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Take Back Plenty (Tabitha Jute Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in Tabitha Jute (3 Book Series)
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I'm glad I did. It's an exuberant, colourful and exhilarating yarn and a brisk, enjoyable read. There's no big new idea here (hence four, rather than five, stars), but Greenland takes all the best toys in the box and does good things with them. Looking at it in another way, the plot gets going when heroine Tabitha Jute throws an excessively irritating meerkat into a canal and not long after that an alien parrot turns up squawking filthy innuendoes. What's not to like?
The plot is essentially a chase across the solar system, with various reversals en route and an inevitable twist in the tail, followed by the REAL twist to wrap things up. Key genre tropes encountered on our trip from Mars to Charon (with a detour to Venus, and why not?) include a whole slew of vividly realised alien races, spaceships with AI personalities, charming ne'er-do-wells, a nice riff on hyperspace travel (essentially, it's really, really boring) and some cranky robots. Greenland even manages to take one of the oldest cliches in SF - space pirates - and make them seem not only plausible but genuinely scary. The gentlest of allusions to other SF throughout the book make it clear that Greenland knows his sources only too well, and is paying tribute to them, without ever becoming irritatingly clever-clever or getting all meta on yo' ass.
It works for three key reasons. First of all, Greenland writes well.Read more ›
What lets it down is the new cover. Why put a European woman with curly hair on it, when the original series showing a beautiful, strong Afro-Caribbean/American woman exuded such grace and inner strength (see: Mother of Plenty (Voyager))? I have nothing against the huge number of white protagonists in sci-fi, but surely a strong black protagonist is not so offensive? Just look at the amazing Olivia Pope in Scandal (ABC TV series), the amazing character of Luther in the BBC crime series, and oh, a hell of a lot more in current culture. Obama is the US President for pete's sake (!), and the lovely Michelle Obama is an amazing role model to women everywhere. Black nowadays does not mean a decline in sales. Do we really need to go back to the "white fits all" model to promote a book?
Why take out such a cool and knock-out feature of a key character in a ploy to increase sales to the masses? Tabitha Jute surely demands more respect. Her marketing department seem to have let her down at this stage.
One of those books where I didn't even need the story, just happy to be in it's space.
Why have I only found Greenland now ?