Hoka! Hoka! Hoka!

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Preposterous! Ridiculous! Employing impossible exaggerations! This book is utterly delightful, in spite of, or perhaps because of, all of that.

The Hoka, if you have not had the disconcerting experience of meeting them before, are an ursinoid species that average about a meter in height. The females are quadri-mammaried, which require two bodices to achieve a low-cut bodice effect, and they resemble unfairly cute, furry Teddy bears. They are immensely strong, brave, intelligent, adaptable, loyal, resilient, and certifiably prone to insane obsessions.

Exposed to any cultural/linguistic/stereotypical cultural notion, the Hoka are apt to adopt it, at least on a behavioral level. As they are most often exposed to fiction in literature and video, the cultures and standards they adopt tend to skew to the slanted and often exaggerated. Aware, on some level, that they are role-playing, they are nonetheless compulsively consistent in their overt behaviors whilst retaining an innate gentleness and kindness intrinsic to their basic species characteristics.

In the process of limning a series of confounding problems presented to the Hokas’ human friend Alexander Jones, the authors tangentially explore amusing and irritating aspects of literature, film, and opera.

This is a must buy, especially if you have teenagers, though it is engaging even for older folks.

Reviewed By:

Author Gordon R. Dickson • Poul Anderson
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 240 pages
Publisher Baen
Publish Date 2019-03-05
ISBN 9781481483858
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Issue June 2019
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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