Funny Touching Voices
Learning how Jeff developed the characters that we now love so much.
Christmas - when he gave his wife the pay phone she was talking on when he asked her out.
I really needed a comedic lift at the time I bought the book - especially one without politics or meanness, of which there seem to be an inordinate amount. I laughed several times through the book - I kill you!
Worth it. Every cent.
Okay, let me start by saying that this was a fun book - the story was engaging and humorous. The writing could probably use some help though - there are long stretches where it's "'blah blah blah', This Character Name said" followed by "'yadda yadda yadda.' That Character Name said," followed by "'blah blah blah,' This Character Name said." Very choppy and a lot of "Name said" lines. It got noticeable. The codas at the end, where the author ties up loose ends that the genre he's satirizing would have just let hang, are probably the best writing of the book. Touching, even. Unlike "Agent to the Stars" Wil Wheaton's voice doesn't work well with this book - his vocal characterizations aren't defined enough that you can generally tell what character he is voicing just from his voice.
Sure - despite the "said" stuff mentioned above - which might indeed have been deliberate - it's a fun story, with a lot of clever in-jokes for the science fiction/space opera community.
Monotone, flat, uninflected
Probably. It's the sort of subject matter I like, and it has a sort of reverse-GalaxyQuest feel to it.
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