowing it before spending the money on your own copy.
- luna's Rating: 6/10
- Paperback: 82 pages
- Publisher: The Nazca Plains Corporation (July 14, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934625744
- ISBN-13: 978-1934625743
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
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