I just finished reading Cardan's Pod by Rick Higginson. Usually, I'm not a fan of fantasy or science fiction, but this book stands out on my list of sci-fi reads.
It appeals to me because there is a dash of fantasy which spices up a typical modern environment. There is most definitely a moment when suspension of logical thought is required, as is true with all sci-fi, but it is wrapped in such a package of normalcy, that the reader begins to fully accept the fantasy creations quite quickly. And the author acknowledges the ordinary skepticism that any person would feel if fantasy figures such as these were encountered in real life. The reader perceives the sci-fi aspect, but doesn't feel like the entire story line is other-worldly.
My favorite part of this book is the relationship that develops between the main character, Josh, and the main fantasy character, Marta. Rick does an excellent job of keeping the reader intrigued with the plot developments between these two, but I have to say that I enjoyed the peripheral characters, also. They were fleshed out nicely for their parts and enough time was spent with each individually that I felt quite comfortable coming back to them as the story line carried through the book.
There is something for everyone in this book: mystery, intrigue, romance, and a "splash" (had to throw that word in) of sci-fi/fantasy. This book will satisfy fans of many genres.
I recommend "Cardan's Pod" to anyone who enjoys a good and satisfying story. It's not just for sci-fi readers only!