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Body Politic Paperback – November 18, 2015
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From the Author
I wrote this book because I was frustrated by the prevalence of science fiction stories where the female lead is forced to choose between two men in a romantic triangle. Why not keep them both? I hope you enjoy this MFM romance.
About the Author
Maylie Fern Fencing lives in the Southeast, where she supports her lifelong addiction to science fiction and fantasy by working in a beige cube in a dull office. Her big influences on this work include Robert Heinlien and Anne McCaffery. Maylie once had her right toe accidentally run over by Anne Mc Caffery’s mobility scooter while waiting for an elevator at a fan convention in the 1990’s, and Maylie considers this a great honor.
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This is a science fiction story that takes place on a planet.....somewhere. It is assumed that the denizens of the planet are descendents of Earth & that the timeline is sometime far in the future. However, this is never clarified. The reader is not even told the name of the planet. What we do know is that the planet was colonized some 500 yrs before the story in the novel begins and there were originally 40,000 colonists. There are 2 basic countries that are separated by an ocean: the southwest and the northeast.
The southwest is ultra conservative / traditional & deeply religious. The northwest, on the other hand, is very liberal & progressive. The 2 countries are coming off a bloody war and they now want a lasting peace. To that end, they pull a page out of medeival politics: the princess of the northeast (Erin) will have a political marriage with a prince from the southwest (Joseph) so that the two countries will play nice henceforth.
The catch is that Erin has a plural marriage as she is already married to another fellow (Jeremy). Plural marriages are common in the northeast; in the southwest not so much. An additional catch is that in northeast plural marriages the husbands are expected to engage with each other. In the southwest homosexuality is banned. Such is the backdrop to the story.
The biggest downfall of this book for me is that I simply didn't find it to be very interesting. While it is listed as science fiction, the story has precious little in the way of "gee whiz" technology other than a satellite that can control the weather patterns. The bulk of the story takes place on the "honeymoon cruise" traversing the ocean back to the northeast. The 3 main characters spend their time out to sea fooling around in the bedroom, playing card games & board games and holding business meetings with their advisors, royal family members & their security entourage. None of these things are what I typically "look for" when reading sci-fi.
Also, the erotic aspects of the storyline fell flat for me as I just can't get into guy-on-guy action. As a liberal, I have no qualms with gay marriage and I'm all for LGBT rights. That said, it doesn't logically follow that I am therefore aroused by 2 dudes together. Fair is fair: for people who are into that sort of thing, this story contains plenty of it! Just not my cup of tea.
A great read that will leave you hankering for more.