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Review of Sex, Blood and Rock n Roll by Kimberly Warner-Cohen

Review of Sex, Blood and Rock n Roll by Kimberly Warner-Cohen

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Review of Sex, Blood and Rock n Roll, a novel by Kimberly Warner-Cohen. Originally appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of Rain Taxi Online.
Review of Sex, Blood and Rock n Roll, a novel by Kimberly Warner-Cohen. Originally appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of Rain Taxi Online.

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Published by: Tim W. Brown on Jul 14, 2009
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Sex, Blood and Rock n Roll KimberlyWarner-CohenIg Publishing ($13.95) by Tim W. BrownThe (anti-)heroine of 
Sex, Blood and Rock n Roll
, Cassie Chambers, is a normal youngwoman, at least by New York’s East Village standards. She works at a clothing store onSt. Mark's Place and lives with a boyfriend whose band plays regularly at clubs likeCBGB and Continental. Although bothered that she isn't living up to her potential, shetolerates her menial job and enjoys a reasonably carefree life.Cassie, however, is increasingly haunted by dreams of seducing and murdering men inimaginatively gory ways. Brief flashbacks suggest that her being molested as a younggirl is responsible. Interestingly, she isn't particularly disturbed by these dreams; in fact,they turn her on, and in one scene she lambastes her boyfriend for waking her up in themiddle of a good one.Seeking better pay but having misgivings, Cassie takes a job as a dominatrix for an eliteagency. She quickly learns the—excuse the pun—ropes, perfecting her technique on asteady stream of clients. A former professional dominatrix herself, the author reveals aworld that is clinical, seedy and desperate all at once. This section of the novel provesfascinating to someone uninitiated in the for-pay S&M scene, and accounts for the finestwriting in the book.Trouble begins when Cassie's dream life and work life converge. She is attacked by aclient, suffers a miscarriage, undergoes a lengthy rehabilitation, and goes back to workswearing revenge on the male sex. She feels nothing but contempt—scarily real, notplayacted—for her clients, her boyfriend and men in general:All these men, these scumfucks ... they want nothing more than to hurt the womenwho love them. Not that women are any better—suckers for not seeing what's infront of them, for being so fucking weak that they let these assholes in. I, on theother hand, was put on this earth for a higher purpose. S&M's just a stepping-stone. (p. 139)

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