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on September 20, 1999
Submitted for your approval. A planet populated by teddy bears. Cute, Cuddly, and friendly. Tooo friendly! I'd give the book 5 stars if it wasn't for the fact that it is several short stories put together(don't like that format). I was rolling in the aisle during most of the book. The writers made one slight mistake though. No human being could live with the Hoka's for so long and not go permamently insane, or die of alcohol poisoning. :) Truely a unique book and the author(s) should be congratulated.
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on November 9, 1998
This excellent book is about a space traveler from earth. His expedition to the planet Toka turns into a lifelong adventure filled with intrigue, humor, and suspense. The Hoka are indigenous to Toka and bear an amazing resemblance to big teddy bears. One of the scenarios put into play by the Hoka is an actual baseball loving town with a teddy bear "Casey". I liked Anderson's added lines to "Casey at the Bat" and I really liked this book.
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on February 26, 2001
Hoka are a alien race, who look very much like Teddy Bears. Their only problem is they become the characters in the books they read. Cowboys, pirates, space rangers, spies and more, they truly believe in what they become and it drives humans nutty! Yet, in the end, the Hoka always get out of the trouble they have started and sometimes even win something out of it.
Loved the cover. Lets hope the Hoka NEVER read the Man-Kzin Wars series. Look for HOKAS POKAS! - the second book is also short stories.
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on November 25, 1998
Alex, a human, becomes the representative of a species called the Hoka. They are great actors and take any story seriously, and play the part for all the've got. No one can tell if they are just acting or if they really beleive they are the character. If you enjoy drama, or like to act out characters you enjoy then please join Alex in his adventures with the Hoka.
Travis
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on December 16, 2012
Let your imagination loose for this book. Talking, sentient teddy bears who take any written story they hear from Earth as true makes this a pretty funny book.
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on May 21, 2001
One of the funniest book I ever read. I (almost) died laughing - but decided to write a review first. So if you are a veeery serious person who doesn't want to be caught smiling - avoid this book. All others: enjoy.
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on December 6, 1998
This is one of the most entertaining books ive read in a long time!I personally liked Don Jones. The Hoka seem to have the natural ability in this story mostly to skew your sence of reality! I just wish they would write a sequal!
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on December 26, 2007
The writing is fine: quite simple yes, but not worthy of a single star in itself. What I really despise is the stupid characters, their stupid situations and their repetition of the same stupid mistakes. For instance, at the end of the book, by which time Alex Jones should have a firm grasp of the Hoka's potential for imaginative shenanigans. (Note: by "imaginative" I do not mean to imply the plot lines are imaginative; they're thinly reshaped stories from, surprise surprise!, 19th and 20th century Earth) He, plenipotentiary Jones, knows the Hokas, knows their propensity toward rampant imagination, hijinks and antics, and yet still mis-speaks, gets pulled along by, caught up with and thoroughly flummoxed by the Hokas. Hilarity does not ensue. Rather, Alex bumbling into a solution, the Hokas triumphing and me pulling out my hair and regretting the purchase do.
I did love the cover, but that was the highpoint. Threw it straight in the bin upon completion, hopefully preventing others from wasting their time.
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Orbiting the G2 star, Brackney’s Star III, is the earthlike planet Toka. And, inhabiting the world of Toka are the Hoka, a small, teddy bear-looking race, who are surprisingly strong for their size. Unfortunately for their longsuffering human plenipotentiary, Alexander Jones, the Hoka are the most imaginative race in the galaxy, and as soon as they discover a new book of fiction, they adopt the roles and live the story...invariably with comedic results!

This book is a collection of short stories about the Hoka and the unfortunate Alexander Jones. Each story is literally laugh-out-loud funny, the authors having found a perfect medium for their talents! This book is a sequel to the hilarious book Hoka!, and like it is a must-buy.

In case you are curious, there are eight stories in this book. #1) The Sheriff of Canyon Gulch tells the story of Alexander Jones arrival on Toka, and his rescue of the cowboy Hokas from the dreaded greenskins. #2) In Don Jones, Jones’s visit to Earth with a delegation of Hokas takes a nearly disastrous spin, when they are introduced to Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni! #3) In Hoka Signo Vinces, finds the Hokas in a new craze – space opera, and when they get word that a neighboring system is building a space-dreadnought, it’s (the unwilling) Alexander Jones and Space Patrol to the rescue! #4) The Adventure of the Misplaced Hound is side-splittingly funny, telling the story of Alexander Jones and the Hoka Sherlock Holmes on the trail of a space dope smuggler...or the Hound of the Baskervilles (it’s hard to tell which). #5) Yo Ho Hoka finds Jones trying to head off a planned attack on Bermuda by pirates, only to find himself press ganged into the British Navy! #6) When Jones’s wife crash-lands on a nearby alien world, Jones needs some help to go rescue her, but who can he take? Why, the French Foreign Legion, of course! #7) Joy in Mudville tells the story of the Hoka baseball team (the Teddies), and their quest for the Sector Pennant. (No one can stand before the Mighty Casey, right?) #8) Undiplomatic Immunity finds Alexander Jones and a delegation of Hokas on Earth to request that Toka’s status be upgraded. Unfortunately for Jones his Hokas have discovered the spy novel!

[Don’t forget, if you like this book (and you will), get Hoka!]
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