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Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café Kindle Edition
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I loved how the author juxtaposed the routine headaches of running a bakery slash diner with the fact that the diner is situated on a space station orbiting Saturn! But there’s more to tease the imagination than the die-for view. The day our hero is opening his restaurant he finds a dead body in the freezer. Turns out he’s implicated in a murder before he can finish stocking the shelves. Then there is the mafia don who owns the diner across the way giving the competition the evil eye. He runs much of what goes on within the space station and is so dialed into everything that one wrong move from our motley band of heroes—namely the new diner owner and his sidekicks—and they’ll be like so many flies in all the intricate webs he’s weaving of political corruption and nefarious black market dealings.
The mafia don wants to shut down the competition, but more than that he wants to get his hands on the little black book he believes our motley crew running the new restaurant has in their possession. They may have it, only they haven’t found it yet. And it allegedly holds the key to the shift in balances of power on the space station.
In short, the plot kicks ass.
It was cool, what’s more, learning about life on a space station, which is sheer speculation, of course, but the author evidently did his research so well the book oozed with authenticity, a bit like the book and the movie, The Martian.
There’s no shortage of dark humor, needless to say, both in the setup, by that I mean the premise of the story, and in how the author delivers on the promise of the premise as the story unfolds. I especially liked that one of the chief members in the motley crew of heroes is gay, and he’s a good guy, and it’s presented as no big deal. Usual billing for such a character is as the psycho bad guy or as the subject of politically incorrect humor. Glad to see the future does indeed hold some things to look forward to—at least in this author’s universe. If Hollywood can’t catch up with reality as it is now, maybe by the time this is made into a movie, or in the next hundred years or so, they will catch up with reality.
Other than growing their own food, the space station must deal with the fact that it also serves as a mining colony with the rough and tumble miners and the intrigue that surrounds them. The diner, ironically, becomes the hub for both of these worlds as the owner has to deal with the farmers for his supplies and the miners for his customers.
Jokes aside, Andorra Pett and her best friend Cyril take a giant leap to change their lives. By giant leap, I mean they pack up and go to a space station. Near Saturn. Away from the desolation of their romantic lives, the Oort Cloud Cafe might be the answer. It is, only not in the ways they expect.
For crime fiction, this had a much lighter tone than I ever expected. It fit in very well with the narrative. The main character's not a journalist, detective, or even a curious observer. Things don't feel gritty and hard-edged. Andi wants to start her life over as the owner of a little cafe. She doesn't have a predisposition for many of the circumstances presented. Yet, she still manages to prove herself without going over the top. That right there sets the tone of what to expect from the characters.
What sets this apart is that it's not a heart-pounding, race-against-time thriller. There's plenty of tense moments to be sure, but this takes a different approach. It's very character-driven. There's quite the cast, all with their own uniqueness to add to the story. They're all tied together on the tiny space station. Individual stories help push the plot forward. When the time's right to start foreshadowing, the differences cast harsh suspicion. One minute X might be guilty, the next it was could be Y. Building the narrative in such a way took great care, and it shows.
I could probably go on and on about the characterization quite a bit. Development of the two mains, Cy and Andi, was wonderful. Even though it's told in first person, the reader knows the supporting characters as well as Andi. Steady narrative progression builds up the world and the characters piece by piece. Each part shows careful attention to detail and continuity. Everything feels solid. Things feel tied up at the end. It's part of a series, but feels like it could be its own standalone novel. Kind of like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. Only without the young adult tone.
This was a really good book in a myriad of ways. Characters, plot, and structure were all spot-on. The story itself was well-written and entertaining. Things were easy to visualize without being jargon-heavy. I can say without a doubt that I'll be on the lookout for Andorra Pett's next adventure.
I loved the story and the entire concept. There were the trials and tribulations of running the bakery/cafe, the interactions between the characters in the story, the slant on the story being on a space station plus the plotting and danger from the mafia boss. There were plenty of twists and turns in the story and there were also a few moments in the story that made me laugh out loud. A great sci/fi book that is also a crime story that is humorous too.