- File Size: 3895 KB
- Print Length: 413 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Grand Mal Press; 1 edition (August 31, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 31, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LDRSEQU
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Sometimes you happen across a rare gem of a book, hidden in amongst the Amazonian debris, and this one is one of the best I’ve chanced across in years. Zany, original, funny, and always engaging, it was a pleasure to read from start to finish.
If the idea of a beer-swilling braggadocio yob commanding a mission to land at a Mars settlement being prepared by incompetent depressed robots appeals to you, the hesitate no more! This is the book for you.
Duke and Roman have a masterly grasp of the balancing act required for sci-fi comedy. The humour and rambunctiousness is rife, following stupid people to inevitably absurd ends, but it never jumps the shark so to speak, because it remains grounded in a scientific/tech setting that is crafted with care, and so flawless, that you never think to question it. The professionalism and care in the scene setting anchors the story and allows the ridiculous characters to flourish. This is a writing duo destined for success.
Short action-packed chapters maintain the pace and perfectly suit the comedic nature of the scenes. The writing is witty, and it left me grinning like a fool.
I can’t speak highly enough of this. Go and buy it, you won’t regret it.
But wait… turns out the robots are just as incompetent as the crew and the super computer has his own agenda. Adding to this mayhem is the sighting of potential alien life and a murder mystery to solve. Needless to say the crew stumble from one catastrophe to another with hilarious results. I have to admit by the end I even had a soft spot for Captain Flint.
The Worst Man on Mars of the title is one Flint Dugdale, a somewhat yobbish, rude and arrogant Yorshireman, chosen by the British Public to be the part of the first mission to Mars via the always reliable medium of a reality TV show. Due to unforseen circumstances, including a possible murder, he becomes commander of the mission, a position he is completely unsuitable and unprepared for.
Meanwhile on Mars' surface an entire team of robots has been busy preparing a base for the arriving humans, and setting up food farms and water filtration systems necessary for survival. The only problem, and its a big one, is that they are massively incompetent and besides being behind schedule, have managed to botch the base so badly that survival of the approaching colonists is debatable at best. Then there is the mysterious "Other Place",a mysterious enclave to where the robots, and many of the supplies appear to have defected ...what does this mean for our intrepid, if incompetent Flint, and his band of equally inept colonists?
Billed as humorous sci-fi, this certainly meets the description , and is a lighthearted and enjoyable read. The humor is quite juvenile, relying on puns and a running gag about copyright, which involves numerous pop culture references, from Laurel and Hardy, to Only Fools and Horses and many others in between. This is a joke that works, but may have been over used just a little in the course of the book as a whole, as I started to find it repetitive by the time I was half way through the book. However as humor is so subjective, others may love it. One interesting thing I did notice was that all the robot characters ( cleverly named after "virtues") were inherently much more likeable than the humans, I assume this was a deliberate choice by the authors, and it made the book much more interesting. Sadly many of the human characters felt more like sketchy stereotypes , and it was difficult for me to care about them or the outcome of their antics.
Another nice little touch was the naming of each chapter, which involved references to famous books, films and phrases, and since there were a lot (of very short) chapters, this required some ingenuity. I also liked the little header sketches at the beginning of each chapter, a nice little touch.
Overall I liked the book , and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun light read to dip in and out of at their leisure.