Monday, March 25, 2013

Jo Santana

In addition to the top 3 books that always remain at the top of my kindle list (see previous posts), I also have authors I follow.

Jo Santana is one of them. Now, if you're expecting amazing variety, this is probably not your forte. Jo writes the equivalent of "pulp" in two TG genres: schoolgirls and maids.

Many of Jo's stories are very similar, but they're different enough to be enjoyable. They all tend to start with a somewhat contrived situation where the man or boy gets them self into a pickle and ends up thoroughly feminized. There is less of a "forced" quality, and more of a "coerced", albeit sometimes the coercion can be heavy handed.

As an author myself (this blog is at least in part me whoring myself out, after all), I can tell you one of the problems with Jo's work is a failure to pay attention to the advice that Kindle gives in how to format a book for publication. It gives very easy to follow guidelines about setting the paragraph and line spacing and you can see the results in Jo's work when one doesn't follow these guidelines. The lines and paragraphs are a bit too close together, which makes for a less than ideal reading experience. It doesn't kill the experience though. You can still read Jo's books just fine, and you'll probably get used to it rather quickly. Also, there are plenty of times where indentions for paragraphs were not formatted.

Other than that minor criticsm, Jo's work is fun and has that delicious struggle that has become one of the things I love most about some TG tales. Jo's characters are always trying to resist, but are usually in situations that will either get them killed or arrested and so they have no choice but to go along with their wife or parent or aunt and participate in their own feminization. Usually, by the end of the tale, our poor hero turned heroine falls in love with either another girl or themself as a girl that even when given the chance to return, they don't. They can't. They've been changed and can no longer fathom the male they once were.

I won't recommend any one book of Jo Santana. They all have their own little story to tell, and they all follow the same general trend, but they are well-written and worth the price of admission. They tend to be about 4.99 and usually take their time telling their story so the lengths tend to be at 130 - 150 pages.


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