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Celebrity Space (Space Hotel Series) [Kindle Edition]

Alain Gomez
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Set in the not too distant future, Dan Cooper hopes that his new job at the spaceport will allow him to get his life back on track. While taking passengers to the space hotel "Moonwalk", a collision with an unknown object threatens to bring his dreams... and possibly his life... to a screeching halt.

Short Story, approx. 3,000 words

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 87 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD66P4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #588,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alain Gomez lives in San Diego, CA, USA and has been writing since she was sixteen. She works in the field of music but has continued to pursue her passion for writing as an independent author. Though she generally sticks to writing shorter stories, Alain enjoys experimenting with a variety of genres including romance and thrillers.

Stop by and say hi on her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alain-Gomez/128466397209570

Or visit her blog: http://bookbrouhaha.blogspot.com

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quick lunchtime read 22 Aug 2011
By D. Jones #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Before buying this book I had read that it was just a short story, but I didn't expect to get through it quite as quickly as I did - less than 15 minutes. Having said that, I did enjoy the book. There was no preamble or long introductions and after the first paragraph I was hooked and wanted to read the whole thing.

The story is set in the future where space travel is something that rich celebrities do for fun. They pay a lot of money and get taken on a shuttle to a famous Space Hotel where they can party and drink to excess.

The story is told from the perspective of a young man called Dan. After being discharged from the Navy and being unable to find a job he agrees to become the company's representative on the shuttle. Ostensibly he doesn't need to do anything other than be there, which is a good thing as it seems he is terrified of space travel.

We are introduced to a number of different characters and in just a few brief sentences it is easy to sum them up as generally unpleasant people who are great candidates for expendable victim fodder.

The book could be classed as a sci-fi book, but to be honest there is very little science in it, perhaps it is more of a horror story - it certainly left me with a creepy feeling once I had finished it.

This is a very fast paced story with no preamble and it can easily be read in one sitting. It gave me an interesting, thought provoking 15 minutes of reading - and even better, it was free-of-charge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Celebrity Space 24 April 2012
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
In the last year, I've read a lot of short fiction, from novelettes down to collections of "drabbles" (100 word flash fiction stories). Judging works of different lengths was difficult until I realized the same rules applied. While more focused, to make a good read, shorter works require the same elements as a novel, only less. You need enough characterization to understand the motivations, history, and personality of the character for the specific story. Too much detail is bad, just like trying to give too much detail about a character in a novel. The same concept applies to plot or any other story element we might think of.

This story hit the mark. We learn a lot about Dan Cooper, the protagonist, because as the main character and narrator we need to understand him the most. Gomez fills us in on life events that brought him to his situation as the story starts. We understand his motivations and why he reacts the way he does. The minor characters we get to know just enough, but not too much. The plot is tightly focused and appropriate for the length. Last, there is a twist at the end, which I especially appreciate in short fiction.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Age short story 19 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Reminded me of Isaac Asimov's 'Golden Age' writing style. The story is told in a crisp and easy-flowing style, which is not an easy thing to do. There are quite a few characters, and in a short length story like this, the author wisely sketches all but the protagonist who is cast from the classic adventure mould of slightly run-down problem solver.

I was enjoying this until the end. Then the story picked up a notch with an unexpected twist that was as exciting as it was unexpected. But then this is the beginning story (I think) of a series of short stories, and that opens intriguing new possibilities: short stories as adventure serials.

For those wanting deep scientific or philosophical speculation look elsewhere. For those looking for intelligently crafted space adventure, read on...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh 16 Aug 2011
By Discerning TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Yes, it's unrealistic but this is a tongue-in-cheek story. Worth the free download for a quick read (it's very short). With our galactic travel plans to be realised in the not too distant future, this is a story worth expanding and turning into a proper novel, although with some more gravitas!
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