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2.0 out of 5 stars Load of vaguely enjoyable tosh, 16 July 2008
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This review is from: Space Captain Smith (Paperback)
This book was hard going for me, as it is a load of slightly witty jokes, sprinkled with sarcasm, unsubtle ironies and innuendo that have been strung together by some sort of plot. Hitchhiker's Guide it ain't - it isn't that funny, and the amount of reference to pop culture is out of place with a comedic sci-fi novel. The story starts well, with the main man Smith demanding a ship for general derring-do, then meeting the rest of the crew and so on. The action sequences are boring - the author does comedy okay, but is a bit lost when it comes to the 'fighting for ol' Blighty' parts.

There are gems to be found here though - especially in the dialogue. Smith and Carveth have good rappor and 'Frogface' is an interesting character, that could/should have been developed further - I think the author might have played the computer game Fallout 2 at some point...

As far as this book is concerned, if you want comedy read Hitchhiker's, if you want wit and a decent character arc, watch the Firefly boxset. I'm afraid that this little story doesn't cut the mustard, as Smith would say.
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Initial post: 6 Aug 2008 11:24:29 BDT
Yes this guy totally hit the nail on the head, when i read this book there was somethink that didnt seem right and it was the thinks like the pop culture referances that just jarred in a story set so far in the future and the slighly low brow humour in places. there is certainly potential and i am glad to see a sequal come out, the writer just needs to refine and tighten everything, and this could be a great series. but JC is right if you want sci fi laughs, read hitchhikers guide

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2008 10:13:21 BDT
HHGttG is like a bunch of Oxford students being clever (and is IS hilarious), but Space Captain Smith is funny in the great British comedy tradition - the underdog beating the bullies.
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