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From New York Times bestselling author Steven Erikson comes a new SF novel of devil-may-care, near calamitous, and downright chaotic adventures through the infinite vastness of interstellar space.

The continuing adventures of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the...

And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through "the infinite vastness of interstellar space."

The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen series has taken his lifelong passion for Star Trek and transformed it into a smart, inventive, and hugely entertaining spoof on the whole mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-high-tech-gadgets-along-the-way, overblown adventure. The result is an SF novel that deftly parodies the genre while also paying fond homage to it.

©2016 Steven Erikson (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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A rollicking good time..

An amazing performance by MacLeod Andrews, one of his best vocal achievements. A fun continuation of the Willful Child saga, if you are looking for a fun read that touches on social issues in a fun and satirical way look no further. An interesting look at the state of the world today through the lens of a StarTrek spoof.
I call it brilliant.

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Not as good as the last one

The author seemed to want to comment on the political atmosphere of 2016, along with how he seems to see that those whom are overly conservative are not up to his standards.

While there were done genuinely entertaining parts of this book, some parts were a slog to get through.

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  • Matthew
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  • 11-08-16

Zapp and GladOS are Back! I mean Hadrian and Tammy

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They're back! I'm so glad this got a sequel. I honestly don't understand why people don't love this book and its prequel.

Wrath of Betty is a better book than the first, I suspect because Erikson has figured out what he wants to do with the series. Now what he wants to do is make an uproarious satire of both space shows like Star Trek and just a satire of the mid-2010s.

This second book more than the previous one is set up in an episode format (TV series pretty please?) where for a chapter or two there is a contained plot that flows into the next episode. It's pretty nice since it means nothing ever stays and goes on too long, as books like this are prone to do.

So I still highly recommend this series to anyone who wants a book that is a hybrid of (deep breath) Star Trek, Star Trek Next Generation, Futurama, Archer, Portal, John Scalzi, Douglas Adams, Star Wars, and many more.

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I want another

Just finished this and am starting it again. This is the most fun I've had listening to an audiobook. The storyline and quotes are too funny for words. I can't wait for the next chapter ofThe Willful Child

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Love the narrator

The narrator is awesome I wish Malazan books 4-7 would be redone with Macleod Andrews. He is WORLDS better then Michael Page: The book is amusing but jumps the shark a bit in the last 3 chapters.

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just as good as the first

great narrator! his voicing is perfect. the plot wasn't as good as the previous one, but the jokes and parody made up for it.

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If you liked the first, you'll like this

I very much enjoyed it. It was just what I was looking for and delivered beautifully.

Also: MacLeod Andrews was brilliant

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Stream of consciousness-- I think!!!

Couldn't do more than 4 hours. Extremely hard to follow and when you could it wasn't humorous or engaging. As a satire it fails because of this...

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