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The Klockwerk Kraken by [Ladnier, Aidee]
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About the Author

Aidee Ladnier began writing fiction at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing. Visit her at http://www.aideeladnier.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MLR Press (May 28, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 28, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YI1JQ48
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Length: 34,000 words

From the blurb and cover, I wasn't sure if "The Klockwerk Kraken" would be just sex or have a plot and good characters. Luckily, it was the second.

"The Klockwerk Kraken" has an emphasis on the people rather than the science and shows an interesting spectrum of human nature—from the fact slavery still exists in some systems to Teo’s enormous, close family. Jimenez's story is sad but also uplifting, and Teo (a descendent of genetically altered humans) is interesting and relatable. Both have earned their way to where they are (for different reasons), and while Teo is relatively happy with his bar (apart from the delivery issues), Jimenez still struggles to free himself from his past and the effects it has on his mind. The ‘verse was well thought out, the geography researched, and the cultures interesting.

For a novella, "The Klockwerk Kraken" actually covers a fair number of events and I enjoyed it enough that it is now permanently on my ereader. I also looked up the author’s other stories. Definitely a good read for any sci-fi/futuristic/fantasy story lovers.
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Imagine reading a story set so far in the future that it's hard to comprehend. People aren't just people. They're spacers, Pods, and ex-slaves. Two of these just happen to meet in a wonderful little bar called the Kraken. Both characters (Jimenez and Teo) have complex backgrounds. They're also relatable. Anyone that's survived extremely traumatic events can find a bit of themselves in Jimenez. Honestly, Jimenez was my most favorite character. He's struggled through so much and managed to come out on top. Aidee Ladiner has definitely outdone herself with this story!! I loved it!! It's one of the better sci-fi stories that I've read lately because it tosses you in this world, but gives you all the pieces you need to understand it. To know what's going on and live in the story with the characters. The pace flows nicely; however, page 100 on is guaranteed to make you cry. If you're human. I definitely shed a few tears during the trial. There are so many different themes filtered in through the story. The programming associated with years of abuse, finally being overcome for starters. It' amazing seeing the characters grow and change into the strong well defined individuals that are loved by readers. Aidee certainly knew what she was doing when she wrote these characters. I hope she continues more of this wonderful world!!
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Engrossing read with sympathetic characters. I love how this story weaves elements of science fiction with erotic male-male romance. Teo and Jimenez are conflict-laden characters who find love in an outer galaxy and their story brings you all in a quick pace.
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This was not what I thought it would be. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the story. Teo is such an open and warm person. Jimenez is more closed off, but very determined. They have such an interesting story. It definitely was a different perspective. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys sci-fi, paranormal, and/or erotica. Aidee Ladnier did an awesome job writing such a compelling story. I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher through Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.
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I have to say, I was wonderfully entertained reading The Klockwerk Kraken. The MCs Teo and Jimenez are fleshed out character with their flaws and passions well written. The SciFi aspect part of the story is solid. I found myself wishing I was at the bar being served by Teo and being able to meet the patrons. Of course I found Teo's family wonderful and as the book ended I found myself wanting more. I cannot wait for another book by the author. Hopefully another Celosian!
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Teo Houdin is a Celosian, a tentacled humanoid male. This means in addition to his two arms and two legs, he has four tentacles which erupt from his back. His is attractive, and also desirable for partners seeking a bit, well, strange, but he's outgrown all the casual sex and longs for a more permanent partner. He owns a bar, the Klockwerk Kracken, in a refueling station at the edge of the Nothing--the span in their galaxy's spiral arm where there are no habitable planets for such a long distance that few pilots undertake the direct route through it to the center of their galaxy. Teo's business suffers from lack of reliable transport of liquors, so when a greenie pilot arrives in his bar, Teo helps Jimenez find a safe and reliable ship, in exchange for regular delivery visits at a discounted rate.

Jimenez is a freed and rehabilitated slave. He spent a long while on Celos, Teo's home planet, in an experimental program for freed slaves. He's totally attracted to Teo, but he's not sure if that's his own emotions or a remnant of his slave programming--he is still learning to negotiate in the world as an independent free man. Teo's offer of help is distressing, because Jimenez isn't sure if he should be offering some reciprocation for Teo's kindness. Traveling through empty silence of the Nothing is especially suited to Jimenez, who still fears crowds, loud noises and slaver ships.

Over the course of book, Teo and Jimenez do begin a sexual relationship, but it's a bit dine and dash--Jimenez shows up late in the evening, and leaves before Teo wakes. Teo would like more, but he's afraid to scare away his skittish partner. Jimenez is afraid to reveal too much of himself, particularly his scars from years as a slave.
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