"Caning Able makes superb toilet reading."
Here's what else Dr. Susan Block - who had me on her show on June 21, 2003 to do a live reading of Caning Able said about the book:
and for all those that can't click on a link, here's what the good doctor said ...
by Stan Kent
Note: The cover of this book, by Serg Andreyev,
a book review
If you're aroused by the idea of naughty grown-up schoolboys being taught a lesson in gender dynamics via hardcore sadomasochistic sex by a troika of gorgeous powerful women--one young black Amazon, one nubile blonde beauty and one lusty English Lady of a certain age--then you'll be in heaven at Renforth Manor, the Old School, Veddy Briddish setting for most of the nasty, rollicking action of Stan Kent's witty, XXX-rated, feminist morality tale, Caning Able.
The moral of this sexy story is that Women Rule, or at least are a bit better than equal in sex and other business affairs in the modern world. But we don't get to that moral until two of our heroines have been severely spanked and, yes, caned, as well as tied up, raped, molested, gangbanged, blackmailed, drugged, diabolically exploited and forced to take large male members in every luscious, quivering hole of their bodies.
First we meet Miss Penelope Crumleigh, the perfect embodiment of a perennial schoolboy fantasy: that of the adorable, seemingly innocent, but really very wanton schoolteacher, barely older than the unruly pupils she is charged with supervising, being swept up into carnal activity beyond her control.
Next, hailing from the beaches of Barbados, we encounter the tall, athletic, brilliant-as-she-is-beautiful, ebony-skinned Ms. Jasmine Able, from whose name we get the book's title. Her challenge is to turn Caning Able from a painful gerund in which she is the passive object to an active adjective describing herself as the cane-wielding subject.
Finally, we are graced with the appearance of Lady Isabella Trent, the elegant older woman with the strongest sex drive of all, who helps to bring this tall erotic tale to a roaring wet climax.
The main setting for their amorous adventures is a cloistered country retreat where corporations send their stressed executives so that they might refresh their competitive drives in a traditional private school (or, as the English say, "public school") atmosphere, regressing them to a strict, yet highly stimulated childhood. Here we encounter some male characters almost as erotically vivid as the female, like the sadistic Headmaster Jasper Rust, the hapless Head Boy (and Mama's Boy) Alexander Trent, and the well-hung but well-meaning insurance executive Percy Paseley.
Reminiscent of Anne Rice's Beauty books, though rather heavier on the witticism and lighter on the mysticism, Caning Able makes superb toilet reading, sure to satisfy a variety of erotic interests, make you laugh and tone up your feminist sensibilities as well.
"Stan Kent is a great writer who always delivers the goods to the reader."
This next review is from one of the most insightful, honest reviewers of erotica, Gary Adler, who publishes his reviews by email. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. While he didn't care for the ending too much - a point we vibrantly debated over many an email - I appreciate his perspective, respect his views, and am happy to publish his opinion of my work. He reads more books in a week than most people go through in a year, and as a result is extremely knowledgeable on the writing of erotica in all its diverse forms. I encourage you to contact him to get on his mailing list. If there were more readers, writers and reviewers out there like Gary, erotica would be a thriving field.
By Stan Kent
227 Pages $7.95
Blue Moon Books
(sfmaster would especially like to thank Blue Moon for sending a review copy)
"Caning Able" is the latest Blue Moon title from Stan Kent; and I'll say up front that I liked it. However, I disagree with the novel's ending; which I feel is out of place with the rest of the story.
Renforth Manor is a private retreat in the English countryside ostensibly used for business training sessions; actually it has a far darker purpose. It is used as a front for the "students" (all corporate executives) to drug and seduce their female teachers; and to videotape their sexual acts; then sell them overseas.
Two new female teachers are drugged and used in this way, until the school's headmaster and lead student (who are managing this scam) meet their match in Jasmine Able; a business teacher who had a profitable sideline in London as a Dominatrix fulfilling sex fantasies.
This was a quite nice novel that I did like very much, until the ending, which I felt was rather unconvincing given how the two school victims were able to turn the tables on those who took advantage of them.
In the book's favor is that it was written by Stan Kent, who is a superb author of the "Violetta" Shoe Sex series; which I'm eagerly waiting for to see the ending. Stan Kent is a great writer who always delivers the goods to the reader. Also the book has plenty of great sex scenes, both M/f and Domination that kept the story rolling along nicely.
However, "Caning Able" manages to fall short of the mark because of the silly ending - which makes reading Susan Sontag's essay "The Pornograhic Imagination" a must to understand the genre.
A good though undemanding novel for a few hours entertainment.
Review Written November 19, 2002
"Novelist Stan Kent who could best be described as the Johnny Rotten of erotica."
So says Kastle, LA's gorgeous nighttime expert for E! Entertainment's "Wild On," and many local papers including the LA Times. Kastle publishes an awesome site detailing the happenings in Hollywood. Visit her site and after you've read all the places she's been, people she's seen, things she's done, go to the archive and she her reactions to my Caning Able reading at Hustler Hollywood. It's excerpted below for all those that get lost wandering Kastle's tour of The City of Night. When does she sleep?
http://www.coolgrrrls.com/1/kastle.html for her review of Caning Able
and for her most recent excursions on the town ... http://www.coolgrrrls.com/pages/kastle.html
November 11, 2002
"Your writing is vivid (specially liked the car-fuck scene)."
And that's not all from Elizabeth Stromme, author of two noir novels published in France, and "Joe's Word, an Echo Park Novel" due out October 2003 at City Lights Books. You can reach Liz at www.undergroundgardener.com.
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading re the travails of Penelope and
Jasmine, and the full-scale battery of their revenge. It's already a great
idea, the otivational retreat, and your writing is vivid (specially liked
the car-fuck scene), your dialogue natural, uncontrived. Plus I've picked
up a few terms I can toss around (with care):