|Plot Summary of The Trouble with Cephae|
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
This synopsis report prepared by Margaret Batt
|Chapter Analysis of The Trouble with Cephae|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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
Kind of animal
- Male Alien
If magical mental powers:
- mind reading
- 20th century
- alien spaceship
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- neutral aliens
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of touching personal anatomy
- 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
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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