Do you like Red Dwarf? Me too! What about Doctor Who or stuff by Joss Whedon or Douglas Adams? Yeah, I love them as well! So there's a pretty good chance you're going to love this like I did. Winterhill is a mix of comedy and SF, with a bit of crime thrown in, which is not an easy thing to do, as evidenced by the fact that over the last thirty years pretty much the only successful examples are the ones I've listed above. Martin manages to pull the blend off expertly, hence the five stars. With larger than life characters having fun and saving the world, interesting alien planets and enemies, fast and twisty plots, and a writer who's obviously enjoying himself this is well worth your time.