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A solid science fiction novel from Yahtzee Croshaw. WSTGFF is a tongue-in-cheek comedy with enough seriousness to give it compelling tension as well.
The novel is written from the perspective of a down-on-his-luck star pilot who gets unwillingly drawn into big events. Although the protagonist initially comes across as a clumsy oaf who only cares about himself, it turns out he is mostly very competent and genuinely cares about helping others. This is a refreshing change of pace compared to the bumbling idiot archetype that is used far too often in modern comedy. This is more the story about a former hero, nearly dried up after the end of the good old days, who gets unexpectedly thrown into a new adventure.
While much of Croshaw's humor is low-brow, it is usually clever and well-executed, and many parts of the book had me laughing out loud. He mixes situational humor, irony, amusing character flaws, humorous non-sequiters, and other forms of humor to keep the laughs fresh and varied.
My only complaint would be the rather weak ending, which throws in a last few unanswered questions before going out on a whimper. There are solid narrative reasons for this, and it serves to make a point, but it still disappointed me; I suspect Croshaw would call me an idiotic sheep who only knows how to appreciate a story when he is spoon-fed a conventional ending, but I just wish he'd ended the story on some trope-defying comedic note.
60 of 61 people found this review helpful
Will Save the Galaxy for Food has filled a void I felt could only be filled by great science fiction works such as those of Douglas Adams. The humor is on point and is tied in with the writing seamlessly. The characters and plot have immense depth and immersion. And Yahtzee's voice is just perfect. I can certainly recommend this book to an audience which has the gift of hearing and 1 or more fingers or finger-like appendages.
37 of 38 people found this review helpful
Having never heard of 'Yahtzee' Croshaw prior to finding this book on Audible, I was, as I always am to unknowns, a little dubious about using my credit on it. I am very glad I did.
The satire and comedy in this book actually made me laugh out loud on occasion and I thought the plot was well thought out. Bringing together futuristic Sci-Fi elements as well as current technology, is no mean feat.
One thing that was especially pleasing to me was the use of mathematical terms for swearwords. I thought this very clever as you are provided with a reference for them at the start (without actually saying the words) and it kept my mind ticking to recall which actual swear word the character was using. I found I was wanting to use the 'plying' words myself!
It is most certainly an adventure book with many action and fast paced scenes paired with dry wit to balance it out. One of those stories, in fact, that I could imagine being turned into a film.The writing is such that you have no problem imagining the events of the book. It is not overly complicated and flows well.
The characters were also well developed and have a clear purpose. I particularly liked our main hero who, at first came across as a bit of a flake, turns out to actually save the day a few times. A sort of anti-hero turns back into hero vibe.
Admittedly, it took me a little while to get into Croshaw's narration. I found it a little slow to begin with but speeding it up via the Audible app quickly negated that and I began to enjoy his intonations and characterisations and really got into the book.
My reasoning for 4 stars overall was because I found the end of the book to be over a little too quickly. There appears to be a build up in the book of a certain 'bad guy'. I was expecting a good old showdown but it didn't quite materialise and ultimately felt a little rushed.
I found myself wanting more at the end however, a sequel perhaps.
I shall definitely peruse other Yahtzee Croshaw titles.
23 of 23 people found this review helpful
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I've long been a fan of Yahtzee's work, but I'd not explored his novels, yet, so I decided to start with his most recent story, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I'm not often a fan of sci-fi; usually it's too tech-heavy and loaded with lingo and confusing descriptive writing, then I lose clarity about every plying event that takes place, but this novel doesn't do that. If it ever needs to explain something, it will, with easily-digestible anecdotes and factoids that are humorous and really get the point across, and Croshaw's narration is graceful and emphatic, and is more importantly very easy to follow. You can easily identify the characters involved, and all the dialogue is easily distinguishable from the rest of the narrative. This was much easier to listen to than a lot of audiobooks and tapes I possess.
The first person perspective really works well with the variety that the story provides, and makes for an emotional rollercoaster as you grow attached to the protagonist and those around him, cringing as plans go awry, or more appropriately, as the same protagonist connives new plans to encourage things going awry. It's a story that keeps moving and pressing on to new environments, never languishing whilst keeping everything it ever brought to the table in previous chapters relevant, and there's a large emphasis on the human element, with characters frequently expressing their doubts, frustration and wit, and it may all bring a big old grin to your face.
I recommend this thoroughly, even if sci-fi isn't quite your cup of tea. I mean, it isn't normally mine, but every now and again something charming has to breeze into you and cause you to take notice.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Croshaw does it again, with his third (but not best) book, and if you liked the others, you'll like this too. I'd also like to extend a hand and say if you like P.G. Wodehouse, Douglas Adams, or Terry Pratchett, you'll most likely like this book.
Croshaw's performance is fantastic, if not impeccable, no doubt attributed to his other work and many years of experience. Just buy this book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Witty and immersing story, characters who feel real despite the satirical tone, and meaningfully resolved sub plots. What more could you want?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful