WTF Friday: Metamorphosis by Sky Sterling

Every once in a while, as the mood strikes me, I like to indulge in those titles that are a bit odd . . . a bit different . . . a bit bizarre . . . and a bit freaky. These are books that don't always get a lot of press, and which rarely benefit from any prominent retail shelf space.

They're often an underground of sort of literature, best shared through guilty whispers, and often with embarrassed grins. These are our WTF Friday reads!

Metamorphosis: Bigger is always better is the debut work of 'smartporn' from Sky Sterling. Advertised as innovative, thoughtful erotica for well-read, articulate, and imaginative readers, it actually manages to successfully deliver on that bold promise. This is erotic science fiction that captures the best of both genres, distinguishing itself by demonstrating some deeply creative thought processes around the justification, logistics, and consequences of extreme body modification.

The idea here is, as the title suggests, that bigger is always better. Although he knows he's of average size down below, Eric has always felt insecure around the other guys at the gym. When he's invited to become part of a secret trial for an underground research project, he allows himself to be seduced by the incredible potential. Following a series of hormonal and surgical enhancements that not only provide the increased size, but control over its growth, Eric finds himself transformed into a hypersexual monstrosity, coming perilously close to physically destroying a number of women with his insatiable lust.

Of course, body image isn't just an issue for men, and a successful trial needs a second willing participant who can accommodate Eric's size without the risk of bodily harm. Kris is the young woman who has been similarly enhanced, both above and below the waist, and it turns out they are compatible in more ways than one. Their encounters become increasingly more impossible and bizarre as the story goes on, with just about every complication you can imagine arising. Without getting into all the X-rated details, let's just say getting stuck together is a real problem, especially when bodily fluids need somewhere to go, making this is a story that's explosive in more ways than one. It's crazy, it's over-the-top, and it's often mind-boggling (there are several major WTF moments), but somehow it's still manages to be legitimately erotic.

This isn't just a series of increasingly impossible sexual encounters, however, it's an intriguing story that looks at the psychological reasons behind our body image issues, the potential of our imagination, the challenges (and dangers) of unchecked enhancement, and the biological aspect of sexual attraction, regardless of gender. There's a lot of thought behind it, and some really inventive medical solutions for those challenges. Sterling considers the strain that such a massive enhancement puts on a body, including everything from everyday chafing to problems with blood pressure, and explores the learning curve of being a guinea pig. It takes time for Eric and Kris to reach their potential, and one setback in particular leaves him hospitalized, nearly exposing the whole secret project.

Smart and sexy, Metamorphosis: Bigger is always better is erotic science fiction that manages to amaze, amuse, and arouse all at the same time.

Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published June 22nd 2016 by Sky Sterling

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review.