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- ASIN : B0758TXLS7
- Publisher : Bonito Books; 2nd edition (September 21, 2017)
- Publication date : September 21, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 5857 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 122 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,752,453 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story begins in a galaxy far, far away, where a powerful king rules several planets and isn't afraid to acquire a few more along the way. Unfortunately, all this ruling and conquering doesn't leave much time for a social life, so poor King Axor is an eligible bachelor with no one to offer his rose to on reality television.
Along comes the sleeping beauty segment, as he learns of a beautiful princess who's been floating around in space for a thousand years. Naturally, he holds a competition to find a hero to go on a search and recovery mission, and commissions a fancy-schmancy space ship to transport our hero to infinity and beyond.
As the story goes, an unlikely hero emerges, and fortunately makes up for a lack of brawn and swagger with a ship load of intellect. Easily besting the rest on the challenge, he sets off to wherever in search of the beautiful (naturally) princess.
This short one-sitting read continues the tale of his quest, and it isn't long before he learns that some people just can't be trusted, and we can only hope that love can truly conquer all.
A cute inter-galactic fairy tale with roots in Anderson and Grimm, suitable for ages eight and up.
Amanda Richards, September 3, 2011
Well I was pleasantly surprise in getting the Crystal ship. This short young adult novel is an enjoyable read.
It blends a few fairy tales into this 114 page novelette. Stephenson brings a post Star Wars type lit fable. I cant say it will last forever, but it is a fun read. It is nice to see recanting of a few fairy tales combined in an SF format.
It is a simple story told simply...and it is enjoyable for all who read it from six to ninety nine
The pencil drawings of Mauro Vargas peppered through this book is a great treat for both the young reader and those who enjoy science fiction art. He captures interesting scenes from the book, which give the readship a better perspective of the fable.
I would love to see what this author do next. It is an impressive first novel for a first time writer
King Axor may be well-liked by his people, and mighty in war, but he is lonely and still searching for his perfect queen. When he hears the tragic tale of Princess Sky, told to him by a mysterious stranger at his birthday party, he is determined to rescue her. Alas, the demands of kingship mean that King Axor cannot rescue Princess Sky in person so he decides to find a champion.
A contest is announced, and amongst other hopeful contenders is Tik, the son of a farmer. How to select a champion? Well, the successful champion needs to defeat a robot dragon. And this is a contest that involves thinking rather that strength.
But winning the contest is just the first of a number of adventures awaiting the young champion on his search to find and rescue Princess Sky.
The Crystal Ship is described as `A Science Fiction Fairy-Tale'. It is a delightful book aimed at the 9 to 12 year old age group, and may be appropriate for some younger children as well. Black and white drawings accompany the story.
I enjoyed this story from beginning to end: the drawings enhance the story without overwhelming it and the story itself is an exciting, well-written adventure.
Note: I was offered, and accepted, a copy of this book for review purposes.
A robotic story-teller comes to the court of a future king and tells a story about a beautiful princess and her twin sister. The king in motivated to undertake a search for the princess.
There are several characters who play an important part in the story. It is a cute tale and one that I would not mind reading to my child or having him read it to himself.
It is refreshing to find someone writing fairy tales for children in this day and time. I hope we see more from this author.