Book Review: “There Goes the Galaxy” by Jenn Thorson. Mostly harmless.

September 9, 2012 — Leave a comment

 

 

Well, if you liked Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, you’ll either love or hate this book. Well written. Mostly funny. I need more.

Hitchhikers fans will immediately see parallels to Douglas Adams’ (RIP) work. We have a kidnapped human. Interplanetary alcohol (can you say Pan Galactic Gargleblaster?). Mysterious alien forces pushing our hero around on mysterious missions. Long asides, where various odd parts of space protocol or geography are explained. Intergalactic corporate shenanigans. Early in the book, I began trying to spot as many Hitchhiker’s parallels as I could. I found the exercise, and the read, very enjoyable. Others may find it disturbing, but I enjoyed it.

There were a few stretches where the story line becomes flat, or too contrived (even for sci-fi humor). Also, while the writing and story line are humorous, there are few knee slapper moments. In that sense, it does not live up to the Hitchhiker’s name. But, if you’re willing to give this book a chance to stand on its own, and not compare it to Hitchhiker’s at every step (which I obviously struggled with), you will not be disappointed.

Ms. Thorson: More like this, please!

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