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  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (25 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494704277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494704278
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.3 x 20.3 cm

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Another new indie writer to watch 3 Aug 2011
By Beth Kristen Nehme - Published on
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I definitely enjoyed this short story where fate plays a strong hand to ensure that the hubris of the corporate and scientific establishment gets what it deserves - for once. The main characters - a widow of a scientist/researcher and his two gifted children - are very engaging and likeable. The children are able to take the lead in many places without their mother having to be hopelessly weak or absent - which bothers me in a lot of young adult themed literature. The bad guy representing the scientific and corporate establishment is very believable - not evil, just conceited and self-serving.

The except for the author's trilogy at the end of the book looks even better and I'm off to buy it now. I predict that this will be another indie author (at least I think he's indie since Black Moons Publishing has only published his books) that will be snapped up by a major publisher in the near future - and I just love spotting them early. It's one of the best reasons to own a kindle.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Science fiction/horror short story 5 Aug 2011
By Dragon Lady Ness-a - Published on
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This science fiction short story/novelette takes about 15-20 minutes to read and is well worth the time. Reminiscent of Jurassic Park, people get into trouble when the corporate scientists put all their trust into technology and forget that the true strength of the scientific principle is an open mind willing to test and weigh the evidence even when that flies in the face of the entrenched theory. The characters are well developed and likable, or else believable in their adversarial role. The writing is very smooth with enough detail to elicit emotional horror without being gross or disgusting. A very good read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Uncaged animals in a futuristic zoo 24 Aug 2011
By S. Warfield - Published on
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The Cageless Zoo by Thomas E. Carpenter is a very good story about an insecure widow who is left with two bright and active children to raise on her own. Melandre takes the children to a zoo in their futuristic world in which the animals are not caged and some of them are very viscious. A few of the animals are like we know on Earth, such as the lions and Great White sharks, but others are strange, exotic and deadly without being provoked.

While there, Melandre and the children, Andrake and his sister, Natalye, have the occasion to speak to a business associate of Phillippe's, the deceased husband and father. Melandre is very upset by the way her husband's research files have been handled after his death. By the time this story comes to its very exciting ending, Melandre will have found her own voice and courage and will be able to face just about any situation with confidence. They just have to watch out for those Hywalkalars and the Chthulubeasts. After all, it is a cageless zoo.

This is a very captivating story because there is a lot of action and frightful scenes in it. The character of Melandre is so likeable as she gets stronger and the children are, too, especially when they show how very intelligent they really are. This family loves each other very much and their concern for others, sometimes at the risk of their own lives, is a good thing to see. I found this very entertaining and very well-written, and the author is a new one for me. There isn't a dull moment, because the excitement mounts from the very beginning and doesn't let up until the final sentence.

There is also an excerpt from the author's Book One of the GAMERS Trilogy and that proved to be quite captivating and creative, too. I wouldn't mind reading the books. Just about anyone should enjoy The Cageless Zoo. Thomas K. Carpenter is an author to keep your eye on.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great fast read! 6 Aug 2011
By zelda - Published on
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I really enjoyed this short story and was sad that it was not a full length novel. The idea of a "cageless zoo" was extremely imaginative. This author is a good writer and uses great descriptive words to get his point across.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I wanted more 20 Aug 2011
By Sherilynn Green - Published on
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I really liked this short story. I gave it 4 stars for I'd really liked to have had a bit of explanation to the zoo and how it came about. And I really wanted to have more of the story at the end. I didn't think I'd like it. I'm not much of a fan of si-fi but this one would make a cool movie.
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