This book is definitely unexpected. With the evil overlord becoming the protagonist and fighting against an unknown entity, it becomes a "tongue in cheek" romp across a number of "Saturday Afternoon Movie" b-movie plots and unexpected twists. Giant Sea Creature, check. Extraterrestrial space mercenaries, check. Rampaging dinosaurs, check!
So sit back and enjoy, because Emperor Mollusk is at the wheel.
This was "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Creatures" but set in a 1950 b-movie lot.
Refined, british style of speaking that added life to the protagonist
Forget Earth, Emperor Mollusk is saving the Universe this time!
Listening to Scott Aiello was such a treat. He brought so much fun and comedy to this novel just by how he read it. He was absolutely brilliant in his delivery!
This story is cute and somewhat interesting but the star of the show is the narration. Scott Aiello more than makes up for the weaknesses of the storyline and I highly recommend listening to it just to hear his interpretation of the characters. He had me laughing out loud.
I found myself laughing out loud over and over. A lot of tongue in cheek humor. The characters are so surprising and endearing. I will be listening to this book again!
The story is cute and very fun to listen to, but the performance puts it in the super enjoyable category. The Emperor is a fantastic character, and I'd love to hear more of his adventures. The narrator just has the character nailed. I actually listened to this story twice in a row. A great diversion from heavier books.
Well worth the listen.
This is the first book by A. Lee Martinez that I have listened to/read. It is clever, hilariously ludicrous, and intelligently funny. I have been listening to audiobooks on Audible for 10 years, and love it when I find a new (to me) author and his books to dive in to.
I thought I would end the year's listening with some lighthearted fare. Revisited the Hitchhiker's Guide series for the first time in 20 years, and I was directed to this as a recommendation based on that decision. Took a chance and was pleased. It is not groundbreaking but there are a few surprises, and the characters are likable. Mollusk was an interesting protagonist. The non-linear storytelling was easy to follow and worked well. Was slightly disappointed by the end but overall well satisfied, it was worth my time, not necessarily laugh-out-loud funny but enjoyable. Several reviewers said "If you like Hitchhiker's, you'll love this" which may well be true but be warned it's not a copy of Hitchhiker's. Much less analogy-based humor, it reads more like a well-written action movie. I do want to give an enthusiastic five-star review for the narrator, who brought Mollusk to life beautifully and created clearly distinguishable voices for the other characters that rang true; I definitely think the audio version enhanced the experience.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
APOLOGIZING FOR CONDESCENSION IS USUALLY CONDESCENSION ITSELF.
Almost every planet and moon in the solar system has intelligent life. About the only planets not mentioned where Mercury and Uranus. We also have people from Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle, Mole People, Dinosaur Island, etc...
This is a light fun listen. It is smartly written. It is amazing all the characters and places, Martinez is able to squeeze into it. It is not LOL, but mostly a feel good smile type of book.
I liked it, but did not love it like I have Christopher Moore or John Scalzi.
The narrator did an amazing job. He did several characters, all done well. He understood the material and portrayed it just as the author should have wanted.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
The smart and snarky humor.
Mollusk was THE BEST character ever. He is brilliant and outwits his foes...most of the time.
Emperor Mollusk. He spoke him beautifully.
I laughed excessively. It was amazingly funny.
Great sci-fi parody book.
I am all in favor of farce and absurdity. I will admit that I have been wanting to read a book by Martinez for a while now and just haven't gotten around to it. Taking this audio version of one of his books was a good way to fit him into my schedule and be introduced to his books. I will also freely admit that it was the absurdity of the title which brought me along with my love of old time radio sic fi, which took concepts like Martinez's seriously - oh the 40's and 50's, when life was so much simpler.
So can Martinez compare to people like Pratchett, Adams, Holt? I will need more books to know, but I think this was a fun start. Aiello's narration and characterizations were good. I had read one review that wasn't kind to Mr. Aiello for another book, but I believe he did a good job of showing the pomposity of the main character, the barely contained fury of our heroes companion, and the fanaticism of the pulp antagonist. The secondary characters all had distinct voices and personalities that I felt were spot on.
Was the ending predictable? Yes, saw the big reveal from a mile away.
Was the book with it's "reformed" anti-hero still fun? You bet!
I'm looking forward to another trip into the odd mind of A. Lee Martinez and sharing his works with my daughter. 11 year olds and 40 year olds can both be delighted by this quick read (listen).
Syfy funny. Great combo. This is the first book I have done by this author. But it won't be my last. Laugh out loud funny.