A not-quite epic science fiction adventure about a down-on-his luck galactic pilot caught in a cross-galaxy struggle for survival!
Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!
From the creator of Mogworld and Jam! Benjamin Richard "Yahtzee" Croshaw is a British Australian comedic writer, video game journalist, author, and video game developer. He is perhaps best known for his acerbic video game review series, Zero Punctuation, for The Escapist.
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Stumbled across this 'plying' beauty
Gripped a non sci-fi fan!
I've long been a fan of Yahtzee's work, but I'd not explored his novels, yet, so I decided to start with his most recent story, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I'm not often a fan of sci-fi; usually it's too tech-heavy and loaded with lingo and confusing descriptive writing, then I lose clarity about every plying event that takes place, but this novel doesn't do that. If it ever needs to explain something, it will, with easily-digestible anecdotes and factoids that are humorous and really get the point across, and Croshaw's narration is graceful and emphatic, and is more importantly very easy to follow. You can easily identify the characters involved, and all the dialogue is easily distinguishable from the rest of the narrative. This was much easier to listen to than a lot of audiobooks and tapes I possess.
The first person perspective really works well with the variety that the story provides, and makes for an emotional rollercoaster as you grow attached to the protagonist and those around him, cringing as plans go awry, or more appropriately, as the same protagonist connives new plans to encourage things going awry. It's a story that keeps moving and pressing on to new environments, never languishing whilst keeping everything it ever brought to the table in previous chapters relevant, and there's a large emphasis on the human element, with characters frequently expressing their doubts, frustration and wit, and it may all bring a big old grin to your face.
I recommend this thoroughly, even if sci-fi isn't quite your cup of tea. I mean, it isn't normally mine, but every now and again something charming has to breeze into you and cause you to take notice.