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If you answer yes to any of these next question you should totally get this audiobook:
1) Do you like short and "laugh out loud" science fiction?
2) Do you wonder what human interaction with aliens on a daily basis in school or in the workplace would be like?
3) Do you find the idea of human annihilation by AI or an intelligent Randian Yogurt possibly funny?
4) Does the idea of security risk assessment regarding spaceship travels or super heroes/villains amuse you?
5) All of the above?
Obs: if you like this, get "Redshirts" and/or "Fuzzy Nation"
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
I laughed hard enough that strangers asked me if I was all right. It was the Janissaries.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
Really enjoyed this. I had already heard colapsing empire and red shirts but this was good as it showed a nice breadth of ideas.
My particular favourite was the fall of the society of the frogs and the first squid on the moon.
This collection is a mixed bag, much in the same way that a bag of garbage is also a mixed bag. Not everything in there is useless, if you were to rewire the plug in the toaster it'd probably work fine, but as no one wants to go to the effort of making any of it good it'd just being heaped together and thrown out.
There were occasions where I thought something was sort of funny but on these rare occasions the story would immediately swing back and beat the joke to death. It's almost as if the author is afraid to do a subtle joke as that would give the reader too much of a chance to miss it, instead it has to begin subtle and then immediately make it perfectly clear just what the joke was, why it was funny and why hearing it another dozen times will re-enforce just how funny it was. This entire series feels like some kind of scientific experiment to grind jokes into dust and then examine the remains to see if we can discover the funny atom. We can't, joke is dead.
Narration was generally fine though.