Magnum Thrax and the Amusement Park of Doom Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00R3XXF2W
- Publisher : Clickit Press; 1st edition (December 16, 2014)
- Publication date : December 16, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 3485 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,231,388 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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With the reference to Pleasurepit Five and the combat sexbots, the impression is that this is going to be a sci-fi Dean Martin/Matt Helm action sex comedy. Well, it is a little. But, and this is a big "but", only a little, because the author has some fun with the idea of sexbots being repurposed as soldiers, and then once we've done some leering and oogling and a few jokes, he lets that go and moves on to a much better book.
The story is that the few remaining civilized outposts on Earth are threatened by an attacking rogue amusement park, (think Disney by way of The Borg). An android delivers a weapon to Pleasurepit Five and our hero, Magnum Thrax, is the only one who can travel across the Death Zone to enlist the technowitches into the fight against this evil. So, what you really get is a sort of Mad Max, Lord of the Rings, Dirty Dozen, high tech mashup.
But here's the really good part -- the post apocalyptic world is beautifully conceived, the techno/nano/quantum gobbledygook is wildly inventive, the characters are inspired, and the narrative and dialogue are unrelievedly funny.
First off, there is a cool creature or sci-fi wrinkle or social alt-world angle on every page. This is a post-apocalyptic world after all, and the how and the why, and the consequences, of the apocalypse lend themselves to a lot of edgy and sly throwaway humor about how things used to be.
Next, the author never met a nano-thingy he didn't love. The whole plot could be jettisoned and it would just be fun to explore the goofy or lame or fascinating or silly tech that's on display here. There is one of every kind of android, robot, sexbot, weapon, communicator, advanced power source, photon thing, quantum whatzzit, etc. that you could possibly come up with.
Third, the characters are very well done. Thrax is a bit full of himself, of course, but he's a decent hero. The sexbots get to have personalities. The villain is a hoot, ("so needy!"). And the list goes on. Many incidental characters are written with great care, which gives the story more weight than just a funny space opera. There are at least two engaging AI's, and even some of the hardware gets decent lines.
Finally, and best, the tale is consistently funny. Very little of the humor is in your face, and none of it is heavy-handed or stoopid. There are lots of dry throwaway lines, deadpan observations, and wry or edgy musings. The narrative is funny, but actually fairly subtle. There is a lot of cross-talk and snappy dialogue, especially between Thrax and his techno-nerd best friend. It's smart and clever stuff.
So, I thought this would be a sort of disposable one-note joke kind of entertainment. Turns out that it was both a decent sci-fi adventure and a funny buddy-style thriller with a crunchy dystopian coating. Who knew?
(Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
My copy came from Net Galley. My thoughts and opinions are my own. This review is left of my own free will.