Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine by JD Frettier is a 45-page short novel selected as a Book of the Day by OnlineBookClub for 08 February 2017. It was available as a free download on 08 February and is also available through Kindle Unlimited. The title did it for me; I had to download this one. A true bargain at the price, this is a tongue-in-cheek (pun intended) look at the after-effects of Woodstock. It is about the YEAR 1969, so get your head out of the gutter. It is getting crowded down here.
For me, it was the fourth sentence that caught me and forced me to read on. “My body elevates as cold paddles slap my chest.” It may not be the greatest line in literature, but the situational implications kept me going forward. Then there is the creative vocabulary. I still don’t know what a “jasshonkey” is. Then there is a procedure called Nip Amp but we will get to that later. Bonnie might be in Purgatory, it is a bit early to tell. But it looks good, and so does Dee. What are the last thoughts while “passing” (or being born in a new world)? Where did I leave the sex toys and who will be the first to find them? Not very profound in a philosophical sort of way.
Bonnie has political views. Just to show the reader this is a serious commentary on life. Of her child, “Dharma is our oldest child. Conservative and born to be a bitch, as I like to say.” (loc 126-127). Dharma is the lone republican in the family.
For those readers into changing social values, Bonnie is in agreement. “While I wished deep down that we’d marry and become exclusive to each other, I did what Peter wanted. Sign of the times, I suppose.” (loc 283-285). From being close to a free libertine as far as sex, Bonnie wanted to marry Peter. It would be good for the two kids they already had. Socially correct issues, we can cross that one off the list.
Harley-Quin, the garden Get Some of Me, eye bleach, the earlier mentioned Nip Amp, and I am still wondering about “jasshonkey,” are some of the new words you can add to the dictionary of your spell checker program. It is nice to see that the writer can still have fun while putting together a serious story.
A fun, short read, I recommend this be read early in the morning to clear the decks for the routine stuff to follow.