Tremble : Erotic Tales of the Mystical and Sinister

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"Learner evokes an erotically charged version of the tales of the Brothers Grimm ... These nine wonderfully strange and dark tales maintain a dreamy, fairy-tale feel whether their settings are historical or contemporary." Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Erotica for the modern woman: nine tales of the dangerous and divine
Prepare to stimulate your senses and explore the deepest longings of the human heart. In Tremble, Tobsha Learner, the author of the international bestseller Quiver, depicts the pleasures of new and rediscovered love, lust, and obsession in a world where passion and magic are interwoven and where boundaries are pushed beyond expectation.
In a Welsh village, a young woman s sensuality is awakened by an outrageous inheritance; a drought-stricken Oklahoma town is offered salvation by a travelling rainmaker; a Sydney record producer struggles to satisfy his wife and his mistress until one of them takes matters into her own hands "
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Product details

  • Paperback | 347 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 258.55g
  • Plume Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0142180378
  • 9780142180372
  • 2,108,453

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"Learner evokes an erotically charged version of the tales of the Brothers Grimm ... These nine wonderfully strange and dark tales maintain a dreamy, fairy-tale feel whether their settings are historical or contemporary." Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
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About Tobsha Learner

TOBSHA LEARNER was born and raised in England and has lived in both Australia and the United States. She is a playwright as well as an author and writes for several genres. Her collections of erotic short stories areQuiver, Tremble, andYearn; her historical fiction includesThe Witch of CologneandSoul; and among her thrillers areThe MapandSphinx. She divides her time between London, San Diego, and Sydney."
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Rating details

159 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
5 17% (27)
4 33% (52)
3 34% (54)
2 9% (15)
1 7% (11)

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In her second collection of short erotic pieces that span erasââ?¬â??each set in unique, vividly fashioned times and locationsââ?¬â??Learner displays her powerful ability to spin stories with strange, somber twists and a highly erotic flair. This brand of erotica has no boundaries; Learner writes about the bizarre, the taboo, and just the plain WEIRD. But I don't mean that in a bad way at all. Some of the super strange stories are actually quite amusing, and I just love how even though each one is only about 30-40 pages, there are actual plots in them. This typically isn't easy to do with the page limitation but Learner builds her worlds and characters expertly. In terms of style, her grip of the pen is firm; the stories are well-seasoned and each one is so different from the other, that it doesn't at all feel like you're just reading the same account with different scenarios. Every story is individual in its own kind, so you get nine opportunities to delight in these disturbing but carnal stories. Although some of the stories are set in contemporary times, everything Learner writes reads like a folktale. The voice is rather distant, but that makes each tale more clandestine, more mysterious, and more oddly charming. Tremble covers a vast range of scenarios, whether it be a supernatural object that disrupts the lives of an individual, or a hex that plagues an entire village. In particular, I loved The Root, a darkly comical tale about a root that comes toââ?¬â??ahemââ?¬â??life, and the implications of a cursed bloodline, as well as Virgin, a lust-ridden story about a nun gone bad, and her path to sexually charged redemption. There are allusions to previous stories in succeeding ones, which I loved; it connected the anthology beautifully and the recurring topics brought a smile to my face. One thing I noticed is that most of the protagonists are middle-aged; no new adult nonsense here. Normally I'd find this strange because it's harder to get excited by the thought of quadragenarians engaging in lustful activity (honestly, that's a visual I don't need sometimes) but the stories overall feel old-fashioned, so I didn't have that much of a problem with it. Pros: Folktake-like stories // Well-formed plots and characters, so each story is a different experience entirely // Entertaining voice // Gets heavy at times, but overall very readable // Very untraditional form of erotica; you will be squirming in arousal, but you'll feel weird about it because the stories are so bizarre! Cons: A few duds I found neither erotic nor enjoyable (specifically The Snore and Hair Shirt) // Sometimes gets a bit weird... but I guess that's the magic of this collection Verdict: Tremble is an eccentric anthology that bends the rules of erotic fiction; as familiar as I am with the genre, I can't say I've read anything like this before. Each story is colorful and elaborate, and overall the collection feels very traditionalââ?¬â??very earthy with an outlandish but indulgent sexuality coursing through it. If you're up for a new experience with short erotica, definitely check this one out. Rating: 7 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): Not perfect, but overall enjoyable. Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher, via tour publicist, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Penguin and TLC Book Tours!).show more
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