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If you enjoyed reading John Wyndham's ‘The Day of the Triffids' or ‘The Trouble with Litchen' then Julien Glazer's ‘The Trouble with Cephae' is the book for you. Uninhibited by the social restrictions of Mr Wyndham's day, Mr Glazer explores the rather strange sexual behaviour of both humans and Cephae. In this racy yarn the Cephae are a species of intelligent, witty and well dressed land-based octopus. They are however, plagued with a reproductive anomaly. Firstly, it is the male who becomes pregnant and secondly, the process needs a female mammal surrogate, who dies in the process of giving birth. The intrepid friends, Oswalo and Stilo, torn from their comfortable lives in Eurodon's capital city, find themselves on a reproductive expedition heading for planet Earth where the female mammals find that the Cephae impregnate them eight at a time. Chief Inspector, Brian M.Travis, attempts to solve the mysterious deaths, as Downing Street, harassed by the White House, tries to come to terms with the alien presence. T
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Animal Story    -   Yes Kind of animal    -   fish/flipper

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Alien Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading


Earth setting:    -   20th century Spaceship setting:    -   alien spaceship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   neutral aliens Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   weird alien sex    -   main character impregnated against her will    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of non-breast female anat.    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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