- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (August 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611941660
- ISBN-13: 978-1611941661
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,209,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Douglas E. Richards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of WIRED, its sequel, AMPED, THE CURE, and six critically acclaimed middle-grade adventures enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Richards has been widely praised for his ability to weave action, suspense, and science into riveting novels that straddle the thriller and science fiction genres. A former biotech executive, Richards earned a BS in microbiology from the Ohio State University, a master's degree in genetic engineering from the University of Wisconsin (where he engineered mutant viruses now named after him), and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In recognition of his work, Richards was selected to be a "special guest" at San Diego Comic-Con International, along with such icons as Stan Lee and Ray Bradbury. He has written numerous feature articles for the award-winning magazine, National Geographic KIDS -- some having appeared in a dozen languages in as many as sixteen countries -- as well as essays for the BBC, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Earth & Sky, Today's Parent, and many others. The author currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, two children, and two dogs. You can friend Richards on Facebook at Douglas E. Richards Author, and write to him at email@example.com--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
"A Strand in the Web" was worth the purchase price of the book. This is a well thought out, compelling story with a strong environmental theme. What happens when a planet get a second chance - a chance to recover from massive ecological damage? A ship full of space travelers who are attempting to atone for environmental sins on another world in the distant past have one last chance to get it right. This is a powerful thought-providing work. Well written and complete in itself. Highly recommended.
"Host of Leeches" is written in a rather simplistic style. A 16 year old girl is infected with an illness of extraterrestrial origins while on Earth. She wakes up on an orbital space station populated by retired military robots, some of which are deceitful and power-hungry and other that are fond of humans. Very YA feel to the entire thing.
I took a strong dislike to "Stranded." Mainly as a result of scenes with a male teenaged bully physically abusing the young girls who had the misfortune to find themselves in his power. I don't find that type of behavior entertaining. I slogged through and eventually finished the story. Space travelers crash land after their ship malfunctions. Young female centaur trying to find herself in compensation for an overachieving grandmother discovers the wrecked ship and steps in. The story is somewhat open-ended and feels like is might be lifted from part of a series.
At one point while reading this book I had to look up just when the stories were published. I assumed I had missed something and these were tales from the 60's. The science in this fiction is just unbelievably bad. I tried to get past such things as 'video displays' and 'communication towers' but when a key plot line on a spaceship is set in motion because a warning light on a display panel is ignored and it's assumed the circuit is faulty (the person monitoring it is described as hitting it with his fist until the light goes out) it was just too hard to ignore. I mean I've got a microwave oven that isn't as archaic as that.
Gardner and Frances' stories were better but they too seemed directed towards tween girls looking for an easy read. My is review based off of the content not the Kindle formatting but it should be noted this is very poorly formatted [only Bishop's story has full chapter links in ToC].
Both were well-written stand-alone short stories.
I'm giving the collection only four stars because I did not enjoy Anthony Francis's "Stranded" as much as the first two stories. Perhaps because it references a world he has apparently previously written about or perhaps because I found the story slightly more disjointed and/or truncated than either "A Strand in the Web" or "A Host of Leeches".
All in all, well worth the price for the Kindle version and I would not have regretted paying the for a physical copy of the book either.
I can't tell you what each author did with the brief because that would give the game away, so to speak. Suffice to say each writer presents a very different take on the theme. The protagonist in each story is stranded in a different way and overcomes the inherent problems of being on their own in an abandoned situation. Recommended for all those readers who like a bit of mystery without a gory murder being the central plot.