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Phulova rota (Phule's Company #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  7,561 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
První kniha série Phulova rota.
Byli nejlepší bojovou silou v celé vesmírné legii! A možná, že také ne… Kapitán Willard Phule: nejmladší megamiliardář galaxie – a jediný velitel, jehož kariéra začala vojenským soudem. Brandy: první amazonská seržantka zastrašující jak své nadřízené, tak i podřízené – dokud Phule nepřevzal velení nad rotou Omegy. Tusk – Anini: obří cizinec
Paperback, 240 pages
Published 1996 by And Classic (first published 1990)
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Tomanymaddogs As in any series it's more enjoyable to have the back story to catch the inside jokes, but not necessary to enjoy later volumes.
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As in any series it's more enjoyable to have the back story to catch the inside jokes, but not necessary to enjoy later volumes.
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D.M. Dutcher
WIllard Phule is the heir to a super-rich munitions company, and also an officer in the Legion. Unfortunately he gets a little too gung-ho during a peace treaty, and catches the ire of his higher-ups. They can't court-martial him, so instead they try to get him to quit by shipping him off to a remote swamp planet to command a company of losers. But Phule is far too entrepreneurial and positive-minded to let that get him down.

This is yard sale sci-fi. By that I mean you'd really never give this a
Felix Zilich
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aliens-among-us
Не читал Асприна лет двадцать. Был уверен, что никогда к нему и не вернусь, но выпавшая в книжную рулетку “Шутовская рота” оказалась произведением почти бесконечной кавайности. Вещь простецкая, жанр – сатира с приставкой “милитари”. Ничто, на первый взгляд, не предвещает беды, но бьющий фонтантом альтруизм писателя чертовски мотивирует и поднимает настроение.

Уиллард Шьют – наследник крупнейшей оружейной империи. Гений экономической мысли, ставший мультимиллионером еще в подростковом возрасте бе
Mar 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reread for me . . . I read the book in '90 when it first came out, thought I liked it, put it down, and didn't read anything else in the series.

Funny stuff--fans of Aspirin, of Harry Harrison, and of Piers Anthony will appreciate the slapstick, very tongue in cheek, mock-heroic nature of the events of the book.

Capatin Phule is a young multimillionairei who joined hte Space Legion for a variety of reasons; he has irritated the brass and has been put in charge of an Omega company stationed on
Diane ~Firefly~
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: sci-fi, wobble
I LOVE this book and think everyone should read it. In a vastly entertaining tale, it gives great examples of how to be a leader and learning to believe in yourself. And you'll probably never read about a better way to run the "confidence course".

The premise is The Legion is punishing an extremely wealthy officer (Phule) and basically wants him to quit so they assign him command of an Omega Company (the dregs of the dregs). This is sci-fi, but you won't really notice as it is about the character
Caroline Berg
This is a classic comedy and one of my favorite sci-fi books, bar none. Willard Phule, in disgrace from screwing up a major command, is punished by being sent to play captain to the worst bunch of misfits in the Space Legion. What his superiors don't realize is that Phule has a knack for seeing the strengths in even the strangest of outcasts. With a little help from his trusted butler Beeker, and his vast fortune at his fingertips, Phule is able to turn the dregs of the Omega Company into a figh ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens if you put all your misfits in one place and then send a rich, over achieving misfit to take charge? The Universe may never be the same.

When you have a book that starts out with a Courts Martial proceeding, you know it isn't going to be your run of the mill sci fi story. Humor and hijinx fly in this well written and wonderfully easy to read book. Best of all almost no puns. If you get the chance take a gamble and give it a read.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An old favourite from back in the day when I was much much younger. It hasn't exactly aged well, but it's still as fun as I remember from when I was a teenager. The story and writing are fine, regardless of time period, but there are definitely a few references here and there that were worthy of side-eye.
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining, a great series for sure. I love the intrigue, all the different interesting and eccentric characters. The creative ways situations are solved and dealt with. I loved Asprin's "Myth" series, and this one measures up for sure.
Timothy Boyd
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Aspin's fantasy comedy series and was surprised to find he had branched out into SiFi. I wasn't disappointed in the least. Still a laugh all the way through the book no matter what area he writes in. Highly recommended
Jan 15, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i think i may have tried to read this author before, I'll try again however because he looks funny and I need to recommend something to eric. even though he doesnt like Sci fi so much
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Police Academy in space. Super fun and readable.
Elisheva Rina
May 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
MISERABLY boring!!! And racist, too! This was like a typical '80's sci-fi that was a throwback to the boringness and racism of the '50's. (Ex: Every character was named after his or her main physical characteristic, like "Chocolate Harry," the char. of African descent. There were more offensive ones, like char. called thieves and strongly characterized according to certain nationalities. You know how racists are really specific? Like, Asians are "intelligent/trickster" thieves and Puerto Ricans ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, fun read. It definitely feels like an Asprin book, so if you usually don't enjoy his stuff, give it a pass. The premise is fun and it doesn't get bogged down into inessential details. While it hangs together as a whole story, it often feels like a series of vignette's, which I mostly put down to the narrative structure (journal entries). Also I love that it's from the butler's point of view.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite edition of the "military man comes in and fixes military company with problems" genre, mostly because it was kind of anti-climactic and the plot problems did not really carry the books as problems that meant enough.
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As expected of Robert Asprin, this is a universe where human (& other species) faults and strengths are exaggerated humorously. Phule is someone who understands and makes use of this. Much to the consternation of others. Lots of fun to read with many a giggle.
Jacob Heiner
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not expecting much with this book, but read it anyway on the recommendation of multiple people. It really surprised me, and I had a good time reading it. It was very funny and quick, and I wish the book were longer. I can't wait to read the next one.
Tim Schmidt
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked it up at a booksale with no prior knowledge of author or any preconceived notions, I was pleasantly surprised.

It was a fun little read, but nothing super memorable.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable sci Fi military version of the Bad News Bears.
Jean Corbel
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
some ideas, absolutely basic scenario and story telling. your usual Aspirin. read and forget.
Brandon Cord Bradshaw
good if you like comedy sci-fi, I do not
Jun 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Living in complete oblivion with regards to his homophonic moniker, Captain Willard Phule rules his company of foul-ups and misfits with the greatest ingenuity shown in a book of its genre: sci-fi spoof.

As punishment for an unmitigated tactical maneuver (deliberately disrupting a peaceable interplanetary function), Phule is delegated to commanding what is known as an Omega Team - secret military slang for a forgettable company of soldiers who have proven to be untrainable (at least, according to
Feb 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish.

I didn't dislike Phule and his butler but too many things rubbed me the wrong way.

imo it wasn't actually funny despite being billed as such. An irreverent tone does not comedy make. There is no satire. There is no true farce (at least in the half of the book that I read). The closest we get are quirky characters, but no one stood out for me.

Moving on to the actual plot line...

This Richie Rich fantasy is fun for a bit but over and over again ? nothnx. The wealth==merit thing, again
AL Weeks
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did not disappoint!

I have always been a fan of This author and for the life of me I still don't know how I missed this series. Well better late then never!
so, after years i'm up for reading the phule's company again.

for a long time, i had just the first three books of the series, because they were the only three translated into german. years later, when i started reading more in english, it came to my attention, that there were three more. yey! to bad, i never got around to reading them, just to own them. but now, the time has come, to give them a proper go.
the series is one of the few sf books i have, which i like very much. most because, i rea
Alan Smith
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a writer attempts to combine SF and comedy, it often falls flat. I don't want to upset anyone by giving too many examples, but I'm sure every sci-fi fan can cite a few. You have to be really good to pull it off.

Well, Robert Aspirin is really good.

In fact, in my not-so-humble opinion this is three books in one. Firstly, an intelligently written and highly entertaining sci-fi tale. Secondly, a story about how a charming narrative about a likeable but unsuccessful group of misfits find their c
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this funny, quick read.
On Haskin's planet, the Omega Squad has become a dumping ground to transfer all unwanted or troublesome Space Cadets. When Willard Phule is sent there to lead them as a punishment for previous leadership mistakes, he decides to make some lemonade. Working from the belief that when people are told they are losers they will begin to believe it, Phule decides to put faith in his new rag-tag crew. He tells them that if they work together, they can do anything;
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though well written, I didn't enjoy it all that much.

I read this because I'm researching the Mil SF humor sub-genre. You see, I'm currently writing my own military science fiction comedy, and even though I did my first draft without any knowledge of this series, there are similarities. I suppose it goes to show you how hard it is to be original. Maybe that's the problem. Coming to this book with my own set of expectations, Asprin's treatment was shockingly different. All of which I can forgive e
Dec 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy, i-own
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May 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just re-read the first book (27 Jun 2009). Now I remember why I liked it. It is fundamentally humor, but it has the deeper story of making a bunch of misfits believe in themselves, overcoming their short comings, and rising above themselves. I like success stories.


Sci Fi Comedy. Pure and simple fun--with a solid storyline. They do not pretend to be anything else. I would recommend any/all of them (I'd have to re-read them to say which are best, but I don't remember any being particul
John Davies
I loved this book so much, I've re-read it many, many times. Willard Phule joins tha Space Legion (like the French Foreign Legion, they ask no questions about a persons past) and proceeds to show up his superiors. As punishment, he gets sent to take over a company of the worst soldiers in the Legion. His superiors hope that this will make him quit, and get rid of him. What they don't count on is his ability to make others want to do better, and that he's so rich, he can afford to buy pretty much ...more
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Robert (Lynn) Asprin was born in 1946. While he wrote some stand alone novels such as Cold Cash War, Tambu and The Bug Wars and also the Duncan and Mallory Illustrated stories, Bob is best known for his series fantasy, such as the Myth Adventures of Aahz and Skeeve, the Phule’s Company novels and the Time Scout novels written with Linda Evans. He also edited the groundbreaking Thieves’ World antho ...more
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