Date: April 11, 2003
Reviewed: Trade Paperback
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Notes: Some implied sex and sexual situations. Lots of violence.
Nothing graphic in either area
Quark has never heard real music. In the year 3265, music has been
reduced to something that is mass produced from databases of pleasing
notes and has no real meaning--something non-objectionable to fill
radio time between commercials. One day he spots a jukebox floating
by outside the window of his spaceship. He captures it. Once he
plays Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, his world is changed forever.
Caffrey meets an android named Poe33. He is the guardian of the
wisest substance in the universe. It is a cube of orange-colored
gelatin known as "The L'Orange."
Poe33 has currently misplaced it. He believes Caffrey can help him
find his master.
friends are kidnapped by a beautiful woman in an attempt to recruit
Caffrey to find "The L'Orange." She is part of an organization
headed by Nefarious Wretch, who wants to use it to rid the universes
not be party to this evil plot, but he also is not willing to let
his friends die. He sets off on a quest to defeat Nefarious Wretch
and rescue his friends.
This book is very fast-paced with lots of action. It's full of things
that feel like inside jokes--things that would be hilarious if only
I knew who Hirika Joso was or what a corgishma is. There are endnotes,
but the story would be so much better if you didn't have to turn
to the back of the book to figure out what a reference meant. The
end notes are very funny, but stopping to look up a reference really
breaks the rhythm and pulls you out of the story.
story is interesting, although sometimes the plot gets lost in all
the verbosity. The author has potential. Once he learns to integrate
his endnotes into the story, stops making so many unknown references
and cuts back his word count, he should be an enjoyable writer.
I look forward to reading his future works.