- File Size: 2818 KB
- Print Length: 55 pages
- Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC; 1 edition (December 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0776H1DZM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Safety Protocols for Human Holidays: A Holiday to Remember Kindle Edition
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When Raskli is tasked with finding out why the sole human on the ship, Jen, is "not behaving within previously observed species parameters," She sets of on a journey to understand humans, their emotions, and their culture. We get to see humanity from the outside, with often hilarious results.
Martinez has a gift for this sort of societal critique that is in full force here, but it's tempered with the gentle spirit of the outwardly ferocious Raskli, and the feelings that arise in her for this hairless human.
Blending equal parts of sweetness and humor with just a little angst, Safety Protocols is a great Christmas read that will leave you grinning.
Growlan Raskli sets out to find out as much about humans as the data allows. While on her journey of discovery, she finds that she is developing feeling for Jen. And that Jen returns those feeling. And through talking to Jen, she comes to realize that Jen is missing the holiday season that happens on Earth. So, to remedy this, she along with the rest of the crew, set out to give Jen the whole of Earth’s winter holidays rolled into one.
As with all this author’s stories, the world building is superb. The aliens are well written, you have no trouble picturing them. There is a lot of humor, a little snark, and moments that make you feel good. Wonderful story.
For a quick Sci-Fi Christmas Romance read it was really enjoyable. Plenty of details as expected from Martinez's writing. Its easy to get pulled in and I wish there was more.
Character Development: 4.5
I voluntarily and honestly reviewed this book without bias or persuasion from the author.
Another wonderful story from the amazing imagination of Angel Martinez! And easily another favorite of mine for the year! Not only do you have all these species working together on a ship, who are identified by their species before their name (Oolob Blub; Kteket Tse; Mmnem Nnep; Piwip Twill, Ebret Ko and Qi and Oolong Glik to name a few), for the most part, everyone gets along, works together well and are quite practical. Which makes the scene of discussing their research of human holidays particularly funny because when you hear some of the traditions described from an observer viewpoint, well, some of them do sound downright peculiar! We likely need more formal safety protocols for the holidays!
What I really enjoyed about the story though, was the heart of it, not only between Raskli and Jen as they have “friending dates”, but also with the balance of the crew. They are all quite willing to help out with this celebration for Jen and maybe they all needed it just as much as she did? And how the relationship between Raskli and Jen develops, managing to be both sweet and sexy at the same time. I read this quite fast because I did not want to put it down, it pulled me in so much.
If you like different holiday stories, and Angel always manages to write some amazing spec fic or science fiction holiday stories, I highly recommend this story. The story manages to combine heart, humor, a bit of snark and procedure and for me, still reflect a meaningful point of the season being about spending it with people you care about and the joy of doing something unexpected for someone else. It just takes place in a different setting than most holiday stories, which makes it even more poignant.