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5.0 out of 5 stars Adapt this for TV...NOW!!!, 24 Sept. 2008
This review is from: God Emperor of Didcot (Space Captain Smith) (Paperback)
'God Emperor of Didcot', Toby Frost's second novel following the adventures of Captain Smith of the British Galactic Empire and his crew comprising a sex-toy android turned pilot, an incredibly violent alien, a hamster called Gerald and on occasion a half new age hippy woman/ half-ethereal alien, is a joy from start to finish.

Gently sending up sci-fi classics such as Dune (replace 'spice'of Frank Herbert's epic with 'tea' and you'll get the idea) whilst simultaneously parodying elements of our own world (nouveau arrivistes, new-agers and religious fanatics all receive a gentle or not-so gentle ribbing), it is full of truly laugh out loud moments. You don't even need to be a sci-fi fan to get much of the humour. Being British would probably help, since many of the targets are particular to this country, but even that isn't vital.

There is also decent plot & characters to go along with all the jokes. The adventures of Space Captain Smith are not simple spoofs, even if they do mock or lampoon other fictional genres along the way. The story here, a mix of Dune, War of the Worlds and Casablanca if that is possible, is properly constructed and you actually care what happens. Equally you care about Smith and his companions. Yes, they can be utter idiots and are drawn in broad strokes, but they are also recognisably human (even the aliens). If God Emperor of Didcot was simply a series of skits hung on a waifer thin plot it would probably still be funny but not as half as satisfying as it actually is.

I really cannot recommend this book, or its prequel, highly enough. I suspect that it will not be long before some bright TV producer picks up a copy and spots the potential for a TV adaptation. Reading both books I could not help but feel that this would be perfect for either (British) TV or Radio. Try it and see if you agree...
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