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I downloaded the Kindle edition, not really expecting much (mostly because of the comic-strip dialog bubble on the cover)....but man did this prove me wrong!
The book was funny and exciting, and I loved the universe Mr. Hutchinson has created here. I was so engrossed with what had happened and what was happening, that I wanted to find out what would happen next.
So much so, that I purchased the next two in the series (there are currently a total of six, and I will buy those next).
I'm a huge fan of Douglas Adams, and while this is not quite him, this is an excellent series that can hold its own with the very best.
This is a very funny, exciting series that is VERY well-written and VERY worthy of your time.
Prepare to laugh out loud at times.
As annoying as the main character, Cal can sometimes be, I understand that the author intended for him to be that way. Other characters regularly comment on how annoying he is. That being said, I did laugh every time Cal added the word "Space" to everything just to annoy Mech.
Speaking of other characters, they are all really well written, and Mech in particular is my favorite, with Loren a close second.
Do yourself a favor, buy this book for the measly $0.99 cents, and get ready to go on the "Space" ride of your life.
Space Team follows Cal, a smooth-talking con-man, on a bizarre journey through space to save the galaxy from a deadly virus. Populated with whacky but lovable characters, it's written in the tradition Douglas Adams pioneered for semi-absurdist space shenanigans and dry wit, so it isn't one of those sci-fi's that wants to break your heart or change your perspective on some important social issue. It's pure fun.
Well-written and expertly paced, it held my attention from cover to cover. I'd say it's appropriate for most audiences (there IS cursing, kind of: the author usues a fairly hilarious workaround to use some colorful language without ever actually dropping any four-letter bombs). If you like Hitchhiker's Guide, anything by Terry Pratchett, or the movie Galaxy Quest, I'd definitely recommend checking this one out.
“Well, I think eating forty-eight people is pretty hot,”
The first couple of chapters into the book, I found myself thinking, “What the fonk? I thought this thing was going to be good. I thought it was sci-fi humor.” Cal, the main character, starts out in prison on earth with an overweight pant-less cannibal? The mental image of the real Butcher fondling himself is unfortunately burned into my head now. Thanks Hutchison! Another chapter or two in, I ask myself, “What the Shizzing motherfonking jotztrumpet? This book is absolute ridiculousness. I’m still not really sure whats going on, but I think I just pissed myself laughing.” Think Douglas Adams, but with more lunacy. Then just about the time I think Space Team is going to be one punch line after another with no real substance, an honest-to-goodness sci-fi story breaks out.
“We’re a motherfonking space team.”
So the real story is that one of the Space Presidents sends our man Cal and a motley crew of troublemakers on a mission to save the galaxy. He gives them a ship with promises of great rewards if they survive and sends them on their way. They face off with the usual assortment of space zombies and bad guys who are way more serious than Cal.
“That’s Dolly Parton! What the fonk is Dolly Parton doing in outer space?”
What else can I say about this book? Well, Hutchison kills Toby Maguire. Actually, he kills off a lot of people, but Toby’s death hits Cal pretty hard. Then there is the start of what could become an interspecies love triangle. Obviously Dolly Parton does the soundtrack. There are loads of Star Trek and Star Wars references. Many of which are pretty hilarious. The last thing I will add is that Cal gives their space ship the coolest name ever. You have to read it to find out.
“That’s for Tobey Maguire, you weird-eyebrowed mass-murdering fonk.”
I rate Space Team four stars. Was it a literary science fiction masterpiece? No, but it was a hilariously ridiculous read. I haven't laughed at a book that much since reading The Restaurant at the End of the Universe back in 1985. Hutchison has a sequel in the works that publishes next month. I already have it preordered and plan on checking out some of his other series. If you only like serious sci-fi then Space Team isn't for you. However, If you want to laugh out loud then be prepared to change your pants and put this one on your list.
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