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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite
Sixty Positions with Pleasure by Sahlan Diver is a microcosm of man and his behavior. It’s a crime murder mystery, a commentary on a town that declares independence; it demonstrates man’s greed, desire for money and power, and then there is the sex. When a new manager arrives in Ireland to run a company owned by the Dutch, he behaves in a rather strange manner. Charlie is caught up in events wilder than his wildest dreams, not only as a participant in his boss’s impending book but as a target for murder. The locals in the mythical town of Kilgarney, an hour outside Dublin, have taken innovations to the extreme with a lake, an underwater railway journey, and an inland beach resort. Since the tale is set in 2050, the warm climate makes it an ideal holiday destination. Throw in a visionary sighting of the Virgin Mary in a nearby cave and a camera obscura show, and business is booming. Until those in power, previously independent members of Parliament in the Dail, decide to declare independence for Kilgarney. And I must mention Sidney the robot with a French accent and a rather bizarre sense of humor.
I never ever choose to read erotica of any sort. Still, the blurb for Sixty Positions with Pleasure by Sahlan Diver was too enticing not to download and review. It’s a rollercoaster of a tale commenting on just about every aspect of life, from sex – yes, they attempt to copy the Karma Sutra – to the human condition in all its forms. It’s a fun read, which rattles along at great speed with an enormous cast of characters, most of whom are not what we think they are. From purchasing an extra-length bed to Sidney the robot taking a bullet in the chest, I laughed all the way through. The overall plot is quite convoluted. Although the situation was carefully explained toward the end, with all the loose ends nicely wrapped up, I had to concentrate hard to remember who was who. Of course, it will take a long time to forget Charlie and Ilse and their interesting antics as they perform for a blockbuster bestseller. Very enjoyable.