Brenda Cooper

Reading Recommendation: M.K. Hobson’s The Native Star

First, sorry for not posting much lately — recovering from a non-threatening surgery that’s kept me from sitting well since my foot needs to be up.

Have been writing a lot, but fiction rather than this kind of stuff.  That’s probably a good thing.

I’ve also had more time for reading and I’m tearing through stuff I’ve wanted to read for a while. I’ve heard bits of  The Native Star at conventions during readings (Mary lives in Portland and I live in Seattle, so we often end up in the same places).  So I grabbed my copy.   It was a fast read and a bit of a page-turner.  The Native Star is a wild west romp flavored with steampunk, but thankfully not dripping airships out of the corner of every chapter.  Zombies appear very briefly but play no big part.  This is good, since I’m sick to death of them.  No pun intended.

If you like adventure science fiction and fantasy, I suspect you’ll like this. I’d also watch for more from this author — this is her first novel, and it really reads better than I expect most first novels to read – the writing is confident and fun.