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Willful Child by Steven Erikson

Willful Child

by Steven Erikson

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This is, in more or less equal parts, witty, clever, satirical, and juvenile. The last was a bit too heavy for my current taste, with crude language, slapstick violence, sexual humor, and absurd situations, but the witty cultural satire balanced it enough to make this a very enjoyable read for me. It is, or course, a parody of Star Trek, and there are several references to that classic TV show, and the points it made about Western (especially American) culture are spot on. I can recommend this one to Trekkers and to fans of Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It blends some of the best of both. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
Okay, I can't take anymore. This is obviously not my cup-of-tea, not my style of humor, and it is going onto the abandoned book shelf. First one for 2015.

It's not that the book isn't funny (it is) or that it is poorly written (it isn't), I just got tired of the constantly repeated lame jokes, the non-stop potty humor, and the continuous locker room banter. This book would have been much better as a novella instead of 300 pages of middle-school humor. ( )
1 vote ssimon2000 | May 31, 2016 |
A string of overblown bit pieces, in a quasi-Star Trek world. I laughed a few times. ( )
  stonecrops | May 18, 2016 |
It's a bit like Galaxy Quest crossed with Space Balls. Lots of silly gags and digs at the original Star Trek. The humour ranges from slapstick, through references to star trek and all the way over to nerd humour. Much like Scalzi's RedShirts it is a quick read and easily forgotten. Some laugh out loud moments and clever jokes, but mostly slapstick. Almost like Erikson is trying to shake the bleakness of the Mallazan Book of the Fallen out of his system :-) ( )
  StigE | Sep 15, 2015 |
Willful Child is a humorous light read about a starship captain who is the opposite of what anyone wants (but who may prove to be exactly what humanity needs).

Although the tale gets off to a confusing and someone slow start, Willful Child grows as the ship’s adventures continue. Filled with homages to the various Star Trek shows, other aspects of the universe are highly reminiscent of Night’s Dawn (the concept of T-space, phasing planets into it, and the cost of matter by thought) and other science fiction worlds. Lt. Sweepy Brogan and the marines were almost instant favorites for me, regularly doing the impossible with style and, in Brogan’s case, a stogie always being smoked or ready at hand for later use. It pokes fun at classic sci-fi in a gentle way, down to Tammy’s comments on the episodic nature of the various “missions” that Hadrian takes on. At the same time it offers a humorous criticism of human nature, suggesting a technologically advanced future filled with ineptitude and a slowly decreasing average IQ due to an apathetic state that Hadrian is determined to break his species out of. ( )
  Ailinel | May 1, 2015 |
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