Review: the ENSO by Orpheus

16 03 2009

Life has conspired to prevent me from writing this review, but I feel that I owe this author a fair hearing on my blog (and perhaps a bit of publicity would not hurt either).

Orpheus Black is a Dominant from the LA (California) area, known for exciting scenes and creative fireplay. He has been a presenter at BlackBEAT in years past and did a facinating demo blowing fire across his demo bottom.

His first book, the ENSO, describes his philosophy on the Lifestyle and focuses on educating submissives on how to best process their submission. Often times a new submissive is conflicted in her desire to serve and the script that runs through her head. This book seems to be designed to help her process her duties and cope with the dichotomy that is our Lifestyle and the rest of the world.

His perspective is distinctly Japanese in origin, and focuses on a balance approach. One difference between this work and others I have encountered is the use of the parallel between a samurai warrior and a modern submissive as the framework for most of the books discussions. He talks about the roll of the sub as a Priest, a Warrior, and a Poet. It is an interesting read, and may prove very useful for the novice submissive.

For me though, the best part were his D/s Parables that you find toward the end of the book. These 10 stories I found to be very educational, and at night, I sometimes read these to my girl.

I have to say that my one complaint about the book is the price. At $25 $20 for a 75 page book, I would expect it to be leather bound or something. Being a paperback, I would expect it to be in the $8 or $10 price range. Still, if you can get over the price, I do think it would be an excellent addition to your house’s library.

You can find the ENSO for purchase online here.

Have you read the ENSO? if so, let me know in the comments.


Another Book Review – Service Included

6 03 2009

back again with another book review.

one of the many things i am interested in becoming more adept at service and learning about fine dining.  for my birthday Master bought me a book.  It is called Service Included by Phoebe Damrosch.

when i first read the description i thought it would be a good story about a waiter in an expensive NY restaurant.  i thought at best i would get to read a good story.  from the moment i opened the book i was pleasantly surprised.  this book contained not only a good personal story but a lot of useful information about setting a table, the different utensils and what foods needed what utensils (pearl spoons for oysters as stainless steel gives the oyster a metalic taste).  i learned that the differences between jersey and ashrys cows milk in making cheeses. i loved the little tips at the end of each chapter.  for instance:  most white wine should be served at about 55 degrees and red wine at 67 degrees.

Grace depends entirely on keeping the focus on the guest, not on the server or the act of serving.  this was one of my favorite quotes from the book and summed up perfectly why i desire to become proficient in serving. eventhough this book is not a lifestyle book I can see myself using the above quote as a reminder for myself in this lifestyle.  My focus should not be on how well I do things but on how well it serves my Master.

by the time i finished reading this book (in 2 days) i was seriously considering taking a second job as a waitress just to get some hands one experience.  the book did not make it seem easy to learn these skills and tips but to me it was totally worth it.

i can see myself using this book as one of my many resources for service and I recommend it to anyone looking for an addition to their library.

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