, pub-4807045201008872, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 meta name=", pub-4807045201008872, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 Ginger High- Books R Us: REVIEW OF VERTICAL PLAY BY LAURA DOWNING ROOT


Wednesday, March 14, 2012


I want to welcome Laura Downing Root to Books R Us. Laura is the author of Vertical Play. Thanks for stopping by.

In California, Kim, an extraordinary veterinary technician, needs all her wit and humor to attend to the myriad of home-bred and new, exciting alien animal species now requiring medical attention at the animal hospital where she works.

Most humans and Kim find working with Himbians--as the aliens are called--much worth the while, especially when learning of their much advanced water technology. But will they be able to convince the Smithsons of the inherent good of working with aliens?

Counting Kim's former husband and in-laws, the Smithsons--like the countless other humans who always prefer to view aliens and other strangers with suspicion--represent the last hurdle in linking Earth with the vast potential of the universal community out there.

About the Author

Her work as a veterinary technician and her love of science fiction and mystery inspired Laura to come up with this book. Laura, like Kim in this book, is a registered veterinary technician with a two-year nursing degree and an LVN. A native of Texas, she has spent the last twenty-four years of her life in California with her husband, Aaron. Laura likes cooking, catering, and reading.

My Thoughts:

When I read the book's description, I thought it was going to be a mystery/suspense novel but it was more a first person narrative about the life of a vet tech. The plot was very imaginative and was written as a diary or journal. In the novel, we are introduced to the Himbians an intelligent and friendly alien species who have been allowed to live on Earth. There are a few individuals who do not like or welcome them and they are constantly trying to harm them. Will the Himbians survive on Earth? I guess you have to read the book to find out. If you like to read diaries or journals this is the book for you.  

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Review Team. Visit to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team. 


  1. I love a good mystery as a fan of Hardy boys/Nancy drew!

  2. this seems like good book ,will have to read it

  3. Great review. Totally want to read it now!

  4. This looks pretty good-- I love great mystries--will be looking forward to this

  5. sounds like an interesting book....Guess I better check it out!

  6. I am not that into Science fiction but I am intrigued after reading your review...will have to read I am curious!!! thanks

  7. I don't really like Sci-Fi either, but I love animals so this could be an interesting read.

    Thanks for the post!

  8. This should be the first sci fi book I've come across.


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