- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: Eraserhead Press (July 4, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1621050289
- ISBN-13: 978-1621050285
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Space Walrus Paperback – July 4, 2012
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What I liked about Kevin's writing is the character development. A lot of what I read in the bizarro genre focus so much on the strange situations that we never really get to know the characters. Kevin managed to provide a strange, creative world, while still developing the characters to a degree that makes me root for them... hate them... want to kiss them. Writers that can force me to invest in the characters will cause me to care more about what happens in those last few chapters. And in this book I can say that there was only one character was undermined. And honestly that was just a preference and they were a side character anyway, so it doesn't really matter.
If you are looking for action packed space exploration, this book is for you. If you are not looking to get saddened by a world where all the walruses are dead and gone... then this book is not for you. I am a sucker for the tusks, so it hit home when things got both heated, and hot in this inspirational book.
If Dr. Ron was a real person, I think I would kill him myself.
With that, go buy this book. You will be so sad that it will inspire you to chase your dreams!
Walter the walrus will win you over. He's just that good of a character. He is a dreamer, a romantic, and a friend even to those who mistreat him. His greatest desire is to attempt a space walk, and while parts of the book detail the hero's journey in his mind, the real story is Walter's emotional journey towards proving himself and finding peace. It's one of Donihe's most wonderful stories. It's such an improbable concept... such a story that shouldn't exist and yet does... that it's like some the last member of some exotic bird species. A bird with tusks, perhaps.
You say, “No way dude, last time I cried was when MY FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM/CELEBRITY/FAMILY MEMBER did something remarkable. I don’t cry, man.”
I hand you SPACE WALRUS and you go off and read it. You come back weeping.
“Darn that Kevin L. Donihe! He tore my heart out and threw it into the middle of the street,” you pine.
I nod and offer a platonic, non-threatening half-hug that shows you that I care but that I am not some kind of sleazebag looking for a quick grope.
You ask, “Does he really make everyone call him by his full name? The ‘L’ and all that? Seems awfully pretentious for a guy who wrote a book about a walrus on a space station who suffers from unrequited love and daydreams about flying through the universe.”
I nod again and reassure you that he doesn’t make anyone use his middle initial, but if he did, I’m sure it’s only because it’s L for LOVE.
After some sniffles, you start thinking of all the people you could recommend this book to…because it is that good.
Kevin L. Donihe’s SPACE WALRUS is a book that zigs when you expect it to zag; it’s got more heart on every page that some books have between covers.