Not every element is as successful. There are occasional forays into vaguely college-like humor in some of the writing, and in many of the illustrations. In places the writing style is so casual that, combined with some sections where the author doesn’t have as comprehensive a grasp on the subject matter, instead of helping readers relax into the subject matter it could increase their level of anxiety or simply turn them off.
And while the informational illustrations are outstanding, the “funny” illustrations are less successful in my opinion, often dating the book and limiting its accessibility to some audiences.
But these seem like minor flaws when compared to the achievement of such an exhaustive and entertaining book. It must be said that no sex manual will ever cover everything there is to know or say about sex, and no guide will appeal equally to all people, but the Guide to Getting It On is a major contribution on both fronts.
The Bottom Line on the Guide to Getting it On
Simply put, the Guide to Getting it On is the most comprehensive sex manual available. In terms of both the breadth and the depth of, no other sex manual offers as much and delivers so consistently. It is also an exceptional achievement in its emphasis on the unique and individual nature of sexual expression while never taking its eyes off important generalizations that can be made about sexual desire and behavior.
Whether you read 8 pages or 800 you’ll benefit. Plus, it’s one of a handful of sex books you can feel good about purchasing since it’s self-published by the author who seems to now devote his entire work life to keeping the Guide to Getting It On going.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the book is fun and exciting to read. Despite its encyclopedic offerings, it never puts you down for what you don’t know, and only makes you want to read -- and try -- more.
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