Author: Mike Sauve
Check out this new spin on Biblical Miracles. Instead of an ugly brown Jew who just has to say the word to let the deaf hear and the blind sea, it’s a drop-dead gorgeous perfect girl who has to have sex with people to heal them. That’s the premise of “Goodbye Pantopon Rose” by Canadian author Mike Sauve who mixes smalltown Canada, highschool romance, erotica and a whole lot of biblical shenanigans into a page-turning novella.
The story is in love with Sarah, whose hot, like an 11 hot, loads of great friends, and all-around perfect girl who decides that offering to have sex with all of her male friends will be better than just hanging out with them and churning up sexual tension. Said idea is surprisingly quite successful, and her clientele expands until she has to hire a secretary to organize her appointments with everyone around town from school lesbians to the local pastor. It’s all sweet until a couple guys who could be devils incarnate show up and things blow up into God’s wrath style.
Now while the TV-evangelist, Church-attending extremists, and Athiest Extreme might have something to shriek about concerning the subject matter. “Goodbye Pantopon Rose” never does pick sides in said debate. It’s bandying about Christian themes with sexual mores that take a beating as is often the case in contemporary literature. However there is also a certain respect for it’s biblical elements, It sticks to a somewhat light-hearted tone as it never gets too expletive with descriptions of sex, despite some very very dirty sex acts that are performed. As well as overall plot does takes influence from biblical warnings about the dangers of corruption.
In the end, Mike Sauve chose his own side and is why Goodbye Pantopon Rose is good. It isn’t out to prove an agenda but an attempt at exploration, from Sarah’s reasoning that having sex may not be so bad, through the narrative’s attempt to understand the good and wrong about it.
Recommend: Waiting in line the first time you ever visit a strip club