Who wouldn’t want to pick up and read this book with Frederik Pohl’s lukewarm endorsement on the cover? I cracked up at the marketing genius who thought this kind of statement would make a great book blurb for the cover. I wonder if Brunner was okay with the faint praise on his cover.
As far as this book goes, it is a traditional space opera where different factions are jockeying for supremacy in the galaxy. Then we have a new player on the scene and the humans have a new enemy.
I would probably be a sucker for this book, even though I know it will probably disappoint me. It did. Basically, cat massage is a fancy term for petting your cat. I happily tried to “massage” my cats. They did not appreciate and actively tried to maneuver my hands into their preferred petting mode. I didn’t even realize that they had a preferred mode until I tried to deviate from the normal petting routine. They were also not “nicer” nor, did they make grooming easier. They were mostly irritated that I wrecked the schedule they had perfected over 5 years of careful manipulation of my behavior.
Submitter: I had completely forgotten about the blog hysteria of a decade ago, and this was confused when I came across this title in the “Current Controversies” series for high school students (so not really suitable for our college library, but that’s another issue). I could not fathom how kitten pics and *cough* library books could constitute a “controversy.” Apparently back them we thought blogs would upset the balance of civil life and undermine the social order. Little did we know that would actually be Twitter. I’m going to use this example to show my staff that bad books aren’t always super old. This is a ten year old title and it’s already eight years too old.
Holly: Goodness knows that Mary and I are accused of ruining civilization on a semi-daily basis with our little dog and pony show here. We started ALB in 2009, and the accusations are going strong in 2018! Out of curiosity, I took a look at the Opposing Viewpoints database to see if blogs or blogging is included as a category. It isn’t…but “fake news in social media” is there. That makes sense – Submitter nailed it with Twitter as their example. So, we’ll carry on with business as usual here at ALB, ruining civilization one weeded book at a time.