by Janet W. Hardy
Published by Greenery Press 2004
The author made the mistake of wandering off into play philosophies ( a mistake I see in many practical guides, even the better ones, that I have read about pain play), if I want a book about play philosophy I will buy one specifically for that. When I buy a practical guide, I am doing it to gain practical information.
The information in this book was vague and indistinct. It was not inaccurate but not in depth or detailed enough. Caning can be one of the most wonderful forms of pain play but if done incorrectly can be dangerous. the general wishy washyness of the information in this book could very possibly lead an inexperienced pair of playmates in a wrong and dangerous direction.
The illustrations in this book where poor and of very little help and whoever was responsible for them should get some professional advice before attempting to illustrate another practical guide book.
In the blurb at the greenery press website, The Toybag Guide To series are described as having as much information as a days face to face tuition. I would agree with this, for this book but this book is the same as if someone had written down what was said during a days tuition, which is incomplete without the hands on experience of being at a days face to face tuition. No visual guide to how to swing a cane no practical interactive tuition on your own technique. If this book was an accompaniment to a good DVD about caning, it may have passed muster but on it’s own it is worse than useless.
The acid test – would I buy another practical guide by Ms Hardy? Based on what I read in this book, no.
Prefectdt note – I hated writing this review and have no personal grudge against Janet W. Hardy but I feel that, on the evidence of reading this book, that sometimes you have to tell people about the bad as well as the good information out there, especially for the sake of those taking their first tentative steps into the practical side of pain play.