- File Size: 1078 KB
- Print Length: 282 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Candlemark & Gleam (June 14, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 14, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008BP8STG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,549,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So good, in fact, that he’s accosted on the street by a mysterious robot. In a hauntingly familiar voice, it “calls” him. At first, Webrid doesn’t know for what. A special delivery, it turns out, of something surreptitiously implanted into his own hairy body.
Thus begins a rollicking journey. I was instantly charmed and increasingly enchanted as Webrid stumbles toward his goal.
For sci-fi authors, the establishment of a story world is a challenge, a balancing act. Too much detail and the story bogs down. Not enough detail and readers give up. In "Green Light Delivery," we receive only the barest of tantalizing clues about what Webrid’s world looks like and how it works. But these details are provided just as they are needed, and we build that world for ourselves, clue by hilarious clue.
This author's father is also known to be a very talented writer.
I will recommend this book to all of my friends in book club. Most of our book club members, like me, are retired teachers.
But then, make the confused but earnest hero, Ganpril Webrid, an alien being and put him on various alien worlds, surrounded by a vast array of distinct and distinctive alien creatures. Mix together lots of common motifs - bars, snitches, grifters, booze, robots, cops, gangsters, femmes fatale, hangovers, muggings, and all the other noir and detective staples, but give them all alien and sci-fi flavors and angles. Make sure the hero drinks Valestin-Hundred Proof and eats ground janz on a bun and flirts with babes that have suckers, at least three mouths, and multiple protuberances. Especially make sure the hero comes across as a regular guy with a hidden Philip Marlowe tough guy decency, a slow burn and gumption.
Then make the whole thing funny. Not stupid funny or jokey funny, but smart and snappy funny, with sharp dialogue, snarky robots, dark humor, clever asides and subtle digs, colorful side-kicks, and the hero's constantly engaging and amusing interior dialogue.
That's pretty much what you get here. The writing feels effortless; there isn't a lot of huffing and puffing as the author strains to dot the i's and cross the t's of her complete and perfect imaginary worlds. Rather, the reader just gets tossed in to Webrid's life in the Raralt Planetary Circle, and the reader picks up what he needs to know and fits all the pieces together as the book zips along. There are no lengthy descriptions and no extended exposition. It will be immediately clear that those jamboro cakes Webrid is selling when the book opens taste like crap.
So, the book is fun and entertaining. It is well written. It doesn't take itself seriously, but it is seriously well crafted. A nice, amusing, rewarding and cheerful find.
Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.