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Space Orville by [Whelan, Jeff]
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Length: 336 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JB722S
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Set in the 23rd century, this sci-fi caper should be total treat to any teen reader. Space Orville, the eponymous 16-year-old whizkid hero, is recruited from his job at Morphean Gaming Systems and sent on an unusual mission: to rescue Miles O'Teeth and the Irreplaceable Fog Napkin from his kidnappers, the Weezle Bums. That introduction alone should tell you that you're in for a wild ride inside an exuberant imagination. Space Orville, in the course of pursuing the Weezle Bums through space, gathering friends and allies as he goes, encounters a far more dangerous and destructive archvillain, and now our teen hero finds himself responsible for rescuing the whole cosmos.

Throughout the nonstop action, author Jeff Whelan serves up vivid description, priceless Lewis Carroll-like dialogue and wordplay, as well as meditations both profound and playful on the meaning of time and existence: for example, spoken by a Yoda-like sage named Riff, "Always is everywhere. And everywhere is always." Beat that, George Lucas. Whelan has also created an unforgettable companion for Space Orville: NeutroFuzz, the most adorable and stupendous pet EVER, who "bippers" and "flummers" and "tingulates" his way into your heart.

I don't want to expound further on the plot, leaving all the fun to those intelligent enough to buy this book. Author Whelan has a feast in store for you; he creates that literary miracle J.K. Rowling accomplished: an expansive, fully formed, vibrantly imagined, believably magical world.
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One reviewer said Space Orville is like "Dr. Seuss meets Hitchhiker's Guide". Okay, I can see that. But I had a different thought as I went "fripping and bizzling" my way through Space Orville's epic adventure: Monty Python meets John Lennon. I haven't read such imaginative and delightfully crazy word-play since John Lennon penned "John Lennon In His Own Write" and "A Spaniard In The Works". Part of what makes the humor work so well is exactly what made it work in the movie, "Airplane". In that movie, funny lines are delivered dead-pan. Remember, "And don't call me Shirley"? C'mon, you know you laughed when that line was delivered. In Whelan's wild world of Space Orville, words like "Weezle Bums" and "Irreplaceable Fog Napkin" and names like Miles O'Teeth and General DeKay are uttered in all seriousness which, of course, makes them so funny. I mean, really, this is serious business. A teenager is recruited to do nothing less than save the entire freakin' Universe, for crying out loud. And there are villains out there. Bad, nasty villains. You never know what they might do. For example, who wants to meet up with anyone named "Bizmo the Inconceivable"? Surely, that can't be good. And don't call me Shirley.

As I'm writing this review I'm realizing how impossible it is to convey just how wonderfully compelling this book really is. Everything I wrote in the above paragraph is true but because it's out of context it doesn't do justice to Whelan's genius. The brilliance of this book isn't just confined to the humor. Whelan's descriptive passages are works of genius in their own right, not to mention the imaginative details that make the world of Space Orville so "real" in spite of the absurdity of it all. Space Orville truly is a delightfully entertaining adventure.
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I reviewed the book for my blog (Megan Blogs) and am adding it on here, because I had so much fun reading it -- plus, the more I think about the story, the more layers I see in it (pun intended)...

-"So, what you're saying," Space Orville said, "is that Earth people could actually hop universe layers to discover intelligent life?"

The story opens with a violent electric blare in Mordan Quel, home to the most notorious criminals in the universe. The result of the incredible breach of this maximum security penal moon is that Bizmo the Inconceivable, the most securely held and the most dangerous of all the criminals there, has just escaped.

Space Orville is the story of a sixteen-year-old prodigy, reluctantly recruited to capture the evil genius and thereby secure the peace of the universe. The twist? The universe is composed of many layers that the civilization of 23rd-century Earth, though very evolved and technologically advanced, is not yet privy to (never mind being capable of layer-hopping). Oh, and there is also the matter of the Irreplaceable Fog Napkin, a small device that looks like an innocuous pocket watch, but can stop whatever it comes into contact with.

Honestly, I'm in a little bit of awe of Jeff Whelan. That he created all these detailed (and evil) characters, that he could imagine so many specific and practical details about the future, that he was capable of engaging this reader and never once let me feel disoriented in this peculiar rendition of the universe and its space travel, was just remarkable. Yeah, I'm in a little bit of awe of Jeff... and maybe a little bit scared, too This was a fantastic read, witty and well written, and I highly recommend it.

VERY well done for a first novel, Jeff! Can't wait the read the sequel.
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I'm not even sure where to begin because so many things about this book delight me.

Let's start with Whelan's use of imaginary words and creative turns of phrase. Every English major in the country could have a heydey analyzing the hilarious similes and nonces used to paint the picture of various worlds. There were so many times when I just stopped and grinned, thinking, "I wish I'd thought to describe it that way!" It's like Dr. Seuss meets Hitchhiker's Guide, and the only thing it needs are some good illustrations.

But in addition to it being charming linguistically and funny with witty dialog and slapstick humor, Whelan packs a punch. More than once, he gave me pause to think about how I perceive certain types of situations or aspects of the world in which I live. He manages to be frothy and deep at the same time, which is something I would really love to be able to do.

I don't want to have to print "spoiler alert", so I won't give too many details, but one premise of the book really intrigued me. The universe has layers, and in one of these layers--Narvosis--is the world of dreams. In theory, we all--all sentient life throughout all the galaxies--visit Narvosis when we sleep. We can only travel there in our subconscious. BUT WHAT IF SOMEONE COULD OVERTHROW NARVOSIS?!

Cool, huh? Seriously, go read this book.
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