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Starship Grifters [Reading] ➾ Starship Grifters By Robert Kroese – Polishdarling.co.uk A space faring ne er do well with bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high stakes p A space faring ne er do well with bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet and owing an outstanding debt vast than space itself The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam But getting mixed up in the struggle between the tyrannical Malarchian Empire and the plucky rebels of the Revolting Front and trying to double cross them both may be his biggest mistake Luckily for Rex, his frustrated but faithful robot sidekick has the cyber smarts to deal with buxom bounty hunters, pudgy princesses, overbearing overlords, and interstellar evangelists while still keeping Rex s martini glass filled.


10 thoughts on “Starship Grifters

  1. David Katzman David Katzman says:

    Ah, space farce Not a common genre and not many can do it well Starship Grifters is a cut above withhits than misses yet not without its flaws It landed some big laughs and that was a treat.The Holy Grail of space comedy is The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, of course Frankly, nothing can touch it Douglas Adams was a literary treasure, like Flann O Brien, and I loved all his works including the Dirk Gently series and his final book Last Chance to See about endangered species Ah, space farce Not a common genre and not many can do it well Starship Grifters is a cut above withhits than misses yet not without its flaws It landed some big laughs and that was a treat.The Holy Grail of space comedy is The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, of course Frankly, nothing can touch it Douglas Adams was a literary treasure, like Flann O Brien, and I loved all his works including the Dirk Gently series and his final book Last Chance to See about endangered species there couldn t be ameaningful end to his life and career How can you top that You can t Adams had a big heart to match his comedic genius his charm put him into a class of his own Starship Grifters can t compete But given thata worthy effort that falls closer to Space Balls than Hitchhiker s In fact, like Space Balls, Starship Grifters gets a lot of mileage satirizing such Star Wars tropes as the Death Star that can be blown up with a single shot and the plucky rebel forces.The main character, Rex Nihilo, falls into the loveable rogue stereotype although a littlerogue and little less loveable than some Think a dumber yetcunning version of Han Solo blended with an homage to Harry Harrison, the pulp sci fi author of the Stainless Steel Rat series The result is a frapp of stupidity, narcissism and derangement rather than the serious James Bond style scheming of the Stainless Steel Rat Rex is the comedian of the story for the most part while his sidekick, the android Sasha, is the straighterrh straightrobot The story follows Rex and Sasha as they try to outrace galactic debt collectors while scamming money out of billionaires, the fascist military, and the rebels alike Rex has no morals or common sense, but he s clever and a great talker, frequently outwitting his enemies.Unfortunately, except for Sasha, almost every single character in the book is irremediably stupid Just plain DUBM It makes for some very funny situations, but I would also call it a flaw in the book Ironic, yes, that the android was the brainsbut by the end of the book the stupidity of the majority of the characters the female bounty hunter being an exception started to feel a bit too easy It made the plot devices easier to pull off when you weren t dealing with anyone with two brain cells to rub together And it also made the comedy a bit too obvious at time Another flaw arose in the voice of Sasha too many occurrences of sarcasm or wit that seemed inappropriate for an android, even one that bordered on sentience Just didn t feel right And my last criticism is that the tone wasn t 100% nailed The comedy tended to fluctuate between the truly absurd things that only make sense on paper as jokes , the merely ridiculous things that could happen but are quite farfetched , and character driven witty dialogue realistic situations And then there s the very end of the book where the tone shifted abruptly.But I dwell, I dwell on the negative It really is a solid comedy overall If you like silliness, space opera, Space Balls, and or Star Wars but not religiously , then you will probably like Starship Grifters 3 1 2 stars And by Holy Grail I mean Monty Python s Quest for the Holy Grail


  2. M.S. M.S. says:

    Seriously, this was one of the funniest books I ve read since A Confederacy of Dunces It s basically a sci fi epic concerning the misadventures of Rex Nihilo, as seen through the eyes of his assistant robot Sasha who, by the way, is unable to lie and therefore painfully honest at times She also has a failsafe preventing her from forming independent thought, which is one of the many running gags throughtout the novel others include Rex failing memory and his increasingly absurd misnaming of Seriously, this was one of the funniest books I ve read since A Confederacy of Dunces It s basically a sci fi epic concerning the misadventures of Rex Nihilo, as seen through the eyes of his assistant robot Sasha who, by the way, is unable to lie and therefore painfully honest at times She also has a failsafe preventing her from forming independent thought, which is one of the many running gags throughtout the novel others include Rex failing memory and his increasingly absurd misnaming of the enemy s secret weapon, the plasmatic entropy cannon I was pleasantly surprised by the author s choice to use Sasha as a first person character her deadpan observations are hilarious, as is the constant banter between her and Rex who is basically an ignorant fool reminiscent of a Mel Brooks character obviously, Spaceballs comes to mind, but the witty dialogue also reminded me of, for instance, Blazing Saddles During their adventures, Rex and Sasha encounter a colorful bunch of side characters a sexy bounty hunter, a torture lovin bad guy called Heinous Vlaak, the somewhat incompetent members of a rebel alliance though the name was changed after a lawsuit, so they re called Frente Repugnante now don t ask A big part in the middle of the book revolves around a rescue mission, and the way all our heroes fumble about and bicker and even often accidentally do something right is quite satisfying I don t want to give away muchof the plot, so let me just sum it up like this Rex Nihilo wins a useless planet in a poker game, which sets off a series of events that may seem rather random at times, but actually comes together quite nicely in the end Although there is one little twist at the end that I didn t like, the story was fast paced, entertaining and mostly surprising in its clever turns Now, I must admit that I m hardly a scifi fan, so I was a little reluctant to read this However, there are so many funny moments in this book that I m glad I stepped outside my comfort zone for this one There s an estimated 3,89 succesful joke per page, varying from clever wordplay to explanations of mostly made up scientific phenomena There are also a few references to the well known classics, but fortunately they re quite subtle In fact, they re so subtle I probably missed half of them On another note, I must also say that I appreciated the absence of dystopianism modern scifi in movies at least, don t know about books has a tendency to be grim about our future, or to make a point about the extreme advancements in, say, social media or ecology But Starship Grifters stays lighthearted throughout, a few remarks concerning corporate culture aside The book just wants to be a fun space story in the vein of a 1950 s B movie, and it sure succeeds at that In fact, it reminded me of the brilliant Space Quest adventure games I used to play in the nineties.All in all, I can recommend this to anyone who just wants to have a fun read, whether you like scifi or not


  3. Jane Jane says:

    DNF at 40% of the audiobook.I might come back at a later time to see this one to the end, as it could be that I just wasn t in the right mood for this type of humour right now I had a lot of trouble with the narrator on this one I thought she was PERFECT while doing the first person narration aspects of the robot, but I couldn t stand some of the other voices she did mainly male I don t complain about narrators very often, and have several female narrators I really like, but this time I th DNF at 40% of the audiobook.I might come back at a later time to see this one to the end, as it could be that I just wasn t in the right mood for this type of humour right now I had a lot of trouble with the narrator on this one I thought she was PERFECT while doing the first person narration aspects of the robot, but I couldn t stand some of the other voices she did mainly male I don t complain about narrators very often, and have several female narrators I really like, but this time I think it s the narration that s killing the book for me


  4. Kevin Kevin says:

    Not as funny as HHGTTG but not bad either view spoiler Here s a couple of the best bits DNA scrambling is the worst Last time I had an ear growing between my shoulder blades Peopleacted like they didn t notice it, but I could hear them talking behind my back I was taken to the cannon and given an electronic copy of the plans, which was encrypted to prevent copying Copy protection is one of those stupid ideas from the twentieth century that never seem to die, like nonalcoholic beer or kara Not as funny as HHGTTG but not bad either view spoiler Here s a couple of the best bits DNA scrambling is the worst Last time I had an ear growing between my shoulder blades Peopleacted like they didn t notice it, but I could hear them talking behind my back I was taken to the cannon and given an electronic copy of the plans, which was encrypted to prevent copying Copy protection is one of those stupid ideas from the twentieth century that never seem to die, like nonalcoholic beer or karaoke bars People think that you can make it impossible to copy something if you encrypt it, but anything that can be read can be copied hide spoiler


  5. Simply Sam ツ Simply Sam ツ says:

    This book was corny and silly and cheesy.and I loved every single minute of it It s very close to 5 stars for me Very close I ve never read a space farce, so I have nothing else to compare it to, but I have most definitely watched movies of the genre This played out in my head exactly like the movies I ve seen Ridiculous situations, illogical logic, and just over the top shenanigans.I may have time later to write a full review, but for now I just want to say if you like space fantasy a This book was corny and silly and cheesy.and I loved every single minute of it It s very close to 5 stars for me Very close I ve never read a space farce, so I have nothing else to compare it to, but I have most definitely watched movies of the genre This played out in my head exactly like the movies I ve seen Ridiculous situations, illogical logic, and just over the top shenanigans.I may have time later to write a full review, but for now I just want to say if you like space fantasy and silliness, but like smart silliness, then you should totally give this a try


  6. Rhett Bruno Rhett Bruno says:

    This book opened me up to an entire sub genre I didn t think I would enjoy Sci fi farce comedy I ve never been one to enjoy comedic fiction as I ve always found the genre is better suited for TV or Movies Boy was I wrong This book is a hilarious romp through a far future galaxy that exposes some of the ridiculous throughout the Star Wars Saga and in science fiction in genre That s not to say this is dumb, however, If anything it s quite the opposite Mr Kroese is a brilliant writer Even w This book opened me up to an entire sub genre I didn t think I would enjoy Sci fi farce comedy I ve never been one to enjoy comedic fiction as I ve always found the genre is better suited for TV or Movies Boy was I wrong This book is a hilarious romp through a far future galaxy that exposes some of the ridiculous throughout the Star Wars Saga and in science fiction in genre That s not to say this is dumb, however, If anything it s quite the opposite Mr Kroese is a brilliant writer Even when he isn t being funny every line of this book crackles with energy And for every witty reference there is a smart creation of his own such as their form of Rationalizing Interstellar Travel And as much as I was laughing throughout, I never felt disconnected from the silly universe created in this book.At the heart of the story is the relationship between sarcastic, self centered and self proclaimed legend, Rex Nihilo, and his robot partner Sasha He s a conman always on the lookout for a pay day and she is a semi sentient robot unable to tell a lie or develop an have original original thought Their banter and antics hold the entire story together Every time she has to get him out of a mess of his own design or pour him a margarita while he watches others do his bidding.The story here isn t going too win any awards, but it s almost secondary to me This is a parody of science fiction through and through, and an adventure filled with mishaps and accidental victories Every member in the supporting cast is great and will keep you laughing, but nobody does it like Rex Any time he opens his mouth it s gold, obnoxious gold, but gold nonetheless I highly recommend this novel, especially for those who haven t tried this sub genre before and are looking for something fresh


  7. Mark Mark says:

    Starship Grifters is a hilarious trip through space with many jokes and references to other sci fi properties probably just barely passing copyright inspection Although the publisher s summary of the book made it sound a little cheesy to me, I had faith this would be worth it from reading Robert Kroese s previous works, and in the first couple pages I found the usual smart ass humor and smart writing I expected Although the robot companion Sasha narrates the book and provides amusing asides he Starship Grifters is a hilarious trip through space with many jokes and references to other sci fi properties probably just barely passing copyright inspection Although the publisher s summary of the book made it sound a little cheesy to me, I had faith this would be worth it from reading Robert Kroese s previous works, and in the first couple pages I found the usual smart ass humor and smart writing I expected Although the robot companion Sasha narrates the book and provides amusing asides herself between episodes of shutting down due to self aware thinking a mechanic of the story which was surprising and used very well towards the end , the main character is really space merchant Rex Nihilo Rex is a little hard to love at first due to his overconfidence, but he is also quickly shown to be quite amusingly stupid and yet amazingly skilled at turning any situation towards his own profit through conning everyone This was one of the things that impressed me the most in this book, that Rex is constantly in the right position to hold something against someone to get what he wants, even when he is quite often about to be killed Kroese wrote these situations really well and made them believable, no matter how silly it gets I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely recommend it to many


  8. jennybek jennybek says:

    I m fairly new to the Sci Fi genre I ve read Hitchhicker and Fuzzy Nation This book felt similar to me The humor, the crazy, rebellious antics I love Rex Nihilo I want to be Rex Nihilo He has a way of making things turn out in his favor, even when he s trying to make it go sour If you want a synopois, you ll have to read another review I m just letting you know that you won t be sorry for picking up this book I ve been a big fan of Robert Kroese s books since the first Mercury His abil I m fairly new to the Sci Fi genre I ve read Hitchhicker and Fuzzy Nation This book felt similar to me The humor, the crazy, rebellious antics I love Rex Nihilo I want to be Rex Nihilo He has a way of making things turn out in his favor, even when he s trying to make it go sour If you want a synopois, you ll have to read another review I m just letting you know that you won t be sorry for picking up this book I ve been a big fan of Robert Kroese s books since the first Mercury His ability to make the reader laugh is what drew me in, makes me stay Now, I m not saying that there s nothing but humor Who would reaad a book without a solid plot This was one of those books that kept me up way too late I m too old to be reading until 3am and going to work the next morning But there you have it Some books you just have to be tired for FYI I did recieve an advance review copy, in exchange for a review However, my opinions are my own


  9. Jason Parent Jason Parent says:

    Amusing, like a cross between Spaceballs and Hitchhiker s Guide, with some jokes that fall short and other that really hit the mark A fun read.


  10. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    But has money ever made you truly happy No, said Rex But the lack of it has made me unhappy, and I m pretty good at extrapolating This book was over the top silly, quite cheesy, and a lot of fun.


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10 thoughts on “Starship Grifters

  1. David Katzman David Katzman says:

    Ah, space farce Not a common genre and not many can do it well Starship Grifters is a cut above withhits than misses yet not without its flaws It landed some big laughs and that was a treat.The Holy Grail of space comedy is The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, of course Frankly, nothing can touch it Douglas Adams was a literary treasure, like Flann O Brien, and I loved all his works including the Dirk Gently series and his final book Last Chance to See about endangered species Ah, space farce Not a common genre and not many can do it well Starship Grifters is a cut above withhits than misses yet not without its flaws It landed some big laughs and that was a treat.The Holy Grail of space comedy is The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, of course Frankly, nothing can touch it Douglas Adams was a literary treasure, like Flann O Brien, and I loved all his works including the Dirk Gently series and his final book Last Chance to See about endangered species there couldn t be ameaningful end to his life and career How can you top that You can t Adams had a big heart to match his comedic genius his charm put him into a class of his own Starship Grifters can t compete But given thata worthy effort that falls closer to Space Balls than Hitchhiker s In fact, like Space Balls, Starship Grifters gets a lot of mileage satirizing such Star Wars tropes as the Death Star that can be blown up with a single shot and the plucky rebel forces.The main character, Rex Nihilo, falls into the loveable rogue stereotype although a littlerogue and little less loveable than some Think a dumber yetcunning version of Han Solo blended with an homage to Harry Harrison, the pulp sci fi author of the Stainless Steel Rat series The result is a frapp of stupidity, narcissism and derangement rather than the serious James Bond style scheming of the Stainless Steel Rat Rex is the comedian of the story for the most part while his sidekick, the android Sasha, is the straighterrh straightrobot The story follows Rex and Sasha as they try to outrace galactic debt collectors while scamming money out of billionaires, the fascist military, and the rebels alike Rex has no morals or common sense, but he s clever and a great talker, frequently outwitting his enemies.Unfortunately, except for Sasha, almost every single character in the book is irremediably stupid Just plain DUBM It makes for some very funny situations, but I would also call it a flaw in the book Ironic, yes, that the android was the brainsbut by the end of the book the stupidity of the majority of the characters the female bounty hunter being an exception started to feel a bit too easy It made the plot devices easier to pull off when you weren t dealing with anyone with two brain cells to rub together And it also made the comedy a bit too obvious at time Another flaw arose in the voice of Sasha too many occurrences of sarcasm or wit that seemed inappropriate for an android, even one that bordered on sentience Just didn t feel right And my last criticism is that the tone wasn t 100% nailed The comedy tended to fluctuate between the truly absurd things that only make sense on paper as jokes , the merely ridiculous things that could happen but are quite farfetched , and character driven witty dialogue realistic situations And then there s the very end of the book where the tone shifted abruptly.But I dwell, I dwell on the negative It really is a solid comedy overall If you like silliness, space opera, Space Balls, and or Star Wars but not religiously , then you will probably like Starship Grifters 3 1 2 stars And by Holy Grail I mean Monty Python s Quest for the Holy Grail


  2. M.S. M.S. says:

    Seriously, this was one of the funniest books I ve read since A Confederacy of Dunces It s basically a sci fi epic concerning the misadventures of Rex Nihilo, as seen through the eyes of his assistant robot Sasha who, by the way, is unable to lie and therefore painfully honest at times She also has a failsafe preventing her from forming independent thought, which is one of the many running gags throughtout the novel others include Rex failing memory and his increasingly absurd misnaming of Seriously, this was one of the funniest books I ve read since A Confederacy of Dunces It s basically a sci fi epic concerning the misadventures of Rex Nihilo, as seen through the eyes of his assistant robot Sasha who, by the way, is unable to lie and therefore painfully honest at times She also has a failsafe preventing her from forming independent thought, which is one of the many running gags throughtout the novel others include Rex failing memory and his increasingly absurd misnaming of the enemy s secret weapon, the plasmatic entropy cannon I was pleasantly surprised by the author s choice to use Sasha as a first person character her deadpan observations are hilarious, as is the constant banter between her and Rex who is basically an ignorant fool reminiscent of a Mel Brooks character obviously, Spaceballs comes to mind, but the witty dialogue also reminded me of, for instance, Blazing Saddles During their adventures, Rex and Sasha encounter a colorful bunch of side characters a sexy bounty hunter, a torture lovin bad guy called Heinous Vlaak, the somewhat incompetent members of a rebel alliance though the name was changed after a lawsuit, so they re called Frente Repugnante now don t ask A big part in the middle of the book revolves around a rescue mission, and the way all our heroes fumble about and bicker and even often accidentally do something right is quite satisfying I don t want to give away muchof the plot, so let me just sum it up like this Rex Nihilo wins a useless planet in a poker game, which sets off a series of events that may seem rather random at times, but actually comes together quite nicely in the end Although there is one little twist at the end that I didn t like, the story was fast paced, entertaining and mostly surprising in its clever turns Now, I must admit that I m hardly a scifi fan, so I was a little reluctant to read this However, there are so many funny moments in this book that I m glad I stepped outside my comfort zone for this one There s an estimated 3,89 succesful joke per page, varying from clever wordplay to explanations of mostly made up scientific phenomena There are also a few references to the well known classics, but fortunately they re quite subtle In fact, they re so subtle I probably missed half of them On another note, I must also say that I appreciated the absence of dystopianism modern scifi in movies at least, don t know about books has a tendency to be grim about our future, or to make a point about the extreme advancements in, say, social media or ecology But Starship Grifters stays lighthearted throughout, a few remarks concerning corporate culture aside The book just wants to be a fun space story in the vein of a 1950 s B movie, and it sure succeeds at that In fact, it reminded me of the brilliant Space Quest adventure games I used to play in the nineties.All in all, I can recommend this to anyone who just wants to have a fun read, whether you like scifi or not


  3. Jane Jane says:

    DNF at 40% of the audiobook.I might come back at a later time to see this one to the end, as it could be that I just wasn t in the right mood for this type of humour right now I had a lot of trouble with the narrator on this one I thought she was PERFECT while doing the first person narration aspects of the robot, but I couldn t stand some of the other voices she did mainly male I don t complain about narrators very often, and have several female narrators I really like, but this time I th DNF at 40% of the audiobook.I might come back at a later time to see this one to the end, as it could be that I just wasn t in the right mood for this type of humour right now I had a lot of trouble with the narrator on this one I thought she was PERFECT while doing the first person narration aspects of the robot, but I couldn t stand some of the other voices she did mainly male I don t complain about narrators very often, and have several female narrators I really like, but this time I think it s the narration that s killing the book for me


  4. Kevin Kevin says:

    Not as funny as HHGTTG but not bad either view spoiler Here s a couple of the best bits DNA scrambling is the worst Last time I had an ear growing between my shoulder blades Peopleacted like they didn t notice it, but I could hear them talking behind my back I was taken to the cannon and given an electronic copy of the plans, which was encrypted to prevent copying Copy protection is one of those stupid ideas from the twentieth century that never seem to die, like nonalcoholic beer or kara Not as funny as HHGTTG but not bad either view spoiler Here s a couple of the best bits DNA scrambling is the worst Last time I had an ear growing between my shoulder blades Peopleacted like they didn t notice it, but I could hear them talking behind my back I was taken to the cannon and given an electronic copy of the plans, which was encrypted to prevent copying Copy protection is one of those stupid ideas from the twentieth century that never seem to die, like nonalcoholic beer or karaoke bars People think that you can make it impossible to copy something if you encrypt it, but anything that can be read can be copied hide spoiler


  5. Simply Sam ツ Simply Sam ツ says:

    This book was corny and silly and cheesy.and I loved every single minute of it It s very close to 5 stars for me Very close I ve never read a space farce, so I have nothing else to compare it to, but I have most definitely watched movies of the genre This played out in my head exactly like the movies I ve seen Ridiculous situations, illogical logic, and just over the top shenanigans.I may have time later to write a full review, but for now I just want to say if you like space fantasy a This book was corny and silly and cheesy.and I loved every single minute of it It s very close to 5 stars for me Very close I ve never read a space farce, so I have nothing else to compare it to, but I have most definitely watched movies of the genre This played out in my head exactly like the movies I ve seen Ridiculous situations, illogical logic, and just over the top shenanigans.I may have time later to write a full review, but for now I just want to say if you like space fantasy and silliness, but like smart silliness, then you should totally give this a try


  6. Rhett Bruno Rhett Bruno says:

    This book opened me up to an entire sub genre I didn t think I would enjoy Sci fi farce comedy I ve never been one to enjoy comedic fiction as I ve always found the genre is better suited for TV or Movies Boy was I wrong This book is a hilarious romp through a far future galaxy that exposes some of the ridiculous throughout the Star Wars Saga and in science fiction in genre That s not to say this is dumb, however, If anything it s quite the opposite Mr Kroese is a brilliant writer Even w This book opened me up to an entire sub genre I didn t think I would enjoy Sci fi farce comedy I ve never been one to enjoy comedic fiction as I ve always found the genre is better suited for TV or Movies Boy was I wrong This book is a hilarious romp through a far future galaxy that exposes some of the ridiculous throughout the Star Wars Saga and in science fiction in genre That s not to say this is dumb, however, If anything it s quite the opposite Mr Kroese is a brilliant writer Even when he isn t being funny every line of this book crackles with energy And for every witty reference there is a smart creation of his own such as their form of Rationalizing Interstellar Travel And as much as I was laughing throughout, I never felt disconnected from the silly universe created in this book.At the heart of the story is the relationship between sarcastic, self centered and self proclaimed legend, Rex Nihilo, and his robot partner Sasha He s a conman always on the lookout for a pay day and she is a semi sentient robot unable to tell a lie or develop an have original original thought Their banter and antics hold the entire story together Every time she has to get him out of a mess of his own design or pour him a margarita while he watches others do his bidding.The story here isn t going too win any awards, but it s almost secondary to me This is a parody of science fiction through and through, and an adventure filled with mishaps and accidental victories Every member in the supporting cast is great and will keep you laughing, but nobody does it like Rex Any time he opens his mouth it s gold, obnoxious gold, but gold nonetheless I highly recommend this novel, especially for those who haven t tried this sub genre before and are looking for something fresh


  7. Mark Mark says:

    Starship Grifters is a hilarious trip through space with many jokes and references to other sci fi properties probably just barely passing copyright inspection Although the publisher s summary of the book made it sound a little cheesy to me, I had faith this would be worth it from reading Robert Kroese s previous works, and in the first couple pages I found the usual smart ass humor and smart writing I expected Although the robot companion Sasha narrates the book and provides amusing asides he Starship Grifters is a hilarious trip through space with many jokes and references to other sci fi properties probably just barely passing copyright inspection Although the publisher s summary of the book made it sound a little cheesy to me, I had faith this would be worth it from reading Robert Kroese s previous works, and in the first couple pages I found the usual smart ass humor and smart writing I expected Although the robot companion Sasha narrates the book and provides amusing asides herself between episodes of shutting down due to self aware thinking a mechanic of the story which was surprising and used very well towards the end , the main character is really space merchant Rex Nihilo Rex is a little hard to love at first due to his overconfidence, but he is also quickly shown to be quite amusingly stupid and yet amazingly skilled at turning any situation towards his own profit through conning everyone This was one of the things that impressed me the most in this book, that Rex is constantly in the right position to hold something against someone to get what he wants, even when he is quite often about to be killed Kroese wrote these situations really well and made them believable, no matter how silly it gets I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely recommend it to many


  8. jennybek jennybek says:

    I m fairly new to the Sci Fi genre I ve read Hitchhicker and Fuzzy Nation This book felt similar to me The humor, the crazy, rebellious antics I love Rex Nihilo I want to be Rex Nihilo He has a way of making things turn out in his favor, even when he s trying to make it go sour If you want a synopois, you ll have to read another review I m just letting you know that you won t be sorry for picking up this book I ve been a big fan of Robert Kroese s books since the first Mercury His abil I m fairly new to the Sci Fi genre I ve read Hitchhicker and Fuzzy Nation This book felt similar to me The humor, the crazy, rebellious antics I love Rex Nihilo I want to be Rex Nihilo He has a way of making things turn out in his favor, even when he s trying to make it go sour If you want a synopois, you ll have to read another review I m just letting you know that you won t be sorry for picking up this book I ve been a big fan of Robert Kroese s books since the first Mercury His ability to make the reader laugh is what drew me in, makes me stay Now, I m not saying that there s nothing but humor Who would reaad a book without a solid plot This was one of those books that kept me up way too late I m too old to be reading until 3am and going to work the next morning But there you have it Some books you just have to be tired for FYI I did recieve an advance review copy, in exchange for a review However, my opinions are my own


  9. Jason Parent Jason Parent says:

    Amusing, like a cross between Spaceballs and Hitchhiker s Guide, with some jokes that fall short and other that really hit the mark A fun read.


  10. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    But has money ever made you truly happy No, said Rex But the lack of it has made me unhappy, and I m pretty good at extrapolating This book was over the top silly, quite cheesy, and a lot of fun.


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