Today I am taking part in the blog blitz for Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe. It’s such an unusual title for a book so read on and find out more about it, including what I thought.
Blurb: Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn! She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past. But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets. Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands. In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?
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Review: This is the first of Richard Dee’s books I have read but the eagle-eyed among you will remember he was on my blog last month during my 2018 Plans and Resolutions series. I bought this book before that was organised but hadn’t had the chance to read it so this blog blitz was the perfect opportunity.
Science fiction is a genre I’ve read in the past, long before I started blogging, and one I want to get into again so this seemed like a good place to start and it was. Andorra Pett is a feisty, if accident prone, character who is trying to make a fresh start on a mining station by opening a cafe. As a character I found her likeable and irritating in equal measures. For someone who wanted to run a cafe she seems to have put very little thought into it but manages her first day simply through sheer hard work and help from others, which is both irritating and appealing. The effort she puts into the cafe and other things on the station makes up for her shortcomings elsewhere.
There is a host of supporting characters, who help Andorra (Andi) out as she learns about the station or investigates the ‘surprise’ that she found in the cafe when she took over.
This is a light and cosy book, clearly sci-fi from the location but with elements of crime and romance in it too. I enjoyed it but found there were a lot of characters and a lot of jumping around for me. If there was more depth and a few less characters and a bit better flow to the story then I think I would have enjoyed it more.
It’s definitely different and if you want to try science fiction but aren’t sure you’ll like it then this is a good introduction to the genre. There’s enough familiarity, like bacon rolls and wheat fields, for it to tricky to get into.
A native of Brixham in Devon, Richard Dee’s family left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986. Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich. In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as H.M.S. Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority. Richard was offered part time working in 2010, which allowed him to return to live in Brixham, where he took up writing and blogging. He retired in 2015, when he set up and ran a successful Organic bakery, supplying local shops and cafés. The urge to write eventually overtook the urge to bake but Richard still makes bread for friends and family. Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.
He can be found at http://www.richarddeescifi.co.uk
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