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Hal Spacejock 2: Second Course (Hal Spacejock #2)

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Rex Curtis is trying to save his freight company from bankruptcy, and the last thing he needs is a cheeky freelancer stealing his best customers.

Hal Spacejock, cheeky freelancer, is fighting for survival in the cut-throat interstellar cargo business. The last thing he needs is a powerful enemy.

Two headstrong men on a collision course, in a Galaxy barely room enough for one
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Kindle Edition, 351 pages
Published (first published March 6th 2006)
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Éric Kasprak
Mar 04, 2017 Éric Kasprak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before reading the first book I was wondering if this comedic sci-fi series would be my Pink Panther; my answer was a tentative yes, stating the overall quality of the story, the writing and the comic action but the lack of the equivalent of Peter Sellers genius. After reading the second book, I can safely say that (even without the M. Sellers genius) this series is definitely my book equivalent of the Pink Panther movies. Good writing, perfect pacing, solid story and lovable characters make thi ...more
Key
Oct 09, 2014 Key rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Grad nen Tag nichts zu tun? Keine Lust auf schwere Kost? Lust auf Lachen und ein paar irrwitzige Flugmanöver und Hackangriffe auf Computer? Dann ist man hier richtig. Es braucht weder ein Happy End, einen Cliffhanger noch einen Sternenkrieg. Reicht doch wenn man auf 400 Seiten knapp 1-2 Tage im Leben eines Hal anschauen kann, der nur Unfug anstellt, aber im richtigen Moment zur Stelle ist. Es gibt übrigens keine Szene die direkte Vorlage für das C
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Simon Ford
Jul 13, 2013 Simon Ford rated it really liked it
Well...............

Is Hal what people would call an 'idiot savant'?, without the savant of course.

Nice to see that Hal and Clunk are still going about their business, even though Hal is still a major drain to his own success, without the robot Clunk, Hal would be sunk and possibly doing 50 to life in some godforsaken hellhole of a prison, being someones' (a big hairy, tattooed muscleman by the name of CRUSHER) love-toy.

Sonya, a possible love interest?, does he know what to do with a woman?, will
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Akhilesh Mritunjai
Jun 12, 2015 Akhilesh Mritunjai rated it it was amazing
Great read, slow in beginning but picks up pace

Ok, so this is the second book in the series and really the job of this book is Hal's character development. Really, believe it or not that character does have a character and author tries hard to convince you how and why Hal behaves. It was quite predictable what Hal will do in a particular circumstance after that, so the surrounding circumstances pick up the slack and keep the story interesting.

Good read so far, in to the next...
Colin
Feb 14, 2008 Colin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of comedy SF
Haynes’s timing is good—at times too good; the gags sometimes head straight for the punch-line without giving the reader time to orient himself, and the characterization is good.

For the full review of this and the first Hal Spacejock, click here.
Jim
Mar 08, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This deserves a 4.5. It was better than book 1. It basically had a travelogue through part of it, which I don't like, but the author handled it well and it did not lower the rating. Solid story line. Plan on reading more.
Pauline
Aug 17, 2011 Pauline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, my-favs, recommended
If you liked the first book, then this one is a must-read. It's been years since I've had this much fun reading a book. I found it to be an excellent mix of a good old classic-style sci-fi adventure and light-hearted humour.
Shannon Cullifer
Jan 11, 2013 Shannon Cullifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I expected from Hal Spacejock, fun read.
Luke
Second installment of a great series. Couldn't put this down! Found myself laughing out loud many times then reading stuff to my wife.
Highly reccomend!
Nyssa
Another fun read; much better than the last.
Martin Cooper
May 01, 2012 Martin Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent space adventure in the series...
Jonathan Snyder
Apr 10, 2016 Jonathan Snyder rated it it was amazing
Entertaining!

I have not been one to enjoy comedy in books, but Hal Spacejock has become a favorite to read when im looking for something entertaining.
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Simon Haynes is the author of the Hal Spacejock and Hal Junior series. He divides his time between writing fiction and computer software, with the occasional bike ride thrown in for a laugh.

Born in the UK and raised in the south of Spain, Simon emigrated to Australia with his family in 1983. He lives in Perth with his wife and two children.
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