I loved your book Fingersmith. In fact, I consider reading it one of the best reading experiences I've ever had. I have also enjoyed your books Affinity and The Night Watch. But I always avoided your first novel, Tipping the Velvet. It seemed so overtly...sexual. But one day I found myself in Half Price Books with a taste for a Victorian setting and holding a copy of Tipping the Velvet. Covered with praise from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, and other reputable publications, I decided to give it a try.
I read it. Besides telling my readers that it is a well written coming-of-age story of a young woman who falls in love with another woman after which much drama ensues, there's not much I can say about it that wouldn't draw the wrong sort of traffic here. You see, I don't really consider myself a prude, I mean, I loved Slammerkin and The Dress Lodger, but this book is pretty much just s*x, s!x, s$x. With various people, in various places, with various methods of payment. I felt as though I were reading something not from the fiction section of the bookstore but from the erotica section. So I am sort of unable to recommend this book to people unless they're looking for some Victorian....s%x.
Thank you very much for your time. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for Tipping the Velvet, I will continue to seek out your work in the future.
Tara from BooksandCooks Blog