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Second Course (Hal Spacejock Book 2) (English Edition) di [Haynes, Simon]
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Sonya picked up a missile launcher and aimed it at the back of Dent's head. "Who are we invading?"
Dent spun round, slopping his coffee. "Put that down, woman! You think these are toys?"
"Range eighteen kilometres, blast radius five hundred metres ... this ain't no toy."
"You know your weapons," Dent said grudgingly.
Sonya swung the tube off her shoulder and propped it up with the rest. "What's Curtis doing with all this stuff?"
"Trade war," said Dent. "Very hush-hush. Can't discuss it."
"What do you have for me?"
Dent put his cup on the workbench and retrieved a wooden box. "I designed this myself," he said, snapping the catches open.
Sonya looked inside. "A gun?"
"No ordinary gun." Dent took the weapon out and held it up to the light, which shone right through it. "A glass gun."
"I see. And the advantage is?"
"It's invisible in water. I had a devil of a job perfecting a transparent battery, I can tell you. Here, take a - Oops!" Dent grabbed for the falling gun but it struck the edge of the desk, tumbled onto the floor and shattered. Dent swept the pieces aside with his foot. "As you can see, it's easy to dispose of the weapon in an emergency."

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A mysterious female passenger, an inventor with a basement full of deadly weapons, and a teleporter network built by a long-lost alien civilisation ... just some of the challenges facing Hal Spacejock and his metal sidekick Clunk as they fight for survival in the cut-throat interstellar cargo business.

Featuring the incompetent Hal and the long-suffering Clunk, Second Course serves a piping hot dish of interplanetary chaos stuffed with more laughs than a cracker factory and more action than a politician's expense account.

80,000 words (340-350 paperback pages). Uses British spelling.

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What they’re saying:

"Madcap Space-based action" - Australian Bookseller & Publisher

"The rich variety of characters and the very clever humour is attention-holding from beginning to end. I can't wait for the next in the series." CMIS Evaluation

"Anyone who has ever had a frustrating run-in with a computer, or had to suffer bureaucratic thuggery, or who just wants a great story that will keep you smiling, this book is for you" - /dev/random

"A breezy and enjoyable read" - The Adelaide Advertiser

"Imagine Wallace and Gromit in the space cargo business ... a very funny followup from sci-fi supremo Simon Haynes" - TravelLink Magazine


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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  • Editore: Bowman Press; 3rd edizione (17 agosto 2011)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
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3.0 su 5 stelle Wants to be a Saturday Morning Cartoon 19 agosto 2013
Di Unca Alby - Pubblicato su
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I've read several reviews comparing this to Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Growth from first book, still terribly funny! 28 gennaio 2012
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I really enjoyed the first Spacejock book and was hoping for the same with book two. It delivered! Still just as funny without any major changes to the personalities of the main characters. Clunk is just as dry and patient as ever, Navcom just as a caustic and sarcastic as before and Hal...well....poor hapless, smarter than before and yet somehow he seems to have an aura of luck around him. (Good or bad, luck is still luck) We find Hal now happily ensconced in his new ship, actively considering membership to the Pilot's Guild, ambling about the universe taking cargo to and fro with not a clue where, how or when to get there. The beauty of these book is the lightness - so much Sci-fi is heavy and serious. Hal Spacejock is sort of the sit-com of Sci-fi and for me, that is a good thing. I gave the first book only four stars due to my own persnickety dislike of the names for the robots, with the second book, the names have grown on me a bit and I think the story and humor rate all five stars this go round! Off to buy book three in this series.
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4.0 su 5 stelle You'll die laughing - if Hal doesn't die first. 15 maggio 2015
Di Charles A. Ray - Pubblicato su
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Hal Spacejock is an incompetent space pilot at best, and his ship, Black Gull, is barely space worthy. It’s all Hal can do to stay one jump ahead of his creditors, and he doesn’t have enough credits to even buy an extra pair of boots, or adequate provisions. All he has going for him, in fact, is Navcom, the ship’s navigational computer with an enigmatic personality, until he takes a mission to pick up some robot parts and deliver them to a strong-willed, but vindictive man who gives him 24 hours to deliver or face the consequences. To add to his problems, his employer sends a robot, Clunk, along as his copilot.
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.
4.0 su 5 stelle Funny and a very vague sense of Firefly & Capt Mal 22 gennaio 2012
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I had this book on my Kindle for a couple of weeks before I finally read it. I wasn't expecting much to be honest. Now I wish I had read it sooner! Some very funny moments through out and once you realize that Hal Spacejock is truly an incompetent, clumsy guy with a decent heart, you can just settle in and enjoy the mayhem. It's not contrived, it's just a Tuesday for Hal. I LOVED the robots throughout the story, they had me laughing. There was a definate faint "Firefly" feel to this book that was a very welcome discovery! (If you aren't familiar with Firefly get thee to a DVD player right now!) I imagine that if Captain Mal had not had the strong, sensible Zoe at his side, he would have ended up as Hal Spacejock in short order. The only reason I am giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the character names - I realize this is really a young adult novel, but come on.... The robot is Clunk? REALLY? And Hal's ship computer/robot is named Navcom...she is her own complete personality and a major character, can't she get a better name? I'm off to download the second book in this series!
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5.0 su 5 stelle Douglas Adams vs this book 27 dicembre 2012
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First off, I'd never heard of this book or the author until a few days ago.

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.
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