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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (6 Nov 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0593073088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593073087
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson's debut novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award and set readers on the epic adventure that is his acclaimed 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' sequence. He lives in Cornwall and is currently writing The Crippled God - the tenth and final chapter in what has been hailed 'a masterwork of the imagination'. To find out more, visit www.malazanempire.com.

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"Willful Child is a love letter to 'Star Trek' and its fans - a pitch-perfect tour de force; Erikson walks a very fine line without ever once stumbling." ROBERT J SAWYER, Huge Award-winning author of Fast Forward and Red Planet Blues

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A wickedly entertaining spoof SF space adventure by Steven Erikson, a life-long 'Star Trek' fan and author of the multi-million copy selling 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen' series.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov 2014
Format: Hardcover
Welcome to the future, and surprise, surprise, Mankind is just the same as ever. Thanks to a lucky break and an ‘acquisition’ of an intergalactic spaceship though, Man has reached for the stars, and in a big way. With a Terran Space Fleet and a member of the Alliance we are out colonizing and doing all those things that we did in the past, but on a much grander scale. As you no doubt have already realised by the book description this is a parody of Star Trek and other such shows and books which fall into the same category. So without further ado let us meet the main man, Captain Hadrian Alan Sawback.

Hadrian has just taken command of the spaceship Willful Child, and is out to make an impression, indeed a big impression. But with senior staff at Command thinking that perhaps he may have cheated at his captaincy exams things are not going to be plain sailing for the new captain. He has picked his crew in a rather random way, the men by abilities and the females by looks, which is probably not the best way to go about things.

Now in space, the final frontier, one thing is for sure, things will never be quite the same again. As we follow Hadrian and his crew aboard the Willful Child we see that it is rich in incident and comedy. Will Hadrian ever get it away with a female member of the crew, or what about that rather sexy but dangerous lieutenant in the Marines? Blowing things up, being fired upon, meeting new life forms, and having the ship taken over by an AI are just some of the things in store on this eventful voyage.

Of course, despite there being a proper uniform for these intrepid explorers, Hadrian favours a certain outfit made of polyester that will instantly make you think of the original Star Trek uniform.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov 2014
Format: Hardcover
Author Steven Erikson is having enormous fun here. It is obvious he is a Star Trek fan and shares a light hearted vision of a Star Trek type universe and Federation type expansion. Told in a deliberate episodic style that puts a unique twist of the Kirk maverick style by having a captain who pretty much does what he likes and it always comes good. The crew play the straight man to him along with a computer who takes self-awareness to a whole new level. Star Trek fans do have a sense of humour and will see many areas where the Star Trek world and message is gently prodded at. For non-fans there is still plenty to enjoy, you just need to not take this seriously and get into the mind-set of enjoying a pretty entertaining ride. Mr Erikson’s stuff is normally very serious fantasy, so important to understand that this is a light hearted tale where the author wants you to have as much fun reading it as he had writing it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov 2014
Format: Hardcover
Ah space, the not so final frontier as Steven Erikson brings his own take on the whole space opera as he brings the reader an absurd and bizarre reimaging to the froe in this comical tale that will not only delight space fans but will more than cement him into many readers TBR lists.

As expected its definitely something weird and when added to cracking prose alongside an author who knows how to create a tile that readers will just love to get behind all round gives you something that will have you chuckling along as it unfurls. Back this up with what feels like mini-episodes (almost as if written as short stories) and I was a more than happy reader.
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