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Starship Mine inspired me, broke my heart, shattered it further, and then put me back together again. The very way of how Cawdron described alien contact is truly something that I believe could happen one day. Because we are creatures of both energy and mass, and because moving our mass between two distant stars would take eons, the thought of traveling via energy is just an amazing concept. It was inspiring that three people out of this planets 7+ billion could make it.
And then... Oh, the heartbreak. I won't give a lot of it away, other than to say my heart broke when James woke up in the hospital and realized what they had done to him - all because they didn't understand. That thing that made him so special that he could make the trip, not understood and cut out of him; it was like we were back to using medicinal practices from the 1700s.
I was truly not expecting the ending, however. That truly touched me, and left me with hope.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Please, please take the time to read it.
The story in Starship Mine revolves around a couple that lives in Keyes, Oklahoma. They live a normal life taking care of foster children that they secretly (and quietly from home) call their own. One morning everyone wakes up and they’ve all had the same exact dream. A dream about another place. James did not have this dream in the night but ended up having it later during the day. What happened to him next was much different than what happened to the other people.
This story really gut punched me a few times and took me on some emotional roller coaster rides. I just recently lost my best friend to brain cancer and honestly, the near ending (no spoilers) almost had me in tears. I could really relate to James and how he was feeling. I honestly thought the book would have ended differently than it did, but I’m happy with the direction that Cawdron went. (I almost just spoiled the ending just now).
The amount of amazing science fiction that Cawdron just squeezed into 3 hours is incredible. I felt the same way about Free Fall — which was another novella/short story. I love when an author can do that and make me feel while writing a complete story.
I would highly recommend picking this book up and giving it a listen. Cawdron is a masterful science fiction writer that everyone should be familiar with. Starship Mine was a phenomenal book that really made me think and feel.
I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.
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By: Peter Cawdron
Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
This is a book I thought about for days after I listened to it. I still think about it. I like books like that, books that are so good, I roll it around to savor it again and again. What if 99% of the people you know had the very exact dream you did last night. It was on the news, all across the USA, the world. All the details, the same. It was of a planet. Well, everyone had the dream but you. Then you had the dream while awake, and it did something to you, something special....This was an extraordinary story, with things in there that is awe inspiring and terrifying. Things of hope, sadness, and love. A book that made me ask, what would I do? It was just such a wonderful book, I enjoyed it tremendously. Gave me a warm feeling. I wish I had been there.
The narrator was perfect for this book. He did a small child, a teen girl, and everyone in-between without me thinking that they were really not those people. I was in total suspended disbelieve and it was wonderful to her his voice tell me this wonderful story. He added a lot to it. thanks.
My only wish was that I really wanted to know more about Misha, but as this was a short story about James, I understand that all characters can't be explored in depth. But, she seems like a really interesting character - maybe a sequel about her experiences?
All in all, a great read.
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