- File Size: 712 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publication Date: December 6, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006JB722S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Space Orville Kindle Edition
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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.
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. I can easily see it getting picked up by Pixar for their next big blockbuster animated film. Really, it's that good.
A WORD OF CAUTION: Don't read this book in public. I was reading it in the waiting room of Les Schwab while having new tires put on my car. I kept trying hold in the snickers and the chortles but they snorted out anyway. It was just plain embarrassing.
- Gary Val Tenuta -
Author of Ash: Return of the Beast
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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Reviewer: R. Murry
Jeff's imagination took possession of my mind from the start of this space odyssey.Read more