Review of ‘Nalakamataki!’

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A series of unlikely events, most notable being the crashing of a space station into the Data Center, where it was definitely not expected to crash. The thing that no one noticed; it could not have crashed where it did without intelligent help. Oh, and who are those strange people emerging from the lake speaking a strange language?

Nalakamataki! By Samuel Roberts is aptly termed ‘cross-genre’ science fiction, because it crosses a number of genres, sometimes effortlessly, sometimes a bit clumsily. There’s humor, pathos, fantasy, and science fiction, and it’s stirred together much like gumbo, where all the ingredients contribute to the whole, while retaining their own unique tastes.

I don’t know if the author would agree, or even approve, but I chose to call this new age experimental fiction. In most places, it flows steadily enough that it’s easy to follow, but the frequent character point of view changes can create a bumpy read. I also wasn’t too sure about the ending, or for that matter, the destination.

This was a fairly entertaining read. Not on a par with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but striving for it.

I received an advanced review copy of this book. I give it three and a half stars.