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The sensational character find of 2012: Pandaface, the Space Pirate

The story is as loose and fluid and Gemma’s design and artwork, which is highly inventive, full of fun details and humming with enviable style and an infectious energy.

There’s an overarching plot that has something to do with a television show about a sexy nurse, an important document written in Martian (a language Skelly imagines being comprised of letters that look like blots of ink) and clones of Gemma, but it’s not resolved by book’s end. Our protagonist just wants to return to Earth, and if there’s a moral or point to the work, it’s what one of the characters states to Gemma in a message that he immediately deletes: You’re you, and that’s all that really matters.

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