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By DabOfDarkness on 06-17-15
A very entertaining short story!
Dr. Flaire Haiche and a handful of her students are the only ones who truly believe that the Sun is trying to communicate with Earth. The massive solar flair of 2012 killed billions and another such massive flair is predicted to occur very soon. Flaire and her team race against time to figure out how to divert the forthcoming disaster.
For only 38 minutes, this story really packs a punch. It has great characters, a solid story line, and that sense of impending doom that our heroes may or may not be able to slip out from under. Flaire is the most developed character. She is driven by her past. Her parents were the first to notice a pattern to the solar flairs. She grew up in their laboratory in New Mexico, listening to their scientific arguments and theories on the subject. When the 2012 Mayan solar flair event happened, stealing her loved ones from her, she became all that more dedicated to not only discerning the pattern, but convincing the US government of it.
The thing that I loved about this short story is that we the readers step right into the middle of things. Flaire has her personal history. But there is also this history of tried and failed experiments at communicating with the Sun, convincing the government, and developing and fine-tuning their methods for communication. At this point, it is just a theory they are testing out. They send up a message and then watch the solar flairs in detail for a distinct reaction. Of course, each person on Flaire’s team has their own theory about this action-reaction they are seeing – beings that live within the Sun, the Sun itself being somewhat conscious, a natural measurable phenomena. It’s all very intriguing. I was swept into the story from the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed the tale.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
The Narration: Tiffany Williams was great. She sounded exactly like a driven scientist. She had distinct voices for each of the other characters, including light regional accents for some them. Her male voices were totally believable.
By H. Miller on 10-13-14
Would you consider the audio edition of Solar Lullaby to be better than the print version?
My first and only experience with Solar Baby was as an audio book.
What other book might you compare Solar Lullaby to and why?
Solar Lullaby is reminiscent of Liz Coley's Out of Xibalba in the way that Fendley deftly worked in her love of Meso-American cultures to cement her unique mythos within the Science Fiction community.
What does Tiffany Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narrator's feminine tone was suitable for the story.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I was left reflective and contemplative upon the story's end.
Any additional comments?
The idea of sentient communication through solar flares is an incredible idea, one I've not run into before in SF. Great concept, engaging characterization!