Review & thoughts, good lines from Yahtzee Croshaw’s ‘Will Save the Galaxy for Food’

Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
Release date: 02-14-17

Listen to a sample & see other reviews here

Introduction

I didn’t put a lot of effort into choosing this book, it was just one that was recommended from the Audible algorithm, “you bought this, you could possibly like this”.

Plus, I needed a break from the informational books I’ve been listening to recently so a good space adventure is always welcome.

What the story is about

The story follows the main character, I’m not sure if we ever really find out his real name… follows this ex-star pilot, who has saved many worlds previously.. trying to live in a new world where transporting portals have made a lot of space travel and the once noble role of ‘star piloting’ all but obsolete.

He takes an unknown job to pretend to be someone else, only to find out on arrival that the person he’s hired to pretend to be is Jacques McKeown, the fabled author/ character that has for years ripped off the stories, adventures & heroics of a multitude of other star pilots writing novels about their exploits and claiming them as his own.  This is a problem because almost every star pilot wants to kill or injure this character/ author, thus putting a massive target on the main character’s back.

What’s more, the mystery client who just wants to make his rather dull boy Daniel happy, who is a super fan of Jacques McKeown… turns out to be a very rich and powerful crime boss.

Here’s the publisher’s summary as maybe that does it more justice.

Publisher’s Summary

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.

©2017 Yahtzee Croshaw (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Initial Thoughts

It gets off to start but it’s starts to get interesting after about an hour. So if you’ve just started it… stick with it.

It’s not a short book, but the pace is reasonably quick, and lots of stuff happens, so it definitely retains your attention.

There are some amazing lines in this book.. the sarcastic humour and the fact that its well written make this a pretty enjoyable book to listen to.

The conversations with the slow witted kid Daniel (son of the crime boss) is pretty damn funny.

And the accent for the kid is hilarious.

Some choice lines from the book

Daniel, “Wow, listen to that engine purr…Like a cat…”
Main character, “If there was anything about this ship like a cat it was its willingness to do as it was told.”

Hahha. Great line.

Crime Boss, “I always imagined her settling down with some kind of filing cabinet with a dildo strapped to the top of it”

(Speaking about someone’s voice)
“It sounded like a death metal singer had given up his career to spend the rest of his life smoking in a public bathroom”

Main character, “When I was a kid, my dad cheated on my mum…Which could hardly be avoided, as he said. ….He was French”

Main character,  “I brought the crowbar down again and again, like a blind golf caddy angrily trying to put the flag back in the hole”

Recommendation

Those that are fans of comedy sci-fi should definitely check out this book.  Again, slow start, but with many sci-fi books that have to set the scene… hey we’re used to it.

With zero swearing, but just a lexicon of words invented to make up for the words not said, it’s also a surprisingly appropriate book to enjoy with your kids.  (maybe with the exception of the word ‘dildo’ at one point)

If you’re in need of a good adventure, this is a book that won’t disappoint.

And… I’d probably listen to this one again.   And I’ll definitely be checking out more from this author.