This story has all the classic sci-fi tropes: alien invaders, Atlantis, Giant fighting robots, World domination, doomsday machines, time paradox, brains in jars, mad scientists,warrior monks, and more. It puts them together into a cohesive and often funny story.
The main character is a brain like creature that has conquered Earth and realized it very boring ruling over us. He goes off on a mission to save the planet and the entire solar system with a reluctant bodyguard who has sworn to arrest him.
I expect this is a polarized book, people will either love it or hate it. It's filled with sarcastic and dry wit, which is my favorite kind of humour.
Narrator does an excellent job at distinguishing the many character voices and giving the alien races a unique sound.
If you like science fiction and looking for something different, I'd recommend this book.
It was so easy to listen to and enjoy. I found it to be funny and witty and totally entertaining.
The performance of this book was extremely well done. All of the characters sounded great and unique! the narrator has a fantastic voice in general. This book allowed me to developed such a clear mental picture of the entire story, but didn't take control of my imagination. It let me fill in the blanks while providing all the support I needed. Story line is fun, funny and never boring.
GREAT BOOK. GREAT READ. GREAT LISTEN!
A wonderful spoof of sci fi horror movies! Fast paced. Well plotted. Loved the narrator's different voices! Clever references to historical figures. Can't wait to read more by this author and to listen to this narrater again. Fun beach read!
I have rarely had such a wonderful time listening to a book. The science is funny and nearly believable but fantastic all at the same time. Very, very well written humor. The twists and turns are captivating and made for quite a few 'driveway moments', even when needing to go into work!
Emperor Mollusk is perfectly brilliant with smooth, snarky (but not barbed) comments that are trademark of someone who is highly intelligent who is used to speaking with "lesser mortals" and having to 'dumb' things down. Zala was the perfect anti-Mollusk in all ways moral and I loved hearing the descriptions of her body type as emotions changed. While I always remembered the Emperor was a mollusk, I didn't always remember her form as a Venusian.
Would I listen to this again? Yes, in a heartbeat. The voice changes were perfect, the intonations were delightful and I couldn't have asked for a better match up of reader and story. I've never heard Scott Aiello before but I'll go searching for more. A. Lee Martinez? Yes, I'll get more of his books as well.
The only downside is that, in the end, we never hear of another characters end, survival and returning to his island or...not, and, unless I missed it, I'm not sure who's Sinister Brain the brain turned out to be! I'll have to listen again, just in case I missed it. A personal sacrifice, let me tell you.
I really enjoyed this story, but it's not for everyone. If you like fun, quirky SCI-FI adventure tales then you'll probably like this one quite a lot. If you like deep, involved plots with heavy social overtones then Emperor Mollusk won't be to your taste.
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The ex-conqueror of Earth, super genius Emperor Mollusk, comes out of retirement to defend his helpless subjects from the threat of villain just as brilliant and squishy as himself. Fans of John Scalzi or Douglas Adams will appreciate the genre-lampooning humor of this story, with it’s character archetypes, deus ex machina tropes, and send-ups of classic 1950’s pulp SF monster rouge’s gallery. In a truly brilliant twist, the narrating first-person protagonist is the ultimate villain, strangely relatable as a bored guy who just wants to move on to the next great challenge in life. While the narrative structure gets to be a little repetitive- basically a series of location-hopping quests designed to introduce odder and odder settings and characters, but without meaningfully advancing the plot, I still appreciated every word if only for the fantastic dialog. And although the pacing did become a bit predictable, the action was quite fun, and includes something for everyone: Lizard men aliens, time-travel, rock men aliens, mutated dinosaurs, city-ravaging monsters and robots, Atlantis, history re-interpreted, and more.
"Emperor Mollusk" is a typical A. Lee Martinez lighthearted comedy performed brilliantly. I understand this was Scott Aiello's rookie outing on Audible. And he made the book for me-- and I'm a tough critic of faux British accents (as much as an American who grew up listening to Monty Python and lived in England can claim to be). He nailed it.
This book was fun from start to finish! Martinez took our little solar system and jazzed it up, adding life to our neighboring planets/moons. The title character Lord Emperor Mollusk is a bit of an egotistical megalomaniac, but he’s got the brains to back it up. The world and characters are great fun. Scott Aiello did a perfect job with the narration of this tale. Aiello really brought Emperor Mollusk to life, overall his performance is brilliant!
Zala, I loved how she was the perfect counterfoil for Mollusk. She was so sarcastic