Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy: Volume 1 Paperback – 16 Oct 2013
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I'm knocking one star off due to writing style - sometimes it was hard to tell what was happening and I had to re-read a paragraph twice to work it out.
I'll probably pick up the sequel at some point, but I can't say it's a 'Must buy ASAP' for me.
"Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy" is one of such books. The main protagonist and POV character, Hank, is a "mediator." When negotiations between various unsavory characters come to the point of pointing guns at each other, the parties involved hire him to arrive to a more "peaceful" and less expensive resolution. As Hank says:
"There's a reason people hire me. It's not because I'm a genius. Or an expert marksman. Or because of my stunning good looks. No, it's because I actually listen."
Being bulletproof also helps. Hank is a "level four mutant," whose specific ability is an almost impervious exterior and fast regenerative powers. His services are in great demand: he lives on Belvaille, a most remote space station of Colmarian Confederation, where "overwhelming majority [of its inhabitants] were involved in illegal activities or were wanted as criminals."
Sometimes, there are problems that even Hank cannot solve easily. Like killer robots, Dredel Led, that came for a visit to the station to shoot it up a bit, or a mysterious brother/sister combo, who are on the ran from everyone and think that Hank is their new best friend.
Well, Hank is doing the best he can, under the circumstances. As the station's newspaper describes his various adventures: "Everything had looked grim, no hope of survival, and then I showed up, looking calm as could be, eating a sandwich."
This novel is a light read, with some good one-liners. If you are looking for a light-hearted Sci-Fi, you found it.
This book must have the best opening line that I have read for quite a while - 'The space station, Belvaille was not the most corrupt city in the galaxy, but we liked to think we were in the top five'. It sets the scene with its rather tongue in cheek humour and despite the killing, mayhem and threat of the entire galaxy being obliterated, this is really quite a light hearted and thoroughly amusing story.
Self published books vary greatly, but this is certainly one of the best which I have read for quite a while. The plot is cleverly thought out and does not run out of steam towards the conclusion. I do not know if the author has further plans for Hank, Belvaille and it's strange and varied inhabitants, but if they are the subject of a further tale it will certainly be on my reading list. Highly recommended!
Some great writing and lines that made me laugh.
An unusual read but worth a look.
It's the story of Hank, a 300(ish) year old man with a mutation that allows him to be nearly indestructible. For years he has existed as an arbiter for the gangs that inhabits the space station he calls home and he has made quite a name for himself while doing so. When a bigger threat than simple gang warfare threatens the space station, Hank must rise to the occasion and use his mutation for more than simply profit.
This was an interesting and amusing tale that was fast paced, original enough to be interesting and enjoyable enough to keep the pages turning. Though I thought the jokes could have been a bit funnier, I wouldn't have minded a bit more depth to the characters, and overall everything could have been polished up a bit, it's impossible to deny that this book is a lot of fun.
Overall this is a decent start to a light-hearted series and I am eager to see what the next story might bring.
My only complaint, really, is that something about the writing style felt oddly flat. I can't really explain it, but something felt very off about it. There were moments when long periods of time would be skimmed over in a few sentences, while other, less significant incidents were described in great detail. There were also a few very significant plot points that seemed to vanish or be forgotten, which struck me as very strange and rather unsatisfying.
Overall, though, this is a good, solid book. I would recommend it to other readers, especially those who like things a bit silly, but not so silly that it's completely unbelievable.
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