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A 10-year old fighting cancer. A space captain fighting for his species. Can they conquer their enemies before it’s too late?

When Fen’s cancer returns, he knows he’ll need all the help in the world to defeat it. Despite the support of his family and friends, things look bleak until he cracks the cover of a sci-fi story about a courageous captain fighting against incredib
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Paperback, First Edition, 66 pages
Published August 26th 2016 by 6.8 Books
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Melki
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humorous-fiction
"When the going gets tough . . . you kick the going in the nuts!"

You can play the blame game until you're old and gray, but no one knows why some kids get cancer, and others grow up to be rich, entitled assholes who run for President. Calling it the stars' fault makes as much sense as anything else.

Here, Box takes an unfunny subject - cancer kids - and manages to squeeze some chuckles out of these plucky souls.

We meet Harold, Andromeda, and Fen, three youngsters determined to kick cancer's ass.
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Randee
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
My favorite kind of writer (and people) are those that are a combination of the following:

Individualistic mind warriors ~ they are proud to let their freak flag fly; they wouldn't have it any other way
Perpetual teenagers ~ energetic, enthusiastic, minds wide open and eyes full of wonder with a sly wink at convention
Primary colors in a world of drab ~ most definitely nonconformists
A pinch of adolescence ~ the more charming bits of children (not the whining/drooling bits)
Slightly androgynous....
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Stephen Sipila
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book by the author today and I thought this was a very good book and a really quick read. It's only a short novella so you can read it in about an hour and it's good if you are a fan of dark and morbid humor, which I am very much. I will go even further than Walter Willingsby at The Philadelphia Pedophiler and say that this wasn't just one of the top five funniest stories about a child with cancer, it was probably the funniest story I have ever read about a ch ...more
Ashley


I received a book from Mr. John Box a while ago from Goodreads Giveaways, I LOVED THE BOOK!!!!! So when he asked me to join his "Street Team" and review a copy of his new book. OF COUSE I AGREED!!!! So here is my take on the book
The Stars Fault by John Box..........


This is the Sci-Fi Genre of a Hospital Terminal Children's Ward. You have the usual kid characters The Moody loner(Harold), The upbeat Goodie-Good(Andromeda/Medusa), The "Well liked" kid MY PERSONAL FAVE (Fen) it's just a very g
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Gabbo Parra
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review is courtesy of the journalistic voices in my head.
If you're easily offended stop reading, specially if you cannot make fun of yourself or sick people.

"I remember a time when kids were just mouth-breathing window lickers. Now, they're just tech savvy brats."
Ernest Poppycock III, The Olden Ledger.

"I like things limp at my feet."
Rowen Boozwell, The Unauthorized Biography

"If a cancer kid can have mental battles with leukemia cells, I can do mental battles with fat cells. Pyu, pyu, pyu
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Allan
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although when I first saw the book I thought man this is small. As I started reading it I was amazed at how I was sucked into the story and how sad I was at the end. Not only is the book very funny it tugs on the heart strings. I wish I could get my hands on the books mentioned inside . The titles are really funny. My only dismay at all was that I finished reading it. I highly recommend this author. Here's to the hope that his next novel is 700 pages plus. 5 Stars easily and 5 stars for creativi ...more
Darcee Kraus
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this novella in the Goodreads giveaway! I am a huge fan of John Box; however I did not see this coming. I felt as if he wrote this because he wanted to, but why does anyone write anything? Basically people do what they want to do and if you even have the slightest interest in this book you should read it.
Ryanne Nichols
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Just your usual story of kids with cancer interchanged with a sci-fi story they are reading.

Of course I didn’t cry, not once. What Kleenex? No, that’s a paper towel, I couldn’t reach the Kleenex box. Oh, never mind... fudge!
Trevor Pearson
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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" 'Don't get me wrong,' Harold continued. 'The coughing and the nose bleeds and the migraines and the hair loss and the relentless assault on your body really sucks - I mean really really reeeeeaallllly sucks - but you've got a wish coming your way while all the peons out there have a lifetime of daydreaming about wishes that won't ever come true. You're kicking their asses.' "


Harold has a deep disdain for clowns, but even more so, their overzealous whorish-with-laughter enablers that have bee
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Sharon
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
excellent, very good what super mega I recommend very interesting the plot
Brad Lucas
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap. That was probably one of the realest, tear jerking stories I've read in a very long time.

I have to admit, I approached this with some trepidation. I've read John's other book, "American MaleWhore in Tokyo", and wasn't overly taken with it. I had similar "hopes" for this one, but I figured it was free, why the hell not.

I'm so very glad I did. Where I wished John's first book was much shorter in length, I wish this novella was longer, but then a longer novel would have been anathema t
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Pat
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A short, irreverent book about cancer as only Box knows how to do it. He does it beautifully and I fell in love with Fen, Harold and Andromeda. Three children in a cancer ward who are being held together by an imaginary story of space heroes as they battle their own wars of the body. The reader's guide is hilarious. An up your's to what we think is funny and how little we truly get just how children and adults deal with death. See you in the Milky Way!
Debbie Carnes
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read a couple of John Box books now, as ever it was wonderful . If you love dark humor as I do , you will love this book.
John's books are always a surprise and this sure was. in a best of ways.
I think you really need to read The Star's Fault ASAP
Betsy
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I admire the author's creativity and vision. Do not let my rating steer you away. I am just not his audience in this book.
Tony
Sep 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
This did not work for me. Being a parody of something I haven't read maybe did not help, but I also found it difficult to marry the text with 9 and 10 year-old kids.
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John Box, who enjoys writing about himself in the third person cause it makes him feel written about, burst onto the literary scene in 1997 when he was published in his high school yearbook quoting Eazy-E and sending shouts out to his homies. He followed with his second achievement a year later, when he spray painted the word “vagina” on a middle school dumpster. Since then, he has penned several ...more
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