Dix Jenner, a self-proclaimed slacker, is the first chef to live—and maybe die—on Mars. After an explosion kills his colony companions and leaves him with nothing but his spacesuit, his time on the faraway planet is about to expire…until he’s rescued by friendly Martians and opens a cafe—who knew Martians loved espresso?
Unfortunately, his success attracts the attention of the corrupt and narcissistic Martian Grand Leader. Forced to run to avoid being imprisoned, Dix gets lucky: a NASA rescue mission lands on Mars. But seeing it brings back the dark secret he’s been keeping from himself about the colony’s explosion, and now Dix must choose between returning to Earth or spending the rest of his life in a cell on the dusty red planet where he belongs.
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Love Mars, Hated the Food was a fantastic mix of satire and sci-fi. I adore satire, but Sci-fi is the genre I read the least, mostly because I don't like excessive world-building, I'm more into character-driven stories. However, Mr. Handler has the perfect balance in LMHF. He offers enough so I can picture it and get drawn into the martian Mars culture, while not overshadowing what I love, the characters. Speaking of the main character, Dixon, I loved him. He was imperfect but so likable, as the Martians that saved him. I'd recommend LMHF to readers that love humor, sci-fi, or just a damn good story.
Willie Handler is no stranger to writing books that make you laugh but the second novel from this author is nothing less than an out of this world story that will have you shaking the cosmic dust off your space boots. Dixon Jenner is a thirty two year old chef who gets recruited by NASA in the year 2039 for a Mars mission that goes terribly wrong to his spaceship explodes and he is the only sole survivor. Right away, he is high from a marijuana infused brownie and he has to figure out what to do to survive post-explosion. He meets two martians Bleeker and Seepa and from there they hide him from the head martian Cheytno to avoid anyone finding out he is from Earth. What ensues is a hilarious story that leaves space for countless belly laughs over martians learning more about earth-like customs from an American chef from Toms River, New Jersey. I was hysterically laughing by page three and I could not find a good reason to put the book down. Handler's science fiction is informative, clever, and loaded with quick-witted funny scenarios and one-liners. It's definitely a book with a brilliance not yet experienced on this planet but no matter who you are, human or martian, Handler's writing will keep you hooked from start to finish