"Red Sails in the Fallout" is a delightful read with accessible characters, witty dialogue and... um - a hive-minded entity comprised of giant earwigs.
I know, I know! How much fun is that, right? Well, actually I was a little grossed out when Brad brought the book home and he told me about that character. Then he put the book down. Ha! Books left out - alone! -on the coffee table (or any table, for that matter...) are fair game around these parts. I picked it up Sunday morning...and finished it 11pm Monday night! It was an awesomely fun ride. I liked the main characters Zoota and Shaani, Wig-wig and Budgie (don't let him fool ya- that's one smart aleckie bird!), but I think Rustle is my fav- who wouldn't love a sentient plant that sleeps in a bucket of compost?
Gamma Terra is an interesting idea- not a post-apocalyptic world in the usual sense of the word, I giggled every time Shaani found her newest mutation, and the use of omega-beer as a catalyst for Zoota's was hysterical as well. I also really got into the landscape descriptions- the desert view opening makes it sound really pretty, in a every-man-for-herself kind of way. And the flora and fauna ideas are real brain twisters- in a good way. How do frogs come to grow to giant size and talk, anyway?
"Red Sails" was a lot of fun to read: fast paced action guiding the plot throughout; good dialougue; smart mouthed wise-guy earwigs, this book has it all. And a fun tie-in to this weeks' home game. All in all I rate this book-