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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Strangers On a Plane by Kay Kendall | Book Review

This is the first Prometheus story I've read that takes place over a very short length of time. It encompasses one plane ride where the main character ends up sitting next to the being I've come to know from this saga of short stories named Prometheus. An alien sent from another place to Earth to watch and learn of humans. A being constructed from our DNA who can heal itself and change its form to whatever age and gender it wishes. It lives on generation after generation interacting with humans to observe them. In this story Prometheus is taking the form of a sweet old lady with a firm constitution and special gifts.

As I read the story I really enjoyed it's flow and pacing. It just kind of folds out in front of you. It was a very enjoyable story to read. I like the writer's choice to use first person in this story. We get to see Prometheus up close and personal as the main character interacts with it. It was really cool to see that after reading about this being in so many other stories.

This story brought me back to a time in history, as many of the other Prometheus stories had, but to a very specific person's experience instead of having a more broad cast of characters. It takes place during the Vietnam war where a character is in Canada because her husband is trying to dodge the draft. In this way it was a more intimate story that left me wanting to know what was going to happen next to the character when the story ended. Maybe it was because I've flown on planes a lot this year but I could totally picture myself right there with the characters as I read the story. I think it was because the author Kay Kendall is a skilled storyteller. It was a fun mysterious tale leaving you wanting more. If the author ever writes what happens next I'd love to read it. Thanks for stopping by!

2 comments:

  1. You are in luck, the author has two books that feature Austin Starr, the young lady on the plane. Her site is www.AustinStarr.com!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Gary! I chatted with her on facebook and was delighted to find out I CAN read the story of what happens next. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by my blog.

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