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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is set in a technologically advanced society, but it's not so complex as to alienate you. Willard Phule, the main character, is an interesting guy to read about. Being one of the youngest megamillionaires in the galaxy, you wouldn't think he'd join the military. But he does... and not just any branch, but the Space Corps--the laughingstock of the military. The antics will have you hitting the floor on several occasions, I'm telling you.
Believe me, by the time you finish the book--which won't be long--you won't rest until you find the sequel. Have at it
Some very interesting points about human nature were presented. A good read if you have a lot of time on your hands.
There is nothing too heavy, too outrageious, or too violent in this series. They are somewhat dated (Phule uses something very akin to a laptop computer and wireless communication which was way-out science fiction when the first book was written). But, you can overlook that if you want to just enjoy a fun read (similar to the Doc Savage-type books where an answering machine was an fabulous invention).
Asprin uses some good old-fashioned character conflict to keep the reader interested. Everyone loves an underdog (which Phule is) that makes good. Phule isn't perfect, but he tries hard to do a good job even if it involves some risk and is a likeable character.
I gave the book 4 stars because it is "OK." I reserve five-star ratings for larger, more complex plots, and books that leave me feeling put out to sea, or at least decidedly different.
Go ahead and buy this book, you cannot help but be entertained.
Overall, it is a good way to spend a few days in light hearted reading. It's your typical 'underdog overcomes all' scenario but the likable characters certainly betters the formula. Other books in the series are:
1. Phule's Company
2. Phule's Paradise
3. A Phule and His Money
4. Phule Me Twice
5. No Phule Like an Old Phule
Worth reading a few times for those lazy afternoon sunny days while relaxing on the porch. These are books that a teenager might really like an spark an interest in reading, too.
The witty dialogue and fast paced events of this book carry the reader straight into Asprin's world. Phule's belief in his Omega Company makes the company strive to meet his expectations. Phule throws money around to outfit his company with the best possible equipment, including custom uniforms and a remodeling of their whole facility into a paradise like hotel. Each character has an intricate personality and his or her own special quirk. One member of the company is an alien from another world who is a determined pacifist. Through Phule's leadership, the company's coming together is downright heartwarming.