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A Swift Kick In The Asteroids

(The Wave Gate Cycle #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Neurotic tech Zagarat Cole had no choice but to steal 432,985 credits from the Deus Syndicate. It was the only way to pay for his mother’s medical treatments. So, when a Deus executive called Zag into his office, he knew the jig was up. Or down. Or however it was you danced a jig. Yet to Zag’s astonishment, the executive didn’t excoriate, eviscerate, or “ate” him at all. H ...more
Published November 9th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Mark Gardner
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
When I saw Convergence on NetGalley, it had been a while since I read any absurdist humor. ASKITA appeals to nerds and fans of HHGTTG. (I’m not going to spell it out, die-hard fans will know the acronym, and others can use Google.)

Here and there long explanations slowed down the pace, but I had no problems following the story. I did have to use the Kindle’s dictionary feature to figure out more than one word in the story, but I’ve been guilty of using a thesaurus in my writing, so I wasn’t put o
Alexis Drake
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, english-books
Zagarat cole è un informatico molto esperto, un nerd, appassionato di tecnologia e videogiochi. Ma la sua più grande preoccupazione è sua mamma, che ha una malattia rara e difficile da curare. Bisogna portarla in una clinica specializzata, ma ovviamente ci vogliono molti soldi, o crediti, come si usa nel suo universo. Ha deciso di “rubare” o meglio prendere in prestito, perché lui ha seriamente l’intenzione di restituirli, i crediti necessari, più di 400.000 all’azienda dove lavora, tramite un l ...more
Cianna Sunshine & Mountains Book Reviews
I really enjoyed this novel. I thought that the ideas in the piece were well thought out and really resonated well with the intended audience of sci-fi and techie nerds. I laughed at much of the crazy adventures that Zagarat & Fletcher get into, and really enjoyed watching the characters develop as the story went on. I think that as a debut piece this book really had strong qualities that would appeal to a sci-fi audience but I just think the length of the book slows down, and may hinder som ...more
Scott aka Book Invasion
(Audiobook) A very enjoyable space adventure in the same lane of Hitchhikers Guide. The main character is a tech support nerd thrust into a dangerous mission with the smoth-talking, good-looking Fletcher Griffin - who is more than what he seems.

It was all very enjoyable and there are plenty of easy laughs here and there. I felt a little zoned out in the middle after we learned about Fletchers real mission and they head off to Galustay and the other characters they run into towards the end.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you don’t like; HHGTTG, witty puns, a feel good story, likable characters, nerds, obliterating Idiots, not so happy endings and does a joke like “The sight was gruesome and then it grew some” (when seeing the privates of some specie) not even register on your humor scale. Then you might want to skip this book. If one of the above mentioned things tickle your fancy…pick it up and read it. You will thank me later
Sebastian Tørholm
I really can not recommend this.

The writing style tries to be too clever for its own good, often leaving me feeling like I'm reading /r/IAmVerySmart. The jokes mostly miss the mark. Except for the one joke about post-post-modern dancing about 4.5 hours in, that made me chuckle.

I don't recall much of the plot - in spite of me finishing the book less than half an hour ago. It didn't really seem that interesting at all.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A silly space opera romp that constantly has its tongue in its cheek. I believe it is intended to be part of a series of novels and it certainly sets up some unexplored avenues. The characters have distinct voices and the humor is spot on. With that being said this is no literary work of art, but simply a goofy sci-fi adventure that is well written and paced.
Andrew Lloyd
I'll give the author the benefit of the doubt that this was written as an homage to Douglas Adams' HGttG instead of a blatant rip-off. Regardless, while the humor is initially cute, it falls short of the lovable quirkiness of HGttG and quickly becomes frustratingly annoying. I really wanted to enjoy this book but who wants to watch Deep Impact after already watching Armageddon?
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It reminds me a lot of the later Hitchhiker books. its funny but also sad. lots of jokes with dark undertones. its not a great book but it has plenty of potential.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
good book, fun to read. i look forward to the next book of the series
Al Brown
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good, honestly much better than I expected.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-challenge
I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The main character is a bit of a pessimist. The story flows well, I liked the main characters, and it really makes me wish there was a second book already.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped
Not funny.
Pop Bop
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Close Enough to "The Hitchhiker's Guide"

I've been around the block enough times to be very, very leery of books that are described as "Lovecraftian", books that are "in the tradition of..." anyone I like, and any books that are the "new Hitchhiker's Guide". What Adams did was, for me, the supreme example of comedy sci-fi space opera, and even he had trouble matching the achievement in his later books. So, where do we put this effort, which unabashedly seeks the Hitchhiker's mantel?

Well, I don't
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Disclaimer: Review originally posted at

Zagarat works as a technician in a big corporation called DEUS Syndicate. His mother is terribly ill and the only medical treatment that can give them hope is very expensive. Zagarat is always neurotic, and usually cautious, but desperate about his mother's health he decides to "borrow" the money from the DEUS Syndicate. The next day a big executive calls Zagarat to his office, and he fears the worst, but this will just be the begi
Loki Lokash
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe in your imagination.
Even if you're a dull-headed imbecile, I believe that whatever's kicking around in your noggin is probably more interesting to you than anything I could possibly put down on a page, or up on a screen.
The people that make good horror movies agree with me - they know that the longer they put off showing you the monster, the more terrified you'll be, because your brain, the evil bastard, has now customized that monster to fit neatly into every fear you've ever had.
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Despite the fact that there were several things about this novel that I found highly annoying, it was quite a good story with some rather endearing primary characters. You feel almost immediate sympathy for Zagarat, who is quite obviously a good person who is not only stuck in a rut of a life, but also faced with a difficult decision in regards to his mother. Fletcher is more of an anomaly; you’re never seem quite sure of who or what he is, or what his motivations are. Not to mention Aurora May, ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On Thin Icing is modeled after the classic manor house mystery. In Ellie Alexander’s cozy debut, Jules Capshaw is hired to cater for a weekend retreat for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The retreat takes place at an isolated resort a few hours from Ashland. Jules expects that her main challenge will be delighting the palates of the directors and cooking in an unfamiliar kitchen. What she gets is far different. Her estranged husband Carlos arrives intent on rekindling their rom ...more
Nov 20, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
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Now on to A Swift Kick in the Asteroids.

I actually liked ASKITA. It was very interesting and had nerd humor, which I loved. It used advanced words, which made it a slow read for an already long book. I liked it, I just don’t want to finish it. It’s really long, and I don’t have the time for it. Everytime I opened it up, I felt like I was forcing myself to read.

So I thought the best thing to do was put it down and move on.

I loved the world ASKITA created and a
Miriam Joy
Full review to come, as this was a NetGalley read.

This was fun -- a somewhat madcap adventure with an unlikely protagonist who learns not to be scared of everything. I wished he'd also learn that he was totally gay for Fletcher, the oddball who dragged him on the aforementioned adventure, but we can't have everything. In places there was a little too much explanation of invented devices and ideas (or jokes), which slowed the story down and seemed to be trying a little too hard, but on the whole
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly funny, an action packed romp that made me laugh out loud on a number of occasions.
Reminded me of Adams and Pratchett in many ways - all of them good!
Really hoping that this gets a UK release and that there is a follow-up; I still have questions.....
This was fun, but super-sexist and poorly written. Seriously, women are only (1) evil, (2) sex objects, or (3) mom. That's pretty awkward.
Sometimes funny, always acerbic, an adventure romp. The ending seemed a little bit of let down, and I hope there's a sequel coming. But enuff "Gee, whiz"!
Derek Leedy
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Mark Satton
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Jul 23, 2016
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