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Super Extra Grande

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  562 ratings  ·  131 reviews
The winner of the 20th annual UPC Science Fiction Award in 2011, the Cuban science fiction master Yoss delivers a space opera of intergalactic proportions in Super Extra Grande. Set in a distant future, the novel features creatures of immense variety—Amoebas that cover entire worlds, sensual females that feed on substances from their males’ reproductive systems, talking re ...more
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Published April 12th 2016 by Restless Books (first published April 15th 2014)
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TurkeyKing No, it's not like that at all.

The lead character is a space veternarian. It's witty sure, but in a juvenile way.

Most interesting part of the book…more
No, it's not like that at all.

The lead character is a space veternarian. It's witty sure, but in a juvenile way.

Most interesting part of the book it's its irreverence and latino perspective.(less)

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Richard Derus
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5* of five, rounded up because reasons

#ReadingIsResistance but don't resist having fun! SUPER EXTRA GRANDE is a space opera with wordplay, humor, interspecies sex, and wildly imaginitive weirdness. My review is live at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud. I gave it 4+ stars because I admire Restless Books and David Frye for making a funny, smart, playful, anti-imperialist political book in a market that doesn't necessarily snatch such beasts from the shelves. Resist the market, read this Cuba
Jul 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love stories about extraterrestrial biology and admire authors who play with linguistics and culture. I abhor a main character who says, "Call me machismo and closed-minded, and maybe I am, but what good is a woman without her most important opening?" Hanging a flimsy lampshade on a protagonist's repulsive beliefs (it's OK because he admits he's piggishly sexist?) makes it no less repugnant, especially if the whole point of a book seems to be set up to the punchline of a man grudgingly admitti ...more
Michelle Morrell
This book is a new Cuban import, written by Yoss, considered one of the foremost Cuban science fiction authors. He's written over 20 books, many highly regarded. One look at the author picture provided, and you can see he is larger than life himself. "He looks like a heavy metal singer," I thought. And Bingo! He also heads up a pretty rocking heavy metal band. (YouTube has everything)

So what kind of book was I going to find?

Super Extra Grande is the size of the universe's largest creatures. Not
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quick and fun, Super Extra Grande details an adventure of a veterinary biologist in the space age future, one who specializes in truly mammoth megafauna. Conversing in Spanglish, humans are but one of seven "intelligent " species who have achieved interstellar travel without the concurrent advances in culture or ethics. Just imagine the hijinks!

Satirical and hilarious, the novel is a treatise on chauvinism and orthodoxy . Intransigence and jingoism rule the day until our eight foot tall half Cu
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Embarrassingly adolescent and sexist in places, exasperatingly pedantic in others, and then... periodically... a bit of fun in spite of itself. To wit, regarding the mis-steps, the story ends with our hero espousing the virtues of getting head from a toothless, 6 breasted "gynoid" with a tri-forked tongue. WINK!

Lauren Stoolfire
Short, fun, and risqué sci-fi novel. I wish that this story about a veterinarian to super extra grande sized alien creatures was quite a bit longer to flesh out Jan's world a little more, and to have some of my favorite scenes (the rescue mission) get a little more page time. While it's very funny, I know that some of the satirical elements went over my head as well as some of the language jokes simply because I'm not very familiar with Cuban culture or the Spanish language for that matter. I de ...more
Richard Everett
Jan 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There were some mildly amusing situations and projections here but not enough to counter balance the crappy attitude towards females of any species. Don't waste even the small amount of time it takes to read this.
Lucas Remington
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Super Extra Grande is a unique postmodern take on traditional science fiction tropes, in which a giant veterinarian delves into an enormous amoeba to rescue two beautiful women, making an enormous amount of puns along the way.


Hilarious: Make no mistake: this is a funny, funny novel. The obligatory comparison to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is especially warranted here, as Super Extra Grande approaches humor with the same bombastic, rapid-fire insanity perfected by Douglas Adams. (T
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Anti-imperialist sci-fi story based on a veterinarian specializing in enormous alien animals? What's not to love?
Eeggghh there were things I really, really liked about this book, yet I still didn't really like this book. What got me: latinos as the first cosmic pioneers ("SUCK ON THIS, DUMB-ASS GRINGOS"), spanglish as galactic lingua franca, sci-fi from an optic I have literally never experienced before (a space-opera that takes place mostly within alien entrails). things that sucked: machismo, my own vacant knowledge of biology, a pedantic plot, presence of female characters being used merely for the purp ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Woohoo Latinos in space! Bummer that the protagonist is another fugly character that is the best at his job and gets all the girls. Other than that it is a fun and fast read with some interesting universe building.
Sean Callaghan
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read with lots of surprises. Nice to read scifi with a slightly different cultural referent.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I really wish this book were less sexist. Aside from the sexism, it’s great. But that’s very much like asking Mrs. Lincoln what she thought of the play.

Interesting world building, a strong narrative voice, and the use of spanglish as interstellar lingua franca can’t overcome the combination of the character’s sexism, and the narrative’s complete disinterest in women as independent beings.

I’ve seen some arguments that it is the character who is sexist, not Yoss. That may well be true, but the eve
Alejandro Sierra
It was already a long time since I read a Scifi novel, and reading a fellow Latin American writing with this quality was both amazing and amusing. Figuring out how can be the life forms in the galaxy, given the vastness of environments, gravities, atmospheric composition, energies, is a stimulant and immense field for the imagination. But Yoss doesn't stop there and gave us a glimpse of the infinite variants of love and sex in a galaxy with 7 very different space travelable intelligent beans liv ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm only ten pages in and the overt misogyny is an unentertaining gut-punch. Plus, even if you're bilingual in English and Spanish (which I happen to be) the weird pidgen they're speaking is really distracting. So far the tons of literal shit the author is wading through (he just gave a giant alien an enema) seems prophetic.

I'll give it a bit longer because of the premise, but I feel right now like I'm reading some fratboy's attempt at NanoWrimo.
Mrs. McGregor
Nov 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I wish I could give this zero stars!
Billy Leavenworth
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book features some fun giant critters, but that's about all it has going for it. The protagonist was unlikable and the all-Spanglish dialogue was excruciating to get through. If it wasn't such a short read, I would have abandoned it.
I just can't decide how I felt about this book. I wanted to like it? But somehow I just couldn't get past the protagonist.
Warren Dunham
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is many things. First it gives us a Latin American centric view of a future world, something I've never read before. Much of the dialogue is in broken Spanish which gives the book an interesting voice, though i do wonder if i would have gained more if i know more of the language.
The book focus on a single man who has decided to specialize in large animals. Now while you are thinking that horses are large this book does much better as its science fiction at one point it has him dealing
Feb 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hispanic
Michael Hanscom
A fun, quick read. In a future where faster than light travel was discovered by an Ecuadorian priest, and Spanglish is the common language used among the seven known intelligent races, a "veterinarian to giants" has to rescue two people from a 200-kilometer wide amoeba. Neat to see a future where Hispanic culture has become prominent, and there's a lot of humor (and one literal laugh-out-loud moment for me).
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Sexist, as ingrained in the culture, but it didn't bother me. The book has no real plot, it is mainly just back story for the main character. The writing was fun though and if another book with the same character gets translated, I would read it.
This was an interesting one. In a way it's a few years old, but it was just translated into English this year so I think that makes it Hugo eligible next year. Yoss is a Cuban science fiction author and heavy metal musician and to some degree both come across in this book. There's a level of machismo (I think that's the word I'm looking for) that is hard to find in current US SF, but maybe I just mean unoffensive maleness. It's a book rich is unusual ideas. #1 - Illegal Cuban colonists make Firs ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star rating is probably closer to a 3.75 rather than a true 4, but--that being said - I loved the experience of reading this & got through it it in two sittings in a single day. It’s so weird and so funny - what can be better than an intergalactic veterinary biologist whose specialty is incredibly large space creatures? There is, however, a pervasive misogyny throughout the novel, from a narrator who openly acknowledges it, which is slightly off-putting (but I have a feeling this is more a c ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Something new and different; I wasn't aware of Latin American science fiction, but here it is, and it's most entertaining. However, I do wish there was a bit more story to go with the exposition. The exposition itself is fascinating, and builds an interesting future world, but a little more "show don't tell" would go along way. I'd also recommend a bit less future-speak. While the Spanglish of this world is certainly intriguing, too much of it makes the head spin...and I spent too much time tryi ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the way this short novel was written - futuristic sci-fi where the common language across races is Spanglish. The main character, an intergalactic veterinarian specializing in only the largest species, straddles the line between satire and sexism, sometimes a little too imperfectly.

I like the uniqueness of this book, but had it been any longer I would have put it away unfinished.
Maximilian Gerboc
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fucking hilarious. In the vain of Hitchhiker's guide, but somehow dryer and funnier.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Of the books I read last year, Planet for Rent was one of my favorites, and was without a doubt the best piece of science fiction. It used its science fiction elements to tell the story of what it is like to be downtrodden, exploited, and desperate in a way that is all too rare in the genre, and also showcased that Yoss can write in a range of styles and still tell effective stories. Super Extra Grande keeps the structural inventiveness, but trades the poignancy for a big dose of weirdness. The ...more
Pop Bop
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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Flamboyant Fun

So, start with the old, campy 1966 movie "Fantastic Voyage", about a crew of doctors and scientists who are miniaturized and injected into the body of a critically ill patient. Now, rework that with a "Veterinarian to the Giants", who specializes in treating the biggest animals in the universe. Two representatives of warring civilizations, who were together on a small shuttle, have crashed into and been absorbed by a "Laketon", the largest, (200 miles in diameter), single celled or
Ángel Luis Durán
Hoy me toca hablar de "Súper Extra Grande" la última novela que ha caido en mis manos de Yoss, ese cantante y genial escritor cubano al que descubrí con "La voz del abismo" y "Se alquila un planeta". Es complicado conseguir sus libros en España, pero Apache libros ya ha publicado dos de ellos, haciendo gala de su gran trabajo por publicar libros de escritores arrinconados, pero que debería estar en los sitios de honor de las librerias, pero bueno eso ya es otra historia.
En esta ocasión, José Mi
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Born José Miguel Sánchez Gómez, Yoss assumed his pen name in 1988, when he won the Premio David Award in the science fiction category for Timshel. Together with his peculiar pseudonym, the author's aesthetic of an impentinent rocker has allowed him to stand out amongst his fellow Cuban writers. Earning a degree in Biology in 1991, he went on to graduate from the first ever course on Narrative Tech ...more