Perilous Waif

My name is Alice Long, and I ve always known I was different When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above Forty meters off the ground, watching ships thirty thousand kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as thMy name is Alice Long, and I ve always known I was different When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above Forty meters off the ground, watching ships thirty thousand kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as the ships themselves It all seemed perfectly natural at the time There were other kids with mods at the orphanage, but nothing like that I learned fast to downplay my abilities, keep my mouth shut and try to blend in Even as a kid I knew not to trust the Matrons What would they do, if they realized the Adjustments that were supposed to make me a meek little herd animal didn t do anything Then I messed up, and gave myself away Now I m on the run, hoping against hope that the Matrons won t try too hard to find me Hoping to survive all the awful things that can happen to a girl on her own in space Kidnappers, slavers, pirates and yakuza no matter where I go, trouble always seems to find me Good thing I m not as helpless as I look.
Perilous Waif My name is Alice Long and I ve always known I was different When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night and watch the starships docking at the orbital stat

  • Title: Perilous Waif
  • Author: E. William Brown
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  • Page: 146
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    About the Author

    E. William Brown

    Hey, folks I m just a middle aged American guy, writing fanfics for fun after a long day at the bit mine.Likes Heroes who actually go out and solve their problems instead of sitting around whining about them Especially if they have to use their brains and do some badass level grinding along the way.Dislikes Clueless idiot heroes who survive on pure luck and the bad guy s mistakes Gritty urban fantasy heroines who cause most of their own problems, and then constantly bitch at the male love interest who has to save them Whiny little beta boy heroes who let the girls beat them up, and then wonder why the princess doesn t appreciate their awesome sensitive wonderfulness.

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    • Coyora Dokusho said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      I kicked something out of my KindleUnlimited queue to read this and IT WAS THE CORRECT CHOICE!!! The author has mastered interweaving technical descriptions with action and snark to make it beyond palatable, delicious even! There is science! Cool science! And action! Cool action! There is adorableness! It was just so freaking cool!!!! XD

    • T said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      Very fun sci-fi super-heroine story. Everyone will love Alice. And can i have a personal assistant like hers please? The narrator did an Excellent job with all of the voices! She definitely made this a 5 star Audiobook.It got bogged down a time or two with technical detail that you will never need to know. I'd definitely go on to the next book, but it's not out yet. This could go into an ff bookshelf, but i think Alice may go either way. so. not sure.

    • Cloak88 said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      Interesting worldbuilding 3.5 stars.In the far future where spacetravel, artificial intelligence, genetic/ cybernetic-modifications and even nanotechnology are all commonplace, fourteen year old Alice Long lives in a Orphanage like so many other girls there. She however knows she is a bit different from the rest of them. Her mods seem to be far more advanced. She's stronger, faster and has an inbuilt computer just to name but a few. Knowing that her extreme mods will neither be appreciated or to [...]

    • Shanna Matheo said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      3.5 starsReview to come

    • Niall Teasdale said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      Good book with some interesting world building. Alice is a seriously kickass young lady.If I had any criticisms, it's that she has a serious case of serendipity. Things tend to happen just when she needs them to happen. The first of these I can forgive for the simple fact that the plot couldn't have really started without the happenstance of running into just the right person at just the right time. Every plot has to have the equivalent of all the heroes walking into the same tavern at the right [...]

    • Hollow Well said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      Ok I'm very conflicted about this book. I like that Alice, the main character, orphan, female, age 14, is such a super ass-kicker. But, my question is where are all the other women? There is a brief appearance by a helms-woman who seems compelling. There are references to Alice's presumably-dead Mom and, Victoria, who is some empire ruler, but otherwise every other woman in the book is somehow subservient to a man. The captains, the doctors, the lawyers, the engineers, the security specialists, [...]

    • Hollie said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      This book had a ton of potential. I really liked all of the characters. I was never at any time offended as a "female" reader. Some of the other reviews on this book made it sound like this was some sort of soft porn type of read but I never got that impression. Hell, the heroine never even has sex and it never goes on about secondary characters getting it on either. That being said, I did find that there were some slow moving phases in this plot. At times the excursions felt a bit redundant. I [...]

    • Beth said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      Interesting world building in a universe of nanotechnology, fabricators, internal and external cybernetic & FTL. I found the heroine slightly too blythe and showing off her unique qualities (then again she's a tween and barely educated). But definitely interesting enough to follow through to see where it goes.

    • Denise said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      I bogged down a few times when descriptions got a little technical/long for my personal tastes, but overall enjoyed the whole adventure. I really wish I had waited to read it until a second title in the series was available so I could stay in that world for a bit longer.

    • Michael Anderle said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      Fun and kickass!Hard to put down from beginning to end. A great character, funny in spots and always kept me intrigued both by the characters and the Universe. Sign me up for book two :-)

    • Dani said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      Alice Long is a girl whose biomodifications are extraordinary, even by 25th-century standards. Growing up in an orphanage on a back-to-nature world, she is malnourished. That is, her growth has been stunted because her diet didn't contain the heavy metals, cybernetic-precursor compounds, and other nutrients needed for her modifications. The modifications she does have make the orphanage too hot for her, and she bargains her way onto a space ship. With access to proper (for the 25th century) reso [...]

    • Libro Vore said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      One of the better treatments of a future where nanotechnology and AI are ubiquitous, including in enhancing human bodies. The book is well written and well proofed, the characters have some depth, and the plot moves well. The story also has a good deal of depth, with lots of opportunities for expansion in future stories, which I'm looking forward to reading.

    • Jahve said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      Yea, it's YA. solid story, dialogue, and so on. Nothing to complain about.

    • Lukas Lovas said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      Very good world building, and a surprisingly enjoyable book. If you're a fan of hard SF, you might want to read the notes at the end first, where the technology and some aspects of the world are explained - there is some solid work behind the explanation of tech and culture of this world and I enjoyed it even more than the book itself, I think.I don't regret reading it, which is more than I can say for most YA :)

    • Zachary said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      First, let's get this out of the wayis is totally and unashamedly a Mary Sue (type of) story. Yet, Brown's take on it has enough twist to the basic concept that it's hard not to enjoy. I enjoyed every minute of the ride. Alice starts as an orphan who obviously is unlike anyone around her, but seems to have very little hope for the future. Circumstances force her to take some action, which puts her in a rough spotwhich she runs away from and stumbles across an (obviously rare) group of (mostly) h [...]

    • Dan said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      We've seen the Grim Meathook Future where everything is run by soulless corporations, and we've seen the Singularity Future where everything is run by AI. This book is about the Anime Future, where cheap 3D printers have brought great-but-not-infinite wealth, warbots aren't smart enough to fight without humans guiding them, and most of the space colonists were Japanese so everyone is really into catgirls and foxgirls and etcetera.The main character is a (view spoiler)[bisexual (hide spoiler)] te [...]

    • Johnny said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      A lot of fun There are a few editing errors, but not to many. This was a lot of fun to read and I look forward to book two.I recommend this book for anyone that is a fan of sci-fi.

    • Peter said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      Very engaging Excellent detail while keeping the reader on the edge of their seat from start to finish. A very enjoyable read.

    • Bisquit said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      3,5 stars.This book started off so well. It ripped me straight from my minor reading dump and transported me into a beautiful sci-fi world that just waited to be explored. Along with Alice, sweet little Alice that's got so much punch in her for her little size. Also, I loved her description. Plus did I mention that awesome cover? Well done, I have to say, well done. But. But but but. It was not to be. The first third is still awesome, but then it steadily goes downhill. Nothing really changes, A [...]

    • Frank Van Meer said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      It's no secret I love modified/enhanced/genetically engineered female assassins/spec ops/general bad ass characters in my fiction. Alice Long is a prime example, if not quite young, but while I liked Alice, I'm not too fond of the book itself.When the book starts, we find Alice sitting in tree, eating some kind of animal (uncooked by the way), because she has serious nutritional deficits. There's a reason for that: the orphanage is some kind of vegan institution, and Alice needs her carbs becaus [...]

    • Sheryl said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      I’m obviously in the minority here as there are a ton of 5-star reviews, but here are my thoughts on this book. First, I listened to this on audio. The performance was very good. The reader used lots of very distinctive voices which is great. That said, one or two were kind of of annoying, but overall great narration.This is a long book— both in print and on audio. I can’t remember what the number of pages is supposed to be since I don’t have the print book, but the audio is 16-1/2 hours [...]

    • Betty said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      This author clearly put a lot of thought into his world building. Like, damn. I’m seriously impressed. The way he integrates nanotech, AI and hyperspace into something almost playful and fun means the plot never leaves you bored, even if the story doesn’t really run on dramatic tension. It’s a fun and breezy read, and slams you with twists and turns as the heroine essentially develops into her superpowers. It’s incredibly and compulsively readable.On the other hand, I felt a little distu [...]

    • David said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      Perilous Indeed!!!! This was a strong start to what could be a very intriguing series delving into the ever popular debates about AI and human existence. The character building is pretty solid and the late breaking but early alluded to discovery of the main character's actual background was well done. The close possibly could have been a bit better and a bit more expansive, but it works well. If the author can avoid Demi God status of the main character until say book 4 we got shot a this being [...]

    • Falynn - the TyGrammarSaurus Rex said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      A fun far-future space romp. I loved the detail on the hyperspace travel, the mods and the bots. The author has obviously spent a lot of time thinking about the potential science behind his world.As other people have said, Alice does suffer from a severe dose of serendipity - she always seems to get the solution to a problem just as she needs it. Part of that is her own modifications and development manager, but there is a reasonably significant amount of external serendipity too. I appreciate e [...]

    • Andrew said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      What I expected:- A somewhat fun Sci-Fi adventure- Strong world buildingWhat I did not expect:- A series of uncomfortable sexual situations for a 14 year old girl- Furries. Furries everywhere.I took a gamble on this book based on a recommendation from , though I will be sure to think twice about that in the future.I felt like this book wanted me to enjoy it but the combination of the stilted dialogue, somewhat shallow supporting cast and the aforementioned sudden sexual situations made this book [...]

    • Elyse said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      I'm not done with this book, but I'm almost there. but this has got to be one of the worst books I have ever read. First, it is disgusting that this 14 year old is put into all these sexual situations. I don't care that she's growing faster than normal. she's supposed to be 14, and the book is full of servants willing to have sex with her. I get they live in a world where sex is not some kind of taboo, but she's FOURTEEN! There should be a limit. Also, this girls biggest struggle is trying to be [...]

    • Kristoffer said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      I would probably give this book five stars, but it has an annoyingly long appendix at the end that I felt might be important to read to understand some details in the sequel. The appendix wasn't very interesting and felt like a chore to read through. Aside from the problem of the appendix, the book was very interesting and kept me reading nonstop. The main character has a mysterious past and unique traits that make you curious about what she'll learn about herself in addition to the details of t [...]

    • Henry Lazarus said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      E. William Brown looks at a realistic far future with programable bots, androids who frequently are used as slaves, and enhanced humans. Actual A. I.’s are rare and usually quite mad. Teenage Alice Long is a Perilous Waif (paper from ) who was dropped by federation marines on a very peaceful planet of only women who eat only vegetables. They’re starving her enhancements, even though she goes out hunting the local fauna. When they threaten to remove her enhancements, she knows it’s time to [...]

    • Cloak88 said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      Interesting worldbuilding 3.5 stars.In the far future where spacetravel, artificial intelligence, genetic/ cybernetic-modifications and even nanotechnology are all commonplace, fourteen year old Alice Long lives in a Orphanage like so many other girls there. She however knows she is a bit different from the rest of them. Her mods seem to be far more advanced. She's stronger, faster and has an inbuilt computer just to name but a few. Knowing that her extreme mods will neither be appreciated or to [...]

    • Barbara said:
      Aug 22, 2018 - 06:13 AM

      I got about 70% of the way through this before I just had to give up. To me, this book couldn't make up its mind what it wanted to be. Part of it was a somewhat grim but all too plausible view of the future given the available tech (the different colonies and their political set-ups, the frankly nasty programming in much of the androids). The other part was a YA coming-of-age story. One moment you have this sweet, young girl who is far too trusting for her own good finding her way in life and fo [...]

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