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A gem of a book that came as a complete surprise to me.
Date Night at Union Station is a combination slice of life science fiction mixed with light-hearted comedy. Frankly, a match made in heaven if you ask me. The book follows two characters. Primarily it follows Kelly, who is Earth's top diplomat in a section of space at the largest space station. She is surrounded by all sorts of oddball races and species, but they are nothing compared to her mother nagging her to get married since she is already past 30! The other character is Joe, who sorts and sells scrap in the space station with his adoptive son. Sound like a romance? Well, it kind of is, but it kind of isn't. It's more a series of tales about dates that are anything but. You have a maybe homicidal queen in need of a king. Or you have a space pirate selling counterfeit goods that mistakenly agrees to a date through a dating service with the woman trying to catch him. Or beyond the dates there are rich little girls selling flowers to buy a baby brother. Or an entire alien species that is sabotaging humanity's chances at a video game tournament.
You get the idea. The book is just like that, some fun bad first date stories in space.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes slice of life or light-hearted laughs with a light feeling overall, something like a spring day before it gets too hot.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is not a it, sexy romance. It is a funny and well written book you'll want to listen to multiple times. Ending was a little abrupt so I'm thrilled there is a follow on concerning her married life. If you want a good beach read that will keep you laughing, this is it!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
funny space scifi romcom, the narration was spoton. will be looking at spending credits on other books in the series.
Date Night on Union Station is a fun, lighthearted story. Despite the title, it has almost nothing to do with dating. It follows earth's ambassador to an alien space station, as she goes on a series of "dates", all of which turn into working lunches at which she solves the latest diplomatic crisis.
The story has a classic space opera setting, but none of the violence or horror you'd normally associate with that genre. Instead, there's a lot of humour, and likeable characters who solve their problems through diplomacy. A lot of the humour comes from the aliens patronizing attitude towards earth's "primitive" culture.
There isn't much of a plot - this novel is almost a collection of short stories. However, this is the first novel in a long series, and acts as a prolog to a story told over the course of several short novels.
After listening to this novel, I bought the next few books in the series, in rapid succession. The series just gets better, as you get to know the ever expanding cast of characters.
If you enjoy light, innocent science fiction, which doesn't take itself too seriously, then this series is well worth a try.