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Judith Rook was born in rural Yorkshire in the UK. Now she lives in Western Australia.
In her early years, Judith wrote whatever she felt like writing--stories, poems, plays, reflections. Then life intervened and her imagination went underground. For some time, she worked in education, radio, and wrote articles and reviews about music.
Towards the end of her working life, Judith began to write Science Fiction novels. She joined two writing groups, developed her technical skills and learned how to write stories for other people.
Science Fiction is Judith's favourite reading genre, then come the great classics. Among her Sci-Fi authors are: Isaac Asimov, Ursula K.Le Guin, C.J. Cherryh, Arthur C. Clarke, Phillip K. Dick and Julian May. Judith also writes short stories, generally about ordinary Australian life.
From time to time Judith rallies around important social issues and has been known to take to the streets in support, so long as there are good cafés along the way.

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Western Australia
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Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Science Fiction

The planet Circe can think, and the humans who live peacefully with her are different from the people on the nearby world of First Home.
Circe has sensed a dark threat far away in the galaxy and she has begun to plan ahead. She decides to join her own humans with those who live on First Home, a militaristic and technological giant. Together, they will be able to defeat the approaching danger.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and appreciate the referral from a friend. I now am an avid fan of Ms. Rook's stories. There is so much to this book... romance, a sentient planet known as Circe, characters that give added side stories, as well as intrigue and danger.
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Written with intelligence, grace, and empathy, I found this book to be a fascinating journey, one remembered long after the book was finished. Well done, Ms. Rook. 5 stars.

Le Guin meets Heinlein in this highly intelligent SF offering. The Circean women both rule and serve in a world of planetary consciousness, about to be disrupted by patriarchal galactic politics. The novel's technological vision is fresh and authentic, though fans of dystopian speculation will enjoy it as well. Great plot twists and rich character studies make this an all around great read. Don't miss it!

Rook offers a real kaleidoscope of creativity with fresh ideas on every page. … The subtext explores relationships on many levels from the diplomatic to the romantic, and each character not only adds to the story but helps carry the author's messages about human nature and the world in which we live. Rook clearly has a lot to say, and the planet Circe is a wonderful tool for her to share her philosophical musings. The characters' personalities add a sense of dynamism to proceedings which really drive the story forward

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Science Fiction

A young man with strange gifts has come to the strong planet, First Home, to be trained as a warrior, something that he cannot do on his own gentle, sentient home planet, Circe. The man carries in his psyche a darkness that only First Home can teach him how to control.
Space opera with thriller, romance and mystery mixed together in a novel that pushes the boundaries of science fiction literature.

This story is something unique among all the scifi I have read, and an intriguing idea. The natives of Circe, and their abilities, as well as their relationship to the planet made for some very interesting characters. The growing partnership with some from First Home, and intensifying division with others, are building to a climax not yet revealed in this second book of the series. I truly enjoyed this book, and will go back to read the first in the series to fill in some of the blanks in the story I am curious to learn about.

I can tell a lot of time has gone into the crafting of this story. Some of the steamier scenes are hot, and well written. A great book to spend some time over. Check it out for a good weekend of pleasure.

“Man of Two Planets” is a very imaginable sci-fi adventure that not only boasts a living planet, but is populated with interesting well-developed characters who stay with you long after the book is finished. Borto and his sister, Tethyn are great characters and even the villainous Vaire, although a disgusting pig, is immensely watchable.

However, I have to say that the imagery [Rook] invokes remind me of the old sci-fi masters Heinlein, and Asimov. All in all it is an enjoyable story and well worth reading.

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Action/Adventure, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Escaping from the local bully is part of David Eldwick's life, but when the bully threatens David's sister, the peaceable young school-leaver must turn into a hero as best he can.
He is helped by an enigmatic man from a parallel universe. But with the man comes a danger which could threaten the safety of Earth, and only David can deal with it.

"First Steps for a Hero" is classic science fiction at its best. The pacing and writing are excellent and I always had a clear picture in my mind of what was going on. The speculative elements in the first half of the story are light, but extremely intriguing. In the second half, the speculative elements are expanded upon. I had an idea of what might be going on, but the true answer was far better than what I expected. I'd definitely suggest "First Steps for a Hero" and can't wait for whatever Judith Rook writes next!

This is a wonderful coming of age book with science-fantasy, set in a 1960s Yorkshire farming community. It weaves together the challenges of burgeoning adulthood, alien invasion, standing up for what is right and the cost of doing so, with some careful social comment on the mores of life at that time. It is a thoroughly believable and well-written story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, which is rare as I tend not to like most YA I have read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys coming of age stories, urban fantasy or science-fantasy.

"First Steps for a Hero" is a story that reminded me very much of the ones I read when I was a kid. An ordinary boy having trouble with a bully as he is finishing school and embarking on adulthood. The boy learns how to deal with the bully on his own terms. The story is well written and it pulled me in until I read it all and it left me wanting more. I do hope that Judith Rook will be making a series of these. It may be for young adults, but I would read more.

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