Monday, 8 December 2014
SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: WIllful Child - Steven Erikson
Release Date: 06/11/14
Publisher: Bantam Press
These are the voyages 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 life-forms, to boldly blow the...And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback - think James T Kirk crossed with 'American Dad' - 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 bestselling author of the acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence has taken a life-long passion for 'Star Trek' and transformed it into a hugely entertaining spoof on the whole mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-hi-tech-kit-along-the-way type over-blown science fiction adventure. The result is smart. inventive, occasionally OTT and often very funny - a novel that both deftly parodies the genre and pays fond homage to it.
Ah space, the not so final frontier as Steven Erikson brings his own take on the whole space opera as he brings the reader an absurd and bizarre reimaging to the froe in this comical tale that will not only delight space fans but will more than cement him into many readers TBR lists.
As expected its definitely something weird and when added to cracking prose alongside an author who knows how to create a tile that readers will just love to get behind all round gives you something that will have you chuckling along as it unfurls. Back this up with what feels like mini-episodes (almost as if written as short stories) and I was a more than happy reader.