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on July 30, 2010 :
Earth’s massive population needs worlds it can colonize, safe, habitable ones. When three explorers land on such a planet, one seemingly ideally suited for human habitation, they are ecstatic. All they have to do is a quick, preliminary survey to win their bonus and go home. And on a world where the only animal life seems to be countless, exotic butterflies, such harmless little creatures, how can this be a problem? But problems there are, as the three find out while trying to complete their tasks. For one thing, what type of ecology is this simple? It just doesn’t seem “natural” after first glance. And, when the butterflies start developing a penchant for stinging the human intruders, things start to go from bad to worse.
Dance Of The Butterflies by Rob Shelsky is a truly original tale. Again, Mr. Shelsky’s descriptions are superb, his characters very real, and at times humorous. I particularly liked the character of “Bella.” Also, Mr. Shelsky seems to have a talent for keeping the reader wondering. You know something is wrong in this scenario, but as a reader, you can only wonder, guess, and wait until the author gives you the “big reveal.” Dance Of The Butterflies is not a dark story, actually, but its ending (without giving it away) has some darker connotations. And the answer to those intrepid explorers’ questions is also an unusual surprise.
You would do well to read Dance Of The Butterflies by Rob Shelsky. It’s a good story, one with a mystery to it, and again, the answer will surprise you. I fully recommend this tale to any aficionado of science fiction. Dance Of The Butterflies gets the full five stars from me. It’s a darn good piece of story telling.
(reviewed the day of purchase)