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I first read this on the 2nd July 2002.
Well, I made an honest mistake: the spine of the book clearly stated "Fantasy"
rather than SF, and I should have read more carefully the back cover blurb which
"combines the sophisticated concepts of physics with high fantasy in a marvelous way".
The phrase marvellous way is a give-away and on reading the novel, it's clearly
for a teenage, possibly but not exclusively female, market.
It started off rather well. The bright and sensitive Kate, bored with
school and lonely, spends time with her grandfather Dr Miles Prancer.
Dr Prancer is something of a scientific genius in search of
the secret of stars and faster-than-light travel. Together they embark on an amazing
adventure to another star-system to meet aliens and to save the world. So far so good,
if you're an SF-loving teenager.
But then the intelligent dragonflies, Morpheus and Orpheus, appear and you just
know what a fundamental mistake you've made, and you really should simply put the book
away, tucked at the back of the bookcase or in some large chest, to be forgotten until
such time in the distant future when you're stuck for a bed-time story for your
eleven-year-old daughter, at which time, of course, you won't remember where you
stashed the darn book.
Loaded on the 19th August 2002.