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A former catalogue librarian, Lorinda J. Taylor was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and worked in several different academic libraries before returning to the place of her birth, where she now lives. She has written fantasy and science fiction for years but has only recently begun to publish. Her main goal is to write entertaining and compelling fiction that leaves her readers with something to think about at the end of each story.
Chris The Story Reading Ape
on Aug. 01, 2014 :
I found this to be a fascinating continuation of Book 1, covering much more than just the Science Fiction aspects.
Kaitrin has managed to interpret and understand enough of the Shshi language to make a return to the planet viable.
On the way there, her relationship with Entomologist Griffen Gwidian intensifies.
Landing on the planet, making first contact properly with a recognised intelligent insectoid life form and even befriending their Shaman, who helps Kaitrin become even more proficient in the Shshi language, is all very plausible and could easily form the basis of how we Earthborn should approach future First Contact situations.
The way the author describes the language interpretation method is exceptionally good and believably true regarding how it may be done.
Like us humans, every non-Earth civilisation we are likely to meet, will probably have good and bad representatives, each of who may have their own agendas, leading to situations similar to those described in this story.
But that is only the Science Fiction aspect.
The author includes certain character flaws in both Human and Shshi, which are similar, but at the same time different.
I regret not being able to describe things better, but I don't want to spoil anyone else's enjoyment of this great story.
Yes, it is a long story, but I found it to be interesting and thought provoking all the way through.
I disagree with other reviewers regarding having the Shshi and Human stories separated - I felt that they both complemented and contrasted each other - plus, gave a very satisfactory end to the two book series, with little or no loose ends left dangling.
I also liked the way the next series of books were introduced near the end of this story - can't wait to get into those!
(reviewed long after purchase)