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About the Author

R. H. Watson was born and raised in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. (That's caw-caw like the crows say it, followed by -na, as in, not gonna.) He studied mime in Paris and dance in New York City where he drove a cab and imagined he was a costumed crime fighter know as The Yellow Falcon.

The Yellow Falcon--I mean R. H. Watson--lived in Brooklyn, almost under the Brooklyn Bridge, and after graduating from Hunter College, plied a trade as a graphic artist. He is now back in the Midwest. Most recently he designed websites, and worried about usability, accessibility and how to test for those properties.

Gladiator Girl is his first novel.

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  • File Size: 880 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chimaera Ranch, LLC; 1 edition (November 29, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EEOM8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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R. H. Watson was born and raised in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. (That's caw-caw like the crows say it, followed by -na, as in, not gonna.) He studied mime in Paris and dance in New York City where he drove a cab and imagined he was a costumed crime fighter know as The Yellow Falcon.

The Yellow Falcon--I mean R. H. Watson--lived in Brooklyn, almost under the Brooklyn Bridge, and after graduating from Hunter College, plied a trade as a graphic artist. He is now back in the Midwest. Most recently he designed websites, and worried about usability, accessibility and how to test for those properties.

Gladiator Girl is his first novel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Nickel on April 1, 2011
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Honestly I wasn't sure what to expect from a book with a title like "An Alternate Reality Action-sports Love Story" -- but I was intrigued.

That curiosity turned very quickly into enjoyment once I started reading.

I read *a lot* of science fiction/fantasy and I found the details about how the girls could survive injury a little light on the heavy science, however, in place of that, the author instead focused on the social impact of how this technology could effect the world which, in my opinion, is the hallmark of good science fiction -- exploration of how a society deals with technology/science/change.

Another element that I wasn't expecting was how polished and tightly edited the story read. Sometimes a first-time author's story will be a long stream of "this happened, and then this happened, and then we went here and now the book is done." In "Gladiator Girl" that was absolutely not the case.

The story, combined with the tight editing, made for a very great experience. I definitely became lost in the story as each character has a certain depth that makes them engaging.

Plus, there is a twist in the story that I did not see coming at all -- very well done! I actually had to re-read a part just to make sure that I read it correctly the first time.

Oh, and there's an appropriate proportion of sex, love, and violence!!!

I would definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of Cory Doctorow, Neil Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, or Charlie Stross.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Q. Laughlin on November 26, 2010
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This book was so strong!
The main character is a professional female athlete who (because of medical/technical advances) can die in action and then be reborn, over and over, using a bio-mechanical womb system. She lives in a culture that worships her sport and its players, but there is a darker underside of men who feel that this scientific progress has upset the true order of the world. I don't want to give too much away: the plot was exciting, the characters were interesting, and there were many themes that can be explored for literary criticism, as well. The conflicts and relationships were fresh and not predictable. I ended up loving the main character and several others; I didn't want the book to end. Also, the new sport, Blood Battle, rocks!
I think this could be the start of a great series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigAl on June 5, 2011
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The world R.H. Watson set his story in is futuristic, with cars that drive on their own, person-to-person communication that put today's cell phones to shame, and medical practices beyond anything imaginable in our current world. Yet, when reading "Gladiator Girl," the foreignness of this world fell away as I focused on the characters, especially the protagonist Lucy.

Despite Lucy's almost superhuman skills when playing her sport, it is her human frailties and the fight to overcome them that make her likeable. Lucy's past makes her leery of meaningful relationships. Her temper often threatens to get the best of her. It is these very human struggles that make Lucy's story so good, and "Gladiator Girl" a worthwhile read.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
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