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Paralan's Children: A Science Fiction Novel by [Gerlach, Katharina]
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About the Author

The science in this book is mostly biology since I studied forestry not physics (do I hear you sigh with relief?). I tried to weave it in as unobtrusively as possible, but one or two explanations were needed. Please forgive me. Since this book can be considered "soft" SciFi, I hope that many Fantasy-lovers will enjoy it too.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2724 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 3956810171
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Independent Bookworm (20 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CX03CEQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,297,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A fantastic story that pulls you in on a number of levels while also touching on old human stereotypes, prejudices and arrogance

The two main characters really grow during the story and I hope there's more to come in this universe.

As mentioned in other reviews the story lacks a little polish in places and has the odd spelling mistake but as my English is far from perfect and katharina is German I can't really be critical of this and it does not detract from an excellent book.
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I wasn't too sure about this book to begin with. The idea of giant teddy bears on an ice planet left me feeling a little apprehensive about reading it. However, once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Katharina Gerlach is an excellent writer and her easy to read style, kept me engaged throughout. I thought the beginning a little bit slow, but once the story kicked in, I was hooked by the murder and missing wee-ones plot. The author uses plenty of futuristic words and techno speak to keep the narrative energetic and interesting, and it made the alien planet and futuristic timeline more believable.

The story takes place on the ice world of Paralan, a forbidding cold planet, home to the Paralans, described by the human settlers as little more than fury bears. They are by no means barbaric animals though, and the writer shows us how tender and intelligent they really are. A stark contrast to how the humans are portrayed, as racist, sexist creatures out to use and abuse the Paralans for their own greed.

When several female wee-ones go missing, Vera, the only female human police officer, is teemed up with Jarolen, a male Paralan cop, to discover who took them and why. They develop an intense relationship and Vera learns from him that the Paralans are far more advanced than their human counterparts believe. Cue the science bit. I confess that the portal aspect of the story confused me somewhat.

Katharina Gerlach has created two very engaging characters in Vera and Jarolen, both strong and vulnerable at the same time. Their growing relationship is described through some tender scenes between Jarolan and his extended family, and I almost wanted them to become an item at one point. But that would have been a bit weird.
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This book is classified as science fantasy although I would have classed it more as science fiction.
A planet made of ice with indigenous people and humans who have adapted living quarters to suit them. The natives are treated with contempt by most humans as they look totally different and their values and cultures are alien to the human way of thinking.
The Paralans and humans both have police forces who normally work separately but on this occasion have had to ask help from the human police force to help find the missing children. Along the way murders occur and we are treated to snippets of the Paralan culture and more insights in to their physiology.
Various themes run through this book, social and cultural for both species and although all the information is there I would have liked those aspects to be expanded further. Space travel to and from Paralan and earth and other planets is part of everyday living in this futuristic tale.
There were some spelling mistakes and maybe some came from the translation, e.g. pray instead of prey and stories instead of storeys, as a couple of examples.
The story took a little while to get in to but it became fast paced and a page turner.
A sequel to develop the co-existence of the two species would be something I would look forward to.
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Paralan's Children is Katharina Gerlach's best book so far, in my opinion. Vera Staven is a strong female lead, battling prejudiced colleagues while being almost oblivious to her own misconceptions about the native inhabitants of the ice world of Paralan.

The main story line about the race to find a group of kidnapped native children kept me turning the pages, and I really enjoyed the underlying theme of prejudice, both due to ingrained traditions and an unwillingness to approach new cultures with an open mind.

The main characters are nicely fleshed out, and their journey from mutual dislike to friendship is just as captivating as their desperate need to find the kidnapped children before it's too late.
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