- Copertina flessibile: 340 pagine
- Editore: Bowman Press (1 giugno 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1877034088
- ISBN-13: 978-1877034084
- Peso di spedizione: 463 g
Hal Spacejock: Book One in the Hal Spacejock series: Volume 1 (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 1 giu 2012
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Simon Haynes was born in England and grew up in Spain, where he enjoyed an amazing childhood of camping, motorbikes, air rifles and paper planes. His family moved to Australia when he was 16. Simon divides his time between writing fiction and computer software, with frequent bike rides to blow away the cobwebs. His goal is to write fifteen Hal books (Spacejock OR Junior!) before someone takes his keyboard away.
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One word: No.
One problem for me is that the humor is forced and cartoonish. Which is to say, this would work better as a screenplay for TV comedy. Much of the humor is physical. Imagine describing in 500 words, a Three Stooges Pie Fight. And make it funny to read. You can't do it. Stage it, and maybe it's great. Describe it on the written page, not so much. Haynes tries to describe a pie fight in such a way that you can picture every cream splattering minute and make it funny. It doesn't work.
Don't get me wrong, there is an occasional chuckle here and there. If you stop and try to visualize how you'd present the scene on the TV screen, you can imagine how it might be hilarious. But you have to STOP to make that visualization.
But that's not the biggest problem. No, the biggest problem for me is that the characters are not likable. The character that the book is named for is a dick. And I don't mean of the "detective" variety.
It's bad enough to be an incompetent bumbling fool, which can be funny, but only if you can somehow sympathize with the character. Spacejock insults everybody and everything, shoots or threatens to shoot at innocent machines (which later exact their revenge, DUH), shows little concern for his new-found partner (the robot pictured up-side-down on the cover) and just doesn't show any side of his personality to like.
The other characters are two dimensional enough to give 2 dimensionality a bad name. The "Mean Rich Guy" smokes a cigar and treats his employees like dirt. I mean, really? Hasn't that cliche been beaten to death? The book is set in some far distant future with robots and hyperspace and Mean Rich Guys still smoke cigars? Come on.
You can forgive a forced humor when you have sympathy for the character. But it just doesn't happen. I've read roughly 70 percent of the book, and I find I'm forcing myself to read more. I ask myself, "Why do I care what happens to this dick? Oh that's right, Amazon is going to ask me for a review. Dang it."
I can see that Haynes has got some good potential as a screenwriter for Jerry Lewis or Hanna-Barbera, but he has not mastered the art of *written* humor. If you're looking for a good read, look elsewhere. If you're looking for ideas to use for a Saturday Morning Cartoon, you may have come to the right place.
Hal Spacejock, book one in the Spacejock and Hal Junior series by Simon Haynes is a hilarious romp through space that will leave you wilted from laughing as Hal and Clunk get up to some almost unbelievable shenanigans in their quest to survive enemies coming at them from all quadrants. How they accomplish an impossible job against insurmountable odds is something you’ll have to read the book to learn.
If you like science fiction with a strong dose of slapstick humor, this is definitely the book to read.
I've read most of the Douglas Adams books through the years as I'm sure most people have that enjoyed them.
I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. The comedies that Hal got into were epic and unbelievably funny. I'm 37yrs old. Work a 12 hour day on the road, with clients, deliveries, staff etc. Yet I still managed to finish this book in less than 24 hours. Its really amazing for a book to be this dry, yet also cynical of what our distant future could be like. I'm loving the subtle sarcasm and then suddenly you're slapped in the face with the radiation suit, the tape and Clunk making shoes. Then Clunk keeps food for Hal, just in case. I suppose the style of humor could be misunderstood if you read the book expecting it to be like Douglas Adams as mentioned in a review "So it grows on you and it does have some very nice moments. Not Douglas Adams yet though"
In my opinion Hal Spacejock gives me more of a structure of story I can "relate" to. The complete incompetance of Hal and the deviousness of Clunk, Navcom and every other robot he manages to anger, yet the relationship between these main characters really grows on you. It's easy to imagine a future we've all seen on tv with all the computer graphics & 3D, HD images we get forced down our throats with every movie made. This future - Hal's future is concievable to me. The complete inefficiency of the port authority, the robot salesman, the early retirement for old robots. Its so easy to imagine Hal in the middle of that. I love this book because here where I live, South Africa, at least 60% of ALL road taxis are unlicenced death traps - just like the Gull, yet the drivers still manage to drive all day long ! It's a real, dry, slap stick, sarcastic future world for us and I'm loving it.
I've just ordered the rest of the series.
For me - it's a pity that they need to be compared really. Although both books are "Space comedy" I feel that they are completely different. Like the genre "Horror" there are huge variances in the style of Horror you can read. You wouldn't compare a book on vampires to a haunted house ? For me, its the same as trying to compare these two authors.