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Corandria Station by Carol E. Keen

This month of June, Celebrate Lit is doing a promo tour for Corandria Station. I grabbed the opportunity to read a sci fi about my favorite species. But first, here’s a little intro ….

About the Book:

Corandria Station cover

 

First Officer Mimsy B’Groves never expected her life to be anything but ordinary. In the wake of a major disaster aboard The Corandria Station, Mimsy must solve the mystery surrounding the place she once called home. The planet below her now holds her only chance for answers – if she can survive without revealing her deepest secret. Can a lone, witty, sentient feline overcome the obstacles placed before her?

My Thoughts:

Cute, but very short story

I love cats and enjoy sci fi and fantasy.  So, I thought this would be a fun read and it was, for the most part.

What I liked – sentient cats, what a concept.  I loved seeing into the mind of a self-aware, thinking cat. The cat is highly intelligent and can comprehend advanced scientific concepts.  The concept of the story has a few questions about the disappearance of Mimsy’s space station crew, but also it is about deeper issues, such as deformities, rejections and societal manipulation of what is beautiful and what is not.  Overall, it had great potential and I do hope the author decides to add more to it.

I had some confusion with Mimsy’s speech patterns. I expect a highly-developed vocabulary and somewhat mature “voice”, yet Mimsy communicates mostly on the level of an average pre-teen. After a while I just figured that the author is using this voice for Mimsy, imagining that even a highly intelligent cat would speak in a very “immature” way, by human standards.

However, there were things that I didn’t like. The story leaves many unanswered questions, maybe that means sequels are coming up, but it does leave a bit of frustration, as much of the story seemed to be related to finding out answers to these questions.

The writing errors were too many. If the author continues on in this series, I hope she finds new editors or has the story pre-read by a few different people to help clear up the many typos, misspelling and the awkward sentence and paragraph structures. I can often blow past an error here and there, but this was too much and took me out of the story.

It ended too quickly.  The entire quest was about finding out about her crew and we only got a piece of that answer.  The ending was anticlimactic.  Good things happened for Mimsy, but what about her poor crew?? If the intention is for this to be a series, then it has a lot of potential. And I strongly suggest a re-edit, to clear up many of the typos.

DISCLAIMER:  I received this book as a gift.  No compensation was received.  The opinions I express are provided without obligation.

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About the Authorcarol keen

Carol E. Keen enjoys fresh coffee, hot tea, and a good book. She was published for several years in FAMA magazine (Freshwater And Marine Aquarium) as a contributing editor. She published her first book on CD, called Simply Seahorses. She now resides in Alabama with her husband and family and spends her time writing, reading, working in photography, and being with her much loved critters.

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