18 September, 2012

Unexpected Humor

I’m always up for a good, humorous read. I especially love it when sex and humor are combined together in one book. Humorous plays on sex guides like “The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex” are incredibly fun to read aloud from to a partner or friends. Quite a long time ago I purchase the Position of the Day Playbook. At the time, I did not realize it was a humor book, however having read through it all I find I prefer that more than a serious position book. The book was purchased from this sex shop I trust.
First, I’m going to cover the technical aspects of the book. It’s a 7 x 5 inch softcover book published by Chronicle Books from San Francisco. An actual author is not listed for the book. It is listed as written by nerve.com. The nerve.com website is pretty interesting. They have advice for pretty much everyone, discussions with celebrities, and a matchmaking service. The book is manufactured in Canada. It contains 380 pages. Each page is printed with black or red figures and text. The text is large and easy to read. The ink does not run if it gets wet. The paper is pretty thick.
I would not consider this book discreet in any way. Anyone who looks at it is going to know it’s a sex position book. I would not suggest reading it in public. 
The Position of the Day Playbook contains 365 sexual positions. It’s put together like a calendar starting with January 1st. There is no year or day of the week, so this book can be used any year. It does not feature February 29th, which is Leap Day.
Each page is devoted to one of the positions. At the top of each page in red is the date. Beneath that is the title of the position. In the middle of the page is a picture of the position. Each position is displayed with outlines of a couple. They don’t have too much detail, just the basic form of each sex. Underneath each picture is a small bit of information about each position, like the amount of calories burned by each person and some hazards and optional equipment for the position. Off to the side, you can rank the position from “below average” to “Whoa!” At the very bottom of the page there are a few blank lines where you can write any comments you have on the position.
Unfortunately, each day does not present a unique position. There are a few repeats throughout the book. Each position does have a different title, though.
The name of each title, equipment needed, and hazards of each position are what make it funny. I like the one entitled, “The Weekend at Bernie’s.” It shows a woman who appears to be dragging a man in the picture. Beneath it, the optional equipment lists sunglasses.
Some of these positions are feasible while some are not. I suppose there’s really no harm in actually trying each position, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t come out as well as you were hoping. There’s one entitled “The Lock and Load” which shows the woman scrunched up against the man’s midsection with her knees almost into her chest. I’m pretty sure my partner would not be able to hold me in that position for longer than a few seconds. At the same time, there’s one where the man is sitting in an armchair and the woman is sitting on his lap with her legs draped over the sides of the chair. She’s also leaning back. I think that one would be possible.
Most of the positions display a male and female. There are a handful of positions with same-sex partners or threesomes as well. I wouldn’t say the book caters specifically to male and female partners, but it seems like it was easier for the authors to arrange a male and female into some of these crazy positions.
Despite the fact that the book is not discreet, I think it will be at home in our new house’s basement “man cave.” I would not leave it sitting out in our living room where random visitors would see it, however I would consider it acceptable for friends to see it and laugh over it while we’re watching TV.
My overall opinion of this book is good. It gave me some laughs looking through it with my partner and gave me some vague ideas for new positions to try at some point in the future. However, I found the repeats of positions made it a bit boring. I would have liked to see a bit more variety in coupling and positions. I give the book 4 out of 5 stars.

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