Song of the Space Siren
"On par with Douglas Adams" - Readcommendations
Cal Carver and his Space Team may have lost their ship, but they haven't lost their knack for attracting trouble.
Just hours after setting foot on a new planet, Cal and the crew find themselves caught up in an interplanetary kidnapping plot. Reuniting the suspiciously-silent young victim with her parents on their far-off home...more
World: The world building is solid. Once again building on the tropes of the genre and spinning it on it's head. The new locale and the new alien race was interesting and not wholly new but still fun.
Story: Great pacing and humor. Banter once again was awesome. I laughed out loud when Cal had his gun at the start. The series is good. It knows what it is, it's self aware and it's just out to have a good time.
Characters: Interesting new characters and fits the genre to a T. Not a l ...more
I don't ever expect this series to be all that serious because the overall tone is very light but it has surprising depth in the characters, world and layers of humor. The general play of events make you think that the cast and plot is fairly straight forward. Then all of the details pile up into this intricate whole that draws out real reactions. Some responses surprise me because I didn't think I would feel or think that way.
I like it! Action, idiotic humor and the zest to do the ...more
The plot was average, though there seems to be no end to the interesting characters Hutchison can develop. The main characters, and increasingly "the entity", continue to develop, mature, and get their hooks into the reader.
There were fewer laugh-out-l ...more
Okay, not really as high jinks as it sounds, but you get the picture. Like the books prior (see one, two, and three), this book contains a lot of cliches, tongue in cheek comments, and silly things happening.Our hero, Cal, is constantly hungry until he is introduced to the replicator. Yes, you got it. It make ...more
And Spider Dragons, cannibal loving rock men, the evil empire who brought Cal into space in the first place. Although I don't know why they should complain, cause after destroying earth to hide the kidnapping of Cal, I kinda think they got what they deserve.
So in this latest installment our stalwart team discover a kidnapped girl in a building coated in blood and gore, delicious pie, a dark and spooky castle full of helpful clones who turn m ...more
Same comments as for the other books. They are fun and there is a whacky internal logic that elevates it above pure slapstick. It so reminds me sometimes of Howard the Duck.
I may just read the whole series for awhile. The crazy story logic in this series is more engaging than the stories it makes fun of.
Each book in the series seems to better the last. If you are looking for an epic Pulitzer Prize contender, this ain't it. For pure, laugh out loud fun, you are in right place. Ignore the electronic version grammatical goofs and just have fun with it.
Exceedingly fun escapist sci-fi with likeable characters getting into great situations that they seem to manage to make much... much worse before they get better. I haven't read a bad one yet but I'll keep reading until i do. Great books. Fun books and worth every nickel and minute.
Three thumbs up.
(The third was Splort. I've only got two.)
I fonkin' love this shizz!!!! (If you're a fan and have your Zertex translator installed you'll understand).
Another great book in the series. The characters are great. The chemistry, comedy and hi-jinks are awesome.
If you're read the others you'll love this one.
I'm a great fan of Douglas Adams, so you know I'm one who loves the ridiculous. I'm loving this series so far. Cal and his inept crew of aliens roam the galaxy, rescuing the good guys and fighting the bad guys, giving me snickers and snorts and laugh out louds along the way. I can hardly wait to see where they're going on their next adventures.
And Phil Thron narrates the audio books PERFECTLY :)
That being said, this book was desperately in need of proofreading. Riddled with typos and mistakes that were, unfortunately, distracting.
Loving this series. Starting the next book right away.
Only one recommendation for the author: have your editor proof grammar and word choice just a little better.
Other than that, bring on more space adventures with The Space Team!
The first in this series was sort of Douglas Adams humor meets space punk opera.
This one kicks it up a notch to Terry Pratchett meets Douglas Adams in a space adventure concieved by Robert Silverberg.
I'm unabashedly hooked. Damnit.
This series is like a space messed up Scooby doo adventures meets Seinfeld. I like the humor and misfit camaraderie. I find the story is unpredictable. I like the writing style. I mean really how can a glob of green goo be so fonking adorable.
Barry lives in the Highlands of Scotland with his wife, two children, and irritatingly upbeat dog.