Planet Woman

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
Circean humans have always known that their planet can think, but a diplomatic mission from another planet finds this difficult to understand. Lewis, the sardonic envoy, certainly does not understand Tethyn, his Circean hostess, and the independent and determined woman desperately fights against his desire for her. But Circe needs them to come together to help defeat an approaching danger. More
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About Judith Rook

Judith Rook was born and raised in rural Yorkshire in the UK. The nearest city was Bradford, the great centre for wool processing, but she remembers fields running up to moorland much more clearly than mill chimneys.
Judith’s early writing was done in old accountants’ ledgers which had blank sheets interleaved with the ruled pages. She wrote on the ruled pages as well. Not thinking of becoming a writer, Judith wrote whatever she felt like writing: stories, poems, reflections. Then life intervened and her imagination went underground. For some time, she worked in education and wrote articles and reviews about music.
After a few years, Judith began to write fiction. Recording ideas that had been bottled up for a long time, she thought she had become an author. When rejection notices came in, she joined two writing groups, developed her technical skills and learned how to write stories for other people.
Judith is a compulsive reader. Sci-fi is her favourite genre, then come the great classics, followed closely by fantasy. She is fascinated by developments in human space exploration and reads a great deal of contemporary cosmology. Judith also admires good crime writers and one day she may try her hand at thrillers or crime stories.
As a young woman Judith emigrated to Western Australia where she lives now. From time to time she stirs herself to rally around important social issues and has been known to take to the streets in support, so long as there are good cafés along the way.
Periodically Judith turns to short stories. She finds the challenges of short story writing refresh and strengthen the techniques which she uses in her novels.

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Brenda Maxwell reviewed on on June 13, 2015

I was hooked pretty early on in Planet Woman by Judith Rook and my interest never wavered for a moment! I loved the creative and strong characters and plots that continued to build and shock and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I HATE books that are super predictable. And this one definitely isn’t. Although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play, the author brings a fresh voice and makes it all her own. I’ve read a ton of fantasy and science fiction over the years so I’m rarely surprised by anything anymore but I can say that this author managed to do it. I appreciated the solid pace and the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – world building is absolutely crucial in selling a ‘fantasy’ story and it is done quite nicely here… brilliantly at times, actually. I’d like to see this book go into a series as there is so much potential with these amazing characters! Recommend for anyone (adults) who enjoy a well-written, action packed, alternative-reality novel with unexpected twists.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Anabella Johnson reviewed on on June 12, 2015

To say this novel is totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before would be an understatement! I’m not sure how to even describe this book as sooo much happens, and it seems to touch on so many elements, themes, and subjects. It is fantastical and creative, yet very intelligently so. I think that you need to take your time while reading it to really grasp everything the author is saying, as it will require some deeper thought and reasoning. I think that the pacing was done well, a nice mix with narrative and dialogue, and in my opinion, the supporting cast of characters were almost more dynamic than the main ones (almost, but not… a great balance). This is a longer book, as are most space operas, and when I reached the ending, although it wraps up satisfactorily, it seems the door could be open for a continuation of the storyline in the future. I for one hope it continues, I’d love to read it! Recommend for fans of sci-fi/fantasy/romance.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Claire Middleton reviewed on on June 12, 2015

4.5 stars -
Well this book took me a while to read, but in the end I’d definitely say it was worth it! It’s like all these amazing elements came together to create an incredible book that I can honestly say is one of the better ones I’ve read in a long time… and honestly I’m not even a huge Science Fiction fan! (but I love Romance).Anyways, the themes and events that happen are relatable to modern day, yet with a new spin. The author writes VERY well… very descriptive and strong and we feel like we are there almost like watching a movie or something. The editing is near flawless (I notice these things) and professionally presented. Overall an interesting, if not surreal novel that pushes the boundaries of typical sci-fi literature. Hope to read more from Judith Rook in the future, and I could see some of the secondary characters perhaps getting their own spin off novels. Seems there is more story to tell!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Darla Ortiz reviewed on on June 12, 2015

Planet Woman by Judith Rook is by far one of the most original, well-crafted, and best-written novels I’ve read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the World, the different scenery and locales, and her attention to detail with the characters. LOVE this concept behind this. There is something of everything… Besides the obvious science/fiction/fantasy angle… it is also part mystery, mystical, thriller, action, drama, and of course romance! Excellent editing, and I will love to read more from Ms. Rook in the future!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Jenna Brewster reviewed on on June 12, 2015

I admit it took me some time to get into this book, and at first I wasn’t really sure where it was going. But the more I read the more I got into it, and thoroughly enjoyed this new world and reality the author writes of. The interweaving plotlines were complex, but not convoluted… and certainly not predictable. I’ve read my fair share of epic science fiction and space romance, but this one felt wholly original on many levels. I appreciated the intricate world building and plot development. But there were times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to tighten the narrative some. It’s not a fast and easy read by any stretch, but it will take you through new concepts and perspectives that you’ve never thought of before, the writing is great, and it is easy to get lost in for hours. Very cool. Highly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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