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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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02/08/2008 Archived Entry: "eBook review: Bringo Springs"

Bringo Springs
By Laney Cairo
Published by Torquere Press

Review by Lynn Loper

One of the great failings of porn is that the authors forget that the characters in their stories are people, and people have lives. They can't just wander off and have uninterrupted sex for weeks on end. They bring their lives and professions with them into their relationships.

In Bringo Springs, it works beautifully. A graduate student is called to his grandfather's farm; granddad is in the hospital, and there are cows to tend and horses to feed. When he gets there, he finds the farm run down and the water offline. A call to the neighborhood handyman produces the handyman's son, Geoff, who sees the rainbow decal on the grad student's car with a happy smile.

Sex ensues, of course, but so do calving, and riding horses, and mud and spiders. This is a nice story; nothing happens that will leave you saying "Wait a minute, but he said how can they no, they were in " Characters! Actual people doing real things.

The only improvement I could ask for would be a brief lexicon of Australian terms. I assume the author here is Australian, and there's a lot of technical Australian farm talk. I don't know what a yabbie is, or why you'd boil it; I don't know what a farm bore is. I spent a lot of time running to Google. But it's a minor complaint, because this story reads very well, even without a lexicon. I recommend it.

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