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'and Beyond' would be fine with me.
on 13 February 2011
I did enjoy this book. Enough that I read it in the bath, stayed up until 2am to continue it, read it on the bus in spite of a driver who thought he was Lewis Hamilton 2 laps from the chequered flag. Then continued over breakfast in Starbucks, finally finishing it while waiting for the bus home. There were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, which is fine in the bath, but not so good in Starbucks. Lots of grin-out-loud bits too which doesn't get so much attention.
I bought this on the basis of a conversation with the author on the Amazon forums (Hi Darren!), so it was taking a bit of a chance. Not too much though, as I read one page of the sample and straight away decided to buy it. My sense of humour was tickled by the first few lines and the early promise was definitely fulfilled.
The story itself is nothing new, but it was very well and wittily done. Man escapes from space prison and collects ship and companions, they have various adventures and come out smelling of roses (which is a relief after the pig manure bits!) What lifts this out of the mundane into the hilarious is the surreal details and the zest of the writing. I definitely engaged with the characters, and I would love to hear more of their adventures.
I was also entertained by trying to pick out the influences that showed here and there. Nothing too obvious, just a flavour here and there. Distinct seasoning of Hitchhiker's Guide, a taste of Spaceballs, a sprinkling of Firefly and a subtle aroma of Asimov. All mixed together into a truly delicious stew.
I did have a few minor irrations with the formatting. I got the PDF version as I don't have a kindle, so this may not apply to the Amazon version. I found that the text was quite small so I had to go for medium size, and that meant that each page ran just over onto the next screen, and the following one was blank. Also some of the lines were not wrapping properly. Something that wasn't due to the format was that there was no clear indication where there was a change of scene. Several times I had to go back and re-read the last few paragraphs to figure out where the change from one group to another had happened. I noticed a couple of small typos too. None of which was enough to spoil the story for me.