At the beginning of last month, Sierra Blasko asked me if I’d like to review her story in the Space Kitties Anthology. And despite the fact that I’m not a huge cat person or a space person, I said yes. And since then I’ve been intending to put my review up. So finally here it is.
I quite liked Sierra story, Prankster. It felt realistic. Scamp is smart, but still very much a cat. The story has just the right amount of mystery to it and leaves a sense of things continuing, while still wrapping up. I don’t remember noticing anything that annoyed me, no spelling mistakes or clunking wording. I’m certainly looking forward to reading a longer work by her some day.
I’m going to give a quick review of each of the other stories.
- Catastrophic, Valerie Howard – Mystery, suspense, interesting but weird science, great take on animal intelligence.
- Breakfast, Jesse Rice – Rather interesting take on the story concept, pulls off having a completely crazy, and unexplained story amazingly.
- Serabi, Serena Bakke – Completely realistic cat, great character ideas, a little bit lacking in gradual change.
- Oogie’s New Foolproof Plan, Steve Mathisen – Very amusing, intriguing to start because the main characters are dogs, and it didn’t seem to be in space. And is a great example of telling a story through dialogue. And there is a cat.
- The Glowing Sphere, E. Kaiser Writes – This one was a little weird and the cats were too anthropomorphic for my taste. The story could almost have been told with humans instead of cats, but not quite.
- Cats in the Hatch, Cheyanne Marie – Bravery, sadness, humour, and an interesting look at cognitively-developed animals.
- The Star of Nine Lives, A. J. Bakke – Good story, not quite my thing, evil robot dog overlord.
- Raising Qain, Brittany L. Jennings – Would have been a good story if the characters weren’t called cats. Except for the occasional mention of tails they were exactly like humans. I’m sure one of them is called a man at some point.
- Operation Space Cats, Lesa Bayless McKee – Fun, great character interactions, great teamwork. Felt realistic, with one exception, cats don’t have a relationship with God they same way as people. But that was only a little side element.
- #CatZap, Cynthia Port – Started really fascinating and funny with the science and stayed interesting with great characters, but it had this weird, astral, kind of new-agey thing going on. Not too bad, but I didn’t really like that bit of it.
Overall I enjoyed the book and I think a sci-fi, cat person would enjoy it even more.
I was provided a free copy of this book for review purposes by Sierra Blasko and was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
And before anyone gets upset with me for not being a cat person, I really like reading true stories about cats. I find them highly amusing.