When I received an email from Brian Whitney to review his book titled Raping the Gods: A Tale of Sex and Madness the title alone had my head swarming with questions. It seemed to tackle some topics I’m pretty found of and I wanted to know where this story was going.
Whitney is a ghostwriter who is hired to write other peoples’ stories. This story is of “Dylan, a deranged, fantastically wealthy sex addict, who lives in Samoa with his two female sex slaves. Dylan’s had a profound spiritual awakening during a vision quest he went on with a local tribe. He thinks he met God. Actually, he thinks he met God and had sex with Him. Raped Him, in fact.”
Whitney is sitting in a bar when his friend tells him about Dylan and an over the top story usually makes for a good seller. He sends Dylan an email and Dylan replies with a broad plan for Whitney to listen to his story. He then convinces him to do some offensive, illegal shit for no reason before flying him to Samoa. The rest of the book is completely mad. Completely. Mad.
Dylan is a trust fund “kid” who runs away to Samoa with two women he’s managed to keep as his slaves, all in order to avoid losing his cash flow and stay out of rehab. Oh yeah, he does drugs, a lot of them, and the hook for Whitney is a tall tale Dylan tells of going on a Samoan vision quest with a dangerous, mysterious local where he rapes God.
Even though I was approached because this book has a *hint* of D/s in the background, I would never label or market this book for people who are actually interested in BDSM or D/s. In fact, it paints an awful picture of those of us who are involved in the lifestyle. Dylan is an immature, power tripping maniac who preys on women and also seems to be a compulsive liar and kleptomaniac. Whitney isn’t much better. He goes along with Dylan’s game plan right up to the anti-climatic end.
So what about the D/s aspect? Ok, so Dylan has two female slaves. During the book he keeps Rita quiet 24/7 and uses her as furniture. Human furniture is one of my kinks, so I enjoyed Dylan’s creativity. He talks about Rita like she isn’t in the room and laughs at her. Not my kink, but some people might appreciate the humiliation. The other girl, Staci, gets off on being called ugly. She’s given to Whitney to do with what he wants during his stay with Dylan, which turns out to be very little. She follows him around like a lost puppy dog.
These girls don’t represent my take on submission.. but that’s the thing, they’re not submissives, they’re slaves. Dylan is their Master and so they do what he asks whether they prefer it or not. “This is what I do” Staci says at the end.
In the end Raping the Gods: A Tale of Sex and Madness is a curious work of dark satirical fiction. It’s not so much entertaining as it is thought provoking. The dark humor towards sex and mental illness is something I could ponder on for hours. Based on the outrageous stories that Dylan conjures up cover a wide variety of topics I would probably have enough material to teach a class on social satire. This is the kind of book that sparks debate.
Overall I give this book a 6.5/10.
In relation to BDSM & D/s I give it a 2/10.