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Rick Griffin is a writer and artist, winner of the 2009 and 2010 Ursa Major awards for best anthropomorphic comic strip (http://www.housepetscomic.com), and has won 2008-2010 NaNoWriMo. He owns six hundred and eleven cats and has trained each one to say "Simon Says" at inopportune times in order to confuse small children.
on March 26, 2015 :
A story of sci-fi trickery suitable for any SF magazine! Captain Ateri is a geroo with a history of disobedience to his masters, in pursuit of a new home planet for his people. When approached by ringel pirates suggesting an alliance for mutual profit, he sees a chance to get ahead of his slave masters. But another mistake will cost him not just his life, but likely the lives of his entire species.
The final twists were excellently foreshadowed, making it all seem plausible, rather than sci-fi witchery. The universe Griffin created is self-contained and logical. And, of course, enjoyable!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 20, 2012 :
After his first novel, ARGO, Rick Griffin once again will enchant his fans with this tale of pirates, rebels, and an original concept of tyrants.
Again Rick proves his strength with the technicalties and the descriptions. You have the impression you are there, in the middle of the action.
His weakness, in this specific context, is the short space the novel offers. Not enough time to sympathize with the characters, to fully understand them and appreciate the reasons that motivate them. Given a longer piece, we could even appreciate the tyrants, they *do* make an interesting species...
But it's a minor flaw. This book is thoroughly enjoyable!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)