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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2011

    FUNNIEST BOOK I EVER READ

    My Dad got me reading sci-fi when I was a young girl...Bradbury, Heinlein, etc. I loved the concepts, but some of the writing was pretty dry. When I got older, I was thrilled to find authors like Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett who could write sci-fi that was genuinely funny (some of the concepts in H2G2 still crack me up.) The show Red Dwarf is a family fave, and personally I think humor and sci-fi go together like ice cream and chocolate sauce. So imagine my thrill at discovering this gem, Spindle by Ian Taylor, which has a compelling enough sci-fi story - young man joins the Space Force to fight crime in space -- wow, cool job. Or is it? It seems even in space, work sucks. Particularly if you're an inept rookie working in a crappy ship with a mysterious partner who hates you, and especially when you discover a vast planet-eating space beast in your sector and you realize it's your job to stop it from reaching its next meal -- Planet Earth.

    So, basic sci-fi novel, right? Except Aussie author Ian Taylor focuses seriously on the comedy in his comedy sci-fi debut novel, and I find myself still laughing out loud at favorite passages. I've given copies to many friends (one commented that it was like "Doctor-Who-meets-Monty-Python.") I think that's a great description of this little masterpiece. The only complaint I have is that there aren't a dozen sequels I could read (although every now and again I find little comedic posts from the author online; he's popular on FaceBook.) My recommendation is: READ THIS. Share it with people you like. I gave my Dad a copy. So now he knows that traditional non-hilarious sci-fi is like a pizza without cheese. Spindle brings the cheese and does for somedy sci-fi what Weird Al did for music...made it awesome!

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