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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Live Journal Reviewer Lauds Classic Combo

Title: To Ignite a Fire on Enceladus (e-book)
Author: Vincent Miskell
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Genre: Science fiction
No ISBN yet.

Note: To Ignite a Fire on Enceladus is an updating of Jack London's To Build a Fire so the author has combined the two stories into one book. (You get two stories for the price of one!)

Reviewed by Joy V. Smith originally for Amazon

Reviewer rating: 5 stars out of 5

This e-book caught my attention because I read Jack London's "To Build a Fire" years ago, and I've always remembered the ending, so this idea of a combination of "To Build a Fire" with a science fiction version, "To Ignite a Fire on Enceladus," was intriguing. I read the SF version first, and I really enjoyed it, especially the dog. (The story and the dog are updated.) I also appreciated the scientific aspects (Now that's a space suit!) of the story, which takes place on one of Saturn's moons--and the differences and the similarities of both stories. I think I must have read the juvenile version (I haven't checked) of London's story earlier, because it definitely seems shorter than the later version. (I hadn't realized there were two versions of "To Build a Fire.")

I recommend this book not only because of the chance to read London's classic story, along with its future parallel challenge, but I liked Miskell's version (of course, he owes the idea to Jack London) more than the original; the situation is even more dangerous, and I loved the dog. What a wonderful creation--and companion--he is!

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