Reviews of Coelura, the (1983)
This was a very short novel that seemed to be written more to give words to the artwork (nothing special, and not in color) accompanying the story. The story itself had some serious shortfalls, was implausible, and was extremely time-worn. How many times has the plot device of a forced marriage been used to motivate a character to begin her quest? Add one more to that ever growing list. Luckily, while on her quest the lead character met her true love, and was later able to convince Daddy to give up his forced marriage notion and instead accept her true love. This is quite a shocking plot twist, isnít it?
And what is the ultimate message or point of the book? It's an environmental message. The coelura creatures are unique, precious, and beautiful for the clothing they make. In fact, they are the clothing -- another unoriginal concept. We should treat all animal species as harmless and beneficial as the coelura are with the love and respect they deserve, and never ever hunt or exploit them to the point of extinction. It's just wrong. If this beauty pageant contestant platitude is a fresh message for you, and one you feel the need to read, this book will surely appeal to you. Otherwise, there's nothing new here. You can safely skip it.
Review by bibliocrazy (2004-04-20)
a really under-rated book, the coelura is beautiful. the version i have has really pretty drawings every chapter or so and the cover is this crazy-looking embossed blue-and-silver person wearing coelura. the story is told very simply, and it's a real short book, but quite satisfying with lots of style.