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Book Review: Crossdressing, Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

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Crossdressing is a collection of erotic stories with the focus on gender bending. Boys as girls, girls as boys, gay and straight, even the transgendered are represented in these 18 stories. Despite the variety, the stories are just not good.

The book opens with “Temporary,” a tale of a M2F transsexual who seduces a straight male dishwasher. Every time it starts to get sexy, some hideous cliche ruins the mood. I think author Tulsa Brown is the only person outside a trashy Harlequin romance to still use “meat” as a euphemism for penis.

Most of the stories are told first person, which, quite frankly, grows tiresome. In a collection that is about gender bending, it is often hard to tell if the narrator is male, female, or someone in between. The stories all feel too awkwardly personal. It is like reading a collection of coming out of the closet stories.

Some of the good: “A Cute Idea” by collection editor Rachel Kramer Bussel is easily the best in the collection. It is a playful and sexy tale of a woman dressing her boyfriend in her sexiest see-through panties. “I Need a Man” is a short, very hot tale of a girl dressing up like a man for her girlfriend.

Some of the not-so-good: “Michelle, Ma Belle” is pretty hot, with a woman dressing up her boyfriend ultra-femme and taking him out on the town. The author races through what could be really hot sex. “Halloween” is so poorly written I couldn’t even get through it. “Just Like a Boy,” about a tomboy who fantasizes about being a real boy, and her boyfriend helping her realize her fantasy, is just plain boring.

All in all, you can get better crossdressing erotica — or any kind of erotica — on LitErotica.com. Save your money and get your dirty stories there.

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  • Ryan Field

    Ah, good comeback dearie. Just remember two things: There’s a difference between reviewing storyline and content in contrast to reviewing editorial and style. And, watch those tricky adverbs…or you might “feel awkwardly” after reading one of your own reviews.

  • gyggy

    Excellent comments there Ryan. Instead of addressing the points, you attack the manner in which it is written.

    I don’t need a drivers license to tell you that you shouldn’t have driven off that cliff.

  • Ryan Field

    Your review of CROSSDRESSING is interesting. Though I’m one of the writers (DOWN THE BASEMENT), and probably shouldn’t even be addressing this, I just wanted to make a quick comment.

    The cliche “meat” is still used about as often as the cliche “At the end of the day” and, the one you personally used here in this review, “All in all.” As a matter of fact, “all in all” is as offensive to some people as “lastly” and “more importantly”. I’m sure you know what they say about people who live in glass houses.

    One more thing, since we’re on the subject of literary standards. Did you mean to write,”The stories all feel too awkwardly personal”? Or was it supposed to read, “These first person narratives feel too awkward and personal”? I’m no grammar expert, but those adverbs, like the ultimate cliche-adverb ” feel awkwardly”, can be tricky. Hint: you don’t “feel badly”, unless you are physically using your hands. But if your dog dies you “feel bad”.

    This review reminds me of someone without a drivers license telling experienced drivers what to do.