... a great first Sci-fi book to read. It included a good amount of romance, action and just overall fun.
... I have to say its quite imaginative and adventurous. I found the world building to be interesting, alien protagonists creative as well as their own language - brought back memories of lord of the rings elvish language.
Mr Cooper, it has to be said, excels beyond all other things at depicting the cultural, material and technological aspects of science fiction, from space-faring and technology down to xenomythology and language-related topics; his book outshines in this respect even such superb works as David Brin's Uplift Universe ...
When I was a kid, Commander Keen was my favourite game. And it was awesome!
Unfortunately, I only had one game in the series, and my parents weren't... keen... to send their credit card details over the phone to a company overseas. This was well before Internet, mind you. So I couldn't get the rest of the games, even though I really wanted them.
Instead, I started designing my own games and stories on a magnadoodle. That's how I developed my love of storytelling.
Then, when I was in year five, my teacher read to me the Chinese creation myth. That triggered a spark in my mind, which over the years transformed into an invented world, with its own mythology, languages, and history.