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- Print Length: 284 pages
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- Publisher: Zertex Media (September 26, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 26, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LT76J7K
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Space Team series is your veritable pharmacopeia of laughs, guffaws, giggles, and groans, all sweetly coated in thrilling space adventure that will draw you in from premise one and take you on the ride of your life ...in space.
Some folks have compared this cast of ne'er do wells to the Guardians of the Galaxy. I am not going there. Don't get me wrong; yay Marvel and all that, but these characters and this author deserve more way than just being described that way. This is a whole, imaginative universe unto itself that is in no way derivative of any of the major Universes we are seeing on the big screen these days. It's like comparing apples and banoffee pie. Nonsensical.
That said, rich, subtle, nerdy homages abound, of course; you'll find outright references to classic Sci Fi, nods to some of our all-time favorite characters (cough *Kirk* cough), and even, if you look for them, exquisitely subtle pop culture references that will have the Dudeist in you vibrating with joy (kind of like Splurt when he's happy). Far out, man.
From book one all the way through nine (the latest in the series as I write this), Barry weaves masterful, suspenseful, outright hilarious tales of the Space Team, and you can't help but find yourself rooting for them -- even when they mess things up -- and yes, maybe you'll even find yourself loving them a bit. Oh, and crying. Oh yes. You will cry... but don't let that deter you.
Book one is the origin story of Space Team, a rag tag band of miscreants and misfits, thrown together into a difficult and convoluted space situation. Every element of their initial (and sometimes larger than life) character development becomes essential to the eventual gelling (sorry, Splurt) of this newly-formed maybe-not-Team-at-first. Then, in spite of their differences, the personalities, quirks, habits, and Cal's annoying propensity to put the word "space" in front of every noun, this weird combo actually makes for a kickass group of problem-solvers and doers. Even when they mess it up. Which they do. A lot.
Barry is a master of taking his interesting characters, putting them in whacky, way-out situations, and seeing where things go without anything that happens feeling forced by the unseen hand (of the author, or space god, as it were). There is always the chance that situations will grow even larger than life, because the rules of this universe are only bound by the author's imagination and the nature of his characters. Whether he leads his characters or they lead him, the story is always going to go somewhere interesting, and the resolutions will be delightful and even poignant in their expansive creativity and heartfelt feels.
These books get even better on the second read; I am in my second cycle of reading 1-9 while my husband takes his first read of them. I think that I laugh even harder this time and with greater joy. I know and love these characters now, and even though I know that Cal is going to be predictably verbose, Miz predictably whateverish, Lauren bumbling but strangely competent, Splurt, well, just splurty, and Mech either nerd or a tank, I find their antics, their relationships, their joys, and their heartbreaks just as exhilarating in re-reading, if not more so than the first read.
I highly recommend this entire series to anyone who loves imaginative new SF! Come on. You know you need a laugh. Give this series a chance.
By Bob Gelms
Space Team: A Comedic Sci-Fi Adventure by Barry J. Hutchison is not only a “must read” but also a “read immediately,” “read as soon as possible,” “read yesterday,” and very definitely “URGENT READ.” With everything happening in our country at the moment, what we all can use its multiple belly laughs. This book is where you will find them.
Comedy and science fiction don’t often play well together. One book that quickly comes to mind as a complete success in merging these two genres is Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Mr. Adams is who our Mr. Hutchison is most frequently compared. I have to scrape the bottom of my memory to come up with any other books that are both great sci-fi and clever/humorous at the same time.
The main character in Space Team is Cal Carver, a third-rate thief and con-man who keeps getting caught and thrown into prison. This time Cal is found guilty of identity theft and sentenced to two years in the slammer. He was supposed to serve his time in a general type prison but the prisoner delivery section dropped him off at the wrong place. Cal was conveyed to the dirtiest, darkest, toughest, most dangerous prison in America.
One of Cal’s flaws is having a smart, sarcastic mouth which he unleashed on the warden trying to convince him they had made a mistake. Not very smart, as wardens always get the last laugh. They stuck him in a cell with a half-naked, psychopathic, cannibalistic serial killer, Eugene “The Butcher” Adwell. Cal went to a corner of the cell and tried to become part of the wall. He did not sleep well that night for other reasons, too.
A prison riot started in the middle of the night. The cell door swung open and they grabbed Cal. He woke up in a room with a wall to wall picture of the Milky Way only to discovered that it wasn’t a picture, it was a window and that WAS the Milky Way. A guy named Sinclair came in and welcomed The Butcher of Earth. It didn't take Cal long to figure out that he was kidnapped from his cell and mistaken for The Butcher when Mr. Sinclair, the CEO of Zertex Corp and President of this part of the galaxy, needs Eugene to do a secret service for him.
Cal as Eugene “The Butcher” Adwell will have some thoroughly dangerous help on this mission. First, Princess Mizette of the Greyx, part humanoid and part she-wolf, who has killed so many people nobody has an accurate count. Second, Gluk "Mech" Disselpoof, a Cyborg, half biological, half machine and full time “best hacker in the galaxy.” He has stolen billions of dollars and, oh yeah, a Class 11 Starship. Third, an adorable little guy named Splurt, a two-thousand-year-old shape shifter. And last, Gunso Loren, a member of the Zertex Corp Army and newly minted pilot – on simulators She is to accompany the group to make sure they stay on task.
Their mission is to go to one of the baddest parts of the Galaxy disguised as pirates and deliver a ransom to the most fearsome warlord in this part of the Milky Way. They are to take away the plans for a weapon so terrifying and so powerful that it could allow the Zertex Corp to conquer this part of the Universe.
You put all of that together and what you have is a blueprint for some great science fiction and a pure joy to experience.
Cal can’t chew gum and think at the same time. He features himself Captain of their pirate starship. No one in the crew can think of a name for the ship. Cal was a TV junkie when he wasn’t in the can and he came up with the name “Shatner.” Since Cal is the only one who knows what Star Trek is, the pirate starship becomes "Shatner".
There is another element at work in Space Team: A Comedic Sci-Fi Adventure, that is, Cal’s character. Even though it seems the plot is driven forward by Cal’s screw-ups, he does have some redeeming qualities. He is fiercely loyal to his friends and crew, to the point of putting his own life on the line, which he does a number of times. He doesn't t even think twice about it. It’s what you do for friends. He shares everything he has with his friends and crew and, most importantly, somehow it all works out in the end to Cal’s advantage.
Space Team: A Comedic Sci-Fi Adventure is a good example of a western disguised as sci-fi. This, by the way, is book #1 in a series of eight. I’ll admit to you that I am doing something I almost never do: read past the first book. I liked this one sooooooo much I just finished reading book #5. I intend to read them all nonstop. I’m having a fantastic time. I’ll admit to you something else. I identify with Cal and I have no trouble at all putting myself in the story. It makes me forget about everything. The story takes me completely away from my life. That’s pretty darn good.
Top international reviews
This is really exceptional writing. Not only does the author build a successful plot but he also laces it with great humour. And that’s not easy to achieve. I can only think of a few British comedy creations which achieve the same level of quick fire wit with every sentence – Norman Stanley Fletcher (written and performed by Ronnie Barker) springs to mind. Cal Carver compares very favourably. I’m guessing that the author Barry J. Hutchison is Cal Carver – he must have been a nightmare as a schoolboy at the back of the classroom endlessly goading his teacher with ‘helpful’ quips.
I don’t have any criticism to make. Great writing, entertaining story, a good bunch of characters … and so funny. What’s not to like.
My 2nd favourite character is Splurt – a mute, blobby, shape-shifting alien. Cal & Splurt are a bit like Penn & Teller. I’m hoping that one of the Space Team series of books has Splurt discovering a voice, and it turns out that Splurt is every bit as cocky as Cal.
Now then, which book to read next? How can I resist a title like “Space Team: The Search for Splurt”.
I came across Space Team as a recommendation after reading Pew! Pew! - Sex, Guns, Spaceships... Oh My! Pew! Pew! - Sex, Guns, Spaceships... Oh My! and knowing nothing about Space Team than the blurb opened it up (well on my kindle) and pretty much decided I would be purchasing the whole series after just the first chapter. Yes this novel is that funny and while humour is certainly subjective the cast of characters, their interactions and the ridiculous situations they get themselves into (and out of) are just too entertaining to describe. I can not recommend this novel too highly if you are looking for some hilarious and even silly at times well structured and written space humour yet retaining a solid scifi foundation which keeps the novel from crossing into the spoof category.
I have indeed purchased the five other novels in the series and have no doubt that I will enjoy them immensely.
Fortunately, it's the first one in a series. If they all hold up as well as this one, I'll be one happy camper.
The first in a series of hilarious space adventures, this book is all the more enjoyable for the everyday nature of the people and actions even in such an extraordinary setting.
Cal our (anti?)hero is a fish out of water in space, plucked from earth in its dying hours, and trying his best to wing it based on charm and stubbornness alone. We experience the events of the book through his eyes, where everything is surreal and, though in peril, there is humour to be found everywhere.
And this is not a book that pretends that being part of this "space team" is easy. Things can go wrong. And do. A lot.
Having picked this up after a recommendation not sure what to expect, I am now an avid reader of the series. They are a fast-paced, fun-filled read and I wish he could write more as fast as I want to be reading them!
A well-deserved five stars.
Take a bunch of super-criminal alien misfits and introduce a champion con-artist from planet Earth into the mix. Give them a difficult mission, then put them into an impossible situation and stir - the result is an action-packed page-turning comedy adventure. There's exactly the right kind of humour and character conflict in this story to keep you rooting for the team - the fonking* Space Team!
*You'll understand this in due course.
definitely not a pratchett or adams type humour or satire either. it tries to hard to be a bit of both and fails terribly
you wouldn't couldn't like any of the main characters there's something missing shallow inept, no real depth.
to each of them. their not a lovable bunch of idiots blundering from one ill thought out scrape to a good lucky escape.
badly plotted and a very very poor... mistaken identity storyline.
at the moment i've lost interest and it's been a struggle.
i don't know how i've got 2/3rd's into this stupid none humorous book just coulden't give a fying duck about any of the not space crew, none entity heros.
why! oh why! didn't the author just crash the shatner spacecraft into the landing pad of the butcher fan boy.
missile like and go off on a tangent plot.
or break the story by talking about the the god awful story as an aside to the poor reader making an open apology
for the story. then restart the book and introduce a time traveler plot to save the day and the book. and saving the human race from, mr space presidents stupid bungling or go back and stop the suicide assassin from releasing the flesh/mech virus. an opening subplot...bit of rubbish!
so mr Carver gets murdered and eaten by the butcher....gruesome! i know. but that would have been ok as well.
and one meal away from the golden 50 cannibalistic diners of the butcher. ie the genitalia flasher of the heading.
or made the green glowing blob shapeshifter the hero into a subplot from it's point of shapeshifter reference.
or how the author family was held ransom by the
real life carver and just wrote it as it was told to him, of the true events in the book, a bad history from a different
universe than ours by a universe hopping creature from the multiverse.
now i might read something like that... might even have had some of the lost humour
so sadly missing from this so called black humour science fiction tale.
but then again what do you expect for a .99p ebook a Tolstoy epic...yeah i do!
this is number 2 as nos one was not allowed must have said bad words amazon don't like bad words.😒🤢👎😉
all hail mighty AMAZON retail godling
Barry is a great comic writer and you really do owe it to yourself to check out his writing.
By the way, the hilarious moment was the "roasted ass cheeks" part. :-D
But enough of me, I'm off to buy The Wrath of Vajazzle. With a title like like, it's gotta be good, right?