Pay Me, Bug!
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Pay Me, Bug!

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Grif Vindh, Captain of the Fool's Errand, just pulled off the job of a lifetime: against all odds, he and his crew smuggled a rare anti-aging drug out of Ur Voys, one of the most secretive and secure facilities in the Empire of the Radiant Throne. It was every smuggler's dream, the "Big Score," and they find themselves filthy rich as a result.

But their good fortune attrac...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published November 5th 2011 by Christopher Wright (first published 2011)
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Tim Payne
Pay Me, Bug! is a textbook example of Space Opera. There are dashing smugglers, bizarre aliens and aliens that are very human-like, lasers, spaceship dog fights, and so on. That's not to say that these tropes are bad, or that they make the book bad; in fact the book isn't bad at all. But, it isn't particularly good either.
Pay Me, Bug!, is well written, if a bit weak during the action scenes, the characters are fun for the most part, and there is a lot of snappy dialogue. What really weakens this...more
I enjoyed this enough that I considered giving it four stars, but there were enough issues that I rounded down to three.

The good, first of all. This is a heist novel. I love heists, rogues and capers, and this was an amusing one, with action, banter, daring, unlikely plans and protagonist haplessness. The dialogue was fun, and the relationships between the characters were varied and convincing. It's also a space opera in the classic mold, and although the genre is starting to show its age I sti...more
Jefferson Smith
When Grif Vindh and his crew pull into the Tylaris system to celebrate after pulling off an impossible heist, all hands begin dreaming of what they'll do next. But the one thing nobody expected was that they'd have to go back and do it all over again. And worse: this time, the mark knows they're coming.

If you told me that Mike Resnick was going to adapt The Sting, and set it in space, this is the book I'd expect him to deliver. Quite simply, it's one of the best indie books I've ever read - and...more
Katharina Gerlach
This was a fun read but also quite exhausting. At times, I found the casual tone of the book very annoying. Also, the pacing was extremely fast which was partially good (I couldn’t stop turning the pages) and partially problematic (in some places I would have liked a little more world-building to better “see” the scene – I simply felt out of breath in places).
The story itself is complex and filled with very interesting characters. My favorite being the title-inspiring bug. However, due to the in...more
Easily Mused
Pay Me, Bug! is my first venture into the realm of “Space Opera.” Don’t get me wrong, I love science fiction, but the word “opera” alone conjures visions of stuffy old men and women in powdered wigs, begging for attention. Not exactly an exciting vision, even with the word “space” in front of it. This book, however, is anything but boring—it kept me interested, from the first page to the very last. It’s not just entertaining; it’s witty and smart, with sophisticated ideas that are easy to read.

May 29, 2014 Buck rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Space opera!

I haven't read a space opera since... well, since I was a wee bit younger. This is fast paced, colourful and such an easy read that it's hard to put down. I'm looking forward to more adventures of Capt Grif and his crew.

This is an homage to the Golden Age of science fiction, sure, but it's also a fine read in and of itself. That the author chose a classic model to work with is to his credit.

Well done!
Stuart Johnson
Imagine Firefly done by Robert Rodriguez or maybe even Quinton Tarantino.
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Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions, Christopher B. Wright has a weakness for tilting at windmills that has influenced every facet of his adult life. He embarked on a career of self-publishing when he overheard someone suggest that it might not be a good idea, and has cheerfully spent a great deal of time since either proving or disproving that h...more
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