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Here's what some of my readers had to say about the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon:
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"Fifty Missing Shades" September 04, 2012:

By E L James, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, “Fifty Shades of Darker”, “Fifty Shades of Freed”. Finished “Fifty Shades of Grey”, thought “Fifty Shades of Freed” was next in the series, so after “Freed” I thought surely I'd want to purchase “Fifty Shades of Darker.”

Did you read the series?

Shortly into “Grey” I thought I wouldn't mind being in Ana's shoes. Up until her rear got belted to a raw pink. Then I kept thinking, “Ana, wake up, Christian is a kinky control freak-azoid!” Very end, Ana does wake up after being flogged, beaten.

Opened “Freed” today and can you imagine my surprise? Married? And their honeymoon Christian whips out handcuffs Ana had never seen? That's as far as I've gotten but Ana dear, what is wrong with you?

Beginning of “Grey” Christian says, “Anastasia, breathe,” got me thinking, hey Christian, let me know where there is an older version of you, and where he lives. Deeper in, Christian says, “Ana you are mine.” I'm thinking why isn't this dude jailed?

What could possibly have happened in “Darker”? 

All I've read in my faulted out of order sequence, in “Freed”, at and after the ceremony, and during I think the handcuffs, Christian repeats, “Ana, you are mine.” 

Too bad it's fiction or we'd have to slap Anastasia silly, yes? Will you help me?

Sheila Cull

Next relevant post, "Ana's Absent Shades", September, 06, 2012:

"Is he mad at me?" Or, "Good, he's not mad!" Or, "Oh no, have I gone to far?" Or, "Would I change anything about him? No." Ana asks herself while visibly wearing his animal style bite marks on her chest, her abused shackled ankles and wrists, swollen and bruised.

Ana, grow up child. I think I've nailed it; she's a child. Not because of her 21 years of age, not because of her choice to "obey" him, but because Ana doesn't have a clue about drawing those obvious hypothetical lines. 

I'm towards the middle of the book now (the sex scenes morphed into a downright redundant bore of a read) and it seems Ana admits to herself that she may enjoy rough sex. Okay girl, you know you don't want physical pain with the rough, Christian has not played by the rules, and before the last page of "Freed" I know that I'll be reading about Ana exiting his Red (blood) Room of Pain in need of an ambulance. 

Too bad it's fiction, otherwise we'd need to knock Ana silly.

The second "Fifty Shades" in the series, will stay skipped.

However, E L James is a relatively good fiction author, and I predict Christian will have an affair with this female architect designing their home. I also predict that Ana will have come to her senses. Please, James.

Twin Cull

Lastly, "Fifty Cathartic Shades", September, 08, 2012:

E L James: Blow me away. My predictions posted here in the last couple of days, were wrong. Congratulations James.

Tomorrow, a Walmart (yeah!) book review. Not a New York Times Bestseller but by a New York Times Bestselling Author.

What do you look for when you pick up a book at, say, a Walmart store, or for your Kindle?

Sheila Cull

(Seriously!  Laugh out loud.  I loved reading what others wrote too!)
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