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Frontiers by Michael  Jensen
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Dec 06, 09

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Read in October, 2009

Gay Pioneer Fiction. Much like 2/3 of male/female marriages end in divorce, 2/3 of the male/male relationships in this book end in death and/or sexual assault. Just so you know what you're signing up for.

John Chapman -- likes sex with men, dislikes his past, would be a woobie if he had a discernible personality -- makes the Worst Pioneer Ever. I've seen better survival skills in a dozen classic YA novels where kids get stranded in the mountains for whatever reason -- plane crash, orphan, pilgrim, orphaned pilgrim -- and have to live off the land and kill things with a pocket knife.

The characters are dull. The story's improbable. The text is riddled with historically appropriate hatred of pretty much everyone who isn't white. Lots of marginalized people are killed. For a pioneer narrative, there's little to no detail about pioneering. But the sex is hot.

Two stars...the sex is hot?
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Reading Progress

10/09/2009 page 101
32.48% "I wish this had more m/m romance and less m/m violence and abuse."
10/11/2009 page 114
36.66% "I hope this drunken asshole isn't our poor sensitive narrator's only chance at love. I don't care if he's just misunderstood."

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