Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book Review: Questing Beast

Questing Beast

By:  Ilona Andrews

Publisher:  Ilona Andrews

Publish Date:  May 2010

Format:  eNovella, 30pgs

Genre:  Fantasy, Science Fiction

Series:  Novella, Short story.  Kozlov Universe

Recommendation:  For a quick Science Fiction fix, Yes!

On a world far far away, where cute things eat computers and the sky is emerald green, a small team of scientists struggles to save the planet and their own careers by mixing genetic engineering and Arthurian legend.  Too bad they had forgotten the first rule of planet exploration:  Nature always has the last laugh.

First Sentence:
In the green glow of Nemurian midnight, the food stain on the geosurvey graph blazed electric orange.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Sean is on Nemuria with his crew researching to save the planet from development.  The computers are locked behind many secret-locking doors and Plexiglas, to protect them from trogomets, two foot tall fuzzy computer-eating animals, as the most important report, Final Evaluation Report, is kept there now finished awaiting the council to arrive in four days.  However, last night a millipede virus broke through the transmission and destroyed the FER and all backups, but one.  The only one remains in the Nannybot that is now riding a dwarf cow acting strange by speaking as if it's Sir Pellinore from Mallory and is to hunt the Questing Beast.  The only way to break the virus, is to let the machine follow through with the quest it requires.

This was a fun quick read, just a short story.  There is mention of Greek mythological beings, the Arthurian legend, and science fiction is use.  What a blend!  It was so neat to see that there are 'genetic blanks,' ready to create an arm of foot if one happens to be lost, and this is what they create the 'beast' from.  The 'beast' itself if amazing!  What they try to create and get are different.  And so neat to add to the planet.  But do remember, adding something new to an environment...could have consequent.

But before we get to creating this amazing creature we have to get through the troubles between crew members.  Sean's apology to Jennifer is perfect, and made me laugh.

I enjoyed this quick read.  Actually so much so it would be neat to see Ilona & Gordon write more here on this planet.  With the way the short story ended, it could be possible.

Do you want to read this one?  It's FREE!  Yes, it's free for your taking and enjoyment.
You can find it:
   links on Ilona Andrews site
   Smashwords (in all different eformats - you pick which one you need)
   Barnes & Nobles Nook

I read this for my own enjoyment.


Beth D. said...

I am soooo going to get that! I love their work!

Beth ^_^

Mirjam said...

Great review! I downloaded it, but haven't read it yet. I shall have to change that! :)

Blodeuedd said...

Free?!?!? *running at once*

Kristi The Book Faery said...

I'm really enjoying the different mythology's and I just read a book that touched on the Arthurian Legend (Destined).

I'm a book geek but so are you :p LOL!


Fab review! You say Free and I'm on it like white on rice, babeh!

Go readeth your emaileth!

carol said...

It's been a while since I've read a short story, but sci-fi isn't usually my thing, even with a bit of mythology thrown in.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

You would think that mixing that many legends would be too overwhelming, but that doesn't seem to be the case here. Glad it worked!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Wow! Looks like a good novella with a lot going for it. Of course you know I did download it!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Beth D, So glad you are going to get this one. :) And I have fallen for their work as well, leading me to read this one. I have one other short story they did, that I loved as well. I'll have to get it up very soon here. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Mirjam, thank you! I do hope you enjoy this short story when you get to reading it. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Blodeuedd, I do hope you were able to get it. I'm hoping the Smashwords would work for you. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Kristi, The Book Faery, lol Yes we are such book geeks. ;D And I'll have to look into Destined then. :) Thank you! And Hugs to you! Nice email. ;D

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Carol, that's alright. :) I understand. Thank you for stopping!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Missie, The Unread Reader, Yes, I was afraid of the mixture, and that it was a short story. But all works out wonderfully together. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (Books&Things) - lol. Yes, it was a nice little read. :) Do hope you enjoy it! And so glad to add to the TBR pile again. :D ha ha haaaaa.

Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

Oooh, so excited. I love everything Ilona Adrews. Can't wait to read this one. Thanks for letting us know its freeeee!

Melliane said...

How is it I didn't know this one? ooooh I really don't know mainly when I love this author so thank you for introducing me to it. It sounds like a nice fantasy book, I need to check it!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Jennifer L. Bielman, so glad to share this one with you then. :) There is one other short story, it's scifi, but I think you might love it. :) A Mere Formality. I will be posting about that one here soon too. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melliane, you are so welcome! Glad to show it to you. I do hope you enjoy it when you get it. :)

Cherry said...

I agree with you, Mel, I would love to read more of this world! :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Yeah Cherry! So glad you enjoyed this short read as well. :) It really was enjoyable.