There once was a young man, fiery by Sicilian and Cherokee blood, whose service in the U.S. Marines gave him the courage to win the love of the woman he most desired. He and this tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed German beauty renounced their scrabble upbringing, that concrete box of city life—they were lured instead by country roads, nature's serenades, and untrimmed pastures.
To their daughter, Chance Maree, they offered arm loads of books from the library each Sunday, a college education, and the certainty that if she worked hard enough, that which she dreamed could be achieved. Accustomed as she grew to literary travels, Chance fled rural serenity to taste the complex textures of cities, work in executives positions for high-tech companies, earn a Master's degree, and travel the world.
Chance Maree is now a bootstrap novelist and story-telling enthusiast who gravitates towards upmarket fiction with a speculative slant. She strives for plots that twist and surprise. Chance has been transplanted to Texas by her astrophysicist husband where they live with two dogs and a native Texan, scorpion-killing cat.
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Prey: Seven Tales of Beastly Terror
by Tom Conyers, Danielle Tara Evans, John Cassian, D.Z.C., L.K. Evans, Chance Maree, & Thaddeus White
A longhorn rancher gets more than he bargained for...
A mythical bird becomes all too real...
The ghost of a cat enacts a nasty revenge...
And a bear becomes a weapon just as dangerous to its wielder...
From cats, to dogs, to longhorns, rats and bears, Prey explores the frightening ways nature could easily turn on us...if we provoke it.
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on May 16, 2013
This is the second installment of The Cloud Brothers series. I suggest reading Gathering Clouds... first because I believe I would have enjoyed Pink Water more had I already been acquainted with the Cloud Brothers, their parents, and the insect aliens.
Pink Water is a YA Science Fiction story, and is appropriate for the younger range of that genre except for one scene with strong language. The lessons of peaceful socialization, empathy, and anger management would work well in the younger age range.
One thing that struck me about the writing was that a good 85% or more of the text seemed to be dialogue. Descriptive prose was sparse and mostly used to change scenes. The dialogue was close to life rather than fictionalized, which added redundancy and characterized verbal tics that seemed a bit overused.
The plot was clear and brought to completion. It suffered from mid-novel drag, but pulled off a large action scene at the end. For avid readers of science fiction, no new ground was covered, but for those exploring the genre, the swim in Pink Water should be fun.
on Oct. 10, 2013
Interesting how topics can be approached in a multitude of manners by talented authors. I recently finished The Windup Girl, which, like Dag, draws upon serious subjects such as GMOs, mega-corporations, military domination, etc. The Windup Girl maintained gravitas which gave its characters depth and the overall experience an art house film ambiance, much like Bladerunner.
Dag takes a more absurd, surreal approach which provides light, imaginative entertainment, like Buffy, The Vampire Slayer or one of those B films that are hysterical at midnight.
Midway through, I pondered an interesting uncertainty as to the motivations of the author. I wondered whether the author was trying to point out the absurdity to people who fear such things as GMOs, unfettered corporate power, etc (i.e. me). By caricaturizing the devil, a person can poke fun at the people who quake in fear of the whole Satan construct. So, satire, or political/social activism? In the end, the reader chooses. While I enjoy balancing multiple points of view, my chips would be that Dag was not written as a satire. (Sorry for the side track.)
Now, I'm more a Bladerunner fan than a fan of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, so I won't rate Dag using the same ruler as I did The Windup Girl.
In Dag, I enjoyed flights of imagination, witty dialogue, and a plot with twists and turns. On the other hand, I missed sparkling prose and found extraneous wording, which engaged my skimming reflex. Those are nits, more about the art of writing than storytelling, so take them for what they're worth. Notably, some of the sex and brutality was too harsh for the schoolyard humor of the novel, yet too schoolyard for harsh reality--making those scenes a bit uneven in this work. I would have preferred adherence to humor such as that of Men in Black. (Okay, I'm getting annoyed that so many of my comparisons are with movies instead of novels. A quick analysis tells me that I saw this novel in my mind's eye instead of savoring the words in my....mind's ear ???)
That's it. I'll rate, overall, a 3.5/5.0 as a fun excursion in the nutty sci/fi genre.
-- Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a non-reciprocal review.