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on Oct. 08, 2011 :
If you're looking for a good introduction to McCoy's work about the Kintara (centauroid feline aliens), this is my suggestion for the best start. The Kintaran stories are delightful space-opera-flavored science fiction; the aliens themselves are feline enough to charm fans of cats while not being so feline they feel precious. They have their own amusing customs, and their many flaws, and feel well-rounded as a species.
"Spoonfuls" is a good introduction because the extremely-prolific family-oriented Kintara often end up with litters (no pun intended) of cousins and siblings and babies and it can be a little dizzying to keep track of them all. This short story starts with only two of them, separates them from their family, and gives you a good chance to get to know them without having the juggle all their kin in your head too.
It's a good length. The pacing is good. There's humor. There's family focus and children play a part in the story more complicated than "let's just throw one in to allow for emotional gut-wrenching later" (so sadly rare in science fiction). The depictions of motherhood and children and their interactions are particularly good, and often very funny.
So, generally: adventure, light, fun, fast; with fun cat-like aliens and great integration of family life into spacer life. Definitely worth the price. :)
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 09, 2011 :
Here's the back-story on Kinahran's mother and aunt, who volunteer for some medical research to earn enough money to save the Choosaraf, their ship, from the nefarious schemes of its captain. I really liked the characterization of Klarin-yal and Coli-nfaran, the two protagonists, and the 'unique' way they handle the situation.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)