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She'd rather die than be a slave to the conquerors of her home world. More
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Words: 37,700
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466050563
About Joe Vasicek

Joe Vasicek is a science fiction writer who has lived in more than twenty different places in the past ten years. When he writes, though, his mind is anywhere but this world. He keeps a regular blog at One Thousand and One Parsecs, and can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. Sometimes. But no matter where he goes, he's always writing.

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Review by: Sural Xiong on April 04, 2013 :
Sholpan by Joe Vasicek

I never know what to expect with novellas. I certainly didn't know what to expect from this one. But it was free so it was worth a try. I had hopes at least that it wasn't going to digress into erotica, which it could based on the small blurb that was there.

One issue with novellas is that they have more wiggle room than short stories and less development room than novels. At least with short stories you forgive the lack of room to develop characters and you can move on to the next short story because generally short stories come in groups- except now with e-books that's not so much a rule.

Stella is quite an interesting character. She has a potential to be strong but she's young and in some ways naive though mostly sometimes just annoyingly softened by way of her upbringing. She's intelligent and she's been apprenticing on a ship as an astrogator so she is going through the motions, but her heart doesn't seem to be fully into the direction she's following. In some ways it seems she might be interested in being a housewife, her father has encouraged her to do more just as a fall back.

It's on a break from her apprenticeship when she and her brother Ben are on their way to the surface of Kardunash IV where she intends on meeting her boyfriend Lars. We learn that her family owns a merchant-ship the LLEWELLYN and she was born in space-on a space station. This is all important for later.

The Hamaji battle fleet show up and her entire life is thrown into chaos. She's captured and doesn't know where her brother Ben has ended up at and she's been pressed int servitude as a major Hamaji general's concubine. Hence the worry that this could go all erotica on us. It thankfully doesn't. Another important thing is that Stella has made sure that she is versed in many of the languages including the one primarily used by the Hamaji.

As things evolve so does Stella and when put to the test we see that her beliefs and convictions are more than just following what her father thinks she should do. Stella proves to be a person of strong character and we can't help but be left with the notion that whatever she decides to do it will always be what she thinks is right.

Overall in the limited space allowed Joe does a great job of introducing us to his universe and his characters and even keeping it entertaining for all.

I recommend this for a quick read for anyone who likes Science Fiction and adventure- if you're looking for erotica you'll be disappointed.

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Review by: David H. Keith on March 30, 2013 :
Excellent story. Vasicek gives a great depth to the characters in this prequel to the "Star Wanderer" series. Although written separate from the series, it should be considered a crucial part of "Star Wanderer."

David H. Keith
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Review by: Patricia Maki on Feb. 09, 2013 :
Wonderful character development. The plot moved quickly. The book was hard to put down. I am looking forward to the next. I want more of Stella's story.
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