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Taijiku, March 2015
by Elizabeth Andre

Other Press
Featuring: Lionel; Angela Russell; Stella
32 pages
ISBN: 0151518564
EAN: 2940151518567
Kindle: B00TQBLLKC
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"A troubled young woman fights for her life when a sea monster comes calling"

Fresh Fiction Review

Elizabeth Andre

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted April 8, 2015

Gay / Lesbian | Science Fiction

This is a short story with a kick. Where to start? Wow. The scene setting and adventures come thick and fast. Angela Russell is a young offender who gets the chance to leave detention and work on a submarine facility. Pacific Ocean coasts are being occasionally ravaged by huge beasts called kaiju, the biggest of all nicknamed TAIJIKU. Angela doesn't expect to get to see any, though, given she's on a research and observation facility.

Wearing an implanted computer chip that marks her out as a convict, young Angela is the lowest in the food chain aboard the station. She's got a girlfriend though, Stella, which makes up for a lot. She's also good at coping with the offworld Irriganthians who have been living among Earth people for a few decades. Angela knows if she keeps her nose clean, she can get her record restored and find a better life. But that all gets forgotten when the vast TAIJIKU swims by the station.

There's strong language, alternative sexuality and prison life in this tightly-packed short tale, so I would say it's for readers seventeen and upwards, though everyone will make up their own minds as to whether it is their kind of story. The courage, impact and lessons conveyed in TAIJIKU make me sincerely hope that Elizabeth Andre will be writing more SF in the very near future.

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Angela's past is more than a little rocky, and that rocky path has led her to finish up her juvenile detention sentence on the Yemaya, an alien underwater ship devoted to observation and research. Part of its maintenance crew, at the bottom rung of the status ladder, Angela doesn't see much excitement forthcoming.

But that was before encountering the fearsome Taijiku or meeting her crew mate Stella, leaving Angela with a completely different problem and unable to say which is the greater challenge: giant sea monsters or falling in love.

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