Dating My Vibrator

Posted 16 March 2011 by Kim in Book Review / 2 Comments

Dating My VibratorDating My Vibrator by Suzanne Tyrpak
Published by Suzanne Tyrpak on 2010-07-31
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Pages: 52
Source: author | eBook
WARNING: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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From the back cover...

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From the back cover...

Dating My Vibrator and other true fiction is a collection of nine true and almost true short stories all based (unfortunately) on my own experience. After nineteen years of marriage I was thrust into a brave new world of dating: online, offline, standing in line, listening to lines. And I have survived to tell these tales. Dating, divorce, desperation—all that good stuff. CAUTION: if you’re contemplating divorce, these stories may convince you to consider marriage counseling. If you’re out there dating, chances are you will relate. OMG! Here’s a scary thought: maybe you’ve met some of these guys. Names have been changed to protect the guilty. Joe Konrath gave it 5 stars and says, “Pure Comedic Brilliance.”

Nominated by The Romance Reviews for "Best Romantic Comedy--2010"

My Review

Despite the controversial title, Dating My Vibrator isn’t the smutty tale you would expect.  Instead, it is a collection of nine short stories about dating after a long marriage.  Some of the stories, some sad, some a little bit of both!  Tyrpak’s sense of humor with subjects and situations that I myself am all too familiar with was refreshing and fun.

The first short story in the novel, Downhill, cracked me up, mainly because I have been in that situation myself.  Tyrpak captured the situation and the feelings perfectly.  Rock Bottom, the second story, was much sadder, and again,… I could relate.  The next story, Not Nirvana, was both sad and extremely funny, once again perfectly capturing the conflicting emotions post-divorce.  I didn’t have a Dharma Dan in my life, but the story was absolutely hysterical, and more than a little creepy to know that these stories were based on real experiences!  Dust of Souls was another heartwrenching story, but I felt it was a powerful one, perfectly depicting the loneliness that post-divorce life can bring.  A Tiny Romance was one of the funniest, starring Sam, a post-divorce man who has sworn of women and romance.  Double Date described every creepy, sketchy guy I dated, and made that particular story all too relatable!  Phantom Library was definately different from the rest of the stories and I am not really sure I understood that one fully.  It was very poetic and interesting to read, however.  The final story in the collection was the titled story, Dating My Vibrator.  This was my favorite in the collection, the one I most related to.  Involving bad dates with a hypocritical guy who completely misrepresented himself, I came away from it shaking my head in sympathetic understanding!

My Recommendation

All of the stories were very well-written and so relatable to anyone who has been through a divorce.  I highly suggest reading this fun collection!

About Suzanne Tyrpak

Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. She works for an airline which allows her to travel and do research for her books. When she’s not writing, she enjoys riding her bike, swimming, skiing, and dancing. In her next life she would like to be a belly dancer or her cat.

Her new novel, Rosy,—is an urban story set 1970s New York City. Her historical novels, Vestal Virgin—suspense in ancient Rome, and Hetaera—suspense in ancient Athens, book one of the Agathon’s Daughter trilogy, are best sellers on Amazon in several categories. Her (short) short story collections, Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) and Ghost Plane and Other Disturbing Tales are available on Kindle, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords.

Her short story Downhill was first published in Arts Perspective Magazine. Rock Bottom is published in the Mota 9: Addiction Anthology, available on Kindle. Her short story Ghost Plane was published by CrimeSpree Magazine. Venus Faded appears in the anthology Pronto! Writings from Rome (Triple Tree Publishing, 2002) along with notable authors including: Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Engstrom, Terry Brooks and John Saul.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers awarded her first prize in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest, and Maui Writers awarded her third prize in the Rupert Hughes writing competition.

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2 responses to “Dating My Vibrator

  1. Suzanne Tyrpak

    Kim, I am soooo sorry to hear that you’ve experienced so many similar dates!!! OMG, have you dated some of these guys? Luckily for them (not so lucky for unsuspecting women) names have been changed to protect the guilty.

    (I’m so glad that you enjoyed the stories!)

  2. Kim

    I am pretty sure at least one of them, particularly Rock Bottom, without the booze but insert a score of floozies, was my ex-husband. But the issue was not my posterior, but my less than washboard, 6 weeks post-natal abs. He was a delight!!

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