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Watcher's Web: Return of the Aghyrians Paperback – October 23, 2012
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Award-winning author Patty Jansen lives in Sydney, Australia. She writes science fiction and fantasy mainly for adults, but sometimes for children. She is a member of SFWA, and has sold fiction to genre magazines such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Redstone SF and Aurealis. Her novel Ambassador will be published in 2013 by Ticonderoga Publications. And she self-publishes, because it's fun.
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The Watcher’s Web has an intriguing and unique premise and it is very well-written with a strong female protagonist whose struggles are familiar and universal for young adult girls everywhere: the struggle to determine one’s identity, one’s family, who one loves, what one wants out of life, and what is and how to use one’s inner strength. Jansen has dreamt up a creative world that immediately pulls the reader out of Australia and into an outer space unlike any you've read about before: there’s no warp drive, just the Exchange, a network that allows alien races to travel between the many planets of the Union, and some of these aliens are equipped with such a strong life force they can kill with their mind. Smack dab in the middle is Jessica, angry, scared, and lost, a seventeen-year-old girl from Australia, who may not really be a girl from Australia after all.
However Watcher’s Web is not only long-winded, it contains adult language and quite a few sexual scenes and references (including orgies), both of which act as a crutch for weak dialogue and boring plot twists.
Sum up: Three out of five stars, this is a well-written book set in a unique world with a sympathetic and strong female protagonist and an intriguing premise, but it does not live up to its potential by being long-winded and overly dependent on sexual references and foul language. However, I admit that sexual references and foul language are not my cup of tea, perhaps prejudicing me against an otherwise well-written book.
But the Pengali themselves, I enjoyed immensely. What a party people! They literally live the 60s hippy style... and horny as all get out! Looking forward to finding out more about the Aghyrians.
It's a story of survival, greed and corruption which Jessica and many of her new friends wanted to put right.
It turned out to be an interesting story, one of which I was glad to read. Thank you Amazon for giving me this chance.
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