Above The Clouds

Above The Clouds

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by Richard Roberts
     
 

Young love is hard, no matter who you are or what you are. This young adult short story by Richard Roberts tells the story of two star-crossed lovers in a steampunk setting. Even though they've never seen the ground, theirs is a story as old as Romeo and Juliet. Will it end just as tragically?

Overview

Young love is hard, no matter who you are or what you are. This young adult short story by Richard Roberts tells the story of two star-crossed lovers in a steampunk setting. Even though they've never seen the ground, theirs is a story as old as Romeo and Juliet. Will it end just as tragically?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940033019922
Publisher:
Richard Roberts
Publication date:
01/30/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
240,687
File size:
158 KB

Meet the Author

As an author, I favor two types of literature: Dark fantasy and stories about children. Often they're the same thing. Currently I am in the process of getting my backlog of books and short stories published online while I work on the next book.

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Above The Clouds 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 39 reviews.
dddaaron More than 1 year ago
I managed to get through all 53 pages of this book and was wondering why I had bothered. Even for a free read, I felt like I should request a refund for my time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a short story that ends very predictably. However, it does lay the basis of a pretty interesting world. I want to know more about the sharks and whales, and how all these people wound up above the clouds. It also sets up some interesting dynamics, e.g., the symbiotic relationship between pilot and airship.
GalenaGB More than 1 year ago
This novella is a good, short read. It follows two teens, Red Baron, and Rosie, who find each other over the communication radio. They live on the airships with their respective parent. It was a little confusing at first I wasn't sure if Red Baron was a sentient airship or what, but the reader soon learns that there is a deep connectedness between Red's Father, Red, and the airship. Overall, I liked the book and would read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unless i missed something at the begining this book was a bit hard to follow as it does not tell you it is from the point of view of a ship. It had a good plot but just not an attention getter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe if this were longer the story and characters could be better developed. As-IS, however, it has many flaws. The setting is confusing, is this in the air or sky or both? Its full of whales and sharks "flying"? Is that code for something? Also the pace is way too fast and there isn't enough back story about the characters. No real reason to care about them. Also, are they people or airships? The latter is an interesting premise but needs work. The battles are confusing to follow. 2 stars for the idea, which is cool, but it could use more clarification and development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a unique premis story. However the story could have more descriptive narrative to better explain the hunting/battles.
iceman42dave More than 1 year ago
An interesting short story, with a bit of a twist as the main characters' true natures are revealed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
53 pages long and it creates an aura similar to Asimov's "Meeting With Medusa". Terrific.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly the fact we dontquite understand who Red is exactly until the middle of the story made this read much more enjoyable to me. The lack of combat description that many talk about fits within the naarrative and writing style. If there had been time taken out to laborously describe combat it would have felt awkward and out of place. The onlything I could have wanted more would be a better description of tge kites or a tad bit more stapled to the end. Otherwise this was a great read that despite its shortness and plain writing made itself endearing to me. For a free read i was very impressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was an amazing idea but i want to know more like more explaination about the airships and how red and rosie are able to speak and love? It was also very unclear in the begining whether or not they were airships. I felt like it could have used more description and a better set up. But i still loved this quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The review from march 25th: Rosie and Red ARE sentient airships.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this story was a bit confuesing at first until I read on,
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This is a ok story. J.... :-@
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this little book. A fun, short easy read that makes you think. Not too simple, perfect for a rainy afternoon.
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I wish you reviewers would stick to weather you liked it or not. I don't need to know the whole story and how it ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best steampunk stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The idea - and the characters- are completely original. The details were also fantastic and the writing was exceelent. One of my favorite things about this story is the fantastic idea of sentient airships falling in love. The relationships that they have with their pilots (parents) are realistic and fully show how human Rosie and Red are. I highly reccomend this vook to eceryone that has a brain in their head.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want more. I have so many questions. I enjoyed the setting, the history, the names, the alternate history, the consciousness of the machines, the radio..I loved it all, could see it all. Well done. I hope to hear from the author. Hiro861@yahoo.com
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