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- Publication Date: January 11, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ISLSLU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,901,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was surprised to see two entries: ‘So which way are we going?’ ‘Odalesque, Quarterclock and Morton’s World.’ And: Before Maddocks realised what had happened, his three craft were caught in the gravity well of Morton’s Star.’
Other reviews have covered the storyline . There are many phrases and scenes I could select as an example, but perhaps one will do: ‘all my acquired knowledge of poker psychology was useless here – how do you read pupil dilation, or the subtle change of pitch caused by tension in the vocal cords, when you’re playing with a walking vegetable?’
Nick Daws is a prolific and successful writer in the non-fiction field. Really, he needs to harness that humour and produce more fiction.
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author: Nick Daws
Dishonorably discharged from the Ten Stars Space Fleet, Captain Richard Barrett spends his day drinking and womanizing. It's an okay life but not entirely fulfilling until a telepath - Julie Halloran - enters his life or rather saves it. Grateful for feeding him information during a poker game where his life had been at stake, Richard listens to Julie's proposition for him pilot a craft. The issue and the opportunity is that the ship will be filled with illegal drugs bound for the Festival on Lyris 5. The festival runs for three weeks and is held once every ten years. Given the lawless nature of Lyris 5, it offers the perfect opportunity for enterprising drug runners to make big money. Seeing the opportunity and looking to shake things up a bit, Richard agrees to take the job. What he doesn't know is that the very balance of power in the Ten Star System is in his hands.
Nick Daws' "The Festival on Lyris 5" is a fun and entertaining short story reminiscent in style to Joss Wheadon's Firefly - The Complete Series with a touch of Asimov's classic Foundation's Edge (Foundation Novels) thrown in. Daws tells the story in first person which is perfect as the reader feels the same thing that troubles Barrett throughout - that something more may be going on than he is being told. This fun and sometimes quirky short story is paced perfectly and introduces us to what feels like a prologue to something much greater at the same time the main story arc is satisfactorily closed in climactic fashion. I especially enjoyed the story elements involving the issues of prejudice suffered by the telepaths and how they are "tracked" using mind sweepers.
I hope this is the beginning of future chapters in the Ten Star System. At $0.99 on Kindle, this is a great read!
Rick Barrett is believable as a world-weary former pilot, cashiered from the Ten Stars Space Fleet. The story is written in the first person and his sense of humour makes for a very entertaining read.
Spelling, grammar and formatting are excellent. One of the big surprises of this novella as I started reading it were the illustrations. They are brilliant on kindle and added a rich dimension to the story which I liked very much.
When Nick Daws asked for a review of The Festival on Lyris 5 I was in the middle of reading another book, but once I started reading the sample I just couldn't stop. It is a short read at around 10,000 words but story and laughs are packed in. As I burst out laughing at, "I'd never played poker with a homicidal cauliflower before, but there's a first time for everything." I knew this was going to be good. It does have some content relating to drugs which means it isn't suitable for younger kids, but I would recommend it for teens and adults. Great fun!
Take one depressed pilot, pensioned off too early, a young lass with more than a touch the blarney and a jealous alien resembling a cauliflower, and what do you have? The start of an entertaining and intriguing little tale, The Festival of Lyris 5.
I was captured from the first page, and I as I read on, I become thoroughly engrossed in this story, its characters and their adventures, and what came at the end was a complete surprise. I knew there'd be a twist, but I never guessed what.
The characters in this sci-fi short come complete with real problems, the situations they find themselves in are entirely believable and there is no magic wand to get them out of the treacle; only ingenuity.
Short it may be, but the Festival of Lyris 5 doesn't lack on action. Well done, author Nick Daws; let's see more of Richard Barrett and Julie Halloran.
Never having read this type of work before I was a bit wary but decided to go ahead and give it a try. I'm so glad I did!
A very well written book indeed that holds your interest from start to finish.
I'm looking forward to the next book.