Holly wears a ring that says True Love Waits and worries because her boyfriend isn't trying to persuade her otherwise. Then a boy in her English tute invites her to join his book club.
Shocked to find herself at 'sex club', plunged into in the classics of erotic literature, Holly soon becomes fascinated: by the strange new world of Eros, by the increasing power she senses in her own body - and by a weird blue glow emanating from the most private part of her self.
But Salter and Nabokov are one thing. When Holly encounters The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr Hoffman - quickly followed by the infamous orgone generator of Wilhelm Reich - things are set to explode.
An amazing literary sci-fi superhero sex romp from Australia's genre-bending queen of erotica.
Krissy Kneen is a Brisbane writer. Her previous books are Affection (memoir), Triptych (erotica) and the literary novel Steeplechase.
‘Witty and seductive, sexy and funny, with just a hint of the surreal, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine is a book that I can see appealing to many readers new to her work…A riotous romp through the imagination of one of Australia’s most accomplished sex writers.’ Books & Publishing
‘Kneen once again shows her mastery.’ Daily Telegraph
‘A joyful and ambitious mix of science fiction, coming-of-age, adventure story, literary fiction and, of course, erotica. It revels unselfconsciously in bringing these different elements together and is always playful and quirky.’ Australian
‘Nobody writes sex like Kneen…her finest book to date.’ QWeekend
‘Krissy Kneen writes about sex with nipple-stiffening zest. Her latest is consistently lewd and amusing.’ Brisbane Times
‘It’s a rare book that seems to drift like smoke away from the printed page to rewrite the physical world…[Kneen] wants us to strip naked and be transformed.’ Melbourne Review of Books
Kneen (Steeplechase) delivers on the promise of unusual, science-fictional eroticism with this daring adventure. Holly White is fervently dedicated to an ideal of abstinence to which her friends only pay lip service. Nicholson has inherited a scientific secret that governments consider a threat to humanity. Like everyone else on Earth, Holly is unaware of this danger as ignorant, in fact, as she is of everything to do with sex. But that's about to change. Her slow journey toward sexual enlightenment is beautifully rendered in lingering detail. Thanks to a book club that turns out to only read explicit books, Holly is guided to her destiny with Nicholson and his titular machine by treasures of erotic literary history. The combination of sexual awakening, secret societies, and lost technology, wrapped up in Kneen's loving treatment of her subject, character, and story, makes for a remarkably pleasing read. The conclusion is wildly imaginative and surprisingly satisfying. The characters are delightfully varied, including many from groups that are underrepresented in erotic fiction, and each is more fascinating than the last. The absurdity of the sci-fi thriller setup propels the protagonists to extremes of sexual behavior, but it also acts as a contrast to the erotic content, rendering the pleasures of the flesh simple and charming by comparison with the elaborate plot. Kneen encourages the reader to delight in sexuality that is by turns innocent, gleeful, and cheerfully obscene.