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Spiderworld by [Bunning, Richard]
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Length: 303 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Not even the time-lord, Orlando Oversight, knows everything. But speculation can turn into a real future, and the Lush Star system, where spider-like beings treat humans as we do animals, isn't so very far in the future.
Do Jack Baker, the self-styled 'Spartacus', and his followers have a chance to become more than meat and slaves? Will Athalie have the life she hopes for with her hero? And will the 'spider' Boklung hold his business together while funding and organising the Arcraft's voyage across the Milky Way?
Spiderworld is another of Richard Bunning’s quirky, speculative, science fictions. Other sentient life forms are out there, planning their own strategies for survival. Other sentient species also run short of space and time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1372 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AIA Publishing (15 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #446,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if an advanced alien race came to earth then look no further than Richard Bunning’s novel, Spiderworld. He has created a world that feels so real, so plausible that sometimes you’ll forget you’re reading fiction and wonder if you’ve slipped into a worm-hole into the future and stumbled upon a recorded account of real historical events. From the very beginning of this novel, the author’s innovative creativity is evident in the opening dedication to other famous arachnids, and the guiding, limited omniscient, first-person narrative of the time-lord, Orlando Oversight whom speaks through the author while he is in a transient state. The author has created a whole new world with an inter-species hierarchy of giant spiders who have enslaved the human race. His well-researched knowledge of science, biology and aeronautics has been effectively applied to his creation of the Annum multi-verse and its many different alien planets and life forms within the Lush Star System, establishing a sense of authenticity, which allows the reader to easily become submerged within this fictional world.

The weaving of our past and present history with the future also adds to the realism of this narrative, allowing the reader to connect our present world to the dystopian futuristic setting of the novel, drawing the reader deeper and deeper into Spiderworld. However, the technical and scientific language of the narrative doesn’t complicate the story as it’s presented clearly and complimented by beautiful, metaphorical language exemplified in the following quote: “The songs of a hundred different birds almost define the dawn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love sci-fi, alien worlds, even a bit of romance, then you’re bound to love this book. 31 July 2015
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Spiderworld is not written by the author, but by Time-lord Orlando Oversight. He put the story into the author’s head. Also, what happened, hasn’t happened yet. This is a unique read in so many ways, and I loved it. Eight-limbed “spiders” rule the Multiverse. Humans (yeng) are an enslaved species, and also provide delicious meat to the Aranians.

The narrative is written in third person, and shows the POV shifts clearly most of the time. Occasionally, Orlando Oversight will add commentary. Some of the dialogue can be a bit long in the tooth, but that is what Spider Aranian Boklung is famous for. The character development, world building, plot, and pacing are all done well, and this was a book that pulled me into its pages. The ending is open, and I can see the possibility for a sequel here. There are lessons to be learned within this fun read, and more than a little allegory.

If you love sci-fi, alien worlds, even a bit of romance, then you’re bound to love this book. I give it 5 out of 5 stars, and look forward to seeing more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi at its Best 4 December 2015
By Michael R. Jennings - Published on
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The author, as in his two previous sci-fi novels, once again takes us outside of our existing solar system. As with his previous works, the editing was top-notch. It became readily obvious that the author takes pride in what he publishes. Also, his command of the English language clearly sets him apart from other novelists. As with his other full-length novels, I found it somewhat difficult to mentally switch gears in terms of strange character names, days of the week, weights and measures, etc. This inability to switch gears may, in fact, reflect my own shortcomings in the retention of new material. Though it might have helped had I read the Compendium of Facts at the end of the novel first. Being a romantic at heart, I was pleased to find bits of romance throughout the novel. All in all, I was impressed with the author's creativity to think outside of the box.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sparticus in Space, with Spider Overlords 1 January 2016
By John B. - Published on
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Interesting worlds, species, governing bodies, and characters. The 1st person prologue was a bit lengthy and I had a hard time getting through the Prologue. At first, the prologue with it's long prose and explanations made me feel like I was getting ready for a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy type story with lots of sarcasm, comedy zaniness, but I was wrong. The actual story itself is in 3rd person with some 1st person commentary from the narrator. There's fighting, romance and a very imaginative world that is zany, but not a Hitchhikers Guide or Monty Python type zany. More like a Farscape type zany.
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll see spiders and other creatures in a whole new light after reading this! 7 August 2015
By Charles A. Ray - Published on
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In Spiderworld, a quirky sci-fi novel by Richard Bunning, Orlando Oversight, a time-lord, space historian, and adventurer, using Bunning as a vehicle, tells us of a future that is yet to happen. In Orlando’s version of the future, Earth has been invaded by an octopedal species, the Aranian ungolian, who have transported most of the planet’s humans to their home planet as slaves—and a food supply.
Through the author, Orlando tells how an escaped breeding yeng, which is the Aranian word for the human slaves, Jack Baker, manages to maintain his freedom against the physically superior spiders. Central to the story is Bokung, an Aranian slave breeder, who is maneuvering to get a special project launched, a project that has the potential to change the destinies of homo sapien and octoped alike.
The author does a masterful job of describing an eerie alien environment in which humans must struggle against aliens and each other. As fanciful as it is, it also paints a fairly accurate picture of what happens when a relatively unsophisticated race encounters a technologically advanced group. Spiderworld has a bit of everything: religion, slavery, romance, greed, and advanced technology, along with the interpersonal and social dynamics that exists between different groups. Despite some gory descriptions of Aranian eating habits, it also has a touch of humor, so you have here a story that should appeal to a broad range of reading tastes. That’s shorthand for, you’ll like this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome, unique sci-fi adventure 18 January 2016
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I really enjoyed this book! Usually in most sci-fi books, we see humans being the assertive, innovative species, flying in spaceships or visiting alien worlds. Spiderworld flops that on its head. Instead, giant, intelligent spiders are the more advanced race. And in many ways one spider in particular is the main character of this book.

When we start the story the spiders have already travelled to Earth and brought humans back to their homeworld as slaves. Actually, a lot of times the humans end up in fates that are worse than slavery: most become livestock for food, some become feral and are hunted, some are gladiators, and some are used for more salacious purposes.

The primary human hero is an escaped slave named Jack. Jack becomes a sort of Spartacus figure—also, he’s kind of like John Carter of Mars, wandering around in Spiderword’s weird and dangerous wilderness. Usually when Jack appears, the story becomes a rollicking adventure, although sometimes the action turns very dark. Despite ‘SpiderWorld’s’ grim premise, there are usually flashes of hope from the maltreated humans and from the spider overlords. It’s fascinating to see how the hermaphroditic, 8-limbed, egg-laying spiders view our species. And the book is a thought-provoking rumination on free will, on human society, and on what it means to be human.