- 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: #1,802,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
-"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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
JW has an infinite imagination and an astounding inventiveness with language. Space Orville is an endearing character and Neutrofuzz is...well, where can I get one of those? Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by F. F. Ross
What a delightful tale and what a talent the author has for creating words out of thin air. A joy to read.Published on February 18, 2013 by word addicted
Space Orville is fantastic good time. Every page is smart, creative and engaging. I was hooked from the start. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Jayme Beddingfield
Space Orville by Jeff Whelan is one of the most ingenious novels I've read since Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Love to Read
Enter a whimsical world of the future, where a young man embarks on a fantastic journey of intrigue and danger. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by MJ Eging
SPACE Orville has a 14 year old's dream job; he makes games on a space station, away from his parents. Then he gets to save the world. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Kent McDaniel
Space Orville is a rocketing good time, right up my space-alley. Let's agree now that my review won't be as funny as the book, so go buy Space Orville and read for yourself. Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by Sher A Hart
My daughter and I have just finished reading `Space Orville', by Jeff Whelan. I never read Science Fiction-I have no means to explain why, I love watching Sci-Fi movies and TV... Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by Renata F. Barcelos
REVIEW OF: SPACE ORVILLE
Reviewer: R. Murry
Jeff's imagination took possession of my mind from the start of this space odyssey. Read more
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