Monday, February 14, 2011

Premature Book Review: Satan's Slut (Aishling Morgan, 2002)

Normally I don't get too into the more deviant aspects of my character here, nor do I typically review erotica. Satan's Slut is, however, a bit more worthwhile than the title might lead you to believe. Don't get me wrong, this is a dirty little book. There are several "Ew! Really?!?" moments to it. The worthiness stems more from its reasonably well thought out plot and discussion of religion. I have read a few books by Morgan, whose major theme is often domination, but two involve religion, particularly the hypocrisy of Christianity.

Satan's Slut has a revolving cast of leads who are all joined in contention over an abandoned chapel in Exeter. Nich Mordaunt is a pagan intent on bringing back ancient religion to the British Isles. His antithesis is Tom Pridough, a priest of a yet undisclosed Christian sect. Mordaunt is vocal and a known in the community, and Pridough blames all "wrong-doings" on him and his followers. When Mordaunt decides to hold a Black Mass with the help of a local dominatrix, recently defrocked priest, and a local gangster things start getting out of hand for the young pagan.

From a religious standpoint, this reminds me a lot of The Mists of Avalon, likely a book author Aishling Morgan is well familiar. There is some interesting discussion or how Christianity in Britain took over the Celto-Pagan practices of old, but also of how the Celts took over even older religions. It tends to be very smart about the topic, though I will not swear to the authenticity of all the claims made. From a fiction aspect, the story builds quite nicely, and could easily be quite an interesting bit of pulp for a wider audience were not the sex so graphic. The characters are interesting and well formed. Many of their abnormal desires* are discussed more deeply than you might expect, and in an almost moralistic fashion they bring the characters into the hands of some unsavory types.

* Please note my use of "abnormal desires" is meant to indicate practices that might shock those of a more Puritan nature. I do not judge.

So, obviously this book is not for everyone, but if you have an interest in erotica, paganism (or more-so Satanism), this is a fairly compelling book give a try. I have finally reached the [ahem] climax of the story, and things look to be changing drastically. I think the last 10% of it will hold some surprises. I will mention, however, that I am rarely thrilled by Morgan's endings. She does a nice job up until the last few pages. I am, however, rarely impressed my endings in book or film, so maybe it is just me?

4 comments:

Kal said...

What could possibly shock these days? I would be surprised if I would read something new that I didn't know about already. I have an imagination and often a pretty sick and perverted one.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I am convinced there is nothing new under the sun, but there were definitely a few gross-out moments. I finished this last night, and the story actually ended well.

Lisa said...

I totally love to read (about) perverted stuff, because I am too lazy to have a fetish on my own :D

Normally I would not pick up a book with such an uhm... subtile name, but you made clear that it is about more than the title, so I might give it a try if I have some extra time and money.

I think Kal is right with saying that there are hardly things that could shock one these days. But I think that is mainly when it comes to visual aspects. Reading about sexual practises is very different from seeing them, due to the overload of visual porn and sex these days. I always say that it is better to use ones imagination anyway, because by that you also avoid to believe the things you see in porn fit into reality.

Darius Whiteplume said...

It gets a tad formulaic in that you tend to know when the sex is going to start, but unlike the other two I have read by Morgan, she does develop the characters more. I think almost all of her titles have that quick "what to expect" title. In this one you get Satanism and sluts, so maybe it is apropos?

I am coming around to the reading is hotter than seeing camp.

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