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Publisher's Summary

Raka Varoule is a second-rate investigative reporter, traveling between the 27 worlds of the Galactic Empire exposing minor scandals. His big break comes when he weasels his way onto the emperor’s personal star-cruiser to report live, across the galaxy, how the emperor is celebrating his birthday. 

When he exposes the biggest scandal in galactic history, he narrowly escapes with the help of a drug runner, a dominatrix, and a monkey wearing assless chaps. Together, they search for an escape from the empire, a barbarian world outside Imperial control. Then things get weird.

Black Swan Planet is a rare treat of a novel. A satirical science-fiction story told in a unique way, utilizing a variety of perspectives. This story will make both laugh out loud and keep you guessing what will happen next. James Peters has woven a story you’ll never forget, even if you lack mnemonic implants or prescription vibrating undergarments.

“As funny as Hitchhiker’s Guide, but with a plot.” (Agent M.)
“I laughed. I cried. I peed my pants.” (Homeless Guy #2)
“You peed your pants before even picking up the book.” (Homeless Guy #1)

©2017 James Peters (P)2018 James Peters

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Intergalactic funny adventure.

If you could sum up Black Swan Planet in three words, what would they be?

Creative,Amusing,Unpredictable,

What other book might you compare Black Swan Planet to and why?

N/A

Which scene was your favorite?

Anything involving the kooky antics of our Space Monkey.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Space-Time Chronicles.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic, hilarious romp through the galaxey.

This book is so well written, I'll have to listen to it at least one more time to "get" all of it. It reminds me of the movie "Neigbors" with John Belushi. I will defiantly be looking for more books by James Peters. I believe he is a literary genius. I whole heartily recommend this book. I received the audible version (damn glad I got the audible), and now for the obligatory: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Good book, horrible Jamaican accent.

Most of the other reviews cover the book, but I had to say something about the narrator's attempt at a Jamaican accent. It sounds vaguely Scottish and only recognisable when he says "mon" instead of "man". It really took me out of the story and made it difficult to concentrate on what was going on in the story.

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Absurd, but in a good way (mostly)

When I first started 'Black Swan Planet,' I was worried. The narration was odd, and it seemed like it was going to be eight hours of crude humor, drug abuse, and trying-too-hard-zaniness.

But then it surprised me.

Peters found his groove, and the story took some unexpected turns that were both interesting and deeper than the opening of the book had led me to assume. I found myself laughing out loud more than once, and stopping to go tell my wife about what had just happened (which made her laugh as well). David Swanson's narration smoothed out considerably as well, which made it all the more enjoyable.

Now, this isn't to say the book isn't without flaws. The plotting is uneven and occasionally seems to only be concerned with setting up funny/outrageous scenes (not all of which pay off), and the dialogue quality is a mixed bag. Swanson's attempts at doing voices are also a bit hit and miss (although part of this could be that fake Jamaican accents are hard to take seriously at the best of times).

This isn't the greatest book, but it is entertaining, funny, and wildly unpredictable. Despite my initial reservations, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I received this a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Wierd, but OK in the End

I don't always understand satire and this is a satirical science fiction story. Some satire is so forced that you loose any thread of relatability. I was afraid that Black Swan Planet would fall into this category. It did not. Midway through the book I was rooting for the monkey. Who would have guessed? I don't think Black Swan Planet is for everyone, but if you like a little absurdity in fiction you might like this.
David Swanson did a good job narrating.
I was given a free copy of this book for an unbiased review.

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Could have, should have, would have...

What did you like best about Black Swan Planet? What did you like least?

This tale could have been much better than it was. If the author had omitted the majority of puking, peeing, pooping and boobie talk, this book could have been an interesting journey. Unfortunately, the writing style often seemed aimed at preteen boys, and I found myself cringing throughout it. Thankfully, the narrator was pretty good and his excitement brought a level of anticipation to the story. His voices were distinct and I would listen to other books he has narrated.I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

If you’ve listened to books by James Peters before, how does this one compare?

This is the 1st one I have listened to.

What about David Swanson’s performance did you like?

He was enthusiastic, and his voice had a level of excitement in it.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No