The Stargazer's Embassy

Fiction - Science Fiction
310 Pages
Reviewed on 09/09/2017
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Author Biography

Eleanor Lerman is the author of numerous award-winning collections of poetry, short stories, and several novels. She is a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the 2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2016, her novel, Radiomen, was awarded the John W. Campbell Prize for the Best Book of Science Fiction. Her most recent novel, The Stargazer’s Embassy, was published in July 2017 by Mayapple Press.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

The Stargazer's Embassy by Eleanor Lerman is a gripping sci-fi story about alien abductions with great flair of originality and a cast of compelling characters. Julia Glazer has known about alien abductions since she was a child; her experience wasn’t a pretty one and not one that aliens would want to remember. Since childhood, she’s always been violent when aliens come close, from the moment her mother tried to introduce her to their world, and now they seem bent on making contact with her. Things could have been easier, except her psychiatrist has been murdered by a patient driven insane by her own kidnapping experience with aliens. Years will roll by after her mother’s death and a journalist will conspire to get her into the spotlight again. Can Julia resist taking the road her mother once travelled, one that leads to contact and involvement with aliens?

I enjoyed this story a lot and the way the protagonist is imagined. When readers encounter Julia Glazer, they immediately notice her belligerent attitude. She is a fighter, someone who protects her space, but as the story progresses and the tensions deepen, she begins to move slowly from her comfort zone. The way she develops throughout the story is interesting to watch. The Stargazer's Embassy features great writing and the vivid descriptions of characters and intense scenes will enthrall readers. The dialogues are well-crafted and they sound natural. The pacing is fast and the story is well-plotted. Eleanor Lerman shows great storytelling skills and readers will want to watch out for her books. This story is entertaining and gripping.