Spin the Sky

Spin the Sky

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by Katy Stauber
     
 

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HOME IS WHERE THE HERD IS . . .

Fifteen years after winning the Spacer War, Cesar Vaquero has returned to Ithaca, a rugged orbital colony that boasts the only herd of cattle in space, and a wife and a son who don’t even recognize him when he shows up at their doorstep. Posing as a homeless drifter, he soon discovers that making his way home past space

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HOME IS WHERE THE HERD IS . . .

Fifteen years after winning the Spacer War, Cesar Vaquero has returned to Ithaca, a rugged orbital colony that boasts the only herd of cattle in space, and a wife and a son who don’t even recognize him when he shows up at their doorstep. Posing as a homeless drifter, he soon discovers that making his way home past space pirates, one-eyed giants, and mad scientists was the easy part . . .

Penelope swore off men after her husband disappeared. She’s been busy enough running the ranch, raising her son, and fending off pushy suitors eager to get their hands on her and her herd. But something about this war-weary drifter stirs forgotten feelings in her, even as sabotage, rustlers, and a space stampede threaten to tear Ithaca apart!

Spin the Sky is an rollicking, high-spirited riff on a certain classic odyssey—featuring characters as big and full of surprises as Space itself!

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

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Publishers Weekly
After 15 years of wandering space and encountering various mutated humans with the names and characteristics of Greek gods and monsters, Cesar Vaquero finally returns to the orbital colony Ithaca, a sort of Texas in space. He finds his family ranch threatened by saboteurs; his almost-grown son, Trevor, collecting stories of his missing father; and his “fluffy little kitten” wife. Penelope, grown into a “panther” beset by suitors. Posing as a homeless drifter, Cesar must find a way to rescue his wife, save his ranch, and perhaps most difficult, earn his family’s forgiveness. Stauber (Revolution World) festoons this retelling of Homer’s Odyssey with clichés that range from amusing (“Their eyes flash and their chests heave and their lips meet”) to incoherent and offensive (a loyal, none-too-bright Mexican servant whose psychic powers only appear when convenient to the protagonists). Melodramatic characters, repetitive prose, and a narrative littered with clumsy infodumps add up to a tedious, unsatisfying read. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597803403
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Katy Stauber has degrees in Biochemistry and Mathematics from Texas A&M University. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in Austin, TX.

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