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Spoonfuls of Sugar by [McCoy, Elizabeth]
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Coli-nfaran and Klarin-yal have a problem: their clanship's new leader wants to make the Choosaraf into a pirate-hunter instead of a merchant craft, and the hothead probably isn't any good at it. The only way they can save their ship and home is to raise enough money to buy it out from under Daz-Ral. Volunteering as experimental subjects will make enough cash, but why is the job so profitable? It can't be that easy, for so much money...

This never-before-published Kintaran story is set long before Kinahran was even a glimmer in her mother's eyes. It contains implied adult situations and baby Kintarans, and is suitable for teenagers and up.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 137 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Elizabeth McCoy; 1 edition (17 June 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056P78I6
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bookworm Speaks!- Spoonfuls of Sugar by Elizabeth McCoy 26 January 2017
By Jordan T. Brantley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Electronic Bookworm Speaks!

Spoonfuls of Sugar

by Elizabeth McCoy

****
Acquired: Amazon Kindle Store
Series: Kintaran Universe
Publisher: Elizabeth McCoy; 1 edition (June 17, 2011)
Hardcover: 34 pages
Language: English

****

The Story: Coli-nfaran and Klarin-yal have a problem: their clanship's new leader wants to make the Choosaraf into a pirate-hunter instead of a merchant craft, and the hothead probably isn't any good at it. The only way they can save their ship and home is to raise enough money to buy it out from under Daz-Ral. Volunteering as experimental subjects will make enough cash, but why is the job so profitable? It can't be that easy, for so much money...

This never-before-published Kintaran story is set long before Kinahran was even a glimmer in her mother's eyes. It contains implied adult situations and baby Kintarans, and is suitable for teenagers and up.

The Review: Among the furry community, one of the latest things to crop up is the proliferation of the so-called ‘taurs’. Basically the furry character is like a centuar, where the upper torso is a anthropomorphic animal but the lower torso is a four legged analogue of said animal. Rather strange in Bookworm’s eyes but nonetheless they are the subject of this book.

The single most annoying thing about this whole book is a detail about the writing. When writing, giving a character is certain voice of one of the most important and one of the trickiest things to accomplish. A common method of accomplishing this is giving the character an accent, which is what Bookworm believes the author to do here. One of the pair Kintaran has a strange method of speaking by adding double ‘ss’ to the ends of words and sometimes double ‘rr’ as well…

“What iss wrrong?” is a good example of what appears in the text.

It is uncertain if this is a speech impediment on the part of the character or an actual error on the part of the author. Whatever the case it is very distracting and almost impossible to overlook. If the author was trying to make something endearing, it did not work for Bookworm.

The writing is the biggest flaw with this whole book. The word to describe it would be: clumsy. It is filled with adverbs and thinly veiled exposition. The characters are distinctive in that the reader can tell one from the other but other than that the characterization falls flat.

The text does have a few upsides. The author is very good at making the Kintarans appear genuinely alien. They do not think in the same manner as human characters would and it is believable. The Kintaran are a race with feline characteristics and that is the manner in which the Kintaran are conceived, very cat-like but not to the abrasive extent in the manner of the Garfield character in the titular newspaper comic strip.

Children and kittens appear frequently and the way they are reared is quite different and precludes a lot cutesy moments that in this case are quite endearing but never to an excessive degree.

None of this is enough to save the text from the flat characterization and amateurish writing.

Final Verdict: Perhaps Bookworm made in mistake in reading this story out of context with the rest of the series but nonetheless it was a poor place to start.

Two Bags of Sugar out of Five
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's all right 23 May 2012
By Royce Day - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Interesting look at how a pair of aliens go about raising cash to keep their clan's ship from being ruined by another family member. Mostly the story is cute fluff, giving some background for characters that appear as adults in the later Kintarian stories.

I'll admit one plot point had me scratching my head a bit, and forced me to chalk it up to "alien minds are not human minds". Suffice it to say they're *very* forgiving to someone who did them a definite wrong.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First time out? No problem! 2 July 2011
By Khinasi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a delightful story for any age! The characterizations are bright and memorable; and the settings are clear. Overall it was a fun, quick read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the Kintaran stories--so far! 9 October 2011
By M. Hogarth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're looking for a good introduction to McCoy's work about the Kintara (centauroid feline aliens), this is my suggestion for the best start. The Kintaran stories are delightful space-opera-flavored science fiction; the aliens themselves are feline enough to charm fans of cats while not being so feline they feel precious. They have their own amusing customs, and their many flaws, and feel well-rounded as a species.

"Spoonfuls" is a good introduction because the extremely-prolific family-oriented Kintara often end up with litters (no pun intended) of cousins and siblings and babies and it can be a little dizzying to keep track of them all. This short story starts with only two of them, separates them from their family, and gives you a good chance to get to know them without having the juggle all their kin in your head too.

It's a good length. The pacing is good. There's humor. There's family focus and children play a part in the story more complicated than "let's just throw one in to allow for emotional gut-wrenching later" (so sadly rare in science fiction). The depictions of motherhood and children and their interactions are particularly good, and often very funny.

So, generally: adventure, light, fun, fast; with fun cat-like aliens and great integration of family life into spacer life. Definitely worth the price. :)