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Young Gordy by Peter H. Salus

Author's Description:
Undergraduate Gordy goes on an Anthropology field trip.
Size: 34 KB ( ~ 6,447 words)
Genre: Fiction
Sex Contents: Minimal Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Consensual, Reluctant

Review by barron of ideas   [other reviews by barron of ideas]

Reviewed: 2015-03-26

The author has 19 stories in this series. Most are longer than this one and higher rated, but I tried to review one of the other stories and I found it too difficult to make a sensible review. Too much action depends on what has happened before. So, even though this story is shorter than most I review, to make sense of any story in the series, I have to recommend you read them in sequence.

This one starts with the hero, Gordy, a student entomologist on an anthropology field trip with a woman Anthropology Professor named Randi (which turns out to be her nature), a Anthropology grad student and three undergrads. One is male and three female.

This trip is to a triennial (once every three years) native celebration and opportunity for natives to pair up unmarried young men and women. The native food tends to be off-putting to the Australians of European descent. Gordy has experience with this kind of situation and the Professor is a field anthropologist who will eat anything she sees the natives eat. The students, not so much.

There is sex, not especially described between the natives, and Gordy gets some sexual experience better described with the professor. The students slept in tents, Gordy and the professor under a tree. It ends as they leave the celebration (which was two or three days long) before it is over and find a restaurant and motel so they can eat normal food and sleep in beds rather than on the ground.

The plot is not very complex but perfectly adequate for the short story's needs. I will give it an eight. The technical quality is good, but there are documents embedded in the narrative in unusual fonts that affected the flow of the story for me. I am not sure how else to handle the info dumps, footnotes aren't normal in a story on SOL. Maybe a preface or afterword? Or maybe the author did the best it is possible to do and I am being picky. I am giving it an eight. Appeal is also an eight. Its very good, but its short and sweet, and I tend to score longer stories higher. If you like this one, you should enjoy every one of the series.

Plot: 8 | Technical Quality: 8 | Appeal to Reviewer: 8