This was like this interesting cross between steampunk, silent film, and porn—steampunk because it was about a woman and her sex robot, silent film because there were no words, and porn because it was EXPLICIT. Super explicit. I cannot understate how so very explicit it was. I’m not sure how to write this review though because, while the comic wasn’t quite for me, I don’t want to stop anyone else who’s interested from reading it. Despite all the explicitness, there was a kind of a cute little romance story in there, but I say “kind of” because there are different ways to view the story, and, well…
My favorite character was Robert, the husband who was somewhat villainized because he was supposedly too busy with work (to be fair, he wasn’t actually made out to be the villain in the end). But the way I saw it, Priscilla seemed to have an insatiable appetite for sex, which, for the record, is not the same as love, and I could understand why Robert built her a robot—he never would’ve gotten anything done otherwise! And just because he didn’t want sex as often, that didn’t make him a bad person. Also, even though some of Robert’s actions weren’t so great, he was the one who created Chester, and the whole reason he created him was to try and make his wife happy because he cared about her. And, I mean, his wife fell in love with someone else, so I could understand why he got upset. So what I’m saying is, maybe Robert was a good man who just didn’t know how to be the husband he wanted to be (he did seem kind of unhappy). Or maybe he was a good man who was just in a marriage with the wrong person.
Or maybe I’m reading entirely too much into a silly, absurd, erotic comic about a love interest who had mechanical genitals and a special nose piece that worked as a tongue since he had no mouth. (Update: I was totally NOT reading too much into it! The second book added so much depth and backstory about Robert and their marriage.) The whole thing was silly, but it was meant to be. The absurdity of some of the robot’s sexual abilities made me laugh, everyone got a happy ending at the end, and it was fun for a bit of fluffy distraction (especially since you can read it for free on the author’s site). And the little April Fool’s Day mini comic she created after—a genderswapped version named Chesty 5000 (NSFW)—was absolutely hilarious!
Update: I have now read Vol. 2 and abso-freaking-lutely LOVED it! So if this sounds even remotely good to you, don’t let my 2.5 star rating dissuade you because the story gets so much better!
*Note: This review is based on the webcomic. Other formats may have differences I am not aware of.*
Anyone who wants a story that's a little silly, a lot erotic, but ultimately emotional, fun, and sweet. Anyone who wants to try something that is like a comic, steampunk, silent film, and porn all rolled into one.
More Books in the Series:
THE YEAR: 1885, a time of industrial revolution and sexual frustration. THE HEROINE: Pricilla, a beautiful woman who knows what she wants… and wants it ALL the time. THE HUSBAND: Robert, a scientist and inventor — unfortunately, the only thing he can keep on his mind is his work. Ah, but what does a scientist love more than a problem to solve? Some gears, some springs, the proper appendages, a little extra lubricant, and a little extra love and voila! Chester 5000 is born. Chester is the perfect tool to soothe Priscilla’s desires… but what if Chester is more than just a machine? What are the consequences of attempting to engineer love? A sepia-toned delight for adult readers of all stripes, Jess Fink’s Top Shelf debut reads like a whimsical love-child of steampunk, silent film and erotic comics.
Book Author: Jess Fink
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Series: Chester 5000 XYV
Genre: Erotica, Graphic Novel, Sci-Fi Romance, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Webcomic
My Rating: 2.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series