Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist.
Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.
Unless you are a criminal.
Because of its location, Belvaille is populated with nothing but crooks. Every day is a series of power struggles between the crime bosses.
Hank is an intrinsic part of this community as a premier gang negotiator. Not because he is eloquent or brilliant or an expert combatant, but because if you shoot him in the face he keeps on talking.
Hank believes he has it pretty good until a beautiful and mysterious blue woman enters his life with a compelling job offer.
Hank and Belvaille, so long out of public scrutiny, suddenly find themselves the epicenter of the galaxy with a lot of very unwelcome attention.
©2013 Steven Campbell (P)2014 Steven Campbell
I didn't rate this five stars based on literary value. It has next to none. I rated five stars based on sheer enjoyment. This book is just plain fun! Based against a sci-fi backdrop, you'll find fantasy, noir, crime, comedy, and a light smattering of romance.
And the narrator was about as perfect as could be for the voice of Hank. But he didn't slack off on the other voices, either. Male, female, species, race, and life station: This guy represented each one independently and entertainingly.
This book will not change my life, but it did help me enjoy it a lot more.
My favourite thing about Screw the Galaxy is the believability of the dialogue. I want a story that takes me away and puts me in another galaxy. I don't want space poetry, just an awesome kickass story that makes me feel good. Screw the Galaxy did just that and I found my self laughing out loud everyday.
I really can't decide. The book has such a smooth progression with multiple climaxes.
"Haaank... duuuh..." - Liam's performance of Hank is stellar. He sounds EXACTLY how his character is described, and matches the dialogue effortlessly (or so he makes it sound that way at least.). However, Liam does lack variation. The characters all sound very different from hank, but women and lesser characters tend to sound similar to each other. That being said, Liam still seals the deal with this story. His delivery is outstanding.
An excellent lighthearted combination of "science fiction, comic book, detective noir, and deadpan humor" that left me wanting more.
Enjoy the adventure
Hank lives on an unimportant space station that is located at the far end of the Colmarian Empire, a confederation of planets that no one else wants. Hank is a level four mutant that is bulletproof (but it still stings) and earns his living by doing odd jobs for the Bosses who run the space station. Most of the time, Hank does not seem very smart, but has flashes of brilliance during a crisis. The book moves quickly from one ridiculous situation to the next and is full of over the top action sequences.
As a member of the science fiction humor genre, the book is for enjoyment and listeners should not expect life altering messages. My rating is based on the book’s entertainment value, but I was disappointed that the second half of the book is rushed and ends abruptly.
I love this stuff! Authors that don't take themselves too seriously are a treat to listen to. This was a fun story. It wasn't terribly fast paced, or slow, and the best part about it was just enjoying all of the little things along the way. This type of story is more about enjoying the journey than dashing to the end. Hank is a laid back heavy with a generally positive disposition and a level head, even when its getting hit with bullets.
I enjoyed Hank and how he dealt with the variety of characters. Hank knows he's tough but not totally indestructible and not the sharpest tool in the shed. But he gets things done, his way, in his own time. I enjoyed Hank's commentary and remarks. They made me smile and a few made me laugh out loud.
At first the voice didn't seem to fit Hank as depicted on the cover. But once I got into the story, I didn't notice and it worked pretty well for me.
I laughed a few times.
Although the storyline 'appears' to meander a bit, what happens gets woven into the plot as it advances. In any case, the characters and situations Hank has to deal with are entertaining from beginning to end.
Don't have print version
Great writing, excellent plot development, good plot twists.
This book is a lot of fun.
Say something about yourself!
First before anything else, Liam Owen, deserves some sort of award for his performance of Screw the Galaxy. Liam draws quite a bit of inspiration from Patrick Warburton's candace, nailing Hank's narrative, while giving a depth and variety for the rest of the cast. Generally I'm not a fan of post-processing voices, but for a few particular aliens, mild effects are used sparingly to add to the gamut of alien voices, making for one of the best produced audiobooks.
The story follows Hank, a well-liked and impartial contractor despite being an oafish quad-barrel shotgun wielding goon with violent tendancies in a backwater crime ridden space station. Hank constantly downplays his intelligence but manages to sharp enough to generally navigate through tricky situations.
Screw The Galaxy is humorous, even drawing a few outloud chuckles as I listened. Its a fun listen, albeit fairly tame for a book about a space station of gamblers, gangs, casinos, prostitutes, small time drug dealers and contraband. The story flows well, from introduction to Hank and his world to his soon-to-be adventure and while some of it feels a bit predictable at times, there's a pretty good twist.
While it'd probably make for a decent read, its hard to separate Steven Campbell from Liam Owen's perfect delivery.
The only quibbles is the very end could have used just a few more pages as it's a bit unclear on the status of a few things, and the title "Hard Luck" seems wrong as despite Hank getting smacked around, seems to have pretty decent luck but I suppose "Pretty decent Luck Hank" doesn't have that same ring.
Read it suckface!
Other audio books that I enjoyed in the sci-fi humor category are "Soon I Will Be Invincible." by Austin Grossman and "Off to be a Wizard" by Scott Meyer.
Liam Owen reminds me of Patrick Warburton who is known for his voice over talent in Family Guy, Venture Bros, as Elaine's boyfriend Puddy on Seinfeld and many other roles. Liam Owen sounds like a big guy with a personality and an intelligence not usually associated with big guys — you dig? No? Whatever.
No way! This was a book so enjoyable I purposely only listened 30 minutes at a time. If I fell asleep listening to it, I would just start that section over from where I Ieft off.
I hope Steven Campbell's other Hank stories are made into audio books soon. If not, I guess I'll do something else.
way. If you liked the movie Army of Darkness, this is written with a similar tone of voice throughout - kind of smart aleck and sarcastic - yet intelligent.
There were a few laugh-out-loud moments, but basically it's a wry viewpoint and the inner voice of the guy that keeps chaos down, is a more brilliant negotiator than he looks, and has a way of enforcing negotiations to get them accepted and kept. And, he's old in years, but not in body. So old that when he and another old timer on the space station try to reminisce they have a hard time because there's too much they've done, and they've forgotten a lot more than they can remember. The plot isn't intricate or deep, but there are enough twists and turns that it never gets dull - there's plenty of action going on all the time.
A fun listen, and the humor was good and stayed "on" from start to finish. The actual book is written smarter than the cover art implies, and I had held off buying because I didn't want to listen to something juvenile. But, it's actually pretty wise and has good observations on humanity and human behavior laced throughout.
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