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Drowning world. ========== I decided to read this after reading a review written here. And yes this is a very good read, not that I would read it again but it was time well spent. You are taken on an adventure on the alien world of Fluva. A planet where it is virtually always constantly raining. Here the have 50 words for rain! You are taken through the watery world in the company of three unlikely companions. One is a warrior native to the planet, one an outsider despised by the warrior caste and the other is the human they are sent to rescue from the deep watery forests, where he has crashed. Along the way they will become friends, fight alien invaders and battle the flora and fauna for their very lives. The descriptive talent here of Mr Foster are really very good and often the reader is left with a creeping dread of the horrible creature or plant that he has dreamed up. The constant rain and watery peril the companions find themselves in is also extremely well written. I would read another one of his books but would take my time picking the right one. This was a stand alone book but was clearly part of a series and some references to other themes and planets are lost if you have not read others in the series, well they where on me. Recommended to read on the beach or on the plane, nothing too heavy and can be picked up and put down quite easily.
Drowning world. ============ Written by Alan Dean Foster. A wonderful book and I hope my review does it justice and gives you a flavour of what to expect. The commonwealth has set up an outpost on the fairly newly discovered planet of Fluva. The Planet has its native populace called Sakuntala and a newer alien contingent called the Deyzara, they tolerate each other. But beneath the surface, not that far beneath, there brew a violent hostility mainly from the Sakuntala who think the Deyzara are trespassers on their planet. Into this comes the commonwealth they set up a base and start trading with the locals and exploring their world. The planet has virtually constant rain! Everywhere is wet, damp or soggy and at times all three. But the planet has potential for massive profit and fortunes to be made because of its weird flora and fauna. The bio industries are crying out to get new specimens to play with and to test for possible medical break through. Coming in from off world is Shadrach Hasselemoga, a bio prospector, but his ship crashes in the deep swamps. Not good the wild life out there is very unfriendly and always hungry and so are the plants! A Sakuntala is asked to go and find Shadrach and bring him back to safety or at least bring his body back. The Sakuntala is also asked to take along a Deyzara which the Sakuntala must tolerate out of honor. However Shadrach is very resourceful and soon all three, human, Sakuntala and Deyzara are traipsing through the atrocious climate. Things though are about to get much worse for the Ann have secretly landed on the planet and humanities worst enemy are up to no good. Soon there will be death and war aplenty and all three of the soon to be friends will all play a vital role in the outcome. You are really there in the book and on the wet, wet world. The flora and fauna are colourful and terrifying. The interplay between the characters is believable and the plot and sub plots build to a superb conclusion. Another hit for Mr Foster. Read this book it's a cracker. Very Highly Recommended. Greg.