The galaxy’s most unhinged lunatic has an extinction-level death ray...and an itchy trigger finger.
Master Asinine has hatched his most psychotic scheme. He’s merged the galaxy’s largest crime gangs into a crushing force he calls the Bad Guys. Stay classy, Asinine.
With a death ray at his disposal, he’s taking over the galaxy and putting everyone on a four-day notice. And if they don’t like it...
...he’ll nuke them instead.
The galaxy’s only hope is Major Legion, Asinine’s ex-best friend. Tortured over his failure to stop Asinine from murdering their mutual buddy long ago, Legion must overcome inner demons to stop this army of thousands from exterminating everyone.
But Asinine’s got a big surprise for an old friend...
There’s nothing more dangerous than a psychopath who controls all crime.
In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy is an even mix of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Spaceballs, Avengers, and awkward eye contact from across crowded rooms.
Liam Gibbs knew he was destined to write at age four, when he authored a breathtaking account of a cow who ate grass. The bovine saga failed to catch the public’s eye but earned the budding author parental acclaim. Since those early times, he’s gone on to write the novella Not So Superpowered and humorous articles for various magazines.
A twenty-year veteran of the brutal world of hand-to-hand comic book fandom, Gibbs cut his teenage teeth on titles such as Spider-Man, X-Men, New Warriors, and other Marvel comics.
Gibbs graduated college with a degree in professional writing, which included classes on fiction writing and story structure. He lives on the balmy shores of Ottawa, Canada, where he relaxes by watching staggeringly awful horror and science fiction movies.
A health and fitness nut, he shoots lasers from his eyes, uses the word exclusive incorrectly, and once wrestled an exclusive brontosaurus. True story.
“In a Galaxy Far, Far Awry” introduces Master Asinine- a villain determined to organize the galaxy’s greatest bad guys into a gang known as…The Bad Guys. He has a death ray and he’s not afraid to use it. The galaxy’s only hope? His arch enemy and ex-best friend Major Legion.
Overall, I was a little torn about this book. I really liked the concept of the story- almost a combination of a comic and a scifi novella. And who doesn’t like the dichotomy of a really good superhero vs a really bad villain? The story is quirky and won’t be for everyone. It’s written in a conversational manner which is fun and entertaining but often difficult to read. The names of the characters are also creative, but again difficult to read through the story and there are so many characters! The full blog post can be found at heatherlbarksdale.com
I received a copy of this novella in exchange of a fair and honest review.
This was a really fun and comedic space adventure. It felt like a blend of British sci-fi like Red Dwarf and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and 90s comics like the X-Men. The story follows Legion, a military man (alien?) who gathers together a group of hyper-beings with powers to defeat the evil Master Asinine... yes you read that right. It has great satire and really unique characters.
I love that this book, the first in a series, is a reboot of a novel Liam Gibbs wrote - but never published. It feels very well polished, since this is not the first time Gibbs has written about these characters and settings. I'm very curious to read the next book in the series, which looks like the beginning of a fun adventure serialization.
This had quite a few laugh out loud moments! It's a bit silly, a bit quirky but reading between the lines, I saw a little bit of social commentary as well. It cracks along, no time to get bored and it's easy to make the characters' acquaintance.
I suppose I do have a niggly criticism. I checked out the 'Look Inside" feature before I got the book and there seemed to be a lot of "stuff" to wade through before the story started. When I started reading, my kindle showed it was 8% before the story began when all I really wanted was to get reading! I think all this stuff would be better at the back, particularly when readers are chomping at the bit to get started!
That said, I thought the story was great and I'll get the second book. Recommended for a light read and a good laugh.
Super fun book! The story is proper zany, so if you're not into that, this probably isn't for you, but this book is genuinely hilarious. There are so many jokes that are legitimately funny, and on top of that you get a helping of efficient, minimalistic, streamlined worldbuilding that is really well done. The story is a bit low in stakes and I do feel that some of the characters could have been established better (there are a lot of them) but overall, the core story is really solid and the main antagonist is a complete scene-stealer. My only real criticism is that there were maybe too many jokes (but given its a comedy, that's not really that bad of a thing) that do risk derailing the more serious moments of the story. Overall, great start to the series!
A great cast of characters with fun and engaging personalities, you'll find yourself eager to read book 2. The story is well written, engaging and fun. It has comedy craziness, hilarious puns and an easy read. If you enjoy slapstick humour, you'll love this book.