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I don’t think “Hard luck Hank” will ever go down as one of the great literary achievements of our time; in fact to quote one of my favorite sitcoms, “MASH,” I find it “emotional exhausted and morally bankrupt.” The characters are a motley group of humans, mutants and aliens living on a space Station known as Belvaille; and they are deviants, criminals, assassins, and the dregs of society. They all seem void of compassion with no moral compass and most often use murder and corruption as a way of life. At first I thought it juvenile and at times completely asinine, and it is, but that’s what makes this series darkly funny and entertaining and kept me wanting to hear more. Even Liam Owen’s rendition of Hank and the rest of these flawed characters seemed over the top with cartoon like voices, but that’s the way they should sound to mesh with Steven Campbell’s outlandish writing. It was like my first shot of tequila, hard to take at first, but by the end of the first story I was hooked. Now, after listening to this fifth book, I can’t wait for the next one.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
Yes, I just compared Campbell with Pratchett. There are differences, mainly the difference between British and American humor. Hard Luck Hank is the funniest American series I have ever read or listened to. Very few authors can make me laugh out loud as I have when reading or hearing about such things as Hank telling his butler/gm to tell his coach that he has ass cancer. And there is so much more! Campbell has given this series a gut busting hilarious sarcasm that few American authors can pull off without sounding slapstick and juvenile.
I wish there were an infinity of HLH novels. I almost never read or listen to novels more than once, but I will be reading and listening to this series multiple times over the coming years. Anytime I am feeling blue I know Hank and Company can put a smile on my face.
I strongly recommend this series and, although Campbell does a nice job of reminding us what happened in earlier books, I recommend that readers begin at the 1st book. Get to know Hank, Garm, MTB and the gang. It makes it that much more funny and enjoyable.
And the narrator is excellent. He is Hank. Timing, tone, tempo, everything. Perfect mesh between author and narrator. I honestly can't think of one bad thing to say about the story or narration.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
fun book really out there but great narrator. well worth reading if you like sci fi.
is it still enjoyable? most of the time. is the author contorting the characters and world to fit each new scenario, regardless of continuity? pretty much.