Fifty Shades of Grey
by James, E. L.

"Now a Special Edition Hardcover. "And in this quiet moment as I close my eyes, spent and sated, I think I am in the eye of the storm. And in spite of all hes said, and what he has not said, I do not think I have ever been so happy." When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Anas quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Greys singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success-his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Greys secrets and explores her own dark desires. An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller. More than 165 Million Copies Sold Worldwide. One of 100 Great Reads in the Great American Read 133 Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List This book is intended for mature audiences"-

Fans of James' erotic Shades of Grey trilogy are literally the only audience for this redundant companion piece. The book is largely identical to Fifty Shades of Grey. Huge sections of dialogue and e-mail threads are reproduced unaltered. But this time, instead of being privy to the inner thoughts of a 22-year-old woman who is being seduced by a BDSM-loving billionaire, we are treated to the thoughts of the guy himself-a guy with a room full of restraints at the ready and a gynecologist on call. In Fifty Shades, the reader is invited to imagine what dark and painful secrets led a man like Christian Grey to shrink from even the tenderest touch. In Grey, Christian recalls the violence he observed and endured at the hands of his "crack whore" mother's boyfriend/pimp. Ultimately, shedding light on his abusive childhood doesn't make Christian more sympathetic or enigmatic. In both books, Ana jokes about Christian's "stalkerish" tendencies. For a young woman being pursued by a guy with his own company and multiple planes, this could be kind of flattering. For the guy who is paying people to hack a recent graduate's flight plan and take away her car, it is childish and controlling and sad in a deeply unsexy way. And, all that being said, there's enough buzz about this sequel to generate demand and warrant buying copies for most public libraries. The novelty, however, has worn off, which means, happily, that not nearly as many multiple copies will be required. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Fifty Shades of Grey, from Christian's perspective. Anastasia "Ana" Steele stumbles into billionaire Christian Grey's office and clambers her way into his heart despite his need for domination and her need for self-preservation. As James promised her readers, this book tells the now well-known story from Christian's point of view, which means that large swathes of the original novel featuring contact between Ana and Christian-conversations, emails, and the infamous "binding contract between the Dominant and the Submissive"-are essentially copied and pasted into this one, with Ana's first-person narration taken out and replaced by Christian's. What's surprising is how distant and hazy Ana feels, considering how Christian jumped off the pages of the original and how James made us feel connected to his struggles as seen from Ana's perspective. Christian is tortured and enigmatic, which was one of the strengths of Fifty Shades, but his narration lacks subtlety and ins ight. He continually simplifies his attraction to Ana, referring to her as hot or sexy and saying he wants to dominate her, without any indication that he appreciates the way she's resisting his domineering instincts-or maybe he does appreciate it but still wants to dominate her, which would make it feel even more like a bad high school relationship in which the senior tells the freshman "I really like you, but you're not what I'm looking for, so please change." Christian comes across less as damaged hero than self-centered juvenile bordering on icky creep, which definitely erodes his sexy mystique. James' storytelling here is tedious, repetitive, and sometimes even cringe-worthy. This new take on a familiar story would have been more powerful if Christian had shown the self-awareness and ability to change we saw through Ana's eyes in the original. Die-hard fans might argue this gives us something new, but it doesn't-and it's boring. Copyright Kirkus 2015 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Innocent girl meets billionaire boy with some serious issues; they fall for each other anyway, but is attraction enough to overcome his need for control and her need for independence? Anastasia Steele interviews local business magnate Christian Grey for her college paper. Despite her misgivings on his control tendencies, Ana is attracted to him, and shocked to learn the feeling is mutual. Overwhelmed by his seductive presence and staggering wealth, Ana still chooses to enter into a confusing emotional and physical relationship with the enigmatic billionaire. Grey is a tormented, damaged hero, and Ana feels out of her league dealing with his frequent emotional distance, and his sexual need for control and dominance, especially given that his attraction to her stems from her down-to-earth personality and independent spirit. Through Grey she explores her own awakening sensuality, but finds herself unwilling to enter into his darker passions, all the while growing more and more attached to his companionship, his powerful charm and his desire to overcome his demons. On the heels of Twilight (literally and figuratively, since Fifty Shades was originally conceived as Twilight fan fiction), James has concocted the latest controversial mega-bestseller targeted to the female reader. Considering the cultural impact this book has made, you've likely heard of it, and possibly already read it. So here's the straight scoop: this book is not particularly well-written, nor is it hard-core porn that's going to burn your socks off once you open the pages. Neither is it a piece of fiction that will take the women's movement back 60 years. It's fan fiction and fantasy fiction. Hundreds of thousands of women are reading this book because it's the type of scenario that never happened to us, will never happen to us, and is one from which we'd likely flee as fast as possible if it ever did happen to us-wouldn't we? That's the point. It's intriguing, conceptually, to wonder "what if...?" This book is not for everyone. It could have used a good editor. If you want great characterization, perfect construction, or if the repetition of words or phrases bothers you, probably best to not pick it up. However, it was more entertaining and compelling than expected. While the book is not especially well-executed, James has tapped into a female sexual and psychological curiosity that can be disturbing if taken too seriously, but is somewhat fun and entertaining in the imagination stage. Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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