Robot Pony (A short science fiction story)

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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is a collection of some interesting Sci Fi stories. They give you a look at the way people thought 50 or so years ago, give or take a few, and what they expected the future to be like now. A lot of what was fiction then is fact now.

Some of the terms dreamed up in fiction of the time are the ones we use today. And they used some that have been forgotten. The stories are creative if dated but still a fun read. Reading them is kinda like watching some of the old sci fi monster movies of the 50s. If you like the old stories and old movies you will like adding this to your collection. Over all they are fun and quick reading. Good for those times that you have half an hour or an hour to kill. This book was a great summer read.

To find a collection of robot stories together like this was a great find. See all 3 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. There's a problem loading this menu right now.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Space aliens on earth are trickier. At least five books, right? One Trick Pony , as I mentioned earlier, is a standalone title. Yet for all that they were Technicolor eye-popping wonders, I will make the case that even with its restrained palette of blue and gold, this is Mr.

The Pipers, as the humans call them, are horrifying. The metal bodies they walk around in on earth are equal parts amorphous and insectlike. Clearly he is at peace with his inner H. Their entire base is almost nothing more than a massive digestive system.

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And palatable it shall be! One girl would come in every week and ask, with this heartbreaking gleam of hope in her eyes, whether or not we had any new graphic novels that week. If she had her way our library would have purchased a new GN every single week of the year. So like that girl I wait and I watch and pounce when I see something good or original or even downright strange. One Trick Pony is all those things and more.

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A magnificent bit of storytelling hidden in a slick, slim little package. Mar 20, David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Shelves: The drawing is the best thing about One Trick Pony, capturing the pace of a fantasy-sci-fi adventure. The aliens are especially cool. I would have said 3. It reminds me of The White Mountains by John Christopher, a sixties alien invasion trilogy, and of course the recent Arrival, because of the cool aliens.

Hale does the popular historical non-fiction series Hazardous Tales, and did Rapunzel's Revenge, too. Apr 12, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: A bleak post-alien-invasion landscape. All in one, stand alone, graphic novel. Jun 09, Jen rated it liked it Shelves: I picked this up for a nephew going into middle school.

I like to read the books I get for the young ones in my life before giving them the books, to vet them first, make sure they are appropriate. This one was ok. I liked the artwork, but the aliens were scary and it was rather violent. The protag is a female, so I'm not sure the nephew will like it or not, but I'm going to give it a try. Will update as I find out how he likes it. I seem to be getting a lot of I picked this up for a nephew going into middle school. I seem to be getting a lot of graphic novels for the kiddos. Not purposeful, other than for my cousin, but not a bad thing.

Mar 25, Dani - Perspective of a Writer rated it really liked it Shelves: Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews Perspective of a Writer In the future, earth has been taken over by aliens hungry for Pipers run around and gather electrical devices and robots into bubbles that ascend into the sky. Strata is part of the caravan When Strata, her brother and their friend becomes separated from the caravan she must rely on her rare robot pony to escape outlaws and aliens — and defeat Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews Perspective of a Writer When Strata, her brother and their friend becomes separated from the caravan she must rely on her rare robot pony to escape outlaws and aliens — and defeat the invaders once and for all.

Flipping through it, it reminded me of a sort of middle grade comic but the art was so good it looked like an adult could enjoy it as well In fact I felt like the art sold each step of the way despite the simple story! Even the way the end was tied up neatly was acceptable because of the art I did feel like the plot was overly simply We are talking world building, establishing the situation, and taking out the villains all the the space of pages! And plot does not fly by within a comic strip story structure.

So I did cut it some slack. Really the simplicity was creatively established and super fun! The tension was pretty high! I actually didn't expect the end so it was flying through the pages astonished we were going there already I loved the whole point of Strata's caravan and why the aliens were there. I was a little shocked as Strata was by where the aliens were going with their invasion And I appreciated how a lot of it was established along the way like Kleidi's role in the story and we weren't just told at the end!! That went a long way to making this hurried story way more believable than it ought to have been This is a lovely little graphic novel.

I would highly suggest it to anyone looking to get a young teen involved in reading more, especially is they are partial to good, good art!

Strata and Kleidi to the Rescue!! See my manga and graphic novel reviews in a special feature called Saturday Morning Cartoons Aug 14, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: I liked the juxtaposition of multiple different cultures and societies. The premise was intriguing, the kids are resourceful, the parents believable, the robots were funny. Good set up and good payoff.

My only problem with the book is a technical detail: Yes, I'm old and the eyes go and dim lighting isn't sufficient anymore et cetera, et cetera, but none of that troubles me when reading anything else.

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I'm not confident I know what the difficulty was: I can't say with any certainty. But it made for an uncomfortable experience. I'm a motivated reader, so I stuck with it, but I can imagine that not everyone would. Jan 29, paula rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cannot WAIT to see this in full color. Marvelous monsters, lavish landscapes, and expressive little figures - so good, I've heard comparisons to Mobius and my own all-time favorite, Matt Howarth.

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Jun 03, Jenn rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was not expecting this story to be an amazing steampunk adventure, but that's exactly what it is. I've always loved Nate's artistic ability, and his Hazardous Tales history comics are so fun to read: And One Trick Pony is all of these, of course, but I really loved how inventive the story is. I also loved the art and the colors used in the design - mostly back and white. Overall, loved it no surprise there. First, let's get the weirdly sexist blurb out of the way.

This book is not about Strata and her brother. In fact, it's not even just Strata and her brother who get separated from the caravan. Their male friend is with them as well. So, setting that aside, what do we have? A pretty enter First, let's get the weirdly sexist blurb out of the way. A pretty entertaining graphic novel. Both had a sequence with an unusual horse saving its teenage rider from a group of monsters using the exact same trick. The panels were almost identical! Whether Hale read Ghostopolis and decided to use the same sequence, I don't know; I just thought it was an amusing coincidence.

Unlike Ghostopolis , this is a darker story, even though it's intended for a younger audience. The post-apocalyptic landscape was creepy, and the aliens called pipers because of the pi-pi-pi noise they make were downright horrifying. I'm kind of glad this one was done with a monochromatic scheme, because full colour might've given me nightmares.

The story was quite imaginative, and I liked the whole idea of the world that was built here. I do have one major complaint with the story, however, and that was the ending. It was way too abrupt.

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If there was ever a book that needed an epilogue, it's this one. My other complaint is about a minor but still irritating issue. This graphic novel had the smallest text I've seen so far. I couldn't even read it on a 21" monitor without having to zoom in. That's part of the reason why it took me so long to get through it, even though it's fairly short.

It was kind of a waste of time. And it's not like there wasn't room for larger text. I have a feeling that if I'd read this in physical form, I would've needed a magnifying glass.

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All in all, this is a cool story with decent characters and some wonderfully horrible villains. Oh, and a title that makes perfect sense once you read the book. But I won't spoil that for you. Go check it out for yourself! Read this review on my blog. Aug 12, Dolly rated it really liked it Recommends it for: We are big fans of Nathan Hale. We raved over Rapunzel's Revenge and the sequel, Calamity Jack. And we are simply giddy every time a new story in the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series comes out.

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So I about lost it when I discovered this stand-alone tale among the new graphic novels at our local library. It's a common technique in many popular graphic novel series, and it is successful here. The lack of color helps to show the devastating destruction the alien invaders have wreaked upon the planet.

And the various groups of characters show the primitive methods people must resort to in order to survive without or with limited technology. Overall, it was an exciting and engaging story and we are looking forward to seeing what Mr. Hale comes up with next. Jun 05, Joshua Whiting rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nathan Hale takes a break from his awesome historical graphic novel series Hazardous Tales for this one-off post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure. On a future earth in which creepy, amoebic aliens referred to as pipers literally consume any technology they can find, a girl named Strata lives with her family in a nomadic archivist caravan that seeks to scavenge technology and digital history to preserve it from the relentless pipers.

When Strata one day discovers an amazing robotic pony and Nathan Hale takes a break from his awesome historical graphic novel series Hazardous Tales for this one-off post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure. The story, characters, and world of this book are vivid and immediately engaging, the artwork is stunning, and the movement and action is non-stop, almost cinematic.

This is a quick read that is a perfect recommendation for sci-fi, adventure, and Star Wars fans, even if they are fans of such movies more than books, as well as for fans of great graphic novels and illustration. May 12, Heather Taake rated it it was amazing. Love this sci-fi graphic novel. Sep 01, Newton Witter rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A very interesting take on dystopia, what with the aliens not eating humans or any of the usual, but technology. Sep 14, Dov Zeller rated it liked it Shelves: This is an enjoyable read and the art is great.

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Strata and her friends and family live in a caravan staying one step ahead of these aliens. My only problem with the book is a technical detail: Its eyes and mouth are surprised round Os. The story takes place in a kind of part futuristic part quasi-stone-age? I liked the juxtaposition of multiple different cultures and societies. Open Preview See a Problem? But clever, circ The yellow and greyscale art is interesting and the story moved forward at a very fast pace.

A group of teens from a more "modern" community that has dedicated itself to saving a bunch of computerized archives--digitalized historical and cultural artifacts of the pre-apocalypse world--are out foraging and they chance upon an underground bunker with a bunch of robots and computers. They accidentally power the stuff up which attracts the bad guys, space monste This is an enjoyable read and the art is great. They accidentally power the stuff up which attracts the bad guys, space monsters who float around and capure things in bubbles and like to eat machines.

Well, maybe not just machines, but definitely machines. The bad guys, space monsters that eat machinery like its potato chips, show up pretty quickly, and start eating the machinery and robots.

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They're dangerous to humans as well so the kids are trying to escape. The kids, at a certain point, could just leave and have a not too stressful getaway it seems, but one of them has found a robot horse and refuses to abandon the horse even though she's putting herself and everyone else in great danger. And then the kids have a run in with a kid around their age who is part of a group of people that has chosen to live in more of a "stone age" mode.

And she's in trouble with her group of people. And she also knows how to fight robot monsters. Meanwhile the parents of the lost "modern" teenagers are worried about their missing kids and their technology and can tell something is amiss and that something serious is up with the bubble aiens.

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All in all, this book is entertaining and fast-paced, but the set up happens very quickly I would argue too quickly as does the resolution. The characters are pretty caricature-ish. The ending isn't too believable even within the world of the book. In fact, most of the action kind of doesn't make sense. It's like the book is trying to do too much and too little all at once. And it was kind of over when it might have been just beginning. So, a lot of flaws and surface-skimming, but engaging and fun, too. Mar 13, Aoife rated it really liked it Shelves: This a fun, entertaining graphic novel about a dystopian world where strange alien creatures have ravaged the earth of its technology.

Humans are now struggling to survive and one girl called Strata lives in a community that tries to salvage tech before it can be found by aliens. When Strata finds an amazing robotic horse called Kleidi she ends up being chased by the aliens and fighting for her life. I really enjoyed this graphic novel.