Johnson retools eight fairy tales by adding sexual elements, flipping some tales around and placing some in a science fiction context. These stories are imaginative and highly entertaining. Several of the lesser-known fairy tales are particularly enjoyable. As with any collection, some stories are better than others, but the overall quality is high.
"The Princess on the Glass Hill" features a gifted scientist who finds she wants more out of life after
a spaceship captain working a dare
is the first to arouse her sexual feelings. In "Beauty and the Beast," the unthinkable happens when a "normal" falls for one of the catlike warriors who defend the nation of Sullipin.
An unintended matchmaking -- featuring erotic books and a magic sex toy -- brings two desert kingdoms together in "The Courtship of Wali Daad." Working with a fellow mage, "Puss-In-Boots" defeats the evil baron who has conspired to wipe out her family, take over her family estate and enslave the local villagers and farmers. (HEAT, Apr., 356 pp., $15.00)