Today's book review is Alien Taste by Wen Spencer.
Three weeks ago at OVFF, I was looking at the books on Larry Smith's table and thinking that I should give this Wen Spencer a try. I asked Larry (or was it Sally?) which one I should start with, and this was the recommendation, so I bought it. And it's the first in a series, so I decided to bump it to the front of the queue so that if I liked it I could buy the others while they're still in print.
This is a science fiction story set in almost the present day; the chapter headings claim it takes place in 2004, though it's a slightly different 2004 than we had. The story flows from a single event, a bit improbable in its details, but handled fairly consistently, and gives us a pretty good adventure story, with a protagonist wrestling with slightly bigger issues of identity than most of us have, and arriving at a fairly satisfying conclusion about what it is to be human.
( Plot summary, cut-tagged for those who don't want spoilersCollapse )
Overall, a fun read and a good book; I'll be buying the next couple this weekend. 8 out of 10.