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Cuquita Paperback – May 17, 2012
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One morning Wilson finds a strange young woman in his barn. She looks weak and frail and seems to have lost her memory. Wilson and his family (a wife and two children home from college for the summer) take the stranger into their home and essentially adopt her. The stranger, Cuquita, is an alien who was stranded on Earth when her spaceship left without her. Cuquita is far from frail and weak, but she keeps her identity and superior physical and mental powers hidden from the Weatherfords.
Cuquita turns out to be a warm and loving addition to the Weatherford family and no mean farmhand, either. In the end, she is able to use her formidable strength and agility to repay the kindness of her hosts and put right much of the problems of the local town. The parallels to the Superman story seem obvious on the surface, but this story takes its own path and is not derivative of the Superman narrative.
The book is relatively free of annoying typos and grammatical errors, and the e-book is beautifully formatted. It has a charming, if familiar, plot, and the characters are likeable--that is to say the good guys are likeable. The bad guys are just as nasty as you would expect them to be. The book suffers, however, from a classic writing problem: The narrator tells the story rather than letting the characters and the action show the reader what's happening.Read more ›