Questing Beast

Rated 4.64/5 based on 33 reviews
On a world far far away, where cute things eat computers and the sky is emerald green, a small team of scientists struggles to save the planet and their own careers by mixing genetic engineering and Arthurian legend. Too bad they had forgotten the first rule of planet exploration: Nature always has the last laugh.
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Review by: James Shipway on Oct. 4, 2016 :
A fun short story that doesn't try too hard to be funny. Well paced and reminded me of the Stargate Atlantis tv series.
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Review by: KG1001 on July 4, 2016 :
Hi-Tech and kinda kooky fun in this futuristic and far out sci-fi story. Bonus points that it's by a very popular author and it's free on Smashwords. More pop authors should put some of their work on here for free bc now I'm going to the book store to by some paperbacks by Ilona Andrews. cool!
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Review by: Mike White on May 8, 2016 :
The author did a great job with world-building. This is a science fiction story that's full of details, and yet the author also avoided bogging the story down with too much exposition. It's also always interesting to see science fiction animals, which tend to appear less often in the genre than many other sci-fi tropes.

Characters who find unorthodox solutions to problems are always fun, particularly in settings like this. While these characters live in a society very different from ours, their dilemmas in this story still managed to be weirdly easy to understand emotionally. I particularly loved the ambiguous and suggestive ending.
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Review by: MargoFilling on Feb. 15, 2016 :
I really liked this story because it was full of quirky creatures and splashy images all set on a planet far far away. There were many high tech features included but not in a way that distracted from the characters or the plot. I especially like that it was free which made it a great introduction to this author.
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Review by: JohnGuida49 on Jan. 13, 2016 :
So far I'm having great luck with 'most downloaded' highly reviewed short stories on Smashwords. I was not expecting anything as good as this story and I'm very pleasantly surprised. If you like classic literature and science fiction, you'll enjoy this quirky tale set on a far off planet teeming with weird creatures. I suspect the author was doing some 'world building' here to create a place for a longer novel but the tight plot and genuine characters pulled me through. Also, the writing is bright with creative surprises. Lots of pop and spark and gooey sentences that really grabbed my imagination. Thanks.
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Review by: Morgan Smith on Jan. 8, 2016 :
That was oddly adorable. It's what I always love about Ilona Andrews: there's the weird, and weirder, and the entirely lovable. Not to mention happy endings.
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Review by: Haggie on Nov. 22, 2015 :
Such a good story. I've read it a couple of times now and it hasn't gotten old.
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Review by: James Jenkins on Nov. 13, 2015 :
Cute, but not overly engaging.
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Review by: Eileen Troemel on Aug. 6, 2015 :
Entertaining, imaginative, and an interesting take on crossing science fiction with fantasy / Arthurian mythology.
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