Indigara: Firebird Novella [NOOK Book]

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"Lee continues to distinguish herself with her ability to bring flesh and blood to the worlds of the future."—Science Fiction and Fantasy Review

Jet and her robot dog, Otis, have been taken with Jet’s two sisters—one of whom has a role in the latest Super-Movie—to their planet’s film capital, Ollywood. Jet and Otis are soon catapulted into the unplumbed underworld that lurks below the studios and lots. Here lies the beautiful and sinister ...
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Indigara: Firebird Novella

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Overview

"Lee continues to distinguish herself with her ability to bring flesh and blood to the worlds of the future."—Science Fiction and Fantasy Review

Jet and her robot dog, Otis, have been taken with Jet’s two sisters—one of whom has a role in the latest Super-Movie—to their planet’s film capital, Ollywood. Jet and Otis are soon catapulted into the unplumbed underworld that lurks below the studios and lots. Here lies the beautiful and sinister otherwhere of Indigara, which has spontaneously generated from the sets, costumes, models, and actual celluloid of rejected pilot fantasy and SF movies that never got made into series. Even while Jet and her dog try to survive the dangers and terrors below, their Indigaran mirror images have replaced them, and are running amok in the real world above...
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 9 to 12.

Fourteen-year-old Jet and her Simulated Canine Otis explore worlds beneath worlds in this futuristic narrative. The novel blends fantasy into science fiction and uses both journal style and screenplay descriptions. It also switches perspectives between Jet and Otis (and occasionally an unknown continuity writer who describes scene changes and settings). Somehow, Otis emerges as the most developed character and functions as the main parental figure for Jet. There is a rather large list of players--several who have doubles in an alternate existence. None of them are particularly likeable and, although Jet's poor opinion of her older sisters and parents may resonate with some readers, it mostly reinforces negative assumptions about teenage girls. The book is dedicated to "pilot movies that never became a series" and it reads a bit like a conceptual draft. The cover and subject should ensure marketing success among readers with an interest in filmmaking or speculative fiction. Reviewer: Tina Dybvik

School Library Journal

Gr 6-9 -Fourteen-year-old Jet Latter is not at all thrilled when her family and their Simulate Canine Deluxe, Otis, head to Ollywood, movie capital of their planet, where her oldest sister, Turquoise, will play Helenet's Third Damsel in Fall of Super Troy . Jet and Otis, who has recently missed his half-yearly service, are trying to escape the torture of the Ollywood scene when they meet Ben, who tells them about the strange world of the Subway. On their first trip down to the "Underworld," Jet and Otis are transported to Indigara, a world made up of bad actors, bad dialogue, and scenes from science-fiction pilots that were never made into series. While the premise is amusing, and seems to have potential for humor, the actors and dialogue from the B movies only make for a B book. The perspective jumps from Otis's "diskripts" to Jet's journal, to movielike scene descriptions, which results in a choppy read. Fans of Lee's earlier works will be disappointed, as will fans of futuristic science fiction or Hollywood stories.
—Kelly VikstromCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Kid and loyal robot dog visit a confusing alternate dimension. When Jet's spoiled sister lands a movie role, their parents sweep the family off to Ollywood to be pampered in futuristic hotels. Sullen Jet and robot dog Otis explore Ollywood's underground subway, which features stores and roads as well as trains; people disappear there but nobody knows why. Jet and Otis narrowly escape a kidnapping attempt and are swirled off to Indigara, a world made up of "four [movie] pilots" that "have lain in Ollywood's archives and fermented like compost. They have come to life. And interbred." The people there are supposedly enacting an overly dramatic prewritten script; implausible events (like Jet breathing underwater) are explained away as special effects and "direction[s] in the script." Otis calls Indigara "the very spirit of all Ollywood. The great Invented Dream," but the physics between Indigara and reality-not to mention any deeper meaning or message-are muddled and unconvincing. Despite intermittently clever and funny narration, this sci-fi/fantasy hybrid is thinly conceived and awkwardly executed. (Fantasy. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440621239
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/18/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 213 KB

Meet the Author

Tanith Lee is the author of Claidi’s Journals, a four-book series (Wolf Tower, Wolf Star, Wolf Queen, and Wolf Wing), as well as the picaresque fantasy adventure Piratica and its sequel. She has won or been nominated for a variety of awards, including the World Fantasy Award, the August Derleth Award, and the Nebula. She lives with her husband in the south of England.
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    Posted April 8, 2012

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    Fun, entertaining novel for older children and teens. Tanith Lee never fails to surprize me.

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