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Pax Titanus Paperback – October 20, 2014
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"Imagine the Epic of Gilgamesh rewritten as a Space Opera by the Aqua Teen Hunger Force guys and you have Pax Titanus in a nutshell." -- Dead End Follies
"It's a hilarious romp, all right: not recommended for the serious hard science fiction reader used to predictability, but especially applauded for its ability to weave together a bizarre plot and disparate elements to ultimately create a heady mixture of an insane parody blended with interstellar supernova action." -- Donovan's Bookshelf
"Pax Titanus features one of the biggest, most ambitious worlds in Bizarro history. Tom Lucas hits heavy." -- Garrett Cook, author of Time Pimp, Murderland and You Might Just Make It Out of This Alive
"Massive war hammers, a coach full of cuss words, sexual seepage ooze, and crushed skulls, all crammed together in this BIG epic arena style battles. Tom Lucas knocks a memorable sci-fi out of this world... GET SOME!" -- Beauty in Ruins
"Pax Titanus is big and bold and crazy, making it incredibly fun to read, but what makes this a worthwhile story is the love that Titanus has for his wife and son. It forms the frame that every other part of the story is built around and it adds emotional weight and poignancy to what is a pretty weird and far out book." -- The Fandom Post
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Tom Lucas' “Pax Titanus” tells this story and tells it well. Then again, this book isn't for those looking for a terribly in-depth story. The real feature of this book is the increasing amounts of alien carnage and detailed fight scenes to sate the reader's inner blood lust. The story is more there to move the action along.
The characters are quirky, from Titanus' inability to tell a lie to his wife (who's a squid) communicating by secreting emotional ooze based on what she's feeling. Right? Right. The book is the usual short length for an entry in the New Bizarro Authors Series. In this case, that works well. Lucas is forced to economize and doesn't waste any time on extraneous details. He focuses on what's important and gets to the point, which prevents the reader from screaming, “Get to the point!”
Graphic, violent, and simple, “Pax Titanus” still holds charm and does have a surprise ending. While this type of book isn't always my cup of tea, it was still a fun read that kept my attention and does make the inner child squeal with joy at the copious amounts of mindless violence. Or is that just me? My inner child might be a little disturbed.
If I have a main complaint, it's that this book could have used another pass the editor. Basic mechanical mistakes bug me enormously and are a pet peeve, and I have to knock the book down a little for that.
An enjoyable and short read that reminds one of a summer action flick, “Pax Titanus” definitely scratches a certain itch, although admittedly it may not be an itch that everyone has. If you like excessive amounts of literary violence not counting those brutal writers' conferences, then “Pax Titanus” is definitely worth your time.
“Pax Titanus” by Tom Lucas earns 4 out of 5 bludgeoned skulls.
Often times in a novella, the story feels squeezed into a smaller package than it deserves due to length restrictions. This is not the case with Pax Titanus. Lucas has wisely steered clear of a lot of extraneous complexities of plot and stuck with a clear and concise story arc. We see Titanus with his family, get forced into the tournament, grow as a fighter, get a coach, accolades from the crowd, and training, all of which leads from battle to battle until the climactic fight to win it all. The simplicity of story serves the book well, and allows moments of humor and character to gleam. One moment I particularly loved was when our hero is in trouble in one of the final matches and a message comes from his wife that gives him hope. The twist? His wife is a squid, who oozes various emotional secretions. I won’t spoil the moment here, but it’s bits like these that show the range of Lucas’s sense of humor and allow the style to come through the simple story, simply told.
This book comes recommended for any sci-fi fan, video game junkie or bizarro book lover. The sheer variety of the alien races, the bizarre and captivating descriptions of their quirks, and the imaginative fights are well worth the price of admission. Are you ready to crush some skulls? Tom Lucas is, and he’s been kind enough to share a knockout sledgehammer blow with his readers.
Taking a step out of my general "safety zone" of traditional fantasy and historical novels of varying degrees, I picked up Pax Titanus out of curiosity and, perhaps, a bit of insanity. In the first paragraph I was captured, by the end of the first chapter I was in chains. Chapter Two attached a steel ball, chapter three bludgeoned me into immobility and by chapter four I knew I wouldn't be putting the book down until there wasn't a word left to read.
Tom Lucas lays every culture on the paper with color and a draw on familiarity that gives the imagination free reign to draw from the world around it to build something new and vibrant that still evokes emotional undertones drawn from every segment of life.
Running beneath all of the humor and mockery flows the lifeblood of a story at its best. Prideful, honorable, and dedicated, Titanus sacrifices as only a father can to save his son. Supported by a cast of interesting characters, and with a little luck, Tits accomplishes the unimaginable again and again.
All in all, I give this book an A+ and only wish I could have lived inside the book a little longer, enjoying the vibrant and interesting mind of the author and the vast playground he has created.
I look forward to what the coming years will bring us from the minds of Tom Lucas and the rest of the New Bizarros Series.