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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.
Many people see the word tentacles and immediately run away screaming in the other direction, no doubt imagining a book full of sexual depravity loosely covered in a thin plot like material. This is not that book. Teo has tentacles, yes, but there's more to him than meets the eye; he doesn't just want to fill someone else's portholes. (He's done that already and moved on, he told us that himself.) Teo wants someone to look at and want him for Who he is instead of just What he is. On the other side of things we have Jimenez, a former slave who just wants to keep his freedom while sometimes hoping someone would want him for what he is now, instead of scorning him for what he left behind. Both MCs have their sore spots and weaknesses but still try to move forward.
What I loved about this book was how expressive Teo was; the tentacles were just another part of him, waving around and expressing how he was feeling like anyone else would use their hands. He couldn't help but show when he was happy or when he was feeling insecure. Jimenez couldn't express himself in the same way, but I really liked how he made an effort to do so in other ways, even when they made him uncomfortable. The plot in the story was used more as a way to draw his past out into the light for Teo to see, but it worked and brought the two closer together.
What I didn't care for was that, for a sci-fi book, I didn't get to see more places outside of the station and Jimenez's ship; I just thought I should get a broader view of the universe they were a part of. My only other complaint is that I didn't get to see if the treatment worked at the end of the book. It left in a good place but I really wanted to see the two MCs kind of flying off into the sunset as it were. I enjoyed it either way, however.
With six arms and a personality that is slightly larger than life, Teo Houdin is outgoing, funny and an all-around likeable guy. Recently he's been noticing that the bar scene isn't as exciting as it used to be. He isn't looking for change per se, but he's been feeling a bit of restlessness lately . Something's coming, he isn't sure what that something will be, but for now he's comfortable where he is and is willing to wait.
Jiminez, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to blend in, and would happily live the rest of his days unnoticed by those around him. Life hasn't been kind to Jiminez, and just when he finally begins to feel as if he may have found a place to start fresh, Teo tumbles into his life, shining the brightness of his soul directly into the shadows of Jiminez's heart.
What do you get when you take a space station, two unknowingly lonely men with opposite personalities, a dash of adventure and a bit of lust? The Klockwerk Kraken of course! I enjoyed the heck out of Aidee's quirky characters, their heartbreaking pasts and tentative futures. The age old lesson is still true; you really can't judge a book..er..Celosian..by it's cover.
My OFFICIAL REVIEW written for Carly’s Book Reviews
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