- Taschenbuch: 340 Seiten
- Verlag: Bowman Press (1. Juni 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1877034088
- ISBN-13: 978-1877034084
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 10 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 2,2 x 20,3 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 782.374 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Hal Spacejock: A Robot Named Clunk (Hal Spacejock Series) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juni 2012
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Simon Haynes was born in England and grew up in Spain, where he enjoyed an amazing childhood of camping, motorbikes, air rifles and paper planes. His family moved to Australia when he was 16. Simon divides his time between writing fiction and computer software, with frequent bike rides to blow away the cobwebs. His goal is to write fifteen Hal books (Spacejock OR Junior!) before someone takes his keyboard away.
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One word: No.
One problem for me is that the humor is forced and cartoonish. Which is to say, this would work better as a screenplay for TV comedy. Much of the humor is physical. Imagine describing in 500 words, a Three Stooges Pie Fight. And make it funny to read. You can't do it. Stage it, and maybe it's great. Describe it on the written page, not so much. Haynes tries to describe a pie fight in such a way that you can picture every cream splattering minute and make it funny. It doesn't work.
Don't get me wrong, there is an occasional chuckle here and there. If you stop and try to visualize how you'd present the scene on the TV screen, you can imagine how it might be hilarious. But you have to STOP to make that visualization.
But that's not the biggest problem. No, the biggest problem for me is that the characters are not likable. The character that the book is named for is a dick. And I don't mean of the "detective" variety.
It's bad enough to be an incompetent bumbling fool, which can be funny, but only if you can somehow sympathize with the character. Spacejock insults everybody and everything, shoots or threatens to shoot at innocent machines (which later exact their revenge, DUH), shows little concern for his new-found partner (the robot pictured up-side-down on the cover) and just doesn't show any side of his personality to like.
The other characters are two dimensional enough to give 2 dimensionality a bad name. The "Mean Rich Guy" smokes a cigar and treats his employees like dirt. I mean, really? Hasn't that cliche been beaten to death? The book is set in some far distant future with robots and hyperspace and Mean Rich Guys still smoke cigars? Come on.
You can forgive a forced humor when you have sympathy for the character. But it just doesn't happen. I've read roughly 70 percent of the book, and I find I'm forcing myself to read more. I ask myself, "Why do I care what happens to this dick? Oh that's right, Amazon is going to ask me for a review. Dang it."
I can see that Haynes has got some good potential as a screenwriter for Jerry Lewis or Hanna-Barbera, but he has not mastered the art of *written* humor. If you're looking for a good read, look elsewhere. If you're looking for ideas to use for a Saturday Morning Cartoon, you may have come to the right place.
Hal Spacejock, book one in the Spacejock and Hal Junior series by Simon Haynes is a hilarious romp through space that will leave you wilted from laughing as Hal and Clunk get up to some almost unbelievable shenanigans in their quest to survive enemies coming at them from all quadrants. How they accomplish an impossible job against insurmountable odds is something you’ll have to read the book to learn.
If you like science fiction with a strong dose of slapstick humor, this is definitely the book to read.