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Phule's Company Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
Behind the puerile punning names and extraterrestrial setting stands a modest, winning story about a commander who builds a company of misfits, rejects and even a few aliens into a disciplined military outfit. Tricked into taking on the worst detachment in a far outpost of the Space Legion, Captain Willard Phule uses every resource in his control, particularly his immense wealth and his knowledge of how to motivate and lead people, to whip his skeptical crew of strays into shape and make them feel that they have, at last, found a home. This lighthearted tale is part science fiction, part spoof, part heart-warmer, its farcical elements pitted against the proper, stuffy voice of Phule's butler, Beeker, whose wry commentary precedes each section of narrative. Phule rings true as an astute entrepreneur of the human (and nonhuman) spirit. The psychological acumen that colors Asprin's characterizations, Phule in particular, gives the book the verisimilitude that is the essence of successful science fiction. Asprin wrote the Myth series.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Robert Lynn Asprin was an American science fiction and fantasy author, best known for his MythAdventures and Phule’s Company series. As an active fan of the genres, he was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a co-founder of the Great Dark Horde, and founder of the Dorsai Irregulars. He was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramtic Presentation for The Capture in 1976. Asprin died in 2008 at the age of 61 having published over fifty novels and several short stories. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
There is a super-diverse cast, including a quiet, Filipino chef named Escrima (Does your science fiction book have Filipinos in it? I didn't think so. And this guy's a badass) The top guy is like Bugs Bunny -- he is resourceful and knows how to get out of any kind of trouble without being invincible or overly smug about it. And he manages to be very likable . The storytelling is light and fun and addictive, the literary equivalent of eating popcorn. If you like science fiction and humor that's easy to read, you might as well buy the other books in the series, you'll want more.
I was very happy to find these books converted to digital so now I can keep it forever.
Written from perspective of droll butler, you will eagerly anticipate the climax of this preparation. But first, the unit proves how much esprit it possesses in a satisfying spectacle. Late in the book, Phule himself confounds everyone when presented with a life and death crisis. -which does not surprise his butler at all.
The top brass punishes Phule by promoting him to Captain, changing his pseudonym to "Jester," and shipping him off to a distant swamp planet to command Space Legion's Omega Company, supreme "misfits and losers" culled from a Legion already legendary for such. In this lowly place, from such "dregs," Phule sets out to remake the company's—and the Space Legion's—image. All it will take is confidence (and Phule is an artist at it!), and money. He has plenty of both.
His company is sure their new captain is just the latest in a long line of officers with purchased commissions, feather-bedding the way to higher rank while passing the real work on to subordinates—or worse, gathering glory at the cost of their troops' lives. They have never encountered anything like their new commander, who will spend any amount, and go to any length, to succeed at his plan.
What makes this novel so delightful is the wonderful crew of troops in Phule's Company. The sergeants, Brandy and Chocolate Harry (a cynical Amazon and a devious biker-turned-supply-sergeant) ride herd on the slobbish crowd of underlings: Sushi, who may or may not be Yukaza; Do-Wop, a light-fingered petty thief; the non-humans Tusk-anini, a pacifist giant wart-hogoid, and the Synthians, two small ground-creepers who can't stand each other; the pathetically-shy Rose, aka "Shrinking Violet," who makes even the confident Phule feel uncomfortable; and the pugnacious Super-Gnat, whose fierce (if ineffectual) defense of her short stature lands her in the middle of one brawl after another.
Solving one problem after another in the cleverest way possible (with the help from his butler and amanuensis Beeker), while shedding puns and literary allusions in every direction, Phule finds a triumphant path to victory, and brings his company—and Asprin's readers—along for the wild ride!