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Put aside the inevitable comparisons to Douglas Adams. Though this is a comic novel, Michael Rubens has a different sensibility, and presents more of an emphasis on the adventure, and most jokes are on the hero, rather than the rest of the universe. Along the way, he also pokes fun at commercialism, heroics, and business meetings as part of his broad adventure comedy. Little made me laugh out loud, but I was consistently amused.
Transcending the novel, however, is the production. Man, this is what audio books were made for - William Dufris acts every part, with some subtle sound effects for backing. Along with Gaiman's Anansi Boys, this is the best read out of some 200 audio books I have listened to. So, though the novel is 3.5 stars, the 5+ star production makes it an easy purchase.
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This is a fun, well-read book that is refreshing for its silly yet endearing tone. The style of writing is reminiscent of early Douglas Adams books, but it doesn't wind up feeling derivative. The story moves at a good pace, the characters are goofy but lovable, and while this probably won't take home a pulitzer, I would highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a reprieve from the grim, gritty SF that seems to dominate these days.
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