A not-quite epic science fiction adventure about a down-on-his luck galactic pilot caught in a cross-galaxy struggle for survival!
Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!
From the creator of Mogworld and Jam! Benjamin Richard "Yahtzee" Croshaw is a British Australian comedic writer, video game journalist, author, and video game developer. He is perhaps best known for his acerbic video game review series, Zero Punctuation, for The Escapist.
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Yahtzee has done a few books and I have liked his previous work. I felt no fear in burning a credit to get this latest work.
There are many tropes and plot device ruts along the roads of sci-fi and fantasy. Yahtzee has blown the shocks out of the listeners ride but you learn to enjoy the spine compressions and bitten tongues as you jounce and shudder along the narrative.
I sense the author/narrator does not consider this a serious genre defining book allowing him to reveal how others in the field may take themselves too seriously.
I will continue to keep my eyes open for Yahtzee to pull up alongside me on a narrative backroad promising a wild ride sure to require a seatbelt and I will definitely ride shotgun again.
I love how this novel simultaneously honors and destroys every sci-fi trope in existence. I've loved listening to Crowshaw ever since he started reviewing video games and his witty brand of satire translate well into novel form. Yahtzee's drunk voice makes the book worth a credit all by itself in my opinion.
A solid science fiction novel from Yahtzee Croshaw. WSTGFF is a tongue-in-cheek comedy with enough seriousness to give it compelling tension as well.
The novel is written from the perspective of a down-on-his-luck star pilot who gets unwillingly drawn into big events. Although the protagonist initially comes across as a clumsy oaf who only cares about himself, it turns out he is mostly very competent and genuinely cares about helping others. This is a refreshing change of pace compared to the bumbling idiot archetype that is used far too often in modern comedy. This is more the story about a former hero, nearly dried up after the end of the good old days, who gets unexpectedly thrown into a new adventure.
While much of Croshaw's humor is low-brow, it is usually clever and well-executed, and many parts of the book had me laughing out loud. He mixes situational humor, irony, amusing character flaws, humorous non-sequiters, and other forms of humor to keep the laughs fresh and varied.
My only complaint would be the rather weak ending, which throws in a last few unanswered questions before going out on a whimper. There are solid narrative reasons for this, and it serves to make a point, but it still disappointed me; I suspect Croshaw would call me an idiotic sheep who only knows how to appreciate a story when he is spoon-fed a conventional ending, but I just wish he'd ended the story on some trope-defying comedic note.
I was pleasantly surprised by how good this turned out. I've watched Yahtzee's have reviewed for years, and the writing style from that blended well with a good sci-fi naritive. well worth a read.
As an avid fan of all things science fiction, this book was a joy to listen to, its packed with cheeky little references, and brilliantly accomplishes the task of inventing a whole new set of profanity, and makes it sound natural!! I even cought myself using a few at work!! Yahtzee is a truly excellent writer, looking forward with great anticipation to his next novel
I've enjoyed his online work in the past and find his humor translated over to this story well. Glad to hear him reading it himself as well. wouldn't have it any other way.
I guess so cute story finding places but okay it's a pretty good science fiction book. at the beginning it was a little slow and I didn't know if I would be able to finish it. but if you hang in there long enough to get really pretty good.
"very good probably his best work"
I really enjoyed this the dynamic between the two leads is fantastically wrttien craving more
after listening to this number jam I'm excited for any new books by yatze you can really tell he's getting more confident in this writing and preforming the only way is up when your on a mountain is very impressive
"Gripped a non sci-fi fan!"
I've long been a fan of Yahtzee's work, but I'd not explored his novels, yet, so I decided to start with his most recent story, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I'm not often a fan of sci-fi; usually it's too tech-heavy and loaded with lingo and confusing descriptive writing, then I lose clarity about every plying event that takes place, but this novel doesn't do that. If it ever needs to explain something, it will, with easily-digestible anecdotes and factoids that are humorous and really get the point across, and Croshaw's narration is graceful and emphatic, and is more importantly very easy to follow. You can easily identify the characters involved, and all the dialogue is easily distinguishable from the rest of the narrative. This was much easier to listen to than a lot of audiobooks and tapes I possess.
The first person perspective really works well with the variety that the story provides, and makes for an emotional rollercoaster as you grow attached to the protagonist and those around him, cringing as plans go awry, or more appropriately, as the same protagonist connives new plans to encourage things going awry. It's a story that keeps moving and pressing on to new environments, never languishing whilst keeping everything it ever brought to the table in previous chapters relevant, and there's a large emphasis on the human element, with characters frequently expressing their doubts, frustration and wit, and it may all bring a big old grin to your face.
I recommend this thoroughly, even if sci-fi isn't quite your cup of tea. I mean, it isn't normally mine, but every now and again something charming has to breeze into you and cause you to take notice.
"Yahtzee strikes again!"
Will Save the Galaxy for Food is definitely among the best. A cleverly written story with believable characters and, as typical for Yahtzee, a flawed hero that keeps you interested.
With such an entertaining cast, it's a tricky decision. My own personal favourites would have to be the lead hero - a man caught up in something much bigger than he'd ever wanted, and his tack-sharp foil Miss Warden, whose sarcastic wit provides a barbed quip every time she opens her mouth.
Yahtzee, as the author of his stories, knows his characters better than anyone. With other successive audiobooks under his belt (Mogworld and Jam, which are also brilliant reads) he's had an opportunity to develop his voice acting skills and find his talents. Every character has their own voice and pattern of speech, and they're all crafted to suit their personalities.
Miss Warden speaks with an edge unlike any other, and young Jemimah has the air of someone utterly dragged along for the ride. Yahtzee brings a passion only a craftsman can.
Absolutely. The plot has enough twists to keep you entertained and the interaction between the cast make it an engaging listen. Whilst you'll likely have to split it into its respective Parts, it'll keep you interested in each step.
Yahtzee brings a fresh perspective to storytelling, and each of his books is a testament to the personality he brings. Will Save the Galaxy for Food is just the newest edition in a library from this author, and each book is worth your time.
"not bad , very yahtzee"
not a bad book with some genuinely funny moments , it follows a path like all his others the anti hero forced into a heroic situation, however for the first time it actually focusses on someone who was fearless and brave once, a nice change of pace, it is a little shame that as yet there are no likeable women in his books, either playing the idiot or the soulless robot, but nevertheless I would listen to this again. The story draws you in and is paced well , I love some of his descriptions, some of which made me chuckle. If you ever read this short review, (unlikely). Thank you Mr Croshaw, I look forward to your next novel.
TLDR if you like Yahtzee's dead pan and a nice sci-fi anti hero romp, this is a really good choice.
"Brilliant and funny"
I enjoyed this audiobook immensely. Genuinely funny play on the tropes of sci-fi. Great tension.
"Love it. Thanks a plying bunch..."
Very funny, great story, kept me entertained and was surprisingly deep, universe wise. Top stuff.
Had to turn the speed up to x1.10 but overall amazin! Gonna listen again for sure.
Amazing! I love his books, they are right up my ally for laughs and plot lines. I feel like it could have gone on longer I wanted to hear more. I really do hope that there will be more of these books in the future, I'd read them all without a second thought! Well worth it! Brilliant 5 stars all round.
"Best book so far"
If you enjoyed Jam and Mogworld you'll probably enjoy this too. Similar style in a new genre. Best ending of all the books, less protracted than Mogworld at least.
You can tell it's one of Yahtzee's books about himself and I'm quite happy to listen to him read it. He's definitely got s style though and it is starting to get a bit repetitive. Fine for this one but if he does another it'll need to mix things up a bit more for my liking.
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