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Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja
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Oct 20, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: 2016-read, best-of-2016

Cannot review this book as I just cannot stop laughing. TRYING HARD TO CONTROL TEARS

I mean, I just cant write a review for this. Its stupendously silly but so so so much fun, its literally unputdownable. In that is also couched very clever satire on the whole military bureaucracy and the task of assigning people to roles that they are least suited for and how the people who really lead have absolutely no idea at all

The plot merely exists to serve as a window to the shenanigans of our intrepid ex-engineer ex-pirate lead, R Wilson Rogers now promoted way above his station despite being absolutely ill-suited in all regards, handed control of a droid army despite him absolutely hating them

With a wisecracking decommissioned droid with a broken profanity communicator, an admiral who keeps harping about a war to come, a Viking warrior captain whom Rogers has the hots for who keeps pummelling him, a cantankerous barber droid after Rogers to give him the military cut, a zookeeper unsuited for his current orderly position with a spy training, are some of the characters that make his life a hell (and for us a hilarious journey)

As said before, the central conspiracy is very predictable but what keeps the fun high are the antics and the situations. Definite winner

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Quotes Vinay Liked

Joe Zieja
“A fair-skinned man with a cherub face, he had taken quite some time to grow it, and taking good care of his beard was Priority Number One. Well, maybe Priority Number Fourteen; he had lost his list somewhere on the Awesome (and he rarely paid attention to it, anyway). Maybe he could get “them” to bring him a trimmer and a mirror, whoever “they” were. By god, he hated putting pronouns in imaginary quotes. The”
Joe Zieja, Mechanical Failure

Joe Zieja
“The last traces of his intellect would vanish as his body no longer put oxygen into his brain. Then he’d be promoted to colonel and run the personnel squadron. It was an inevitable chain of events.”
Joe Zieja, Mechanical Failure

Joe Zieja
“Rogers could recognize the shadow of a muffin anywhere.”
Joe Zieja, Mechanical Failure

Joe Zieja
“Rogers paused for a moment as he realized that this was officially the first “working lunch” of his life. He immediately began to understand a lot of things about suicide.”
Joe Zieja, Mechanical Failure

Reading Progress

June 30, 2016 – Shelved
June 30, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
October 18, 2016 – Started Reading
October 18, 2016 –
10.0% "Giggling and chortling my way through this so far, this is fun"
October 19, 2016 –
25.0% "Best catastrophic test ever!!!!!"
October 19, 2016 –
35.0% "Why isnt this a movie yet? So bloody funny :)"
October 20, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-read
October 20, 2016 – Shelved as: best-of-2016
October 20, 2016 – Finished Reading

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