Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Space Captain Smith

Space Captain Smith (Chronicles of Isambard Smith #1)Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isambard Smith, former captain and current file clerk, gets tapped to take captaincy of the John Pym and transport Rhianna Mitchell from New Franscisco to the British Empire. Helping him are Carveth, a renegade sex droid, Suruk the Morlock, and a hamster named Gerald. Unfortuantely, both the Ghast Empire and the Republic of New Eden also have their eyes on Rhianna as well...

Sometimes, I run into a book that feels like it was written specifically for me. Space Captain Smith is a comedic space opera, like Christopher Moore sat down with the surviving members of Monty Python and attempted to write an episode of Battlestar Galactica. The humor is dry and sarcastic with nods to Bladerunner, Predator, Star Wars, Star Trek, and The Matrix, among other things. Smith and crew are hilarious but the story never falls into a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy level of absurdity. Although, there is a redneck planet and a hippie planet...

I'd recommend this to all fans of Christopher Moore, Red Dwarf, and fans of British Humor in general.

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