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Starship Repo

(The Breach)

1.70  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Starship Repo is a fast-paced romp through the galaxy from Patrick S. Tomlinson.

Firstname Lastname is a no one with nowhere to go. With a name that is the result of an unfortunate clerical error and destined to be one of the only humans on an alien space station. That is until she sneaks aboard a ship and joins up with a crew of repomen (they are definitely not pirates).

Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Tor Books
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Jacques Cumia Wow. I can't believe a man like Patrick is allowed to roam the streets freely. I hope his 2nd wife knows what a monster this man is.
Jonathan Snyder I assumed *this* was an actual troll until I did some digging and found a video of this incident. Shocking to see people defending pedophiles because…moreI assumed *this* was an actual troll until I did some digging and found a video of this incident. Shocking to see people defending pedophiles because they’re also fans or writers of sci-fi. Disgraceful really. (less)

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Nigel Aiger
May 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Deeply unpleasant "book"
Todd Hillier
May 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I am an enormous fan of science fiction, and had fairly high hopes for this book. Not even a quarter of the way through, those hopes were dashed. The writing was tortured beyond all belief. I have to think Mr. Tomlinson self-edited the book, or there is an editor at Tor who is stealing a paycheck. Extraneous filler details, ham-fisted pop culture references which are jarringly out of place, a veritable cornucopia of social justice, and a character named...Fonald Plump. Yeah. The plot often lacke ...more
Craig Pearson
Apr 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
DNF. The "light episodic humor" just did nothing for me. The allusions to current events seemed inappropriate and references to current cultural icons such as 'Star Wars' have no place in a novel set 4 centuries in the future. The humor just seemed silly and forced.

5/21/19 update
If you are here just to troll the author please do not like this review. It is easy to tell who the trolls are by looking at your profile.

Apparently there are some here who think this book is well written and all less th
Esteban Becker
May 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received an advanced copy from Tor books in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to not only like this book, but LOVE it because of the kindness of the publisher

Sadly, this was not the case.

I've read a LOT of science fiction, from lighthearted and comical (Retief:Ambassador at Arms) to psychological "hard sci-fi" (Under Pressure) to satirical (The Space Merchants) to classics and epics like the Foundation series, 2001 series, etc, to everything in between. That certainly doesn't make me an
Phil Burnell
May 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Very cringy. Meandering, embarrassing attempts at humor, and at some points I had to re-read a sentence because I couldn't believe someone had actually typed something so clumsy. I was going to give it two stars because I thought it was the author's first novel and he just hadn't found his voice. When I searched his name, however, I found he has already written several books (and some other bizarre stories about him I'd rather not repeat here). There is no excuse for this kind of sophomoric driv ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'll be honest, I read little over a quarter of this book. I'm afraid it just doesn't keep you hooked like a good book should. It doesn't seem to have been proof read as there is a plethora of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. I wanted to give the author the benefit of the doubt as it appears there's a number of rumours surrounding him. I hope he sorts his life out and I really hope he no longer advocates the assault of republican women. I hope he no longer makes fun of Muslims as that's ...more
Adrienne Hasanewman
May 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I just can't get over how many spelling mistakes are in this thing. Even in the forward.
Karl Unt
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Literally shaking as I read this book.

My word, where to start. I was eager to read the works of Mr Tomlinson as I found him through his bustling YouTube channel, where he offers fiery and quirky takes on pop culture and the like. I found his chubby little toddler face endearing and so wanted to find out more about him so I sought out his latest novel.

Although it started off well, it wasn't long before the tone and content became extremely troubling. There were many thinly-veiled references to
Jacques Cumia
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is based on hypnosis, brainwashing, and mind control techniques, but the reader is not aware of any of this at all. Tomlinson has a very low opinion of women and gays and states these opinions as facts about women and gays in the book. Tomlinson tries to trap the readers into believing that there is a bad part of the human mind, he calls it the reactive mind, but it is not true, it is just used to get control over the people's minds, without their understanding, or their knowledge, or ...more
Anthony Kuhnmia
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trashed
Lots of fat that could be cut, too much grease. Could maybe work on itself a bit more to be more pleasant. Needs help.
Chris Stanley
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'll get this out of the way right now: I do not condone the abuse of children. I won't get into specifics, but the allegations surrounding Mr. Tomlinson are undoubtedly troubling. And if it turns out he is guilty of those acts, then he is a disgusting man indeed. But hell, I still watch Polanski films and I gave this book an honest, unbiased try. Now onto my review. If I could describe the writing in this novel with one word, I would use "self-indulgent". The story seemed potentially interestin ...more
Jonathan Snyder
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
To be honest I was expecting another chapter in Will Tate’s excellent Starship Repo series but instead I got this unfunny, boring dross written by whom I can only assume is a 12 year old with a “too cool for school” complex. I skipped ahead and there’s what appears to be a transgender crab creature - talk about obvious pandering. Apparently the author is having a meltdown on here because of negative reviews; particularly galling when he left a 5 star review of his own work. Another reviewer left ...more
Steven Bauman
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Poorly written, and the jokes fall flat. Moreover if an author is trying to engage in world-building, he should avoid contemporary sociopolitical references. And even those are hacky. Then again, if you think a poorly endowed character named "Fonald Plump" is clever, maybe you'll get more out of this than I did.
Sam Roberts
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Have been looking for a light, fun read for my upcoming summer vacation in Oahu, this is not it. I'm not sure if the author was trying to be clever or just was lazy in naming a character 'Firstname Lastname', unfortunately it was the latter.

It didn't take more than a few chapters to realize the writing quality was on-par with a middle schooler with no sense of humor or plot development doing a poor Douglas Adams impression.

Also it was disconcerting to see the author openly arguing with honest r
Shannon Kelly
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Ugh. Very hard to follow. Childish. This is the kind of book you finish and think that you could be an author and crank out junk like this.
Nikki Nordon
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
As a big sci-fi/fantasy fan, Patrick's name and gate crasher series has come up before. I've been excited to get into his books but upon reading through reviews of his books I might be changing my mind. Not based on the reviews mind you but more upon Patrick's explosive and honestly immature reactions to negative reviews. Rather than take a negative review in stride and try to learn from it (as any self-respecting author would) Patrick usually explodes in an outburst of rage, explaining that eve ...more
Bill Tetly
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not a good book. Two entire chapters devoted to "fonald plump" and his penis size. Seriously? Bad pop culture references shoe horned into a fifth rate sci to book? No thanks. Dont waste your time.
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
A friend received an advanced copy for review and passed it along to me. I had never heard of this "author" before and now I know why. I barely got a few chapters in before my unease at the shameless and lazy attempts at sounding like Douglas Adams started making feel physically ill. The characters speak unnaturally and everything seems rushed just to try to throw in some inane cultural references or attempts at wit. So I had to look into this further, did some research on the "author," and was ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Derivative. Childish. Garbage.
Jon Weisner
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I really did give it an honest shot, but after about 90 pages I had to give up. The story just feels very "hollow", it is both imaginative and incredibly unimaginative at the same time. I am not the best at writing reviews, but I am a huge fan of science fiction. This is 100% not the "fast-paced romp through the galaxy" that I was hoping. I kept rereading pages because there are sections that couldn't hold my attention.

I hope that one day the author improves a
Suzanne Lightening
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I read the book. It just wasnt for me. Wish i could have my precious time back. Also, patrick tomlinson fucks kids. Hes a weirdo
Patrick S. Tomlinson
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Indeed, I've once again fooled so many silly little children into buying one of my terrible books. How dumb could you little ones possibly be? The main character is named 'Firstname Lastname', and some of you zygotes think this isn't the epitome of lazy writing? Oh my sweet summer children, all of you have a lot of growing up to do. How is this your life? See you paypigs next year when I release another novel of boring drivel, I know you'll fall for it yet again, children.

Now if you'll excuse m
Ross Kaske
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Truly godawful drivel. Worse than drivel. Complete and utter garbage. It's hard to say which aspects are worse: the ones Tomlinson copied from other writers, or the other elements that he seems to have come up with on his own. I have no major problem with plot, even when parts are reinterpreted from other people's works. There is, after all, very little that is new under the sun... and Sci-Fi is, often to its benefit, populated largely by borrowed themes and ideas and archetypal characters who a ...more
Elizabeth Clarke
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm normally a HUGE fan of Patrick's books, but I felt this one left a little too much to digest for me. Normally Patrick's books flow like buttercream frosting, but this book just feels a sliver off to me. I feel like Patrick was trying way too hard to squeeze something out of nothing in this one, and stretching things just isn't Patrick's bread and butter. Patrick really tries to inject his sense of humor throughout the story, but he just ends up leaving way too much meat on the bone. The icin ...more
David Bacon
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
To me - boring, slow and stupid. I never understood the point and why he spent so much time telling parts of the story (most) that seemed unnecessary - like describing what you ate for breakfast and including every word on the cereal box’s front, back, top, bottom, and sides as well as the technical data about the cardboard used for the box and all the choices they could have made to use a different type of cardboard or different specs for the cardboard they chose for this box......
Jimmy Rustler
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is filled with abstract metaphors, and dog whistles at plenty of things that I hoped I was simply imagining. Upon deeper research of this man's personal views, it seems that this book is a vessel for the author to push his extremist racist and sexist beliefs. I would request anyone who is considering purchasing this book to look into some of the comments that Mr. Tomlinson has made about minorities, women, and children.

Note: this is only my opinion.
Paul Hargreaves
I've been following the strange case of this author since reading Gate Crashers, a mindless popcorn romp, and stumbled upon this strange alt-right organization. I was determined to buy this book and give it a 5-star review, to counter that organization. However, I have to be honest, and honestly this is a 2-star book.

Initially off the bat, the repo premise is flawed. Repo crews on earth do not take from the rich, they don't secretly take back yachts from rich old men in the cover of night. They
The Captain
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

I have been meaning to check out Tomlinson's writing for a while and was glad to get a review copy from the publisher.  This one is a light and fluffy story that follows a repo company in space.  The main character is a human called "Firstname Lastname" due to a clerical error on her refugee status card.  First, as she goes by, is a grifter who uses tricks to con
Paul Hargus
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is penultimate juvenile sci-fi with one dimensional characters and a pointless plot that could have been wrapped up in 1/4 of the pages. Not only is this the worst book I ever read, it was also 336 pages long so I had to suffer even longer to finish this mindless drivel. Truly godawful drivel. Worse than drivel. Complete and utter garbage.

The best part about this book was when I used it to kill a wasp.

Also, self-professed "feminist" and "friend to women" Patrick Tomlinson insulted a young
Douglas Adams
May 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is so bad I had to come back from the grave to give it the lowest rating possible. Plagaristic and trite. Burn This book and let me lie in peace.
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Patrick S. Tomlinson lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a menagerie of houseplants in varying levels of health, a Mustang, and a Triumph motorcycle bought specifically to embarrass and infuriate Harley riders. When not writing sci-fi and fantasy novels and short stories, Patrick is busy developing his other passion for writing and performing stand-up comedy in the Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago s ...more

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