Here are four stories derived from the same universe as the Koban series. Listening to the series is not required to understand and enjoy these stand-alone tales.
Australian Krall: A fully gene-enhanced Kobani woman finds herself trapped in total darkness and underground, pursued by hundreds of slavering, semi-sentient, maniacally aggressive, and hungry aliens. Walk with her on the dark side!
"Batsof a Leather Flock Together" (short story): The wolfbat Flock Leader establishes a nest in virgin territory. The wily leader uses his cooperative experience with humans to try to forge hunting alliances with unfamiliar and aggressive native creatures. Not everyone wants to play nice.
Kobani Kiddie Cappers (novella): Howdo Kobani parents cope with children that are born with a contact telepathy gene, and have eidetic memory. Adults, who think teenagers act as if they know everything, never had an overconfident four-year-old super child, with a ripper cub as his partner in crime. Living to reach his teens might take superhuman luck.
TheSmuggler and the Crime Lord (novelette): When you land a known smuggler's ship in a ruthless Crime Lord's city using false registry, it's hard to convince a platoon of armed thugs that you're only shopping, and you don't owe the boss a cut of your action. If you're a Kobani captain, and buying drinks for friends in a spaceport bar, spoiling your evening and making threats is a bad idea, and a fatal mistake.
©2014 Stephen W. Bennett (P)2014 Stephen W. Bennett
This series fills in some- not all of the questions in the original series
baby Ryan in Koban Kitty Cappers --- I had children like that without the mods :) and some wild kitties (althought not several hundred pounds that thye got into trouble with.
reading the names of the people and places vs. my thoughts of how they would sound
Koban -- The Missing Chapters - Part I
Wish the chapters were named, got the audio book for my ten year old (vision impaired-deaf -- cochlear implants) to listen to so he would know a little of what grandpa was reading Kiddie Cappers some of the material not suitable for that age.... and we could make up some stories about what he thought children and rippers can do.
1.5 Hours a Day in the Car Equals, Must Have Audible!
I don't usually listen to novellas, but this one really pays off. These short stories help to enrich the universe and feels like it fills in some important gaps between books 2 & 3. The third story very entertaining for me, and found myself wishing it went just a 'little farther!'
I would recommend this set of 4 short stories to anyone that has already read/listened to the books in the main series. The 4 short stories gives us some understanding of the Kobani people and some of their furry friends.
By far the Smuggler short story was the best of the 4 stories and could become its own short novel. I loved seeing more of how the Kobani kick butt with attitude.
Once you start listening to each story you would put it down. Even after listening to all four stories I found myself listening to the Smuggler story over and over.
Another great installment. Would probably not make much sense to someone not familiar with the other stories. I can't wait for book 4 and for the audible version of book 3. Keep up the good work.
After reading the Koban Universe series to date, I hadn't bought this little audiobook, the description didn't attract me. But, now I did and it is a lot of fun to revisit the same characters and settings. I hope there are other longer books in the works, and this was to just give the readers a little something in the meantime.
It was great.
this book pretty enjoyable. planning on checking out the first book in the Kobani series.
Fun short stories
The fight scene that ends the book.
It holds up. He's especially good at getting the snark across without being obnoxious.
The teacher/student relationships in the 1st story are amusing.
The way that a Kobani in one story deals with a group of thugs also had me laughing.
There was only 1 weak story in the mix. The rest had me highly entertained. I was actually upset when it was over.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Are you one of those people who can't stand stories with lots of character development?
Are you tired of books with plots?
Do you want to start right from the beginning with a fight scene and have it not end?
Then this is the book for you.
Each story starts with an explanation of Koban and the people or animals who live there. You get told how they are enhanced, what abilities they have and why. Then to prove they have all these abilities, you get a hour long fight scene and then its over. This is a perfect example of story number one.
Story number two, you get a biology lesson of Koban, a very long lesson and then just like watching Wild Kingdom, you get to hear about an enhanced bat going out to get dinner.
I thought story three was going to have some character development. I gave up on the chance of a plot. Then this enhanced genius four year old stars planning a hunting trip. We get a detail by detail explanation of his plan to escape his house and go hunting. I can't remember if he used a Philips screwdriver or a standard, but I am sure we were told.
I am not sure about the narrator's abilities, this did not lend itself to him being able to showcase his talents. I know some people say they like a certain narrator so much they could listen to him read a phone book, well this is as close as it gets.
Love the short Kobani stories. The narrator does a great job of making the stories to life and add the right amount of excitement to the stories.
These short stories remind me of the 'Days of Old' listening to radio serial stories for hours on end.
Captain/Chief Haverman! and Ryan Seeker (he named himself 4 yrs old) What a characters.
Between Haverman's amazing bar scene and the 4 yr olds adventure on Koban. It's hard to choose which character is the best.
I didn;t think I would like listening to Audio stories, but Eric brought back memories of my youthful days . As a kid I grew up milking cows and listening to serials on the radio. Eric is one of the best voices and talents that I have heard in years.
The short stories were perfect for single sitting listening.
I've read the stories but really enjoyed listening to the Audio Books.
Four short stories
I think the inclusion of two or three more short stories would have been welcome. The existing stories got progressively better throughout the run, and some of the ones that felt like they had been written earlier than the others suffered from "stilted dialogue" that felt like the author had to establish the whole history of the setting in the speech of the characters.
I'm familiar with Eric Summerer's work, and he brings his signature enthusiasm and character repertoire to this work. The significant difference between Koban Universe 1 and The Westing Game, for example, is that the written characters in Koban Universe 1 aren't written quite as diverse.
The stories aren't, by definition, moving, but each story has its own intriguing moments. I think the most intriguing bit is the inside look at the indigenous reces of Koban in "Bats of a Leather"
This is the first "new" science fiction setting I've read in several years. Stilted dialogue notwithstanding, it was a very enjoyable glimpse into a dangerous setting and the human population who has adapted to it.
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