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University by Peter H. Salus

Author's Description:
Patrick and Rachel prepare for and attend university. A long story, covering five years.
Size: 834 KB ( ~ 158,151 words)
Genre: Fiction
Sex Contents: Minimal Sex
Tags: Consensual, Heterosexual, Fiction, School, Workplace, Polygamy/Polyamory, Interracial

Review by peregrinf   [other reviews by peregrinf]

Reviewed: 2014-08-28

This is a tricky one, because it is the 19th story in the Gordy and Weena series by Pedant. I started at the wrong end and have gone back to the beginning, which I strongly recommend. I'm currently on Ants and BEES, the second of the series.

Taking the series as a whole, if you want to become acquainted with Australia I'd say this is for you. Pedant's profile is sparse, but I'm reasonably confident that he is Australian, because what I've read so far is all set there.

In "Ants and Bees" there are fascinating little inserts about Australian insects, flora and fauna, along with passing references to Australian history and some travelogue geography lessons and fascinating bits of culture (all right, class, who is Banjo Paterson?) including a visit to an aborigine gathering with didgeredoos and native mating rituals (very discretely described).

That said, it is helpful to have your browser open so you can research some of the vernacular and cryptic (to me) references, such as CSIRO, which I learned is the The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency.

The characters are well depicted and interesting, the plot, while light on conflict, carries the story along nicely. There's some sex, but not at all graphic, so don't read it for that. There are some technical glitches, mostly stupid typos that probably should have been caught, so I'm knocking it down a bit on that score.

An entertaining and informative read, and with 19 installments I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 7 | Appeal to Reviewer: 9