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Questing Beast
     

Questing Beast

3.4 267
by Ilona Andrews
 
On a world far far away, where cute things eat computers and the sky is emerald green, a small team of scientists struggles to save the planet and their own careers by mixing genetic engineering and Arthurian legend. Too bad they had forgotten the first rule of planet exploration: Nature always has the last laugh.

Overview

On a world far far away, where cute things eat computers and the sky is emerald green, a small team of scientists struggles to save the planet and their own careers by mixing genetic engineering and Arthurian legend. Too bad they had forgotten the first rule of planet exploration: Nature always has the last laugh.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940000887547
Publisher:
Ilona Andrews
Publication date:
05/16/2010
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
24,770
File size:
129 KB

Meet the Author

#1 New York Times Bestselling author Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

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Questing Beast 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 267 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
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.
krystolla More than 1 year ago
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.
brjunkie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Mairiesy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wish it was a full length novel. Does remind me of the Ann McCaffrey books.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Book exchanged for an honest review~ Sean Kozlov is so tired of working to complete Final Evaluation Review or FER before the committee arrives in two days. Sean learns that a virus has corrupted their computer systems. Sean is forced to take desperate action to get the information input all over again. Sean's only hope is Nannybot that believes it's a Knight in King Arthur's court. Will the Nannybot work? Can Sean save his job? Your answers await you in Questing Beast. This short story really packs a punch and doesn't stop either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was too much info on the creatures and computers and not enough story line to make the plot interesting.
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Nothing much here.
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Would of liked to have gotten to know the characters better
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Odd to read. It did not spark my interest enough to purchase....
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C_M_Brown More than 1 year ago
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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