Timothy J. Meyer
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Earning a decent living as an interstellar pirate has never exactly been easy, especially not in rough-and-tumble Bad Space, the lawless region at the fringes of the civilized galaxy, where there's a fight in every bar, a gun on every belt and a chip on everyone's shoulder, but the crew of The Unconstant Lover has got it particularly raw. Contending daily with the mechanical failures of their haggard spaceship and the best efforts of bounty hunters to collect the growing price on their heads, this crew of cutthroats, buccaneers and scofflaws use wits, weapons and wisecracks to make off with as much booty as they can, with the forces of law and order never more than one step behind. The only impediment between them and a quiet criminal career is their blowhard of a captain. Ace pilot, megalomaniac and hell-bent on becoming the most fearsome dread pirate this galaxy has ever seen, Captain Nemo leads his motley crew with bluster and bravado through planetary blockades, space station shootouts and a bidding war between three of the galaxy's preeminent gangsters and, when push comes to shove, they'll need every trick in the space pirate code to see it through to the other side. Fans of Firefly, Star Wars and the works of Quentin Tarantino will find Hull Damage to be a thrilling science fiction romp, blending the genres of space opera and crime comedy. If you like snappy dialogue, unscrupulous rogues, laser gun shoot-outs and perpetually malfunctioning spaceships, Hull Damage should be just your brand of poison.
Once you start reading it you just can't put it down.
This book kept me up at night and made me get up early in the morning. Can't wait for the sequel.
Just Not Worth the Time to Plod Through the Sentences
Not going to address the ideas and characters, because the writing made it so difficult--I deleted the book a few dozen pages along:
Apparently alliteration accentuates creative character construction, because sentences seem so sonorous, or something; the tortured technique is tremendously distracting here.
Adjectives leadenly overpower ponderous sentences with unnecessarily-complicated convolutions, when simple and clear would have been better.
A rewrite would be my suggestion, as I wanted to enjoy what seemed to offer unusual characters and story line.