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Posted July 18, 2010
This was clearly noted as a short story. Anyone reading "free" books knows by now to watch carefully for whether they are downloading a short story, a novella or a full length novel. If this is a sneak preview of an upcoming series then the world building was enough to spark my interest and make me want more. If it was supposed to work as a real short story then it was disappointing on a number of fronts. Short stories are an art form and this reads like an opening chapter, not a short story.
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Posted June 3, 2011
This story has an interesting plot where on a world far far away, where cute things eat computers and the sky is emerald green, a small team of scientist's struggles to save the planet and their own careers by mixing genetic engineering and Arthurian legend. This is a short story only 41 pages, but it is a fun little read that I enjoyed.
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Posted December 27, 2011
Posted December 20, 2011
Normally I'm a fan of King Arthur related material, but this didn't hold my interest. I've read much better work by this author, so if this is your first introduction to her work don't give up -- try something else.
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Posted October 13, 2011
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I didn't care for this short story, and I usually like the short stories and novellas that Barnes & Noble puts out there. The most interesting part of this story to me was that it was on an alien planet, but the plot is predictable and has been done before. On the other hand, the characters were developed and believable. I wouldn't recommend wasting your time on this read.
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Posted August 2, 2010
Posted July 29, 2014
Andrews' short science fiction story is a quick and entertaining read. The characters are fun, and the world they are studying is beautiful. Plus, this is the rare sf which treats polytheism with respect.
Highly recommended to fans of Andrews, Zoe Archer, Jolene Dawe, and CS MacCath. -- lyradora
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Posted May 13, 2013
This short sci-fi story, by Ilona Andrews, is a fun read. The Questing Beast, is set on a distant planet, where Sean Kozlov; head of a team of scientists, is awaiting the arrival of the Committee, which will be visiting, to view his team's final data, collected from two years of research.
Unfortunately, for Sean and his team a virus has attacked their computer system and the data could be permanently lost.
This is a wacky story, filled with very strange happenings and imaginative creatures. I wouldn't be surprised if Ilona was experiencing a drug induced high; when she wrote this story, but this being said, it really is a quick, fun read!
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Posted May 5, 2012
Sean is on Nemuria with his crew researching to save the planet from development. The computers are locked behind many secret-locking doors and Plexiglas, to protect them from trogomets, two foot tall fuzzy computer-eating animals, as the most important report, Final Evaluation Report, is kept there now finished awaiting the council to arrive in four days. However, last night a millipede virus broke through the transmission and destroyed the FER and all backups, but one. The only one remains in the Nannybot that is now riding a dwarf cow acting strange by speaking as if it's Sir Pellinore from Mallory and is to hunt the Questing Beast. The only way to break the virus, is to let the machine follow through with the quest it requires.
This was a fun quick read, just a short story. There is mention of Greek mythological beings, the Arthurian legend, and science fiction is use. What a blend! It was so neat to see that there are 'genetic blanks,' ready to create an arm of foot if one happens to be lost, and this is what they create the 'beast' from. The 'beast' itself if amazing! What they try to create and get are different. And so neat to add to the planet. But do remember, adding something new to an environment...could have consequent.
But before we get to creating this amazing creature we have to get through the troubles between crew members. Sean's apology to Jennifer is perfect, and made me laugh.
I enjoyed this quick read. Actually so much so it would be neat to see Ilona & Gordon write more here on this planet. With the way the short story ended, it could be possible.
Posted April 29, 2012
This is an humorous YA sf short story about a scientific research team on the planet Nemuria which has an inconvenient native species, the trogomet. These critters are friendly and good at solving puzzles,such as doors,and get in the way of the scientists completing their two-year assignment on time. You see trogomets eat metals and so the scientists must record all of their notes and write all of their reports by hand. They do keep final forms of data and reports on the only computer on the planet, Snow White kept in a heavily secured room. Then the computer and the backups, called Dwarf and Nannybot, are infested with a "millipede virus" and all of the teams' work is lost and they have four days to complete the Final Evaluation Report. There is career-ending tension, and cute, amusing furry animals, and names which give clues regarding the direction of the story. The solving of the scientists' dilemma is funny and leads to a surprise ending. This story would be good for book club discussions about ecology and the introduction of non-native species, also a discussion on societal and individual reliance on electronics. I have read all of this author's books and have enjoyed them very much. Recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2012