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Chilling Effect: A Novel

Chilling Effect: A Novel


Chilling Effect: A Novel

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4/5 (24 valutazioni)
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Sep 17, 2019
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9780062959027
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A hilarious, offbeat debut space opera that skewers everything from pop culture to video games and features an irresistible foul-mouthed captain and her motley crew, strange life forms, exciting twists, and a galaxy full of fun and adventure.

Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra cruise the galaxy delivering small cargo for even smaller profits. When her sister Mari is kidnapped by The Fridge, a shadowy syndicate that holds people hostage in cryostasis, Eva must undergo a series of unpleasant, dangerous missions to pay the ransom.

But Eva may lose her mind before she can raise the money. The ship's hold is full of psychic cats, an amorous fish-faced emperor wants her dead after she rejects his advances, and her sweet engineer is giving her a pesky case of feelings. The worse things get, the more she lies, raising suspicions and testing her loyalty to her found family.

To free her sister, Eva will risk everything: her crew, her ship, and the life she's built on the ashes of her past misdeeds. But when the dominoes start to fall and she finds the real threat is greater than she imagined, she must decide whether to play it cool or burn it all down.

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Informazioni sull'autore

Valerie Valdes’s work has been published in Nightmare Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, and the anthologies She Walks in Shadows, and Time Travel Short Stories. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop and lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and children.  

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  • (5/5)
    In Chilling Effect, Valerie Valdes introduces Captain Eve Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra, who work to eke out a living in the galactic gray market. When Eva’s sister, Mari, is kidnapped by the galactic crime syndicate known as The Fridge, she must work for them to earn her sister’s freedom. Along the way, Eva struggles with having to hide the truth of their jobs from her crew while avoiding an alien overlord who never learned to handle rejection and blames women for his own shortcomings. Further complicating matters are strange artifacts left behind by the Proarkhe, a mysterious extinct alien civilization that built the Gates which make galactic travel possible, but also left various other items behind that the various alien governments, mercenaries, and The Fridge all seek.Valdes’ story fully embraces the variety possible in space opera, with only a few human characters amid dozens of other featured species (and nearly a hundred named aliens). While she creates her own universe, she works in some fun pop cultural references, with Eva’s friend Pink metaphorically describing naiveté through a reference to “a sweet young moisture farmer with dreams of space travel” (pg. 318). She also pokes fun at academia and the way professors assign their own monographs in a manner reminiscenct of Douglas Adams’ humor (pg. 332). In terms of tone and the scope of her vision, Valdes’ universe most closely resembles Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga comic book series, though this only approximates the feel of Chilling Effect. Valdes also works to decolonize science-fiction through her use of Spanglish, which both deepens her character portrayals and leads to some really creative profanity that can lighten the heavier moments. Fans of space opera should welcome Valerie Valdes’ work and look forward to the follow-up to this book, Prime Deceptions!
  • (4/5)
    I received an advanced copy through NetGalley.Chilling Effect is a quirky space opera adventure reminiscent of Firefly, with an eclectic space crew captained by Eva. When Eva finds out her sister has been kidnapped by a nasty crime syndicate, she takes on a series of terrible jobs--all while keeping the truth secret from her crew. Of course, everything goes wrong, but does so in surprising ways. That's part of the fun of this book. It's a total screwball romp. You have no idea what's going to happen next. There are many little video game tributes throughout that made me grin, too.Eva's a fun heroine. Well-meaning, edgy, and competent at her job. Her voice, with Spanish sprinkled throughout, is wonderfully authentic. I've only seen this done by one other scifi book, Amber Royer's Free Chocolate, and here's hoping more such books are on the way.I'm betting the cover of this book alone will sell a bunch of books. It gets across the fun vibe quite well. I think about my only complaint is that I wanted more of the cats!
  • (1/5)

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    Less science than 1 of the old star trek episodes.A waste of 1 of scribd he's limited Audiobook monthly allocations. The books Description as quote hilarious unquote was very far from the mark

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  • (3/5)

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    3.5 stars. It ended well, I think? I liked lots of parts of this individually, but the plot had more holes than Swiss cheese. The aliens were fun, and the main character was likable, though she wouldn’t know a good decision from a hold in the wall.

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  • (3/5)

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    How can you add 20 psychic cats to a book and have them do nothing? Too lightweight for the immense body count with yet another 5 person crew of a space freighter, I cannot imagine anyone remaining around the train wreck of Captain Eva Innocente. She spends way to much of the novel moaning in her cabin, has no contingency plans and ignores all good advice. The author has raked through a 100 years of F&FS for juicy bits to thread together, and the tale is lively and fast moving, but jeez.

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