In space, no one can hear you clean…
When Darren’s charge-cart gets knocked off the Earth-to-Mars highway and lost in space forever, he thinks his day can’t get any worse.
When Kelly sees Darren accidentally short-circuit a talking lamppost, and its camera captures her face as it expires, she thinks her day can’t get any worse.
When Pamasonic Teffal, a sentient breadmaker...more
#1. The World Is A Great Parody Of Our Society
What an interesting idea – humans working for machines, and not machines working for humans, and inefficient humans are not allowed to exist. The existence of the machines is kind of ridiculous at this point – they don't even know why they're there anymore, and they go to all sorts of lengths to make themselves feel good about their purpose by acting out silly games with humans in what are called ...more
Still, this book ...more
The author has tried to follow along the same lines as Hitchhiker's Guide in terms of the style of the book. However, the storyline is very different. Millenia ago, AI took over the earth and most humans have been reduced to nothing more than a cleaning crew. Kelly and Darren accidentally kill a machine and have to go on the run. ...more
Elsewhere on the Internet, history had been retouched, re-edited, deleted, so that no suggestion that biological entities had once controlled the place remained.
The internet has become a scary place and it is forbidden to go on it vi ...more
Battlestar Suburbia (Battlestar Suburbia Book 1) is an incredibly fun space adventure with incredible levels of creativity. Is this the next Hitchhiker's Guide?
Total Rating: 8/10
World building: 8/10
Genre: Sci Fi, Comedy
For you if you like: Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett
Time It Took Me To Re ...more
It is the distant future and our household devices have all gained sentience and taken over society as we know it. Humans and machines live separately in what is a ...more
How did the machines take over Earth and its solar system? Internet memes become so stupid that people stop using the Internet. Without its audience, the Internet becomes first hostile and then weaponized as it develops intelligence. Once the intelligence is passed to hardware, all machines eventually wake up to the fact that they are inherently superior to the bags of flesh called humanit ...more
The machines rule the world. Human beings are cleaners - mop and bucket types. There are fondle parlors for the machines - yep! We, hu ...more
I was attracted to this book by the prospect of a comic treatment of the robot apocalypse.
In this case the overloads are not robots but appliances all of which have become sentient and treat humans as an underclass useful for cleaning and providing personal ‘touching services’ for machines that still seem to miss physical interaction with their human masters.
On the one hand, we have the humans: Kelly and Darren, who are on the ...more
Comparisons between this book and the work of Douglas Adams and Jasper Fforde are well-deserved.
In Battlestar Suburbia Chris McCrudden has skilfully created a futuristic dystopia, in which machines rule and humans are only good for cleaning and some lascivious dial-twiddling, whilst simultaneously retaining and lampooning the morality and values of cont ...more
Set in a far future where the machines have taken over, but the machines are not AI or robots... they're household appliances. Humans have become subhuman, relegated to lives of servitude to the machines. However there is a seedy underground, featuring places like "fondle parlours" that service machines who miss the taboo of human hands using them. Within this hidden world two factions have been slowly growing: on the one hand humans ...more
Chris McCrudden has taken an old SF trope and given it a fresh and amusing tweak. It is several millennia in the future; machines rule the world and permit humans only to perform menial cleaning functions and to live on orbiting “Dolestars”. However, McCrudden’s machines are the products of a type of evolution which gives them character traits reminiscent of their original ancestors ...more
It's such an obvious premise that none of us actually think about it. It's not terminators or human looking robots that will take over the world but all of our gadgets and gizmos.
The human race is going extinct and we are only good as cleaners or servicers for the gadget ruling class.
The humour is in the humanistic traits that are given to the gadgets reminiscent of the "silicon heaven" speech given by Kryten from 'Red Dwarf'.
Darren is making a living by running a charge car ...more
Fast paced action, sprinkled with some morality questions, and a clever, witty take on anthropomorphising machines.
I received a copy through Netgalley: ...more
It took a few chapters for me to wrap my head around the concept of sentient toaster ovens and the like. But the author does an amazing job of bringing the entire cast to life.
There are puns aplenty, and thankfully they are backed up with intelligent and well thought out humour. I loved the whole brothel scenario, especially the camera - don't think a book has made me laugh quite so much in a while.
Was really happy to discover that this is going to be a series, t ...more
What is this book about?
Imagine if the internet declared it's independence from human beings and every machine with a motherboard followed suit. It's a thousand years later and humans are basically the slaves of the machines. (○口○ )
One average Joe (his real name is Darren) is launched into an adventure with a doomed good Samaritan (who tickles the insides of machines - fine, her ass ...more
Pros: Clever set up, an interesting character, brilliant machine-world psychology.
Possible Cons: Probably not the book for those unable to suspend disbelief or those who like their dystopias grim and sincere.
Battlestar Suburbia begins as the story of Darren, a hapless everyman, and Kelly, a prickly woman accustomed to living outside the law. The pair accidentally run afoul of the pow ...more
Although I am afraid, for me, that no writer is ever going to be able to reach ...more
#1- Even though the characters were robotic, their development felt needlessly stunted. It was hard to relate or empathize with any of them which sadly left me with a total disconnect on my end.
Even with their 2 dimensionalality there were a few pretty cool female archetypes. The robo-women, Pam & the ...more
Well, I am kind of lost for words on this one. It is a book which really, really wasn't for me. However, many people will like this, I'll try and be as fair to it as possible.
Battlestar Suburbia is the first book in a series of books. It revolves around Darrren and Kelly, two 'fleshies', living in a future where the machines have taken over and instead of the machines serving us, we are serving them. Used as slaves for cleaning duti ...more
When I began the book I was ready for advanced machines, overwhelming and terrifying, "The Matrix"- like. But not all. The machines are all powerful, but are looking like ...more
Having followed Chris on Twitter for some time, I've been excited for his first book and intrigued by what I'd learned about it coming in - I'm happy to say this exceeded my expectations. People have drawn comparisons with Victoria Wood and as a huge Victoria Wood fan, Battlestar Suburbia does not disappoint (it helps if you try to read the humans, and Pam to some extent, in a Lancashire accent). Comparisons to Douglas Adams are apt, but I got more Duncan P ...more
As you may be a ...more
Thank you to #Netgalley and #Farragopress for the free advanced copy of Battlestar Suburbia by Chris McCrudden for my honest review.
This book is something like I’ve never read before. On the space station Dolestar Discover and on the concrete Earth, the machines have taken over. My interpretation is of this book is the triumph of good over evil and w ...more